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Emerald Aisle: Shopping Green Oxford Cloth

For no discernable reason, I recently developed a mini-obsession with the color green. I picked up some polo shirts, a striped belt from J. Press, and a few other things. Among the purchases was a pair of shorts in mint-green oxford cloth (Polo, natch), which finally brought things to the tipping point and inspired a blog post. But


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Bled Dry: New David Wood Bleeding Madras Shirts Sell Out Instantly

A few lucky souls are skipping through the dog days of summer in new bleeding madras shirts. The eclectic and sartorially resplendent haberdasher David Hodgkins of David Wood Clothiers in Portland, Maine reintroduced the fabric last Thursday, and were sold out in 24 hours by word-of-mouth alone. Priced at $175, the shirts were based on


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Welcome To The Dating Apocalypse

Earlier this summer I wrote an essay about college dating in which I modestly proposed that young women take back control of the courship process by demanding committed relationships. I ended up taking the story down not because of any backlash, but because further reading on the subject led me to realize that my quaint


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Lionhearted: The Big-Cat Motif At Brooks, Polo And Others

“Lionhearted” actually means brave and valiant. But in the headline I like to think it’s a double-entendre expressing affection for big cats. After all, it’s August, the month of Leo. And there just aren’t many lions left out in the wild. But thanks to heraldry, the lion is a popular symbol on ties, slippers and athletic


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Pennies On The Dollar: Jack Erwin’s Affordable Loafer

And you thought there were a lot of choices for oxford-cloth buttondowns? Now there’s another penny vying for your nickels. A few days ago I spied the recently released Charlie loafer from Jack Erwin when it started popping up on Google ads. I’d never heard of the company and sent a brief message of inquiry.


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Ivy League Style For Today Thread Reaches 1,000 Posts

Today an important chronicle of Internet Ivy — the “Ivy League style for today” thread at FNB’s Talk Ivy forum — has reached a milestone, surpassing 1,000 member posts. Going strong (or at least going) for seven years now, it contains outfits brilliant and bland, trolling and counter-trolling. In other words, pretty much like every other


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Duck Head Takes Flight

Last week was market week here in New York, and by far the highlight of the MR show at Javits Center was the booth of recently relaunched heritage brand Duck Head. The owners thought very highly of their presentation, which included a truck and trailer, and they had reason to be: no one else had


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From The Ends Of The Earth: International Elements Of The Ivy-Preppy Wardrobe

This post, which features much input from our Facebook group, was inspired by a recent comment decrying bit loafers for their Italian origin. It got me thinking about what other items associated with the Ivy League Look and preppy style have origins outside the UK and Ireland. Here’s what we came up with, presented alphabetically.


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Brooks Brothers’ Take Ivy Bermuda Shorts

  I still stop by and bang golf balls on the third floor at Brooks whenever I’m passing through Midtown. Recently I spied two pairs of madras shorts that had a real heyday vibe, thanks to the color palettes of olive and burgundy. They certainly feel like they’d be more at home in the pages


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Bite Down: The Shark And Beer Motifs

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post about “Jaws” and Narragansett beer, we continue Shark Week with these suds and killer-fish items from tradly brands and retailers. Also check out Shark Week pages at Country Club Prep and Tucker Blair. Above and below, Castaway Clothing’s Infested Sharks shorts: Cheap Buzz belt by Belted Cow:   Crabs


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Red Pants Roundup

As the red, white and blue weekend draws to a close (don’t forget to cheer for the RW&B tonight in the Women’s World Cup final), here’s a roundup of all (well, most) of Ivy Style’s coverage of red pants over the years, including articles, links, photos and random references to Nantucket. Anyone bought a pair



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Five Years Ago — The Underappreciated Yellow Oxford

This post originally ran five years ago this week. * * * For a certain breed of trad purist, there are only four shirts worth wearing: oxford-cloth button-downs in white, blue, pink and yellow. White and blue are everyday staples of the office wardrobe, and pink is the iconic color, leaving yellow in fourth place,


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White Collar Crimes

In our last post, the Millennial Fogey talked about his penchant for shirts with contrasting white collars. Clearly they weren’t a defining staple of the genre during the heyday. But they’ve long been offered by the usual suspects, though likely worn by men whose most recent time on campus was for a class reunion. Call it Tycoon


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Squeeze Into This

J. Press windbreaker currently on eBay with Buy It Now of $250. Wear it to the Yale Club and see whether they let you in. — CC


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Full Rise, Narrow Leg: The Ivy Style Khaki Project

Take a look at the illustration in this vintage advertisement: would you like pants like that? Recently I’ve been in talks with a menswear manufacturer about making a batch of khakis with a very specific cut: full rise with a leg that tapers to a relatively narrow opening. It’s a very heyday kind of look


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‘Sucker Bait: Guess The Maker

National Seersucker Day is a week from today. To get the festivities started, see if you can guess the maker of the jacket above, which is currently for sale by an American retailer. The jacket has a 3/2 roll, patch pockets, and no darts (though obviously some shaping). — CC



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Scoundrelous!

Did designers at Ralph Lauren find a fountainhead of inspiration in the Rand-reading, madras-clad scoundrel from “Dirty Dancing?” This outfit from the Spring/Summer 2015 collection, at least from the waist up, echoes the screen shot in our last post. — CC


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Madras Season Now Open; Nostalgic Fun Encouraged

Madras season is officially open, and what better way to declare it than with these shorts, found inside an Orvis catalog that arrived on Saturday. A few years ago — during, say, the heyday of American Living — you may have noticed how it seemed like all the patch madras out there was excessively bright


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The New Sobriety?

In the Put This On article about the rise and fall of early 21st-century neo-prep, I was quoted saying that perhaps the next stage will be a rediscovering of the sober side of the trad-Ivy-preppy genre. After all, “all fashion ends in excess,” as the old adage goes, and once this stage has been reached


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Rising Sun: Kamakura’s New Summer Collection

Today Kamakura unveiled its summer collection. The model is pretty scruffy and many of the shirts are spread collar, but those of you who appreciate variety might enjoy some of the alpha-sized buttondowns available in fabrics such as linen and breathable 36-gauge knit, which is pictured above. The company has also announced it will open


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Badge Of Honor: The Blue Blazer At Hampden-Sydney

As a counter to the recent discussion about loutish behavior among fraternity men, here’s a delightfully dignified video from Hampden-Sydney College about the importance of proper dress, anchored by the blue blazer, “our badge of honor.” — CC & CS