Black History Month: The Guys Of Ivy’s Facebook Group


I’m rather proud of the fact that Ivy Style, to the best of my knowledge, is the only preppy site on the web to regularly honor Black History Month. After all, as I often point out, it was my piece on Miles Davis and the Andover Shop for RL Magazine that inspired me to launch this website.

This year we pay tribute not to men of the past, but of today. I’d noticed over the past couple of months that there were several guys on our Facebook page that had become the most avid with sharing their outfits were African American. So when February came along I floated the idea by them of having them on the front page, and they said they’d be honored.

In general you’ll notice that when it comes to dressing these guys aren’t hidebound by narrow genre parameters. They embrace colors and juxtapositions. Above all they seem to be having fun with their clothes rather than anxiously sweating abstract or antiquated notions of correctness.

They also look like pretty nice guys. And so for 2015 we salute our very own brethren. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD










23 Comments on "Black History Month: The Guys Of Ivy’s Facebook Group"

  1. E.Conrad Urquart | February 12, 2015 at 3:27 pm |

    Dammit can’t even insult this, good job boys. (and not in the racist meaning of boy.)

  2. Well done!

  3. Thank you for clarifying that, Mr. Urquart…

  4. Shawl-collared cable-knit sweater + bow tie = killin’ it.

  5. I have to admit I’m more than a little jealous of your wardrobe breadth and depth, gentlemen! Nicely done all around.

  6. Nice stuff. Certain of the item are things that I would never wear (bit loafers, critters, . . .) but I realize that my personal irrational foibles are, well, personal irrational foibles.

  7. Loving the tartan trousers, complete with tartan-clad infant! Get ’em when they’re young…

  8. Love the duck tie, and the outfit that goes with it is very nice, too.

  9. These photos show that good taste and race are not related.
    Most “Caucasians” totally lack the taste of these Black gentlemen.

  10. Nice work Chris and gents. The baby steals the show.

  11. Ezra Cornell | February 13, 2015 at 5:33 am |

    Wonderful! An inspiration.

  12. I can’t decide if Camfords comment is more of an oxymoron or the paternalistic, patronizing views of a liberal with white guilt.

  13. Charlottesville | February 13, 2015 at 10:38 am |

    All great. I especially love the gorgeous broken herringbone coat with the Tattersall shirt, brown duck tie, and cords. Also the similar outfit with plaid tweed coat. Well done indeed!

  14. All are great. See what happens when you forget about stupid sh!t like collar roll, other people’s style rules, and other menswear afflictions? Men with style enjoying their clothes.



  15. The most interesting thing about this post to me is how positive all of the comments have been. I thought I was on the wrong blog for a moment.

  16. I wouldn’t try to pull off wearing those white and green bucks, but nice post. And, MLK was right that it’s about content of character…

  17. Charlottesville | February 13, 2015 at 12:33 pm |

    OCBD — Hear hear! We can get a bit snarky with one another at times. The positive tone is very welcome.

  18. Bags' Groove | February 13, 2015 at 1:10 pm |

    Oh, don’t worry Charlottesville, you’ll soon be embroiled in the snarky (snarky?)….if you don’t watch out!

  19. A.E.W. Mason | February 13, 2015 at 2:01 pm |

    Very nice. And I especially like to see sanity brought back to lapel widths. Excellent.

  20. The gents in photos five and seven are nailing the Anglo-Ivy look I’ve really come to appreciate.

  21. Well, excepting the saddle shoes, which I don’t think I’ll ever come around to.

  22. love the saddle shoes but finding them in a 2E wide is proving difficult

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