Clothes

Prepare For Descent: The Shoulder Angle Alteration

Earlier this summer I met with Lee Denslow of Emerson Bespoke, a Connecticut-based clotheshorse who’s having a blast running a little side business making custom clothing. Lee was making me a tweed sportcoat (which I’ll share soon), and the measuring and finishing was done by his associates at Alterations Master, located just a few doors


The Red Sweater In ’80s Brooks Brothers Catalogs, Plus Current Stock

Quick, before we reach peak red sweater! Here are some scans from Brooks Brothers catalogs from the early ’80s, featuring red sweaters for men and women, plus a turtleneck and sclarlet vest:     As for what’s currently available, there are a few, though no cable knits. Here’s a wool crewneck for $148: Wool v-neck,


The Red Sweater

I turned on the debate last night for 30 seconds before switching it off to watch my DVD from Netflix, which, by bizarre coincidence, was “The Fall Of The Roman Empire.” So this morning I awoke to an email from Ivy Style contributor James Kraus. Apparently it doesn’t take much to distinguish oneself sartorially these


Ivy Chic, Japanese Edition

Does “Ivy chic” live in Japan? It does to my eye, as evidenced in this bold, simple, and elegant look from a Japanese member of Ivy Style’s Facebook group. He said he’s wearing a vintage Brooks Brothers nailhead suit, white Brooks shirt, and black knit tie from Atkinson’s (also note TV fold handkerchief). Wonder what


Stop Saying “Suiting”

Misuses of language have a way of spreading like viruses. For years now sportscasters have been using the term “reactionary” instead of “reactive.” Reactionary, of course, means politically ultra-conservative, not “characterized by athletic reaction.” The same guys also like to analyze the “enormity” of the situation, when in fact “enormity” means excessive wickedness, not a


Panel Discussion: The Brooks Brothers Patchwork Cardigan

I spied this in Brooks the other day — you can see why it was hard to miss. The new patchwork cardigan — includes 20 different panels and 15 colors — is made of lambswool and priced at $498. According to Brooks’ website (which also notes the designer spent 30 hours on it), the sweater



Neo-Prep Lives At The Harriman Cup

While I was away in Cape Cod last week, my new “nephew” Al Castiel III crashed at my place so he could attend the Harriman Cup polo tournament on Long Island. What he found was that neo-prep lives, with Harriman putting the H in GTH. Here’s his insufferable report. — CC * * * Early


Premature Unpackulation

Men who are “mad for clothes,” as Charlie of The Andover Shop likes to say, are a funny lot. Wearied from summer and the monotony of donning as few and as thin of layers as possible, they’re simply dying to break out the fall layers. And so they invariably go online the day after Labor


Vello d’Oro: Brooks Launches New Golden Fleece Collection

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported on a new Golden Fleece collection from Brooks Brothers meant to be modern and casual. I know what you’re thinking: isn’t that what Red Fleece is supposed to be? Apparently, Golden will be kind of like Red’s uncle. Writes Ray A. Smith of the Journal: The 198-year old clothier


A Matter of Taste

De gustibus non disputatum est. In English we know this apothegm as “There’s no accounting for taste.” Much of what is discussed on menswear forums and blogs comes down to personal taste. To illustrate the point, we asked a number of style writers, bloggers and forum posters to name their sartorial pet peeve. One man


My Kinda Clothes: Tassel Loafers And Skull Pants

I grew up in a Catholic, Eastern-European enclave in Pennsylvania coal country. As such, the Ivy League Look is something I’ve consciously adopted. It has not been passed-down to me nor born out of my environment, which I feel has given me total freedom in exploring it. To me it’s almost a form of fiction


End of Summer

This post originally ran September 5, 2009. * * * I can think of no better way to mark the end of summer than with my own end. It’s wrapped in a pair of madras shorts by Ralph Lauren bought last week at an end-of-season sale. And look: There’s a buckle in the back, though


Drake’s Debuts Ultra-Premium, Unfused Oxford With Third Button

The Ivy heyday may be long gone, but we’re truly living in a golden age of the oxford-cloth buttondown. There are so many options currently available that all you need to do is set your budget and priorities and there should be plenty to choose from. For those with bulbous budgets — or collectors willing


Foolhardy? The Buttondown Foulard Shirt

Something caught my eye in Brooks Brothers recently: a blue buttondown shirt with a foulard-type pattern. It conjured up visions of Gant ads from the mid to late ’60s, or something like that. I did some Google searching but was unable to come up with a vintage image; perhaps someone can help. Speaking of Gant,


Light in the Loafers

Here at Ivy Style HQ, I’ve lately taken to wearing socks lighter in shade than my trousers, such as a light-gray sock paired with charcoal pants and black tassel loafers. There’s something about light socks that puts a spring in your step. As you move, you catch the light color from the corner of your



Simple Informality: CC’s Ten Style Commandments

Recently I was asked to participate in a new side project from Christian Barker, my former editor at The Rake. Barker founded a site called Men’s Top Tens, part of which consists of style commandments from his colleagues in the menswear, media and luxury goods industries. The piece gives me an opportunity to talk about


Attention Casual Office Dwellers: Come Over To The Trad Side

This post may seem like it’s preaching to the choir, but in any given month about 50% of Ivy Style’s traffic consists of first-time visitors. So this is one is for those who are logging on for the first time. And for all you regulars, here’s something to pass along to your coworkers to help


Frugal Trad: The $15 Indian Madras Shirt

A couple of nights ago I attended a cozy media event sponsored by Allen Edmonds. Not much news to report, though there may be some coming: I made two suggestions on shoes they should produce. Afterwards I realized I was just a few blocks away from my favorite source for Levi’s: JC Penney in Herald


A Different Kind Of Belgian Chocolate

And you thought bit loafers were polarizing? Precocious menswear buff Al Castiel III, a Boston University student spending his summer interning in New York in the Paul Stuart custom department, herein offers an ode to the dainty, delicate footwear specimen known as the Belgian Shoe. * * * Just off the corner of Park Avenue