Quick Update // The Modern Preppy Look

How to dress preppy and not look like you just shot an ad with Tommy Hilfiger? Here’s how.


Hello everyone! How’s your week so far? I had an unexpected setback and I had to sort out some issues, hence the month long hiatus. I’m determined to manage my time better from this day onward because Seth Godin drilled some sense into me with this quote: “You don’t need more time in your day. You need to decide”.

Back in my university days, I noticed my style tends to gravitate towards a combination of casual and preppy. They’re comfortable, easy to style and I look put together. Lately I found myself thinking back to my undergraduate days (I miss being a student. Not the assignments though.) and I thought why not put together a preppy lookbook but with a modern touch to it? As always, I aspire to do things differently. It pushes me to think outside the box and potentially create something that’s at times incoherent but decent.

Seven Sisters Style

Before we get to the lookbook, how many of you actually know the history of preppy style? If you have an interest in fashion, perhaps you knew that preppy comes from the preparatory schools wealthy kids go to before college. In the 1900s, oxford shirts, cable knit sweaters and loafers were the norm among the elites. Rebecca C. Tuite, the author of Seven Sisters Style, traced the style back to when the seven prestigious women’s colleges were founded (1861 -1889), namely Barard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Radcliffe, Smith, Vassar and Wellesley. According to Tuite, preppy style evolved as a result of changing societal ideals. The “healthy body, healthy mind” way of life, for instance, created the expectation for girls to excel in sports and studies, which led to the introduction of casual sportswear into the female wardrobes. By the early 1900s, sweater and bloomers were preferred by the girls, indicating a surging preference for comfort rather than beauty. Apparently, the older generation of females tried to integrate knickerbockers into their everyday wear but was unsuccessful due to a ban in some colleges.

Women in knickerbockers

When the 1930s rolls around, women began to embrace denim. After a photograph showing Wellesley college girls wearing jeans and loose fitting shirts got published in Life Magazine, society didn’t hesitate in voicing their discomfort. Besides jeans, Bermuda shorts also became popular among women, who often style them with loafers and knee length cable knit socks.

The women in the photo responded with a letter saying: “We do not sympathize with stringy hair and baggy shirts, but we will fight to the death for our right to wear dungarees on the proper occasions.”

Source: Seven Sisters Style by Rebecca C .Tuite

Between the 1950s and 80s, sports culture played a major role in influencing preppy. The common ones being sailing, fencing, lacrosse and rugby. Brands such as Ralph Lauren, J. Crew, Brook Brothers, Tommy Hilfiger and Lacoste still design preppy attires but most of them have been reinterpreted to suit the modern era.

Fun fact: The official preppy handbook was released in the 1980s. Though it was created to mock the preppy culture, it became a trend instead!

Now, if I have to pull random individuals off the streets and dress them preppy style, here’s how I would do it.



1 // Girlonstyle

2 // Romwe

3 // Lacoste

4 // Samantha Willis



1 // Ralph Lauren

2 // Dr Martens

3 // Romwe

4 // Fossil



1 // Tommy Hilfiger

2 // Uniqlo

3 // ASOS

4 // Timberland



1 // Nautica

2 // ASOS

3 // ASOS

4 // Adidas


Clothes are meant to be worn by people of all walks of life. You don’t have to be a model to own these looks.

How would you style preppy?


Graziadaily.co.uk -https://graziadaily.co.uk/fashion/news/brief-history-preppy-style/
Telegraph.co.uk -http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/news-features/TMG10703415/Seven-Sisters-Style-the-history-of-American-preppy-dressing.html

The {Other} Interestings #5

I collected these articles for June but I missed the deadline so let’s just pretend I found them this month. I hope you find these interesting. Happy reading!

Happy Friday! How’s your day going? I hope all is well with you.

The week before this was pretty hectic for me. After my internship ended at Fusion Retail Brands, I spent approximately 1.5 hours travelling between the CBD and Chadstone for a 4 day styling course with Style With Cindy. During these four days, I had 5.45 AM starts and I usually reach home at 7 PM. I know some form of exercise will make me feel better but I need to fit in dinner, shower and some me-time (very important!) before 10 PM so I ended up not exercising for 4 days.

It definitely wasn’t a big deal but the lack of exercise made me feel really lethargic.


The day after I finished the course, I finally have time to clean my studio, run errands, meet a friend, exercise and prepare lunch for the week. And before you know it, it’s time to sleep and go back to work the next day.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that I signed up for the course. I’m glad that when the public transport failed me, Uber was there to save me. I’m glad that during those four days I made new friends, challenged myself and had a really good time. The only thing I didn’t enjoy at all was contracting tonsillitis. Two weeks of severe sore throat, blocked nose and mild headaches weren’t pleasant at all. Now you know why you haven’t seen a post for this segment in awhile.

If you’re new here (hello!), The {Other} Interestings is a segment where I gather a collection of articles that I think are helpful, thought provoking or just downright fascinating to share with the community. Without further ado, let’s dive in shall we?

