Winter is a good time to bunker down and take stock of your wardrobe, especially when there aren’t many occasions to get dressed up. You can always become a more perfect version of yourself. Nietzsche actually said words to that effect, though I wouldn’t take any style advice from him. Or grooming tips. When and if we get back to “normal,” you could be looking and feeling better than ever.
The Japanese have always excelled at endless hybrid interpretations of the Ivy League Look. It is constantly recycle and reinterpreted to suit the needs of the time, while still paying tribute to the origins. The “Neo Ivy League Style” outfit above from an issue of Free & Easy magazine from a decade ago, scanned by Ivy Style contributor Mark Chou for his tumblr. The text at the bottom left reads “Discover new things by taking lessons from the past.” This guy evidently discovered the giant-tie-knot-squeezed-into-a-tab-collar shirt, paired with a bulbous belt. But you see the point. Find a way to look at things afresh and who knows what you might discover? Perhaps even a forgotten tradition. Happy weekend. — CC