They say you don’t get a proper spring in New York, and that certainly seemed the case this year. A stubborn winter was followed by an interlude of gray skies, wind and rain with just a handful of sunny mild days, and now we’re projecting 91 for Memorial Day.
So while it’s madras and seersucker season from here out, I thought I’d draw spring to a close with out outfit that plays with the notion of “chic Ivy.”
What might chic Ivy look like? Maybe something like Dickie Greenleaf in 1958, a few years out of Princeton, bumming around Italy and getting influenced by the locals. Or maybe an approach to dressing that uses American classics as foundation pieces with accessories that are more international in taste. Or basically just Ralph Lauren.
Above all, going chic means you need to come to terms with black, the most despised color in Tradsville.
So here’s my stab at something a bit more polished than rumpled khakis, baggy oxford, and goofy argyles (not that I don’t like all those things, too; well maybe not goofy argyles):
• Brooks Brothers wool sportcoat in Fitzgerald fit, English horn button swap, vent shortened to eight inches.
• J. Press blue end-on-end buttondown.
• Chipp2 black grenadine necktie.
• O’Connell’s charcoal prunelle trousers.
• Alden bit loafers.
• Lands’ End polka dot pocket square.
• Ralph Lauren black and white nailhead socks.
• J. Crew belt.
• Ray-Ban black Clubmasters.
• Watch on alligator band.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend. We’ll commence with summer content and surf-splashing Twitter tunes next week. — CC