The 40 Year Old School Girl

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I almost died when Everybody Everywear announced that September’s theme was Back To School. How on earth was I going to rise to that challenge without looking like a) I’m on my way to a fancy dress do at my school reunion, and b) I’ve lost my 40 year old mind…?

So I erred on the side on preppy, which has fared me well on many an occasion. The elements of school uniform are all there: gingham shirt, necktie (hmm very Blair Waldorf), loafers and a stripey blazer. As usual for me with EBEW there’s nothing new here, I’ve just discovered a new way of putting existing items together.

You know what? I loved it. I think the touches of orange stopped it getting into serious school uniform territory, and I hadn’t worn the necktie in so long even though I love it so. I felt really rather smart, at least for the office πŸ™‚

Hope you’re all having a great week!!

CATHERINE Signature - SMALL

Shirt: Marks & Spencer, Necktie: ASOS*, Trousers: Topshop, Blazer: Very (old), Belt: ASOS, Loafers: ASOS, Watch: Debenhams, Rings: ASOS*

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EBEW - Back To School

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56 Comments

  1. September 11, 2012 / 12:34 pm

    Amazing! I love your photo's they are beautiful!

  2. September 11, 2012 / 12:55 pm

    I really love this look Catherine! I love the preppy elements mixed with the classic pieces. The neck tie is so chic and the splashes of colour add quirky and unexpected detail! A favourite look for sure, love love love preppy-chic πŸ™‚

    Take care,

    Daniella xox

  3. September 11, 2012 / 1:12 pm

    Wonderful interpretation of the school uniform – so modern, fresh and chic. Love the orange mocs.

  4. September 11, 2012 / 1:34 pm

    Gosh, so glad to be reading blogs again! And yours especially. The little bow on this shirt is just the most lovely thing in the world. I've been wanting to try a bow like that! ASOS had some cute ones, but I couldn't decide. Anyway, love the outfit (again). I'm in love with it all. Also your hair color. And your face. What is your skin care routine?! It's flawless!
    xo
    Olivia
    http://www.wanderlust-and-such.blogspot.com

    • September 13, 2012 / 11:17 am

      Welcome back, Olivia (I wondered where you'd gone)! Oh and thank you SO much for the lovely compliments =she blushes=!!

      I do take care of my skin as much as possible: I never, ever sleep in my makeup, and have a very basic cleanse, tone and moisturise routine. I make sure my day moisturiser has SPF in it, and I have improved my diet a lot over the last few years to include lots of fruit and veg and less of the crap we all eat… at least 3 pints of water a day too. Oh and I swear by Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream for all sorts, from dry patches on your face (my skin hates the winter) to healing nicks on your legs. It's expensive but lasts a long time – you only ever need a teeny tiny amount.

      All sounds very goody-two-shoes but all of that (plus sleep) is the best thing for skin! Hope that helps sweetie xoxo

  5. September 11, 2012 / 1:40 pm

    You are so on point with this look. I recently joined the world of employment and I'm leaning heavily on your style for work wear inspiration. I hope you don't mind!!! Love this look and even though I'm late for the EBEW submission I'm going to try it!
    xo
    Audrey
    http://inches2style.blogspot.com

  6. September 11, 2012 / 2:04 pm

    oh my gosh you look amazing!! and you are rocking that gingham shirt and necktie. so fabulous! hopping over from EBEW! <3

  7. September 11, 2012 / 2:11 pm

    It's so funny, I was actually thinking the same thing! What do I wear for this EBEW theme without looking like I lost my mind? πŸ™‚ Great look, I would wear this outfit in the office too!
    Katherine
    http://styleidoscope.blogspot.com

  8. September 11, 2012 / 2:11 pm

    see i thought of you as soon as i saw the challenge as i immediately thought of preppy which is soooo you! Love this whole outfit, including the bow, infact the bow is my favourite, it adds prettyness to the masculine preppy look which suits you so so well!xx

  9. September 11, 2012 / 2:55 pm

    By far the coolest back to school outfit. Love how creative you were with this challenge. Adore the necktie! You totally knocked this one out of the part. You would definitely be the best dressed on the first day of school.

  10. September 11, 2012 / 4:35 pm

    You do look very preppy, and very cool with the blazer tossed over your shoulder πŸ™‚ I love that bow-tie so much, and wish I had snapped it up from Asos when I had the chance.

  11. September 11, 2012 / 4:58 pm

    I love it! The stripes, the gingham, the loafers- perfect!

