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Missing that Preppy Look

by Chris

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.

 Marks & Spencer Sweater


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.

M&S Preppy Sweater (1)

M&S Preppy Sweater


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!

M&S Sweater

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.

M&S Sweater (2)


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.


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hiei September 9, 2013 - 10:46 am

Great fit chris!
Try pinch and roll and wear white sneaks like chucks and you look like you come out from the pages of “Take Ivy”

Chris September 10, 2013 - 7:55 am

thanks hiei. I’ll try your suggestion next time.

virgo September 10, 2013 - 8:54 pm

Hey Chris. Just wondering if you workout?

Chris September 10, 2013 - 10:32 pm

@virgo, kapag may time lang jogging. Not regularly. Hehe. Bakit pala?

Ian September 11, 2013 - 2:46 pm

Hey chris saw you yesterday sa glorietta area. Ikaw ba yun? Tapos may chix ka kasama. Tangkad mo. papaauthograph sana ako haha

virgo September 11, 2013 - 4:02 pm

Pansin ko lang sa pictures haha. Nga pala slim fit ba yung pants na suot?

Chris September 11, 2013 - 4:19 pm

@Ian – yes I was there with former officemates. Autograph ka dyan. haha. Sana tinawag mo ako.

Chris September 11, 2013 - 4:31 pm

@virgo – I was wearing two types of pants in the pictures

the first pair of pants in the pictures inside Marks & Spencer is actually straight cut while the pants/chinos in the last two pictures inside the office is slim fit.

and regarding this:
>>>virgo: Pansin ko lang sa pictures haha.

haha. anong napansin mo sa pictures? di ko masyado nagets. LOL

Joseph September 11, 2013 - 10:51 pm

You grew up in Kenya? So cool :O

I wish there were UP maroon haha. It think it’s more like a MIT crimson

Chris September 13, 2013 - 10:47 am

Joseph, yup I grew up there.

Suggest to your school’s orgs to produce sweaters like this 🙂

bentwood September 20, 2013 - 9:49 am

Is it just the posing angle or the sweater is a bit loose on the torso?

Chris September 20, 2013 - 11:31 am

hi bentwood. the fit is just right. I think it’s just the angle of the pose. 🙂

marvinoftheblahblah September 20, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Why am I getting an impression that Chris looks gloomy/sad in some of the pictures above.. Smiling won’t hurt.

I think the shoe laces matches the sweater. And speaking of such, what’s the difference between a cardigan and that sweater?

mon September 20, 2013 - 9:01 pm

Sir, can you feature something about Men’s Suits? More specifically places that offer custom fitting at a reasonable price. or commercial ones that have a wide range. the only one’s that i know kasi are the ones that are found in SM malls, Onesimus, Arrow etc. TIA!

Chris September 21, 2013 - 1:42 pm

marvin – I’m always smiling at most pictures. maiba naman hehe.

Cardigan is a deep-V neck sweater with buttons. This one has no buttons and is round neck.

Chris September 21, 2013 - 1:44 pm

hi Mon. welcome to PGG. Speaking of Suits with custom-fitting, you may want to check this one out:

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I don’t like those fake collars, if you really wanna look good, wear a nice fitted shirt and throw in a sweater or a sport jacket. Bam! Just like magic.

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