Fashion

Fit to Print: Introducing Grim & Proper, Day 1

Fashion

Fit to Print: Introducing Grim & Proper, Day 1

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For the second edition of BULLETT’s Fit to Print, the classic prep look gets a dose of danger with darker lips, moodier hues, and a just-rolled-out-of-bed edge. “Prep,” for many people, is a way of life rather than a form of dress, and for those with Waspier tendencies, it’s all about a clean, crisp, and classic sort of uniform and lifestyle. Towels and boat-n-totes are monogrammed from birth, and proper etiquette is a commandment. But as boarding school beckons, so too does rebellion.

Nautical-flag suspenders and grosgrain ribbons are left behind at the dining hall; lobster-printed seersucker sundresses are replaced with Alexander McQueen skulls; and peacoats are tossed aside in favor of lamb’s leather and mink. Ms. Grim and Proper trades in her L.L. Bean tote for a black Proenza Schouler PS1. Her fresh-faced take on beauty darkens with the addition of a bold brow and a deep, purple lip. It’s her initial dance with true self-expression, after years of her parent’s staunchly conservative beliefs and impossible expectations. In her crisp white oxford and pearls, she still walks with impeccable posture, but this time in leather pants and loafers.

She always minds her P’s and Q’s—don’t get us wrong—but she’s much less cautious about dotting her i’s and crossing her t’s. Traces of her dark lips can be found along the rim of her martini glasses (dirty, naturally) and monogrammed cigarette holder. Pinks and greens fade into blacks and shades of gray as her edgier wardrobe emerges from the depths of her closet, where forgotten porcelain dolls sit perched beneath piles of sedimentary argyle.