Brooks Civvies: The New Yorker, 1945

Thu 19 Feb 2015 - Filed under: 1920s-'40s,Historic Images — Christian
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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 right in the world. — CC

Fit As A Fiddle

Wed 18 Feb 2015 - Filed under: Jazz — Christian
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male-cheerleading1 has recovered from a 24-hour server flu. Jump for joy. — CC


The Snow-Covered Campus

Sun 15 Feb 2015 - Filed under: Historic Images — Christian
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 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:

wake forest



Fifteen Shades Of Grey

Fri 13 Feb 2015 - Filed under: Clothes — Christian
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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 new loot was in shades of gray.

Always an assiduous editor of my wardrobe, last fall I finally gave up and gave in to the primary sartorial influence I’ve had since my early twenties — Brummelian restraint. While I enjoy colors in my golf and tennis attire, I always seemed to reach for the same items — and same formula — when putting on a jacket and tie. I take comfort in the notion of refining things down to a formula of bold simplicity, as Beau Brummell did. That as hardly the same as following narrow genre parameters, but rather of rediscovering what I’m most comfortable in.

The photo above contains 15 shades of gray in items large and small. Highlights include a Brooks Brothers Chesterfield from the current season; sportcoats in camel hair and cashmere from Polo; charcoal pinstripe scarf and houndstooth cap; grenadine tie from Chipp2, silk knit from Lands’ End and satin from RL Purple Label; Levi’s 508 jeans and a cashmere V-neck; vintage Timex on charcoal alligator band; gray pocket square with navy pin dots and white Paul Stuart handkerchief with gray trim.

Enjoy the weekend. Who knows? Between Valentine’s Day and the movie opening, many couples out there might just tie the knot.  — CC



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

Thu 12 Feb 2015 - Filed under: 1990-present — Christian
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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 this website.

This year we pay tribute not to men of the past, but of today. I’d noticed over the past couple of months that there were several guys on our Facebook page that had become the most avid with sharing their outfits were African American. So when February came along I floated the idea by them of having them on the front page, and they said they’d be honored.

In general you’ll notice that when it comes to dressing these guys aren’t hidebound by narrow genre parameters. They embrace colors and juxtapositions. Above all they seem to be having fun with their clothes rather than anxiously sweating abstract or antiquated notions of correctness.

They also look like pretty nice guys. And so for 2015 we salute our very own brethren. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD (Continue)


The Rise Of Modern Prep: MRket Trade Show Recap

Mon 9 Feb 2015 - Filed under: Clothes — Christian
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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 a new section of the show floor called Modern Prep. Given that there’s an enormous area devoted to Italian style, I thought it was a great move on behalf of the show producers to recognize American brands flying the tradition-with-a-twist flag.

The very “Rowing Blazers” image above was used throughout the show on signs and other marketing materials. It was also part of the show guide/brochure for Modern Prep: (Continue)

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