Clothes

Knit-Picky: The Streamlined Style of P. Sears Schoonmaker

Phil Sears Schoonmaker wears a black knit tie 98 percent of the time. This one preference serves as a symbol for his entire approach to dressing. Thirty-seven-year-old Schoonmaker, a New York-based business process consultant, is a living embodiment of the idea that less is more, of restrained taste and bold simplicity. With his superb balancing


Elegant, Sporty & Trad: Your Summer Big-Date Dressing Formula

Since starting this website I’ve looked at countless hundreds of trad outfits. Some on regular guys posted on the web, some in catalogs and magazines, and some on gents I’ve met around the fair city of New York. But one outfit has stood out above all the others, and though it’s been three years since


Shell Cordovan Shoe Care Guide

Kirby Allison of The Hanger Project (Ivy Style’s most prominent and loyal sponsor, so be sure and check them out for your clothes-care needs), has put up a new video on caring for your cordovan shoes. And here it is. — CC


Kamakura’s Looking Ivy Stylish Collection

Kamakura has a new collection on its website called “Looking Ivy Stylish” in conjunction with Graham Marsh. Included is a tab-club collar shirt, something I’ll need to consider as a change of pace from my pinned club collars. Alas Kamakura’s are alpha-sized, but that doesn’t mean a decent fit is impossible. Check out the collection here,


There’s A ‘Sucker Worn Every Minute

Yesterday was National Seersucker Day, which began on Capitol Hill as “Seersucker Thursday.” It went on in DC as usual, with Senator Dianne Feinstein grabbing the spotlight. There aren’t any noteworthy photos of Congressmen worth running. So instead we’ll jump in our sartorial time machine and journey back to May of 1961, when Esquire called


Watch Madras Being Hand-Loomed In India

Castaway Clothing, which recently uveiled some new shirts made in India the old-school way, had some videos of madras fabric being loomed in Chennai, the city formerly known as Madras. At my request Castaway has uploaded the videos to YouTube so we can all see them. Click play to watch the video below: There are



New Summer Fabrics At Michael Spencer

Startup shirtmaker Michael Spencer, the dream of founder Spencer Bennett, continues to grow and has added a number of new summer shirtings. Yes, it’s fun to actually use the word “shirtings” correctly. A variety of seersuckers and poplins are now available. “We are extremely excited about the new fabrics that have been added to the


The Graduate

These photos of a young man with precocious trad-dressing competence were posted over the weekend to Ivy Style’s Facebook group, where they earned instant accolades. The young man, JL, has just graduated high school but is already years ahead in the dressing department. Note the contrast of the sober J. Press suit, blue buttondown, Argyll


Everyone Is Right Wing When It Comes To The Things They Care About

Years ago I came across a quote that goes something like, “Everyone is right-wing when it comes to the things they care about.” I think it may have been attributed to the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, but my attempt to track down the quote via Google came up with nada. The argument goes that


Collective Wisdom: What Suit Should I Buy?

I get a lot of random emails of people asking me for clothing advice. I’m flattered that they value my opinion enough to reach out to me, but mine is just one man’s subjective opinion. Jean-Paul Sartre wrote something to the effect that in asking for my advice you’ve already chosen the answer. Most of


Duck Head Announces Khakis-Only Fall Return

Yesterday Duck Head updated its dormant Facebook page with the announcement that it will return — once again — this fall. The most recent owners burned through their investment capital at a rapid pace with, among other things, the most lavish booth at the New York trade show. If I understand correctly, some of the


Jim Winston Remembers Chipp

Ivy-Style has featured several posts about tailor Paul Winston, who worked at his family’s legendary clothier Chipp from the ’60s to the ’80s. Now we’ll hear from Paul’s brother Jim, a sexegenerian blogger based in Connecticut whose site is called Summer of Jim, and who also spent a quarter of a century at his family’s


Past Imperfect: The Understated Style of the Kennedy Clan

Today we revisit this post from 2009 that examines the Kennedy Clan’s ability to make simple clothes look rich via the wearer and context. * * * In the wake of Edward Kennedy’s death, The Washington Post has a fine appreciation of the Kennedy clan’s perfectly imperfect style. Fashion writer Robin Givhan puts a nice


The Initiation

Pictured is freshman William Song keeping the Ivy Look alive and well at Harvard. He donned this festive outfit for what might be considered the rather serious matter of initiation into the Harvard Crimson Business Board. Wearing a vintage Brooks Brothers blazer, Song says he stopped by The Andover Shop on the same day as


Secrets of Sprezzatura: How to Wear a Crewneck

This post, originally from 2010, is being reposted again (it returned to the front page last October) as a follow-up to the recent shot of Bernie Sanders as a college student. While the bottom photo appears to be a boatneck sweater, the others all appear to be crewnecks worn high in the front on purpose.


