A Diverse Outfit

Meet Ivy Style reader and Facebook group member TJ Aguilar, and have a look at his outfit. The first thing you’ll notice is the strong sense of whimsy: lobster-emblazoned sneakers, madras belt, collegiate crest tie given to him by a friend.

Now for his serious side: Aguilar is a sergeant in the Tulsa County Sheriff Department, a pretty tough job and certainly one that’s located far from lobsters in their natural habitat. “I’m a sucker for critter anything!” says Sergeant TJ.

Here’s more from the becrittered gentleman, who originally hails from the Philippines:

I teach Cultural Diversity for the agency and soon other agencies throughout the state. I get invited to teach at local colleges and we go throughout the community and engage with the public regarding Cultural Diversity in Law enforcement, a very hot topic right now. About the outfits, I get a lot of hell from other officers. Most of them wear uniforms and when they wear civies, most wear tight muscle t-shirts. Student-wise, I get a lot of complements. l’m present at my kids’ high school and they have copied some of our style. My 16-year-old twin sons have become somewhat of trendsetters. They borrow a lot of my clothes. But I still can’t get them to wear tweeds for now. Someday they will.

And here are a few more shots of Sergeant TJ. — CC

13 Comments on "A Diverse Outfit"

  1. I love the rig Sgt. TJ!

  2. jericho de guzman | August 1, 2017 at 11:58 pm |

    nice to see a fellow filipino having the same taste in clothes

  3. Ezra Cornell | August 2, 2017 at 2:14 am |

    Always pleased that such diverse fans of Ivy get a voice and showcase here. Thanks.

  4. Minimalist Trad | August 2, 2017 at 7:38 am |

    It was a pleasure to see Sgt. Aguilar after the photo of the boors in the previous post.

  5. Totally terrific togs, TJ. I’d be interested to know how you came to embrace the ivy style? I can’t imagine too many in your PD dress as you do? In any event, you do it well. And, I like the flare — a lot, though, personally, I’d pass on the lobster shoes 🙂

  6. Hahaha! Those lobster shoes are divine! I normally wear tassels, penny”s and some horse bits. And of course the bluchers, Oxfords, brogues and bucks during the summer are my go to’s. But sometime I have to cater to my audiences and wear the occasional canvas shoes like these for my millennial frineds. Having teenager son’s that I’m trying to mold to young ivies, I must get out of the box sometimes. But to answer your question about did I embrace the style. I did not embrace it, it’s always been me. I was raised this way and growing up in Catholic and preparatory schools, it just came natural. Now I did a have a few years of midlife crisis and worn some outlandish stuff like muscle shirts (afliction garbage)and big stitch jeans for a couple of years. But for 43 years of existence, this is all I know of how to dress. It’s a life style to me. Not just dressing but the ettiquete, morals and just day to day living. There’s no other way to do it. Excuse my typos, I’m typing all of these in my cell phone as.I’m.getting.ready to rest. ?

  7. Sorry for the grammatical errors. Did not check for typos. Graveyard shift sucks. Bedtime at 2 in the afternoon is a trip! Thanks to G&T’s. Haha

  8. Mabuhay TJ!! Well done!

  9. Charlottesville | August 2, 2017 at 4:49 pm |

    Excellent post, pix and comments, TJ. I especially love the blazer and white bucks. Glad that the RC and prep schools are doing such a great job. My summer working about 50 miles from Tulsa as a teenager was notable for pleasant people and some good Mexican and Tex-Mex style food, but the local culture leaned more toward western wear than Ivy. Not to imply that there’s anything with cowboy boots! I suppose that western wear and Ivy are really to two primary American-grown styles. No wonder Ralph Lauren featured them both so prominently.

  10. Charlottesville | August 2, 2017 at 4:50 pm |

    *the two primary American-grown styles. Sorry.

  11. FrontPorchLife | August 9, 2017 at 5:31 pm |

    Looks good except it appears our friend pictured here is wearing low-rise trousers.

  12. Cuff Shooter | September 5, 2018 at 9:06 am |


    Texas is sartorially interesting as, being where the South meets the West, it is fertile territory for both styles of dress. Think “Giant” with its marriage of Texas cattle rancher and Maryland thoroughbred breeder’s daughter, or prep school comedy “Rushmore”, filmed in Houston and inspired by Wes Anderson’s prep school education there.

  13. Great look and equally good style!

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