Ivy Trendwatch: Return of the Trouser Cuff

Longtime denizens of Tradsville surely chuckle when their perennial preferences become temporarily trendy. Then again, perhaps the current Atomic Age influence on menswear is not an ephemeral fashion blip, but a veritable Reconstruction of the American Wardrobe. What we have here is a double-shot endorsement of the trouser cuff, which probably owes a lot to


Freshman Disorientation: Ivy-Style Finishes First Year

Today Ivy-Style.com completes its freshman year. From now on all posts will be sophomoric. The image chosen to commemorate our anniversary is from the LIFE archives (the well ain’t dry yet), dates from 1966, and is captioned “Freshman student Barry Unger gets perspective on Op Art exhibit at MIT’s library.” And what a dizzying year


Robert Bryan’s “American Fashion Menswear”

Last week the New York Times blog ran a piece on the new book “American Fashion Menswear,” by Robert E. Bryan, former men’s fashion director for the Times. As the book includes chapters on both The Ivy League Look and dandyism, the publisher asked me to read the manuscript. Adding to the honor was a


Ivy Trendwatch

As a follow-up to our recent post “Ivy is the New Preppy,” above is an image from a Ralph Lauren promo email sent out a few days ago, with updated terminology. A guy I play tennis with said his horse was used in an RL photo shoot done in Bodega Bay, setting for Hitchcock’s “The


Tradition and Change: The J. Press Interview, Part Two

This is part two of Ivy-Style founder Christian Chensvold’s interview with Denis Black, manager of the Cambridge J. Press store. Here Black reveals the fate of the flap-pocket OCBD, discusses Brooks Brothers during its heyday, and addresses the current cut of J. Press’ suit shoulders. CC: During the heyday of the Ivy League Look, what


Boy George

  The October 2008 issue of Men’s Vogue devoted its “Examined Life” column to the late literary lion George Plimpton. The piece consists of excerpts from Nelson W. Aldrich Jr.’s forthcoming oral-history bio, “George, Being George.” Included are various reminiscences by former boyhood pals, including classmates from the Phillips Exeter Academy, which Plimpton attended from