Ivy Style’s Facebook group recently reached the dubious milestone of 5,000 members. I say dubious because social media is about as health-neutral as alcohol. I’ve cut back considerably, but if you can partake and still keep your wits about you, then do consider joining the fun. You’ll get to see the variety of outfits your buttondowned brethren wear, and also photos of the past, such as these shots. They feature Yale’s Whiffenpoofs and are from a hundred years ago. From a silhouette point of view, they’ve aged pretty darn well.
You’ll spy some other curiosities in the photos, such as the saddle shoes above. Apparently they go back at least to 1915, as this Brooks Brothers ad attests:
You’ll also note that white the suit blueprint was largely already set, shirts were in a state of transition. In this photo, a chap with a high starched detachable collar stands right next to another fellow in a soft buttondown — polar opposites, as far as collars go.
And as for all the three-pieces, I’ve currently got one on order so as to break out grandpa’s pocket watch. Now that I think about it, it’s in a simple grey flannel, which means I’ll end up looking just like these guys. Save, of course, for the saddle shoes. — CC