Once again, The Amazing Tom provides a round-up of Ivy-relevant articles for us.
Up first is this article in the Wall Street Journal about mixing patterns. I have a simple rule for myself, DON’T. Unless it is a tie. Then, never stripes with stripes. Some people pull it off, I am not amongst them. In fact, most of the time I only wear one thing that even has a pattern to it. And where I really struggle is suit/sportcoat pattern applied next to a tie.
Next, this article from The NY Times about how flaunting your status has become subtle. It is brilliant in that… it’s Ivy. It could be argued that Ivy was a subtle way of flaunting status during the hey. Right? Reasonable car, reasonable briefcase, but a closet full of things that are not necessarily the most comfortable all the time, but you wear them to show people who you are. And who you were, in the hey, was a college student at an Ivy League school. Status, ahem. The article also has this fantastic quote from Bunny Mellon that, yeah, is Ivy. “Nothing should be noticed.”
And finally, again from the NY Times, a photographic retrospective of Tony Bennett’s style. There’s not a stitch of Ivy in it, but it is Tony Bennett so who cares?