A few notes, make of them what you will. First, a word about the dialogue in the profile of Evan and about editing comments in general. I made a note in a comment on that profile, because the comment was stupid. Really stupid. There is a way to constructively criticize, and that lifts us all up. There is a way not to, and that way is stupid. Stupid gets curated. Also, so you know, there is a software applied to this blog because of its size, called Akismet. It does a great job of not exposing you all to 322 Viagra ads a day. And occasionally it nicks a comment that it shouldn’t. I run through them every day, but after the first few dozen “You can have a 12 hour whatever” ads I gloss over, so I may miss something. Just email me at John_Burton@Ivy-Style.com and let me know. I assure you it isn’t personal.
Got a lot of feedback in emails (some people are reluctant to post comments because of the abovementioned, which is being remedied right the you-know-what now) about the What Next? piece – and what should be next? We get it, Trad is back (the unindoctrinated call it Preppy, which is fine too I guess) and the tie lives on and so forth. So what’s the next step? We have to consider expanding the canon. By just a few items. For background, here is something I posted in the FB group yesterday:
I’ve noticed something, see if you agree with me. There is a knack to Ivy – as important as knowing what to add is knowing what not to add. Piling one Ivy element on top of another might make for a thicker Ivy sandwich but not necessarily a better one. The Ivy aesthetic is value-based, and the idea is to reflect an appreciation for the classics while interpreting them. Simply layering pattern on pattern and then geometrically expanding your efforts, even if they don’t clash, or throwing a few Ivy staples over whatever else you have on – I am not sure that is Ivy. In fact, I am pretty sure it is not. For all its nuance Ivy is essentially pretty simple. Classic, traditional fashion interpreted through your own lens, with a respect for what made the elements classic to begin with. And it isn’t hey-kids-get-off-my-lawn thinking to practice reservation, either. One can be a thin chef. The “If you don’t like what I am wearing you don’t think Ivy can expand” mantra is the acid reflux of the insecure. A few Ivy items, smartly organized, and then YOU make the statement.
That said, what to add so that we can add a few colors to the wheel here? Two things, for your consideration:
The 1/4 zip pullover. Breathe in through your nose, out through your mouth, and give me a paragraph here. First, we have to accept that it has already received a nod not just from Brooks (I wrote Mr. Bastian last night for the first time proposing an interview), but from some of the niche smaller brands that fill out the Ivy approved vendor list. I get that this might be an accommodation to the market, but sometimes you gotta let the market tell you what your house is worth, right? It is also to be noted that it has not been welcomed by some of the other anchors. But the argument is threefold:
- You have one in your closet anyway. You aren’t going to admit it here, but we both know you do.
- The 1/4 zip pullover does solve a lot of problems. It gives you a V if you want to demonstrate a tie (and please do). It is less formal but formal enough (yes Trad is coming back but not without concessions). It comes up on the back of the neck which offers a better line if you aren’t going to work on your posture. It introduces textures (oh hello, Cable) that otherwise fall by the wayside to some. You can run a Tee underneath it (gray, please, preferably alma mater) if you are running out for weekend coffee. And so forth.
- The reemergence of Trad is a handshake where both parties have to extend. This is the least intrusive extension.
My second candidate is the blue jean. The argument is threefold:
- You have jeans in your closet anyway. You aren’t going to admit it here, but we both know you do.
- I used to get beat up by Heydayers about blue jeans, until I made submitted the following geometrical proof. You wore wheat jeans. Wheat jeans are jeans. Wheat jeans are the color of wheat. You wear white oxfords. You also wear blue oxfords. Blue oxfords are the same color as blue jeans. If it is okay to wear blue oxfords, it is okay to wear blue jeans. That quieted them down.
- Jeans are a gateway drug, so you have to be careful. There are a ton of sub-rules. Probably a post unto its own, but for the purposes of this piece, just think classic. If it doesn’t feel classic, it ain’t. Let that be your guide until I can get the other post up.
A few more notes before the weekend:
If you haven’t subscribed, do so. Why? Because advertisers are going to offer things to Ivy-Style members, but they can’t if they don’t know who you are. A site redesign is coming, and so is another piece by Zoe, probably next week or so. I also have a great piece about jazz and Ivy (I swear, it isn’t what you’ve read before) that got submitted.
Alright – have a great weekend – JB