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Love All, Play: The Tennis Sweater Mounts A Comeback

According to a Style.com post on Monday, the tennis sweater is making a comeback. The post is about women’s fashion, however, and what’s more the evidence supplied is rather scant. That didn’t stop us from revisiting the topic, which we last looked at in July of 2013. Christopher Sharp to serve. * * * Late


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Why, Oh Why? News Roundup + 1950s Ivy Doo-Wop

We start the week off with a rather motley miscellany. Above, a 1958 novelty tune called “Ivy League Clothes” from a little-known doo-wop group called The Gaylarks. Damned if I can tell what the hell they’re singing about, save for “why, oh why?” Something about Ivy for girls. It’s from a time when the trunk


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Roll Of A Lifetime: Esquire On Buttondowns, 1983

A reader recently left a comment saying that collar roll is a fetish of the Internet age and that didn’t exist in the analog decades. Assistant editor Chris Sharp tapped his photographic memory, rummaged through his archives, and immediately produced an article from the April, 1983 issue of Esquire in which John Berendt opined on


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Heyday Harvard

While researching the Harvard dorm rooms post for Masculine Interiors last week, I came across some student shots from the late ’40s up to 1960 or so. Note filthy sneakers in top image. — CC


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Golden Years: Bow Tie Laugh Riot

An extraordinarily witty and cleverly packaged new book by James Gulliver Hancock succinctly titled “The Bow Tie Book” addresses the idiosyncratic cravat style alternately viewed as eccentric, erratic, professorial, bohemian and Churchillian. The book is loaded with a compendium of bow tie history from many eras in an uproarious agenda. Social Primer K. Cooper Ray


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Maine Event: New US-Made Bass Weejuns

  Last week Bass unveiled some new models of Maine-made Weejuns. Priced at $295, they are made from Horween leather and come both with and without beefroll. I’d attended a Bass spring preview back in October, but I don’t recall these shoes being ready then. But here’s what else caught my eye, which should be


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Quilty As Charged: Barbour Jackets Yea Or Nay?

On another post discussion just broke out about quilted Barbour-style jackets. I’ll plead guilty to owning one. Others expressed strong distaste, so I say we put it to a vote. (Alas our polling software is glitching right now, so you’ll have to weigh in via the comments section). — CC


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Harvard Dorm Rooms, 1899

This morning at Masculine Interiors I put up a gallery of 14 Harvard student rooms circa 1899. No idea if the inhabitants were the turn-of-the-century equivalent of bros. Head over here to see the full gallery. — CC



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Brooks Brothers Fall 2015 Preview

I was unable to attend last week’s Brooks Brothers preview as I was battling a virus — a computer virus. So I’m falling back onto Women’s Wear Daily for the coverage. Writes the paper: At Brooks Brothers, Harris tweeds, soft tailoring that enables layering, an “into-the-woods” color palette and unorthodox pairings are some predominant messages



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Brooks Civvies: The New Yorker, 1945

Perhaps the heyday of the Ivy League Look began not in the ’50s, but the moment after World War II’s detente. In this 1945 New Yorker cartoon, a soldier returns home from the war and is told by his mother to immediately get himself some mufti at Brooks Brothers to show that everything is all


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Fit As A Fiddle

Ivy-Style.com has recovered from a 24-hour server flu. Jump for joy. — CC


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The Snow-Covered Campus

 Inspired by our frigid Northeastern temperatures, I performed a Google search for snowy campuses and found some lovely images. Forget the crappy, icy, snowy mess outside your door and daydream over the beauty of snow-covered traditional architecture at institutions of higher learning. Above, UVA. Below, Brown: Wake Forest:


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Fifteen Shades Of Grey

Today the film adaptation of the international sensation “Fifty Shades Of Grey” opens. I don’t know about you, but I like my neckties far too much to risk tearing the slip-stitch by using them as bondage tools. Recently I wrote about acquiring a number of items this season in olive, but the bulk of my


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Black History Month: The Guys Of Ivy’s Facebook Group

I’m rather proud of the fact that Ivy Style, to the best of my knowledge, is the only preppy site on the web to regularly honor Black History Month. After all, as I often point out, it was my piece on Miles Davis and the Andover Shop for RL Magazine that inspired me to launch


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The Rise Of Modern Prep: MRket Trade Show Recap

The concept of modern prep may really be nothing new. Use the term loosely enough and you could say it goes back to the 1920s, when the Ivy League Look first began to codify. A couple of weeks ago saw another edition of the big menswear tradeshow known as MRket, and this time there was


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Battle Of The Wits Contest: What Does The Ivy League Smell Like?

Recently I was investigating manly candles (mandles?) because that’s the sort of important thing you do when you start working the home accessories beat. I discovered an apparently now-discontinued line of scented candles that were sold at Neiman Marcus. Although the brand had the silly name of Many Indulgence, the different scents had fun names


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The Art Of Patricia van Essche

I think I’m not the only one here who has a fondness for the art of fashion illustration, from the legendary work of Laurence Fellows for Esquire and Apparel Arts to the Japanese artists who fill each issue of Free & Easy. This afternoon Town & Country magazine tweeted a post about artist Patricia van


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Smoke Screen: Campus Pipe Ads

There’s smoke on your computer screen, thanks to this selection of ads from the late ’40s and ’50s, mostly from the Daily Princetonian and Yale Daily News. Leave a comment if this post inspires any of you young men to take up the briar. Chens started at age 21. — CS & CC



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Why Not Take Olive Me

About a year and half ago I wrote a piece about olive and gray — the olive part didn’t exactly go over well with some readers. I forgot about the colors for a while, but when I did a more stringent than usual closet purge this fall, I rediscovered the color I’ve always been most


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Southern Exposure: Milton Julian, 1919-2015

I run into Alexander Julian every so often at menswear events. He’s always mentioning his family shop — Julian’s of Chapel Hill, NC — and how it helped popularize the Ivy League Look during the heyday. Well last week Alex lost his uncle Milton Julian, who was a partner in Julian’s before he set off