Jack’s Khaks

Yesterday we honored GIs and their great contribution to the Ivy League Look: khakis. One man who exemplified the era (even though he went to college before serving in the war), was John F. Kennedy, who was born 101 years ago today. Here’s a gallery of him wearing khakis, always plain-front, naturally, but never with a cuff. Perhaps it was the military influence. — CC


15 Comments on "Jack’s Khaks"

  1. Johnny Bravo | May 29, 2018 at 6:45 pm |

    Is that JFK sitting next to Peter Lawford in a leather bomber jacket and sporting brightly colored cable knit socks?
    that’s a 0.0 from the East German judge…

  2. No cuffs with Venetian loafers not Penny.
    He made it look easy. We are not worthy ?

  3. Ken Robinson | May 29, 2018 at 11:06 pm |

    Agreed. Done deal. He did it exceptionally well.

  4. Poison Ivy Leaguer | May 30, 2018 at 6:00 am |

    JFK came to national prominence in 1960, almost 60 years ago. In 1960 I don’t think too many people idolized Grover Cleveland and William McKinley for their sense of style. 🙂

  5. My father’s reason for not putting cuffs on khakis is that they can get caught on a turnbuckle or cotter pin.

  6. T. Bearden | May 30, 2018 at 9:17 am |

    In the last photo, it looks like he’s writing with the classic Parker T-Ball Jotter. Am I correct? They were ubiquitous in Mad Men.

  7. Thomas Mukherjee | May 30, 2018 at 10:23 am |

    @ Poison Ivy Leaguer

    Interesting reminisces from John Simons of how the US dressed in the early 60s.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ryK_gSpDp … continue=5

  8. Old School Tie | May 30, 2018 at 11:01 am |

    RL are doing very similar cable knit socks at the moment, US only, in blue and fawn. Just got mine the other day….

  9. Jack Spratt | May 30, 2018 at 12:27 pm |

    @T. Bearden:

    Where’s the push button at the top of the Jotter?

  10. T. Bearden | May 30, 2018 at 5:31 pm |

    @J Spratt

    Yes, at the top of the pen. And still a bargain at under $10.

  11. Vern Trotter | May 30, 2018 at 6:35 pm |

    A friend of mine, a wholesale jewler, dropped an expensive diamond and after an extensive search, had to give up looking for it. Days later he picked up the suit he had been wearing that day from the dry cleaners. Attached in a small Baggie was the diamond. It had been found in the pants cuff. He never wore cuffs again.

    I still require cuffs on all trousers.

  12. The Mrs. looks rather fetching on the porch.


  13. Jack Spratt | May 31, 2018 at 10:38 am |

    @T. Bearden
    What I meant was that in the photo I can’t see the push button at the top.

    (I’ve been using Jotters since the mid-1960s, and have a drawer full of “better” pens that I rarely, if ever, use).

  14. Old School | June 16, 2018 at 7:33 am |

    @Jack Spratt,
    You’re not the only one who can’t see the push-button at the top of the Jotter.

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