March The Second: It’s 3/2, Or National Ivy Style Day

After all these years, has anyone in Tradsville pointed out that March 2 is 3/2?

That makes it the perfect day to celebrate the history of the Ivy League Look with National Ivy Style Day.

If it’s been noted, please excuse the lapse as I’m fast approaching the point where I’ve forgotten more than I remember.

Next year we’ll rally the brands and retailers and make a splash of it. In the meantime, the new J. Press brochure came out today (perfect timing, and more on that later this week), and here in celebration of Ivy are scans from a 1964 issue of the trade magazine Men’s Wear, which is devoted to the natural shoulder look and which I’ve probably been sitting on for five years. As I said, I’ve forgotten more than I remember. — CC

14 Comments on "March The Second: It’s 3/2, Or National Ivy Style Day"

  1. An Unseen Scene | March 2, 2021 at 2:58 pm |

    Celebrated on 3rd February in Europe. Heavier tweeds,same lapel roll.

  2. PocketSquare | March 2, 2021 at 4:22 pm |

    Just so happens I’m wearing one of my favorite three button sports jackets today from J press.

  3. J. Richard Trotter | March 2, 2021 at 5:27 pm |

    If 3/2 is National Ivy Style Day, then I was destined at birth. Today is the big 70. Cheers!!

  4. Terrific post. A bit of strong medicine to reinvigorate the downtrodden on National Ivy Style Day.

  5. 3/2 BB navy sacksuit today with green/white university stripe OCBD, burgundy knit tie today. Didn’t know 3/2 ivy style day was a thing. Just my natural state.

    Happy birthday JR Trotter


  6. Senior Trad | March 3, 2021 at 8:20 am |

    For many of us, every day is Ivy Style Day.

  7. Vic Delta | March 3, 2021 at 9:28 am |

    Nice Buick

  8. Nice Alfa Spider

  9. Charlottesville | March 3, 2021 at 11:15 am |

    Great idea, Christian, and wonderful pictures to illustrate it.

    As with Will, while unaware of the significance of the day when I dressed this morning, I am in a BB 3/2 sack suit (gray chalk stripe in my case), worn with a white OCBD, navy and white striped Irish poplin tie and shell cordovan longwings. Also my natural state.

    Congratulations, Mr. Trotter. I hope you have a delightful birthday.

  10. Jesse Livermore | March 3, 2021 at 2:19 pm |


    Gag me with a spoon!

  11. Vic Delta | March 3, 2021 at 2:32 pm |

    To Oldairhd,
    You are correct sir. Good catch. The Riv sucked all the oxygen out of my bunker. And while we drool over the Romeo, note also the venetians the elder is rocking. Perhaps the elusive Yuma?

  12. Jesse,

    I have three Dacron/Cotton 3/2 sack suits (navy, khaki, olive drab) that have held up exceedingly well over the decades. They wrinkle properly while staying crisp even on the most humid days in Hampton Roads and they go with everything.

    They’re like, totally tubular!!


  13. Andy Wagon | March 3, 2021 at 3:54 pm |

    I had to pause a moment as it’s the ‘second of the third’ today … then I remembered that Americans write the date the wrong way around! But a great idea Christian and I hope the trade picks up on it. Thanks for posting the scans too.

  14. Vern Trotter | March 4, 2021 at 3:16 am |

    —J. Richard Trotter,

    Glad there is another Trad Trotter out there. Happy Birthday belated.

    Vern Trotter

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