Menswear writer Stuart Husband, whose credits include The Rake, has a new piece at FashionBeans.com called “How ’60s fashion still puts swagger into menswear.” The piece focuses on the UK and ’60s styles in general, but there is some mention of our cherished style here:
The prime look, for [Michael] Caine and his working-class-made-good peers, was haute-mod; Italian-cut suits, tab-collar shirts, whip-cord slacks and Chelsea boots, and an off-duty preppy uniform – navy blazers, Oxford shirts, woven polos, knit ties – that had looked so good on the ill-fated JFK on his downtime in Nantucket.
As for the preppy look, its variations are everywhere – as dress codes continue to break down, it makes a perfect halfway house between formal and informal – from the reverent homages by Japanese Ivy League fan-boy brands like Beams Plus and Camoshita United Arrows to the all-conquering polo shirts and varsity cardigans of Polo Ralph Lauren (and Mr Lauren, don’t forget, started his business back in 1967).
Trend items to watch out for include cardigans, Baracuta jackets, and baggy oxford shirts. Coincidentally, I’m busting out my first pair of Clark’s desert boots today.
Check out the piece here. — CC