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From The Ends Of The Earth: International Elements Of The Ivy-Preppy Wardrobe

This post, which features much input from our Facebook group, was inspired by a recent comment decrying bit loafers for their Italian origin. It got me thinking about what other items associated with the Ivy League Look and preppy style have origins outside the UK and Ireland. Here’s what we came up with, presented alphabetically.


American Dreams: Free & Easy + Ralph Lauren

Speaking of trad in Japan, the latest issue of Ralph Lauren Magazine has a feature about the Japanese publication Free & Easy. (It’s not by me, though I’ll have a quasi-relevant story coming out soon). Writes Josh Peskowitz: Each issue is organized to explore one aspect of the Free & Easy canon. These themes repeat periodically. Three


W. David Marx On How Japan Saved American Trad

In September, 2010, I was watching my old cordovan oxfords get polished at Tokyo’s “shoeshine bar” Brift H, when a middle-aged man walked in and pulled out an original 1965 print of “Take Ivy.” The book had not only been autographed by all four authors, but also had a rare printing error. I leaned over

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Love Stinks: Campus Trigger Warnings For Hopeless Romantics

Lately there’s been much talk about trigger warnings on college campuses. Some professors now feel pressured into putting cautions on centuries-old works of literature that include scenes that could be upsetting for an ever-growing list of reasons. I modestly propose a new category of trigger warning, as I represent a marginalized minority group especially vulnerable


Allen Edmonds & The Campus Alpine Shoe Trend

This week Allen Edmonds sent over some images from its archives. As promised, they’re being presented today as an antidote for those suffering from sartorial nausea due to yesterday’s post on footwear of the poncier variety. And now, thanks to AE, we get to learn about a late ’30s campus trend I’d never heard of: crepe-soled


ACL On Ostentatious Loafers

Today A Continuous Lean put up a post entitled “The Enduring Appeal of Ostentatious Loafers.” What does “ostentatious” refer to in this context? Why to bit loafers, Prince Albert slippers, and Belgian Shoes. Here’s the preppiest passage: … By the eighties the Gucci loafer came to represent the pretentious bravado of pastel wearing undesirables. From


Mr. Dee Cee Trads With Ivy Styling

Recently a reader alerted us to a pair of deadstock pants for sale on Etsy. They’ve been scooped up, alas, but that needn’t stop us from examining them. The cotton-polyester trousers come from a Main Street clothier called The Washington Manfuacturing Company of Nashville, TN. It began making workwear and trademarked the name “Dee Cee”


Just Press Play: Christian’s Ivy Heyday Playlist

  I’m going to start the week out by playing DJ. Below is a playlist with 50 tunes spanning the years 1954-1967. This is not a historic survey, but instead a far more personal selection. In general, these are songs I’ve been listening to for a long time. A couple are from my parents’ record


Behind The Scenes Of The Mad Men Title Sequence

I’ve been focused on tennis more than golf lately, and am fortunate to have a 14-court facility just down the street from me in Astoria Park. The Triboro Bridge snakes above, and the East River and Manhattan skyline provide a fantastic view. Recently I got into a couple of pickup games with a new guy, who happens to


Brooks Brothers’ Take Ivy Bermuda Shorts

  I still stop by and bang golf balls on the third floor at Brooks whenever I’m passing through Midtown. Recently I spied two pairs of madras shorts that had a real heyday vibe, thanks to the color palettes of olive and burgundy. They certainly feel like they’d be more at home in the pages


Pretty Penny: Mr. Porter And The $480 Weejuns

  This week the e-commerce company Mr. Porter brought out an exclusive collection of Bass Weejuns. And I mean exclusive in every sense of the word: the shoe carries a whopping price tag of $480, a pretty penny indeed. Today, perhaps to get consumers excited and justify the price (especially when you consider the shoes


Six Years Ago — Ivy Magazine, 1957

This post originally ran this week in 2009 and was Ivy Style’s 100th post.  * * * This is Ivy-Style’s one-hundredth post. Over the past 99, I can honestly say that the thing I’m most proud of is never having once attempted to confirm or deny that there is or is not such a thing


Bite Down: The Shark And Beer Motifs

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post about “Jaws” and Narragansett beer, we continue Shark Week with these suds and killer-fish items from tradly brands and retailers. Also check out Shark Week pages at Country Club Prep and Tucker Blair. Above and below, Castaway Clothing’s Infested Sharks shorts: Cheap Buzz belt by Belted Cow:   Crabs

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Jumping The Shark: Shark Week, Jaws And Ice-Cold Beer

I had an obsession last summer. I call my obsessions “manias” in homage of Kenneth Grahame’s aristocratic amphibian, Mr. Toad. I sometimes feel like the dapper toad, but I have to admit my manias pale in comparison, as I gravitate to armchair pursuits that risk neither life nor fortune. My summer mania started this way: it


Red Pants Roundup

As the red, white and blue weekend draws to a close (don’t forget to cheer for the RW&B tonight in the Women’s World Cup final), here’s a roundup of all (well, most) of Ivy Style’s coverage of red pants over the years, including articles, links, photos and random references to Nantucket. Anyone bought a pair


O Say Can You See?

… love beads and oxford cloth? Screenshot from the Monterey Pop Festival documentary, submitted by contributor J. Kraus. Date: summer 1967, the year of the fall of the Ivy League Look. Happy Birthday, America. — CC

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Très Preppy: The Art Of Floc’h

Special thanks to Jack Carlson for rounding up these images from the French illustrator Jean-Claude Floch (who goes by the professional name Floc’h and is pictured at the bottom of this post). Quel esprit! — CC    


Golden Years: Road Trip To Rahar’s

Rahar’s was a home away from home for me and my pals. The watering hole served as Northampton, Massachusetts headquarters for visiting collegians pursuing female companionship at Smith College. The dilapidated bar and restaurant occupied the ground floor of a post-Civil War Victorian mansion set on a spare hilltop a block off Main Street, just


Five Years Ago — The Underappreciated Yellow Oxford

This post originally ran five years ago this week. * * * For a certain breed of trad purist, there are only four shirts worth wearing: oxford-cloth button-downs in white, blue, pink and yellow. White and blue are everyday staples of the office wardrobe, and pink is the iconic color, leaving yellow in fourth place,


White Collar Crimes

In our last post, the Millennial Fogey talked about his penchant for shirts with contrasting white collars. Clearly they weren’t a defining staple of the genre during the heyday. But they’ve long been offered by the usual suspects, though likely worn by men whose most recent time on campus was for a class reunion. Call it Tycoon


The Millennial Fogey: Introducing Michael Spencer

While I’ve been told I’m conservative in my dress, I certainly don’t consider myself orthodox. I’ve got darted suits with pleated pants (from J. Press). And this depravity will almost certainly ignite the torches among the trad inquisitors: I’ve been known to wear blue oxford-cloth buttondowns with contrasting white collars. I make no apologies, as

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The Great Indoors

Midcentury modern fans, as well as guys who are single (or sometimes wish they were), will likely enjoy heading over to our fraternal site Masculine Interiors for a fine article posted yesterday. It’s about Playboy’s architectural and interior design articles of the ’50s and ’60s, and was written by contributor James Kraus. Kraus’ previous articles