Slim Aarons, Chronicler Of Old Money And The Jet Set

Maybe it’s because I’m a photographer myself, maybe it’s because I’m from a town and work at a club which he photographed on multiple occasions, or maybe it’s because I, like anyone else, don’t mind looking at glossy pictures of “attractive people in attractive places doing attractive things” (his words, not mine), but I’ve always

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From The Archives

JFK At Work And Play

A lot of original photos of JFK has gone on the auction block at Bonhams. There are a couple of sartorial details worth noting. The photos are from 1954, when Kennedy hadn’t fully sanitized his wardrobe of Ivy affectation in order to better reflect the American public via the medium of television. In the photo

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Southern Frat: The 1979 “Are You a Preppie?” Poster

Ivy-Style has just learned from a top-notch (and top drawer) source, who will be the subject of our next post, the identity of the creator of the late ’70s dorm-room poster “Are You a Preppie?” Long before he went on to helm such films as “Patch Adams,” “Ace Ventura” and “Liar, Liar,” Tom Shadyac created


Here’s To A Preptastic Year: The 1982 “Prep For All Seasons” Calendar

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



Out With The Old

… and in with the new. Once again it’s been my pleasure and privilege to inform and entertain you for another year. And special thanks to all the wonderful contributors we’ve featured in 2017. Next year will mark Ivy Style’s 10th year, as we cruise towards 2,000 posts. Let’s all resolve to look, feel and


What A Pain: Anatomy Of The Angry Internet User — Updated

As the year comes to a close, here’s some food for thought from a piece that originally posted in 2012. I’ve spent most of this year doing deep self-work in the effort to become a better person, reading psychology, and watching hundreds of hours of lectures and documentaries, including New Age stuff on the vibrational


Reader Poll: How Ivy Are You?


The Year I Found My Style


Merry Christmas From Ivy Style Readers


Golden Years: Christmas During World War II

During World War II, Yale professors still wore tweeds, but the boys they taught would soon graduate into khaki. Behind Woolsey Hall are the many rows of names of the boys who never came back. My father, Paul Press, was a riveter who made M-70 rifles at the Winchester factory on Dixwell Avenue in New


Old New York With A Modern Twist: Fiction From Chensvold Now Available At Amazon

Gentlemen, I’m pleased to announce that after many years I’ve returned to fiction and have just released a mini-book via Amazon. It’s a short story entitled “The Disengage” — a fencing term that has several meanings in the text — that is set in New York on New Year’s Eve of 1899 and culminates in


Nelson W. Aldrich Jr. on Preppies

Mentioned recently in the post “Searching For The P In WASP,” this 1979 cover story on preppies is one of the most important historical documents on Ivy Style. It’s situated between the end of the heyday of the Ivy League Look and the preppy trend of the 1980s. It was first posted here in 2009