A reader submitted the fascinating graphic above that supports the assertion around here that the 1967/68 academic school year marks the rapid fall of the Ivy League Look.
The chart shows not the wearing of buttondowns and penny loafers, but the beginning of a sudden spike in facial hair, even mere sideburns.
The spike trends for some five years, peaking around 1973.
You’ll also note a rapid decrease in facial hair among college grads during across the decade of the ’80s, when the clean-cut preppy and yuppie trends were exerting their influence.
Below, a shot of Princeton in 1970 with sideburns, mustaches, beards, and — even more anti-establishment — women. — CC