There’s nothing trads hate more than accidentally becoming trendy for six months to three years. It’s a pretty silly notion, though. People who know you are well aware that you’re about as un-trendy as they come. On the other hand, I suppose it’s reasonable to feel a small anxiety that random strangers might look at you and think “poser.”
So if you like tweed jackets with elbow patches, corduroy trousers and old leather satchels, and are a bibliophile pipe-smoker, be warned that according to the Wall Street Journal “professor style” is a trend for fall/winter 2015.
Writes the paper:
The classic professorial look—think heavy tweed jackets, baggy corduroy trousers, wrinkled oxford shirts and elbow patches galore—has its bookish allure, but you wouldn’t call it fashionable. Even Harrison Ford at his handsomest couldn’t entirely transcend the nebbishness of Professor Indiana Jones’s three-piece tweed suit and bow tie.
This fall, however, that did not deter some of menswear’s most talented designers—including John Ray of Dunhill, Massimo Piombo, Brunello Cucinelli and Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier—from turning their collective gaze toward midcentury, Ivy-League-instructor style.
That’s right, the Ivy professor style trend is being pushed by European fashion houses. You’d think if there was going to be a profsploitation trend, we’d at least be doing it to ourselves.
You can head over here to read the full article and see the looks that accompany it. For the image above, I’ve chosen not to depict the simulacrum but rather the real thing: the photo spread is from the 1980 Sewanee yearbook. — CC