Greetings and Happy 2018 from Ivy Style, which is now in its tenth year! To think there was a time when I talked about our sophomore and junior years. That means we’re basically doing our medical residency at this point. Which leads us to the first post of the year, one I won’t call a post-mortem on prepdom. Let’s think of it more as a middle-aged man looking back on his younger days and saying, “Was I really that young and healthy? And did I really wear that?”
Herein is a delightful early document of the ’80s preppy trend, a calendar for the year 1982 (that begins in September of ’81). It comes courtesy of Mark Roberts, who recently found it stashed away in a box of college mementos, and Benjamin Wall III, who scanned it and brought it to Ivy Style’s attention. Both gentlemen are residents of Birmingham Alabama. Wall discovered “The Official Preppy Handbook” in junior high, and Roberts hung the calender during his freshman year at Auburn.
I think you’ll enjoy the images. The calendar’s creators — who had made the “Are You A Preppie?” poster a few years before in 1979 — certainly drove home the critter motif with a sledgehammer. The clothing was provided by Eljo’s. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD