As a kid, I grew up in Kenya, a former British colony. It’s a long story but I remember during my preparatory days, I used to go to some kind of an international school where students of different nationalities and mixed races studied together.
One of the things I loved during my stay there was my school’s uniform. It consisted of a checkered dress shirt plus navy blue pants with a sweater to top it off. After all, it’s a little cold in Kenya so a sweater is necessary. The climate is actually close to that of Baguio.
To tell you the truth, I really miss those times. So during my shopping spree at Marks & Spencer, I got thrilled when I spotted this sweater. It looks similar to what I used to wear in Kenya.
I tried fitting it at their store and I paired it up with light brown chinos for the bottom. I liked it so much that I ended up buying it.
So you might wonder why I bought this given that it’s warm in the Philippines. Well, I bought it because it’s getting colder nowadays due to the rainy season and also to prepare my wardrobe for the upcoming Yuletide.
And aside from that, this sweater has a little secret. If you think that I am wearing a dress shirt underneath it, well you are wrong. If you look closely, I’m just wearing the sweater. There is nothing underneath it. The collar that you are seeing is a fake collar. What appears to be a collar is just a piece of cloth that is sewn directly to the sweater to make it appear as if you are wearing it on top of a dress shirt. Magic? You bet!
Moreover, the sweater is not too hot to wear. It is something you can sport as part of your get-up if you work or study in an air-conditioned building. Aside from maroon, the sweater is also available in gray. More pictures after the jump.
You know, wearing this outfit makes me feel like I’m in another country studying in some Ivy League or British Preparatory School. I know that might sound a bit dreamy, but I think there is nothing wrong with trying the preppy look once in a while for the sake of style.