Ivy Style Completes Year Eight With Look Back At Top Posts From Year One


This month Ivy Style celebrates its eighth anniversary. Tempus fugit!

Yes, October is the month I typically say thank you to our readers, sponsors and contributors. Special thanks go out to associate editor Chris Sharp, columnist Richard Press, contributor G. Bruce Boyer, and friend and neighbor Daniel Greenwood, with whom I’m privileged to regularly discuss trad clothes and cultural happenings over coffee.

Ivy Style presently boasts 1,485 posts and 34,336 comments. It’s been a fun journey and I’m honored to continue to helm the ship.

According to our analytics software, the influx of new readers is steady. So for the newcomers, as well as those who’ve been with us all along, here are some of the cooler posts from Year One.


Southern Gentleman

An interview with Ken C. Pollack, a clotheshorse who lived through the heyday (click here for part two).


Boyer On Brooks

The chapter on Brooks Brothers from G. Bruce Boyer’s 1985 book “Elegance.”


Nelson W. Aldrich Jr. On Preppies

Excerpts from Aldrich’s 1979 Atlantic Monthly cover story “Preppies: The Last Upper Class?”


Questionable Gentleman

The story of Mark Van Doren and the 1950s TV quiz show scandal.


Sex Education: A Playmate At Dartmouth

The story of one very lucky guy.


Performance Anxiety

No relation to the above post. A look at Tobias Wolff’s novel “Old School”


College Miscellany

A gallery of vintage images of prep school and college life.

Hugh Hefner, a University of Illinois alum, and Playboy turned a modest America on its ear with photographs of beautiful nude women mixed with provocative writing. (Chicago Tribune photo by John Austad) ..OUTSIDE TRIBUNE CO.- NO MAGS, NO SALES, NO INTERNET, NO TV, CHICAGO OUT.. "Chicago Days" 00288152A 150 year images

Pipes And Cardigans Get The Chicks

A look at Hugh Hefner during his pre-pajama Ivy years.


Past Imperfect: The Understated Style Of The Kennedy Clan

A look at the Kennedys’ old-money nonchalance.


In Praise Of The Small Wardrobe

Finally some personal reflections of mine.

Here’s to another great year. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD

20 Comments on "Ivy Style Completes Year Eight With Look Back At Top Posts From Year One"

  1. Mazeltov. Let the trumpets roar.

  2. Thank YOU, Christian, for keeping Ivy-Style interesting, informative and fun. Your loyal readers look forward to more of the same.

  3. Tempus fugit, indeed. Here’s to 8 more years, at least.

  4. G. Bruce Boyer | October 22, 2016 at 1:27 pm |

    Dear Christian, congrats on this your eighth anniversary and every success in the future. I feel honored to be included in your list of top posts..

  5. Happy anniversary! Love reading in England, here’s to many more years!!

  6. Happy anniversary! Thanks for your and the contributors’ efforts in providing interesting Ivy reading. I’d also like to thank you for your commitment to free speech on this site. Looking forward to another year, thanks.

  7. Annus mirabilis!

  8. Congratulations on eight fruitful years. I look forward to reading all the posts (and the comments, of course).

  9. Christian,

    Ivy-Style has been “home away from home” these last years. The content and familiar commenters have made checking the site a daily ritual. Congratulations on eight great years, and cheers to another eight ahead of you!

  10. NaturalShoulder | October 23, 2016 at 11:50 am |

    Congratulations Christian.

  11. Renatovaldivita | October 24, 2016 at 5:38 am |

    Dear Christian,

    I discovered Ivy style only this year….shame on me.
    But let me express my deep admiration for the work you acomplish.
    I live in Paris, where Ivy style is not a daily matter as you can imagine.
    Therefore it’s absolutely stunning to me to read about our favorite subjects like collar rolls, ivy history, jazz and everything else you write in your unique way!
    ….Just go on like that…..
    Joyeux anniversaire ……et une longue vie à “Ivy style”….

  12. Congratulations!

  13. Christian,

    Traditionalist escapism at its best. I wish you continued success.


  14. White Pinpoint | October 24, 2016 at 11:35 am |


    “The campus of Justin may be … a haven from reality, but when reality is so grim, to be a haven may be a virtuous thing”.

    Auchincloss: The Rector of Justin

  15. Henry Contestwinner | October 24, 2016 at 4:23 pm |

    Just the other day, I was thinking about how nearly all of the clothing blogs I used to read have either gone defunct or drastically changed—all but Ivy Style.

    Congratulations on your longevity and relevance!

  16. Thanks everyone for the kind words. And we’ve missed you these past months, Henry. Haven’t seen you in the comments section as often.

    I think one of the differences, Henry, is that I write for a living and have been doing so for 20 years. It’s a job and I know how to do it.

  17. @ Christian-Thanks it been a pleasure working with you. Hard to believe it has been eight years.

  18. Charlottesville | October 25, 2016 at 10:39 am |

    I add my congratulations to the chorus. Thank you, Christian for the best by far of the men’s clothing sites. One of the reasons may be that it is about more than just clothes, and so avoids the misplaced didacticism and dreariness of so many others. To eight more years!

  19. Henry Contestwinner | January 26, 2017 at 7:45 pm |

    I don’t know quite why I lapsed in my Ivy Style reading (and therefore commenting) at the end of last year, but I did. I shall endeavor not to let it happen again.

    It is gratifying to know that no less an eminence than the proprietor himself missed me. I imagine most everyone else missed me about as much as they would a bad tooth.

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