Over the years I’ve thought about doing a post on Dick Van Dyke, as his television show was immensely popular during the heyday of the Ivy League Look. In many ways he is the pop culture personification of the Atomic Age man in gray suits, white shirts and black ties working in a field like advertising or television.
But every time I took a look at his outfits, something wasn’t quite right. Van Dyke does indeed personify the era — all of it. Van Dyke’s style — like that of Rod Serling, who was featured in a recent post — mixes all the trends of the early ’60s, including Main Street, Rat Pack, and Continental.
And so with the passing of Van Dyke’s costar Mary Tyler Moore this week, let’s take the opportunity to remember her as well as finally take a look at the wardrobe of one of the most popular shows in television history.
First off, Van Dyke reveals several Ivy staples, such as the well rolled buttondown collar shirt:
And the black knit tie:
But then things quickly veer off in other directions. Many of Van Dyke’s three-button suits appear to be straight-up three-buttons, with the lapel rolling to the top:
Other suits are darted and two or even one-button, though with the two-button cuffs popular on Ivy suits during the period:
Speaking of cuffs, some of Van Dyke’s appear to be turnback. Also note the rather conspicuous cufflinks:
This suit features the short double vents characteristic of Continental style:
Van Dyke’s casual outfits are where the Main Street element comes in. He looks like he could be Arnold Palmer in these cardigans, floppy-collared polo shirt and beltless slacks:
And in closing, here’s one of the show’s most famous moments. — CC