A lot of original photos of JFK has gone on the auction block at Bonhams. There are a couple of sartorial details worth noting.
The photos are from 1954, when Kennedy hadn’t fully sanitized his wardrobe of Ivy affectation in order to better reflect the American public via the medium of television. In the photo above, while he may be wearing the kind of square-shouldered two-button suit he was later known for, his tie is a traditional (Anglo) stripe, and note the argyle socks worn here with a suit, a very Ivy gesture.
Next up are his play clothes, which reveal a fondness for Converse Chuck Taylors in black.
What wonderful juxtapostions in these photos! The youthful lad with a pinned collar; the grown-up wearing argyle socks with his business suit; the man at leisure with black high-top sneakers and a cashmere sweater. This is what gives Ivy its everlasting charm. — CC