It Happens Every Spring

Spring is here, and, while not quite ready to call for my whangee and yellowest shoes like Bertie Wooster, I am getting ready to pack up the woolen tweeds and flannels until fall. Sometime in the next few weeks I will get the summer stuff out of storage at the dry cleaners, and I have been


April In Paris

For your Friday we offer this shot of one of your fellow Ivy enthusiasts from around the globe. Pictured here is Rene at the Eiffel Tower in the city he calls home. Along with his Ivy Style Club Tie, he’s wearing what I assume is a slack jacket from Paris-based J. Keydge. Writes Rene: I


National Library Week: A Bookworm In Bit Loafers And Ball Cap

This week was National Library Week. Yep, there’s a day — or in this case a week — for just about everything. I asked the college men in our Facebook group to submit a photo of them hitting the books, and one man rose to the challenge. Pictured is Ben Schmidt either studying for class


The Ivy Style Community Guide To Keeping Your White Shirts Clean

Recently on the Ivy Style Facebook page, an important question was posed to the members: how do you keep your white shirts looking white, especially around the collar? The post was quickly inundated with various pieces of advice, which ranged from home remedies to professional laundering. The great, and varying, advice from that post has


Well Groomed Conformity

In 1947, a letter from the Student Tailor Shop gave official notice to Princeton’s incoming class of ’51 that the university required its own wardrobe. “The style of clothing worn around the campus,” it read, “is different from that sold in metropolitan centers and home town stores.” From four-button suits and detachable-collar shirts in the


The Story Of The Cape Cod Tartan

Today, in honor of International Tartan Day, associate editor Chris Sharp shares another tale of sartorial esoterica. * * * Three thousand thirty-three miles separates Cape Cod from Scotland, yet this dune-covered land has its own tartan.   You will not find it in any official tartan registry, but it was once one of the items


Doubling Down: The Ivy League Double-Breasted Blazer

Prompted by our post on Roger Sterling’s “acid drenched swinger” look, contributor James Kraus sent us the above scan from a 1966 Sears Christmas catalog showing a couple in matching ensembles of double-breasted blazers and ascots. The natural shoulder, double-breasted sack is a bit of an anomaly in Ivy, and one which fell out of


Grail Blazer

This week I received an email from a young guy just discovering traditional American style. He was in need of a blazer and wanted to know all the proper Ivy details and then where to get one. I offered up the usual suspects, but told him there are many variables, price being the first one.


Return Of The Green Stripe

Brooks Brothers has brought back the university-stripe oxford in green rendered in the new-old (as opposed to the old-new) version with unlined collar and $140 price tag. Brooks has also started making alpha-sized sport shirts the same unlined way and at the same price, but with the chest pocket that was removed on the new-old


The Graduates: Ivy Style Readers Remember Their College Days

Ivy Style asked readers who were around during the heyday of the Ivy League Look to share their reminiscences. Here are some of the responses about clothes and college life back in the day. * * * I’m a Westerner, now 58 years old. My first dealings with Brooks Brothers were when I was in


Fierce Authenticity: The Aran Sweater

The cold will come upon us soon and stay. In preparation I pulled out my faithful Irish handknit. It might come as a surprise to some that the source for this sweater was Lands’ End. The company was stocking their catalogs with some credible country attire at the time, such as moleskin trousers, heavyweight Viyella


Perfect Blend: The Irish Poplin Necktie

According to Atkinsons, makers of Royal Irish poplin, Huguenots brought their silk-weaving craft to Ireland in the 17th century, and where they began blending their silk with a fine local wool. The result is a half-silk, half-wool blend that makes for a necktie with great hand and character, one that belongs in every trad’s neckwear


I Miss Rugby

After a mild start to the year with many sunny days for golf and tennis, a fresh batch of cold weather has hit Ivy Style’s New York headquarters, and so despite being an hour behind following a sneak-attack by Daylight Savings Time, I find myself sitting down to gather my thoughts on a topic I’ve


Spoils Of War: Chens On Khaki For Ralph Lauren Magazine

If World War II had never happened, would khakis have ever become a staple of the American male wardrobe? That’s the question I found myself pondering when my editor at Ralph Lauren Magazine said he wanted me to write a feature on khakis. What in the world was there to say that hadn’t been said?