Pipes & Sacks Get The Chicks, Arthur Miller Version


Back in Ivy Style’s freshman year we did a post on Hugh Hefner’s Ivy phase called “Pipes And Cardigans Get The Chicks.”

Well Hef may have gotten Marilyn Monroe as the first Playboy Playmate, but Arthur Miller got her for a wife.

About a week ago Esquire’s website paid a little style tribute to Miller with a simultaneous lionizing of the sack jacket:

In this photo, taken in 1956 at the couple’s estate in Englefield Green, England, Miller is a paragon of East Coast style. A born-and-raised New Yorker, the playwright’s trad roots clearly run deep, from his dark-rimmed specs to his dotted silk tie to his oxford cloth button-down (with a pretty perfect collar roll, we might add.) But it’s that little buttonhole — right above his thumb; see it? — that holds the key to Miller’s superior style.

Basically a reworked three-button setup where the top button and buttonhole serve only as ornament so it fastens like a two-button, the three-roll-two is one of the most quintessentially American button stances. Closely associated with the “Ivy League” look that reigned during Miller’s mid-century career, it’s an enduring (and increasingly international) style to this day. Put simply: It’s a classic.

Esquire goes on to muse whether the sack jacket helped catch Marilyn’s eye. There was no mention of the pipe, alas. — c C m

9 Comments on "Pipes & Sacks Get The Chicks, Arthur Miller Version"

  1. Dutch Uncle | July 7, 2013 at 1:23 pm |

    How does one access your posts from 2009?

  2. Christian | July 7, 2013 at 1:30 pm |

    There are currently 773 posts, so there’s a lot to sift through.

    Using this site, you could just keep hitting the “previous posts” button at the bottom of each page and read the entire site backwards.

    All the posts are categorized, so another way would be to just choose one category and go through all the posts one category at a time.

    Using Google, I’m sure you could either just do a basic search for “ivy-style.com 2009,” or else set date parameters within your search.

    Someone else might also have a suggestion.

  3. Nothing to dislike here, cool pic!

  4. Pale Male | July 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm |

    Since this was the height of fashion at the time, it gives little insight into a personal sense of style. And, of course, Marilyn was really attracted to Miller’s Fame & Brain.

  5. Would it be accurate to say he sacked Monroe?

  6. From “The Prince and the Showgirl”,period.
    Nice sack…but i prefer that Laurence Olivier wore.

  7. Dutch Uncle | July 8, 2013 at 12:33 am |


    The problem is that there is no “previous posts” button at the bottom of any of your posts.

    A Google search for “ivy-style.com” only produces results going back to January 2, 2009.

    A Google search with October 2008 added goes back as far as October 5, 2008, but nothing for October the 1st.

    Earliest Google-accessible post:


  8. Dutch Uncle | July 8, 2013 at 12:40 am |


    Just found a post dated 23 September 2008, although the blog allegedly started on October 1, 2008. How come?


  9. Christian | July 8, 2013 at 9:41 am |

    Dutch Uncle:

    You are correct in that there is no previous posts button at the bottom of individual posts, only at the bottom of pages.

    I checked our WordPress command central and the earliest post is called “The Autocrat of the Three-Martini Lunch.”

    As for the date issue, just as you wouldn’t open a storefront without any products on the shelves, a half dozen or so posts were created before the site was announced, so that when visitors came for the first time there would be more than one post on the site.

    October 1 was the date the site was announced (leading directly to our first press), and has served as the round-number date of our founding since.

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