New Year’s Yves

Our last post featured Yalies from the 1910s wearing grey suits with simple shirts and ties. Now here’s another dose of sobriety, though from a very different source. Pictured is fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent from the late ’50s and early ’60s — in other words, contemporary to the heyday of the Ivy League Look. He’s presented here for us to admire his simple restraint; you could almost picture him at an IBM office. But he can also serve as a style guide for anyone who happens to look like him: young, slender, bespectacled, and with an artsy or brainy vibe.

In fact, he kind of looks like the actor Anthony Rapp in the movie “School Ties.”

So as you start setting your New Year’s resolutions, perhaps monochromatic simplicity would make a great new look for you. Simply substitute Yves’ Gallic flair with Ivy details, and you’ve got your new uniform.

The kind of uniform, of course, that you choose for yourself. — CC

3 Comments on "New Year’s Yves"

  1. Simple restraint is always a good idea

  2. Terry O’Reilly | December 29, 2018 at 12:20 pm |

    Very elegantly-dressed fellow

  3. Grey Flannels | December 30, 2018 at 8:44 am |


    “Simple restraint” sums up the essence of what my grandfather and father would have called “dressing correctly”.

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