Historic Images

Style On A Student Budget: Remembering The Yale Co-op

Founded in 1885 to provide carriage rides, tobacco and dry goods to the university community, the Yale Co-op was America’s second-oldest university store when it closed in 2000. The Yale Cooperative Corporation, called “Yale’s commercial alter ego” by the New York Times, was an insular institution. Yale alumni, faculty, students and employees could become members

As You Can See, Not Much Has Changed: Atlanta’s H. Stockton

Atlanta’s H. Stockton belongs to that small cadre of independent menswear shops still in existence. It also belongs to that group of retailers that offered soft-shouldered clothing to a Southern clientele. Spokesman Glenn Au dug through the archives and sent along these images showing the store’s family (that’s Hamilton Stockton, Jr. above), sales associates, and

Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, In Your Christmas Loafers

Gentlemen, I humbly beseach your patience at this time. Since mid-November I’ve been distracted with settling my affairs in New York, proofing and edits of my work of sartorial fiction about to come out, and working on Trad Man (which was going to launch on Christmas Day). And now, while the past three weeks in

Those Lapels

A terrific vintage illustration, presumably late ’40s to early ’50s judging by those lapels. You’ll likely wish to copy everything but those.  Update: original source found:

The Game

The annual Harvard-Yale football game — known to students and alumni simply as The Game — has been played since 1875 and alternates each year between Harvard Stadium and the Yale Bowl. The Game is famous for its always-waning-but-never-quite-dead tradition of genteel tailgating, nowadays conducted alongside college parties more squarely within the “Animal House” tradition.

Boyfriend Jacket: The Vassar Girl and the Ivy League Look

When Marilyn Monroe steps onto the screen in “Some Like It Hot,” wearing elaborate furs and gowns, her soft blond curls swept into an elegant chignon, she spends much of her time pretending to be a wealthy, well-to-do Vassar student. She is a classic example of Hollywood’s vision of the Vassar Girl: the stereotypical rich,

Should We Just Give Up?

I’m sure you can think of a lot of things that make you just want to give up. Whitney Darrow, Jr. could certainly sympathize. He was a midcentury cartoonist whose work appeared in The New Yorker, among other places. These panels are from a 1966 collection, and many of them are strangely apropos to the

Student Body: First Coeds at Princeton

In 1969 the old-boy network at America’s most stylish university was broken with the admission of female students. The fellow above is clearly pleased with the change. Not only in the student body (and what a body it is), but with campus fashion. Sartorially speaking, the pivotal year of change — 1967 — was two years

Bass From The Past

This selection of vintage Bass Weejun ads comprised one of Ivy-Style’s earliest posts. Check out this next one from the pivotal year of 1967: Weejuns and wingtips juxtaposed to sandals and flower-power graphics. Post updated with a few new images, including a couple of snazzy loafer-clad guys. — CC  

Still Fresh: Yale Freshmen from the LIFE Archives

From LIFE Magazine‘s 1964 story on Yale freshman Tim Thompson, which Ivy-Style covered here. Thompson, clad in black Chuck Taylors, reading Camus’ “The Stranger” — in French (this is Yale). Note neckties draped over lamp behind him: Thompson with back to camera, showing third collar button: Bow tie with club collar: Pinned club collar with

HSM Archives Finale: A Youthful Look of Slim Straightness

When I first moved to New York in late 2009 the Hartmarx Corporation gave me a couple of private views of their advertising archives. These are the last images I was able to grab. They date from the 1950s and document the trend in menswear to the natural-shouldered look. The final document has a nice breakdown

We Are Old Men Who Are Dressed Like Fashion Gods

The above headline is our comment of the week courtesy of “Old School Tie.” This is the energy that should course through us every time we get dressed! Let me tell you a little story. Two summers ago the small remains of my family vacationed together in Newport. I’d been there before, to attend the

Engineered Garments: MIT’s Class of ’56

Students in science and technology today aren’t exactly known for their style (then again, what students are?) But in 1956, MIT’s graduating class of 900 was better dressed than just about any random group of 900 people you could find anywhere today. There are also some real characters in there. Perhaps you need the poster

HSM Archives: The Suit that Fits to a Tea

Previously we’ve posted on the 1956 prep-school angst film “Tea and Sympathy.” Here’s an image from the Hart, Schaffner & Marx archives, undated but from roughly the same time. Call this one Tea and Approval. The older gent is obviously the girl’s father, and clearly approves of her suitor’s suit. And here’s an interesting tribute

HSM Archives: Big Men On Campus

Here are some more early collegiate images from the Hart, Schaffner & Marx archives. Check out the nonchalance of the guy in the chair above: college sweater with formal pumps — now that’s a juxtaposition. Below, “prep” clothes: Back when college men were fastidious consumers of clothing.

X Marx the Spot: The Treasure of the HSM Archives

As we make our way through the Ivy Style archives, I see that this post originally ran on my 40th birthday. Having just arrived in New York (that’s right, life really does begin again at 40), this was one of my first appointments. * * * Recently I was invited to Hickey Freeman on New