very bow-tie proper preppy

stargazer

Senior Member
Slovenia, Slovenian
Hello!

Could anyone please explain to me what the expression means? I'd be very grateful. It goes like this:
"She was wearing her new black ballet flats. Very bow-tie proper preppy, which she could get away with because she could change her mind in an instant and put on her trashy, pointed knee-high boots and that sexy metallic skirt her mother hated."
Hm, by the way, what does metallic skirt look like/is made of? Thanks :)
 
  • GenJen54

    Senior Member
    USA - English
    Preppy comes from the style that was prevalent in "prep" schools. It suggests upper-class conformity. Men who adhered to the "preppy" dress code used to wear bow ties.

    The author is contrasting this very "prim and proper" look (black satin ballet flats) with her more unconventional style of the metallic skirt and pointed knee-high boots.

    HERE (ahem) is one example of a metallic skirt, and top. Made from a silver lamé stretch fabric.
     

    stargazer

    Senior Member
    Slovenia, Slovenian
    GenJen54 said:
    Preppy comes from the style that was prevalent in "prep" schools. It suggests upper-class conformity. Men who adhered to the "preppy" dress code used to wear bow ties.

    The author is contrasting this very "prim and proper" look (black satin ballet flats) with her more unconventional style of the metallic skirt and pointed knee-high boots.

    HERE (ahem) is one example of a metallic skirt, and top. Made from a silver lamé stretch fabric.

    Thanks! Would a kind of a loose synonym of this expression be "(dressed like) a good (little) girl"? And thanks for the picture. Is this material also known as latex?
     

    GenJen54

    Senior Member
    USA - English
    Would a kind of a loose synonym of this expression be "(dressed like) a good (little) girl"?
    Yes and no. While "a good girl" certainly conveys the idea that she was dressed conservatively, it does not convey the idea of "preppy," which as much as anything conveyed that the person dressing in this manner (traditionally), was a person of wealth.

    Latex is a rubberized product. Medical gloves and many types of condoms are made of latex. While some people do enjoy wearing latex, their reasons for doing so are for another purpose entirely (think fetishism)! :eek:
     

    blancalaw

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    Stargazer, latex is a form of plastic that stretches but does not have pours. Nothing can seep through the material. Examples of latex would be gloves and condoms. Metalic can be any cloth material that looks shiny like metal.

    Another synonym for prepy, in my opinion, would be "flattery" or "overly concerned with appearance". A prep would dress in a flattery fasion to bring attention to his or her appearance.
     

    nycphotography

    Senior Member
    American English
    stargazer said:
    Thanks! Would a kind of a loose synonym of this expression be "(dressed like) a good (little) girl"? And thanks for the picture. Is this material also known as latex?

    The material you are thinking of is called SPANDEX :)
     
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