  12. September 11, 2012 / 5:04 pm

    I absolutely LOOOOVE this outfit! The pattern mixing of the stripes and gingham is genius. Thanks for the inspiration. πŸ™‚

  13. September 11, 2012 / 5:20 pm

    This is an OUTSTANDING outfit! And I think it could totally work for back to school. I agree with you, when I think back to school, I think preppy πŸ™‚

  14. September 11, 2012 / 6:25 pm

    I had a similar reaction when I saw this month's theme – I didn't trust myself to pull off the preppy look, so sat this one out, but I knew you would rise to the occasion, and I was right: this is fantastic! I LOVE the bow at the neck – genius!

  15. September 11, 2012 / 7:32 pm

    You look awesome. I like the whole outfit and the bow is excellent.

  16. September 11, 2012 / 9:06 pm

    Catherine – just found you through EBEW and am your newest follower! This outfit really is stunning, and you have such great style overall. I'm a 30-something blogger and PhD student, and I understand the challenges of trying to look cute and put together, while staying age- and job-appropriate. You nailed this look!

    • September 13, 2012 / 11:24 am

      Thanks so much sweetie – and welcome to my blog, it's nice to meet you! I'll pop over and say hi on yours :)))

  17. September 11, 2012 / 9:30 pm

    I think you look amazing! Such a classy, preppy look. πŸ˜‰ And I love those loafers – awesome! πŸ˜‰

  18. September 11, 2012 / 9:53 pm

    Your striped jacket has always been a favorite of mine! It looks great with the shirt and the necktie.

  19. September 11, 2012 / 11:06 pm

    Catherine – that face! You are stunning. I can only hope I look even close as beautiful some day.

    And of course I love your outfit. Anything prep wins me over every time.

    • September 13, 2012 / 11:31 am

      Oh my goodness, Franziska – that's so sweet of you, I'm so flattered!!!! And believe me, you are a stunning girl right now, sweetie! Thank you so much :)))))))))))

  20. September 12, 2012 / 12:57 am

    the bow tie is a cool school-girlish touch. Lovely look!

  21. September 12, 2012 / 1:11 am

    I think the preppy look is great, and I really like the bow tie.

  22. September 12, 2012 / 2:01 am

    cute, i think you hit the look just right, preppy, men's wear and little fun
    brett

  23. September 12, 2012 / 4:55 am

    Oh, I love this look! Perfect autumn look. (Very sweet bead detailing on the bow, too!)

    xoxo
    Remy

    mydailythreads.blogspot.com

  24. September 12, 2012 / 10:05 am

    I love this look Catherine!
    Your wee bow tie is gorgeous & those pants are a great cut xo

  25. September 12, 2012 / 10:23 am

    Gorgeous school girl indeed, dear Catherine.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  26. September 12, 2012 / 1:38 pm

    Catherine, you are a vision – as you always are! My favourite elements are the necktie, blazer, and your sleek hairstyle. All of this is probably a redundant comment, but I must say again – beautifully done, my friend!

  27. September 12, 2012 / 4:18 pm

    LOVE tying bows on collared shirts…it does have some fun school girl charm πŸ™‚ You look gorgeous.

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

  28. September 12, 2012 / 8:46 pm

    So sweet. I am in love with the bow. Need one.

  29. September 12, 2012 / 9:44 pm

    I think you've done it really well! I would've been scared by that challenge as well.. I really must join in with everybody everywhere!

  30. September 12, 2012 / 9:47 pm

    I like the preppy look, and I agree, you didn't go too far so it doesn't look costume-y.

  31. September 12, 2012 / 9:57 pm

    I love it, Catherine! I think you struck the balance very well. Truth be told, I had a "school girl" look styled, but the pics turned out horribly. Bad lighting, wrinkly skirt, etc. NOT cute. But back to your outfit, I'm loving orange right now, and I do think it keeps your look fresh, with just a nod to the elements of school-girlishness. Thanks for posting, Lovely Lady!!!

  32. September 13, 2012 / 11:27 am

    Love this look – you look fab πŸ™‚

  33. September 13, 2012 / 2:53 pm

    Absolutely blimmin love those loafers. x

  34. September 13, 2012 / 7:52 pm

    I LOVE this outfit. One of my EBEW favorites, for sure. That top is especially amazing; the fit is just gorgeous. And I love the bow tie!

  35. September 15, 2012 / 12:43 am

    Love this preppy look and I think you look amazing, Catherine! I have never worn a necktie but it looks awesome on you and paired with that gingham shirt and orange loafers, the look is super chic! Stopping by from EBEW.

    Jenny
    http://www.jensoutfitjournal.com

  36. September 17, 2012 / 2:25 am

    This is such a gorgeous outfit.

  37. September 28, 2012 / 6:26 pm

    I had no idea there was a name for my style! I'm 44 and still like to dress like a school-girl. (In a tasteful and appropriate way of course!)

  38. August 17, 2013 / 6:15 pm

    Thanks for your great information, the contents are quiet interesting.I will be waiting for your next post.
    Candy Lingerie

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