11 Comments on "Inspiration Point"

  1. Roger Sack | July 5, 2019 at 1:51 pm |

    The first thing I noticed in this 50s illustration probably from Playboy
    is the car, an iconic Arnolt-Bristol

  2. Clark J. Healey | July 5, 2019 at 2:53 pm |

    The car was most certainly not the first thing I noticed in the illustration.

  3. The so-called “death of the suit” is getting closer to reality day by day. https://thehustle.co/death-of-suit-and-tie

    Men’s Wearhouse stock has plummeted 80% in the past year. Is anything sacred anymore???

  4. Boop McSnoot | July 5, 2019 at 4:13 pm |

    “The world is changing in ways I don’t like and don’t understand.” Could be the motto for this entire site, which has perfected a really masterful brand of paranoid politics for fashion (and before you get angry at me for getting political, I’m not talking about Trump or anything like that – it’s just an expression for a certain mode of thinking). A Thom Browne runway show isn’t just some silly fashion show, it’s an existential threat to the 3/2 roll, natural shoulder way of life. Jeans, sweatpants, sneakers, and all manner of other (in reality) harmless things represent a crisis in the world of traditional attire! The kids these days, how dare they! Never mind that kids and adults have been dressing in style other than Ivy, not to mention like slobs, since the beginning of clothing.

    Ivy style was never the majority style. I doubt this illustration is from Playboy – I’ve gone through all the issues from the 1950s/1960s/early 1970s to collect ads and fashion features, and have never seen it before. Playboy was on the vanguard of the changing world of the 1960s – they were the ones selling Italian tailoring, double-breasted blazers, and wide ties to the people who would otherwise have been buying Main Street Ivy.

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. I can’t understand why this site isn’t content to simply celebrate the style rather than constantly feeling the need to circle the wagons against the philistine horde.

  5. There seems to be a lot of references in the media lately to people dressing in elaborate “period” costume on a daily basis… Regency period to 1920’s workwear and women in corsets. I’m not sure what these people do for a living while wearing a top hat or leather suspenders. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet seen any trend in mid-20th century suits for men, though. Maybe that isn’t dramatic enough?

  6. whiskeydent | July 5, 2019 at 5:12 pm |

    This man reminds me of Greg Marmalard. I bet she has a plastic glove.

  7. “I can’t understand…”, Boob McSnoot finally writes something that makes sense.

  8. Minimalist Trad | July 6, 2019 at 7:21 am |

    @Boop McSnoot:
    One of the things that makes this site worth reading is that the posts and the comments provide us with a nice mix of celebrating Trad/Ivy style and circling the wagons against the philistine horde.

  9. Old School Tie | July 6, 2019 at 8:23 am |

    Was orange hair and black eyebrows ever a look that caught on….?

  10. elder prep | July 17, 2019 at 9:27 pm |

    Forget the orange hair and black eyebrows, why does he appear to be distracted/upset while ignoring the beautiful women in his lap? BTW, isn’t he on the wrong side of the car for this activity, or was she driving? Finally, as Whiskeydent observed, I also caught a sense of Animal House in the illustration.

  11. Elder prep, the steering wheel would be in the way if he were on the other side of the car. And he could be distracted and upset because they have a longstanding relationship and he needs a good conversation about something amiss in his life rather than just a glance at her decolletage.

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