As a high school student, interchangeable items are a must. This means a few simple items that can work with everything else I have in my wardrobe. I would say that I have a uniform, which consists of an OCBD in white or blue, a knit or repp tie, khakis or indigo denim, a sweater and a Barbour.
I rely heavily on thrift stores for my ties and jackets. My most treasured items are my late ’50s tweed jacket and my Chipp silk knit. Because of the cold, damp weather of Vancouver, I am unable to wear loafers for much of the year, so I opt for chukka boots. As a 16-year-old who tries to dress like it’s 1959, I can attract a certain level of attention among my peers. I have not had any negative comments on my choice of attire for almost two years; I believe people have grown to accept that not everyone wears ripped jeans and oversized hoodies.
My personal style, Neo-Ivy, has been influenced by brands like Drakes and J.Crew. Purists may scoff at my inclusion of denim and boots, but it is purely a functional choice. Given the chance, I would don penny loafers and desert boots, but the weather isn’t exactly cooperative. Although I have a modern interpretation of trad, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to make a pilgrimage to the Andover Shop or J. Press. Maybe someday. — ROBERT STAEHLING