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On this Valentine’s Day, we’ll honor the occasion with an example of the humor — in this case, mildly bawdy — that has always played a role in the Ivy League Look.

Case in point, the above vintage suspenders with matching sock garters from J. Press. They’re currently for sale on Etsy, where the seller claims they date from the ’30s and is asking $250 for them.

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Turns out Chipp offered the very same thing, as evidenced in these shots from a former eBay listing:

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Even Brooks got in on the act:

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Evidently the motif was called “Daphne” and can be traced back to the New York shop of Calvin Curtis.

Now all that remains is the following question: just what kind of man wears sock garters? — CC

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