Lately I’ve been hitting golf balls so obsessively I failed to notice that October 1st marked Ivy Style’s three-year anniversary. We’re finally seniors.
In the meantime, though, it’s time to celebrate the junior prom. The image above is from the Vassar archives, and comes from an article with an amusing run-down of men from various colleges, and how datable they are for Vassar girls.
In 1956, for example, the Vassar Chronicle noted of Princeton men:
Here is found an overabundance of the typical Tweed and Briar man with his oxford grey complexion and button down ears.
Now here are some highlights from the past year:
• First and foremost is the invaluable addition of Richard Press, grandson of Jacobi and former president of J. Press, who shares his memories of the Ivy heyday in his column “The Golden Years.” The column comes about after hours of exhaustive interviews resulting in a five-part Q&A.
• Last October saw the posting of one of Ivy Style’s most contentious articles, our review of “The Ivy Look” by Graham Marsh and JP Gaul of England. The ensuing comment thread revealed the vast dichotomy between the couple of dozen active online UK Ivy fans and the rest of us who live in America — and reality.
• We eliminate our bloated left ad column for a more streamlined layout.
• Trad is parodied by the caustic menswear tumblr Fuck Yeah Menswear.
• I take a road trip to Cambridge to visit Charlie Davidson of The Andover Shop, Denis Black of J. Press, Zach from Newton Street Vintage, and Joe from An Affordable Wardrobe. A return-trip plan to meet Muffy Aldrich falls through due to poor cellular reception in the wilds of Connecticut.
• For our 300th post, London-based contributor and Vassar alum Rebecca C. Tuite looks at the story and film adaptation of “The Man in the Brooks Brothers Shirt.”
• Fred of Unabashedly Prep takes a photo of me that sets a new standard of affectation.
• Ivy Style becomes the first WASPy website to celebrate Black History Month.
• The Wall Street Journal does a major story on the Ivy League Look — and gets my name wrong.
• With a bad winter haircut, I pose for Rose Callahan’s Dandy Portaits.
• Ivy Style breaks the news of Banks and de La Chapelle’s “Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style.” The strong reaction of Ivy Style readers to the cover image prompts the authors to change it.
• George Shearing, a fellow parishioner of St. Thomas Church, dies; I attend his memorial.
• Pegged on my cycle chic story for Ralph Lauren Magazine, Ivy Style presents Bicycle Week. Our post on girls in penny loafers on bikes becomes one of the most popular ever.
• Friend and colleague G. Bruce Boyer writes an ode to olive, major color during the Ivy heyday.
• We present a large gallery of Japanese Ivy illustrations.
• And finally, this past year’s personal highlights include falling in love with a woman I met at a J. Press cocktail reception, and taking up the maddening and exhilarating sport of golf. It’s been a great year, and I look forward to the next. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD