Season’s Greetings From Chet

To make sure you’re in the proper Christmas spirit, here’s Chet Baker and the Lighthouse All Stars doing “Winter Wonderland” from 1953. Chet cut one Christmas album, “Silent Nights,” in 1986. He declined to include, however, the Christmas tune that would have best suited him: “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.”


My Kinda Clothes: Southern Trad In Chicago

“My kinda clothes” is a charming little phrase coined by Charlie Davidson of The Andover Shop. Here at Ivy Style, it’s a regular series in which readers share their favorite clothing items. If you’d like to share yours, use the contact button above. * * * I picked up my style of dress largely without


School Ties: Jewish Clothiers And The Ivy League

This morning I received a lovely note in my inbox, which read, in part, “You do fine work. I check in almost every day and peruse your archives a lot. I am touched by your frequent tributes to the Jewish storeowners who helped establish the Ivy look. Philosemitism is very rare these days; love your


Gentrified Campus: The J. Press 4/3

Our confrere Matthew Jacobsen of OldMagazineArticles.com recently supplied us with a vintage article from the pages of Gentry Magazine (see “The Gentrified Campus.”) Now he follows up with another one, this time from Gentry’s Autumn 1952 issue, that provides an eye-opening glimpse into how collegiate attire was presented to young men at the time. As


Tops With Me: The Case For Fastening The Third Button

In our last post about Washington & Lee University in 1969, many were surprised — including myself — by how many of the young men had fastened the top button on their three-button jackets. It certainly led to many speculations here and on our Facebook page. Was this a regional thing? Were the jackets made


Jacket And Tie No Problem: Washington & Lee, 1969

In our last post, we saw that Harvard in 1969 was already a sea of denim. But what did a small liberal arts school like Washington & Lee look like? It looked like this. Thanks to frequent comment-leaver “SE” for submitting these. — CC




What’s the Madder? Boyer on the Autumnal Neckwear Classic

Ancient madder ties, a fall/winter classic, are extra prevalent this year. Brooks Brothers has introduced them in its narrow width, and Ralph Lauren’s collections, especially Purple Label, are full of them. But what exactly is ancient madder? We asked menswear sage G. Bruce Boyer to give us the scoop. * * * Authentic ancient English


What, Me Hurry? An Interview With Menswear Illustrator Mr. Slowboy

Over the years, one of the recurring themes at Ivy Style has been the lost art of menswear illustration. From JC Leyendecker’s Harvard jocks of the teens and ’20s to Esquire and Apparel Arts in the ’30s, from Ivy ads in the ’50s and ’60s to contemporary Japanese illustration, we’ve presented it all and many


Limited-Time Offer! Introducing The Ivy Style Club Tie

Ivy-Style.com just celebrated its eighth birthday and reached 1,500 posts. That’s a lot of topics, contributors, and readers. We figured it was time to bring everyone and everything together symbolically with our very own Ivy Style Club Tie. The project grew out of Ivy Style’s Facebook group at the suggestion of a member. I came


The Non-Iron Oxford 50 Years Ago

For your consideration, a 1966 advertisement for non-iron oxford-cloth buttondowns, presented non-ironically. Convenient for impromtu games of touch football and expanding waistlines due to heavy meals. Happy Thanksgiving fom Ivy Style. Tomorrow our club tie goes on sale! — CC


Lost Snapshot Of Grandpa, Bow-Tied College Man

My grandfather Ted Twardzik passed away last Thursday at the age of 89. As so often happens, his passing unearthed many previously unseen photos of him as a much younger man. Among these, one stuck out in particular: a slightly out-of-focus snapshot of him as a student at the University of Notre Dame circa 1950,



Last Chance To Place Orders For The Ivy Style Trad Jacket Project

Last weekend I met G. Bruce Boyer at a menswear event and eagerly asked him what he thought of my new sportcoat. He stroked the fabric, examined the fit, and concluded that it looked great. “Very Princeton 1958,” he said. I can think of no better unofficial endorsement of Ivy Style’s first collaboration than praise


Picture Show: Hollywood And The Ivy Look

Our last post was on Warren Beatty’s being named one of GQ’s men of the year for 2016. A perfect excuse to revisit this 2012 post on the book “Hollywood And The Ivy Look,” which includes Beatty, along with many other leading men and character actors who launched their careers during the heyday of the


Return Of The Original Hollywood Playboy

GQ has selected Warren Beatty as one of its Men Of The Year for 2016, hailing the return of alpha males and the “original Hollywood playboy.” Beatty directed and stars in the new film “The Rules Don’t Apply,” which is set in Hollywood in 1958. Beatty features in the book “Hollywood And The Ivy Look”


In The Zone: Rod Serling’s Midcentury Style

I remember watching “The Twilight Zone” as a kid on our console RCA TV in the basement, with the now classic theme music still readily playable in my head. I recall one episode in particular in which a young woman has been raped, and her father goes to pick her up from the hospital. They’re


Fore In Hand: How I Learned To Play Golf At Brooks Brothers

Today I revisted the golf simulator on the third floor of Brooks’ NYC flagship. It had been closed for a couple of months after severing ties with its previous partner, Golf Manhattan. It’s back up and running with three people who are now employees of Brooks. Stop by and check it out and you might


Turtleneck And Oxford: The Preppy Way, And The Other Way

There’s the preppy way of doing things, and then there’s every other way. Case in point, above we have a turtleneck worn under a buttondown. Verdict: preppy. Below (from a Valetmag.com feature yesterday), we have a buttondown under a turtleneck. Verdict: something else. Honor your forefathers. Defend tradition. Avoid forced foppery. And finally, go forth


Pie In The Sky: Happy National Pizza Day

Today is National Pizza Day, and over the past few years I’ve considered it a personal challenge to come up with an Ivy tie-in every time some silly national day comes up. It didn’t take much grinding and churning of the little grey cells to come up with the notion of taking a quick look