  1. Have you ever wondered why inequality still largely exists in this era? According to research, this might be one of the reasons.
  2. Don’t sweat it when you make mistakes. Susie Moore explains how dropping the ball could benefit you.
  3. The idea of someone chasing and buying the newest make up products baffles me. I mean, mine last me for years (some I had for way too long) and where do they store their “old” products?? That said, this behavior is starting to dwindle as the latest makeup trend is not buying more makeup.  (Surprised? Me too.)
  4. Did you know that your life experiences could land you a job?
  5. Everyone is always trying to do more with the Time that they have. So how do you work more margin into your life? Find out here.
  6. I love jewelry and what makes me really happy is seeing more brands taking the initiative to direct their proceeds to help those in need. If you haven’t already, perhaps consider supporting brands such as Kicheko Goods.


7. If you’re (or were) a Marketing student, you’ll know that there are many factors that need to be taken into account before launching a campaign. Unfortunately, not all marketers can predict how consumers would react.

Uniqlo Opening
Source: Retail Gazette

8. There’s panic in the world of retail as an increasing number of stores ceased operation in Australia. But Japanese brand Uniqlo is unlikely to be one of the victims. Smart Company explains why.

9. Attention all female yogis! Have you ever wondered if it’s safe for you to do inversions when you’re having your period?

10. “We need to accelerate the fashion industry’s transition to a more circular system by increasing the volume of textiles collected, reused and recycled by 2020,” says Eva Kruse, president and chief executive of the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA).” -Business of Fashion

That’s all I have for you today. Enjoy the rest of your Friday and stay tuned for more!


The Denim Edit

Denim is undoubtedly one of the most versatile piece in your wardrobe. You can layer it and dress it up or down depending on the occasion. Here’s how I’d style different cuts of denim for all seasons and personalities. Enjoy!

The Quirky Minimalist  007-circle


Liquor & Poker Button Denim Dress // ASOS

Lara Turtle Neck // Boohoo

Green Coat // Hotwish

White Leather Ankle Boots // MANGO

Mini Mini Leather Bucket Bag // Mansur Gavriel

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Lulu & Rose Blinx Frayed Dress // Gluestore
Square Neck Denim Top // ASOS

Sun’s Out  006-two


Coral Hawaiian Shirt // Hawaii Shirt Company

Lee Skinny Straight Jeans // Gluestore

Colorado Saida // Williams

IRO Migi Bag // The Iconic

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Chopper Laces Shoes // G-Star
Vero Moda Petite Tie Front Denim Shirt // ASOS

Cool In Spring  005-three


Only Denim Parka Coat // ASOS

Petite Tiger Print Co-ord // Topshop

White Lace Trim Ankle Socks // Topshop

Esme Heel // Wittner

Dreaming Of The Land Of Rising Sun  004-circle-1


Lee Short Sleeve Shirt // Gluestore

Ray-Ban RX 5228 in Brown Pink // Frames Direct

Dr Martens 1461 Soft Buck // Dr Martens

Shun Nakagawa Spring Summer Mens Collection

R68 Multi Pocket Backpack // Etsy

You may like these too...
Weekday Rose Denim Parka // ASOS
G-Star 3301 Long Sleeve Shirt // Gluestore

The All White Alternative   003-circle-2


Mamiya Cap // Ebay

Barney Cools B. Rigid Jacket // Gluestore

Barney Cools B. Relaxed Jean // Gluestore

New Balance 247 Core // Urban Outfitters

Trim Fit Band Collar Sport Tee // Nordstorm

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Chuck Taylor All Star Denim Woven Cream // The Idleman
Lee Z2 Hunter Jeans // Gluestore

Americana Formal  002-circle-3


Khaki Chinos // H&M

Disco Supreme Japanese T-shirt // Zazzle

Armani Jeans Sneaker High Cut // The Iconic

Men’s Slim Fit Denim Jacket // Jeanie Deng via Aliexpress.com


I know I’ve been gone for awhile. Life got in the way and I had to set my priorities straight. There’s so much I want to do but so little time. Not complaining though! Anyway, I’m excited to keep creating content.

I hope every single one of you had a great weekend!


Work of Art [Series #3]

Here’s the last of the series! I’ve seen people wearing corduroy button up skirts but no one really paid attention to corduroy shorts. To show this piece some love, I styled it with prints, lace and accessories with intricate details. What do you think?


Center piece – 6. HANAYOSHI Corduroy Shorts in Black and Gold

[Dress Down]

1. AETERNA BATIK Klantik Raglan Blouse in Terra Violet  2. Suggested makeup look (Rosy flush)  3. CAMILLA Threaded Spell Heavy Set Ring  4. byboe Leaf and Pin Earrings  5. ROKIT Basket Weave Handbag  7. DR MARTENS Floral 8065

Main 3_2

[Dress Up]

1. ASOS Suede Gold Heels  2. by boe Chained Ring  3. Suggested makeup look (dusty green eye shadow and plum lips)  4. ASOS Floral Embellished Zip Top Clutch Bag  5. ASOS High Neck Cold Shoulder Trophy Top


Styling and editing by Su Min Chan


Work Of Art [Series #2]

In this second series, I challenged myself by styling the traditional Chinese attire (旗袍 // Qi Pao) to suit various occasions. Why fit in when you can create something unique and make it your own?


Center piece – 1. ZALORA Capped Sleeve Lace Cheongsam

[Dress Down]

2. DIANA FERRARI Pompeii In Black  3. THE ICONIC Carter Long Line Cardigan  4. NAISIBAO Leather Bag


[Dress Up]

2. SAGE FEMME Crossbody  3. LOVISA Feather Tassel Earrings  4. SIREN Cate