Esquire’s Academic Clothes Curriculum, 1947


Yesterday Esquire announced that David Granger is out as editor after helming the magazine for nearly 20 years. His replacement is Jay Fielden, who had been overseeing Town & Country.

Will Esquire return to the way it was from the ’30s to the ’60s? Not likely. All the more reason to put your subscription money to the Esquire archives instead.

Pictured here is another great find by Ivy Style commenter and Facebook group member Carmelo. Note that it’s skewed more to national collegiate style rather than Ivy specific, and that the two have commonalities and differences. — CC






8 Comments on "Esquire’s Academic Clothes Curriculum, 1947"

  1. Señor Yuca | January 30, 2016 at 3:26 pm |

    The guy in the mac (top right of the main pic) looks particularly good.

  2. Señor Yuca | January 30, 2016 at 3:27 pm |

    Although his cuffs are a bit small.

  3. T&C. Should we anticipate an Esquire cover story on The Preppiest Esquire subscriber.

  4. I bought the archive pass so I could read the Buckley vs Vidal missives. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the old ads.

  5. If you spot anything post-worthy let me know. I’m gradually making my way through George Frazier’s columns.

  6. They seemed to wear a lot more brown than we do today.

  7. Henry Contestwinner | February 2, 2016 at 1:04 am |

    Montgomery Ward catalogues from “back in the day” show suits in various shades of blue, green, and brown, available with sporting features such as action backs, half-belts, and shoulder gussets. Not so many patterns, as I recall, but interesting weaves galore. Then again, many men used to wear suits daily, including weekends, and so perhaps in addition to their “fancy” suits for dress-up occasions, they had casual suits for regular occasions. It seems that college campuses were seen as inherently casual locations—for daytime dressing, anyway. Nighttime party clothes are another matter entirely!

  8. Henry Contestwinner | February 2, 2016 at 2:30 pm |

    Incidentally, I found those images at the Houndstooth Kid’s hibernating blog:

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