BDIB: Prep School

The Style

I absolutely love the classic All-American look of menswear-prep. It’s part of the reason why I own too many blazers. I also love menswear trends for women in general – although I am a feminine girl, I wear pants & jeans 9 times out of 10. But one thing I’ve never tried is the mens’ prep-school style, with vest, blazer, and even a handsome tie. Inspired by this outfit post, I think nobody personifies this look better than two great male designers: Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.

And, it goes without saying that this is not just an American look, by far. Prepster style is popular (and may have originated) in Great Britain, as well as other European countries.

The Assignment

Raid your boyfriend/husband/brother’s closet. Find a tie or bow tie (everyone’s gotta have one for this assignment, no exceptions). Pair it with a button-down shirt (or whatever you can find! go creative!) and top it off with a vest, cardigan, or blazer of some sort. There is a lot of room for freedom and creativity here, as always, but one thing I’d really like to see on everyone is a tie or bow tie (you can improvise with a cravat or something) and a vest or blazer. Feel free to skirt it up, or go all out with tailored pants! You name it, it is yours to have fun with. One thing I love is that it can be feminized so very easily: with some stilettos, a few stacking bracelets, dangly earrings, etc. I’m already dreaming up creations in my head!

The Deadline (i.e. when to link up your blog post)

The linkup post will go live at midnight Central time on Friday, May 20th 2011.

The Instructions (For Newbies)

  1. (Required) Place a Bloggers Do It Better button in the sidebar of your blog (not just in the BDIB blog post)
  2. (Required) In your blog post for the assignment, include a link to the Bloggers Do It Better movement, or, even better, to where you linked up your post–which will only be available after the link-up post has been published here, of course!
  3. (Optional) Sign up for email updates/announcements
  4. (Optional) Use the twitter hashtag #BloggersDoItBetter when you tweet about joining, posting, shooting, shopping, or loving BDIB!
  5. (Optional) Recruit one fellow blogger to join this initiative, you’ll be so happy you did, when you can give each other tips & consult one another for styling advice!
  6. (Required) Have FUN! Show ‘em how it’s done! Above all, please follow the rules. I do reserve the right to delete submissions that do not follow the basic minimum requirements for participation.

Fine Print (FAQ)

Just some answers to some scattered questions I’ve gotten here and there since I started Bloggers Do It Better. No polyvore sets, any blogger can join but it must be outfit photos of you modeling the trend–if the style is totally and obviously irrelevant (this is a rare entity but it could happen), your submission might have to be removed from the linkup to ensure consistency and quality among the submissions. So stay on topic!

I’m so excited to see what you all come up with! Don’t forget to bring a friend!!

If you’re just dropping by, my regular posting schedule has been thrown for a loop thanks to rigorous 14 hour days on my general surgery rotation. Regular posting to resume by the end of the month, but I will still continue to post whenever I can (and when inspiration strikes me, rather than exhaustion). Love you!


  1. says

    So excited! I literally just bought an oldschool Izod/Lacoste belt yesterday when I was thrifting– it's red white and blue! Perfect for this challenge!

  2. says

    This is going to be my first time joining in and I'm so excited! Though I have a bowtie, I recently moved and don't think it made it here, so I guess I really will have to raid my husbands tie rack.

  3. says

    This sounds like fun. I'm not sure if I could pull off a tie, but Emma Watson's more casual and feminine look has given me an inspiration!

  4. says

    Can't wait to try this – I love the classic "all-American" look! My husband doesn't have any ties, though, so I will have to get creative! ;)

  5. says

    Hm, this could be hard. I do know one thing, though; my school uniform is actually going to be useful for once. Should be fun to see how it turns out!

    • says

      well really you should post your link on the day of. sometimes i give a little lee-way of about 72 hours but the goal is to give you 24 hours starting at midnight.

  6. says

    Oh I'm sort of sad about this challenge… although it does sound challenging and fun. I don't own a single thing that I could wear for this one and have zero dollars to spend on clothes. Maybe I can hit up a Goodwill or something?! If I can find some cheap and fun things for this one I'll give it a shot, but if I don't participate I'll enjoy looking through the link ups!! (:

    • says

      I feel you Ashley me either. I want to try though. I'm wondering what i can do without looking like a total school girl. I don't have much that manly. or any preppy clothing at all.

    • says

      Hi Shelley – you will need to put it in your sidebar for your submissions to count. Can you do so by the end of the weekend? I'll check back then to make sure it's up there so we can keep your lovely outfits. It's my fault for not making this clearer to you earlier, and I apologize for that. Additionally, if you want a different badge you may select one from the main bloggers do it better post! Thanks!

  7. says

    you really got me thinking with this one…In my mind I play dress up since this post went up!

    I have to thank you for the Bloggers Do It Better series…it's such a nice initiative and inspires me to try outfits that I wouldn't normally do!

  8. says

    Agggh….good one, Kristina! This is definitely a "challenge" for me. But I love it because it pushes the envelope for me and pushes me out of my comfort zone and forces me to try things I would've never tried, otherwise!!! Can't wait to raid the bf's closet and see what I can come up with…my mind is racing….lol! So excited too see everyone's creativity….

  9. says

    Love the challenge, but sadly have to bow out this week because of a crazy schedule. Can't wait to see all the killer looks everyone creates!!

  10. says

    What a fabulous choice, Kristina!!! What a challenge this is going to be, something I have not ever tried. I'm very excited. In fact, I just checked out my husband's ties to see which one I'm going to wear!


  11. says

    Oh sheesh. I think the only tie I have at my disposal right now is a rainbow bow tie… We'll see if I muster together the courage to style that!

  12. says

    I honestly don't know how you run this website and go to med school! I'm so impressed by your multitasking abilities….so, if you need a break, TAKE ONE!

  13. says

    I love this look! And I love Emma Watson… I actually taught her back in Oxford years and years ago, but that's another story! I will def. post my boyfriend outfit and link back to you – but then how do you know I've done it? Do i need to email you my pic?

  14. says

    Kristina, I have had a few question from my fashion buddies that I have invited. When you say Friday midnight–is that Thursday night or Friday night. Sorry, as a menopausal blonde I confuse easily…The Chief Blonde (asking same question on your facebook)


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