The Importance Of Fit and Laura Arnold

Once a week or so we will profile a member of the Facebook Group to see how Ivy Style translates to Real Life.   They take place over text or Messenger.

Laura Arnold is relatively new to the group, she has been there for about a year, but has received a tremendous response because (1) she has absolutely the best attitude (2) she knows her Ivy and when she doesn’t she says so (3) her outfits are so spot on.

JB: Alright, the 30 second bio please.
LA: From the Philly suburbs – Have lived in NYC for about 5 years now – Currently do product design/graphic design/marketing for a smaller heritage goods brand Upstate Stock – Very into true vintage menswear and that’s how I stumbled upon Ivy.
LA: Yes! There tend to be a lot of contradictions.
LA:  I do vaguely know of John Butler! (I’ve played guitar for about 15 years now).   I do have other styles and Ivy is becoming more prominent in my outfits.
-JB

14 Comments on "The Importance Of Fit and Laura Arnold"

  1. Great profile! I think everyone here should aspire to to dress like Laura when we grow (or, rather, glow?) up!

  2. I really enjoyed reading this profile. Laura seems to embody the kind of confidence and relaxed self-possession that makes ivy and ivy-inspired style cool. It’s the same “cool” that has inspired a number of posts on this site over the years. Some people really search for it, some find it eventually (usually with age) and some just seem to have it as a built-in feature.

  3. Excellent. Looks terrific.

    Philly suburbs, eh? A Chestnut Hill vibe here, or maybe Bryn Mawr/Villanova/Wayne.

  4. Roger Sack | August 9, 2021 at 3:52 pm |

    The overtly antiqued shoes the second picture seem to
    reveal latent I-Gent tendencies. Not a good sign.

  5. Impressive perfectively imperfect style!

  6. Another guy | August 9, 2021 at 8:59 pm |

    Wonderful profile. A good demonstration that a key part of “pulling off” a look that is somewhat anachronistic in modern society is simply being comfortable with oneself and dressing in a way that reinforces that.

  7. Another guy | August 9, 2021 at 10:29 pm |

    Just to clarify, the anachronistic look I refer to is ivy.

  8. John & Laura: Well done, interesting interview. Back in the mid 1960s, many clothing items, now considered classic Ivy clothing, were manufactured in identical styles in both men’s and women’s sizing, such as Gant shirts, BB OCBD shirts, etc, and some college stores, such as Jack Harper Custom Shop, across from the Penn State Main Campus, were popular with both men and women for a wide range of sizes of quality, affordable “ivy style” clothing.

  9. Dutch Uncle | August 9, 2021 at 11:12 pm |

    I’m not a fan of the wrinkled look–I wield a mean steam iron, but the clothes look so natural on Laura (with the exception of those antiqued patina shoes), that all I can say in Kudos!!!

    Something about her style makes me want to sit down with a glass of milk and a slice of carrot cake or apple pie.

  10. Dutch Uncle | August 10, 2021 at 1:21 am |

    …all I can say is Kudos…

  11. Vern Trotter | August 10, 2021 at 1:44 am |

    There appears to be a natural acuity here. The shoes and trouser cuffs in the second picture illustrate there is hope. I agree that a steam iron or a Chinese laundry can work wonders.

    “Nice people are so damn nice!”
    —E Hemingway to Scott Fitzgerald on Sara and Gerald Murphy. Very nice interview.

  12. William Cochrane | August 10, 2021 at 4:26 am |

    Great interview! and good transition to the new(er) format!.
    Laura, what I always like about your posts is the “positivity” in them…and you always seem to be wearing the clothes and not the other way round.

  13. The OCBDs look fabulous. What make are they, please? Thanks.

  14. Great interview, and especially appreciate the focus on how Ivy is actually quite accessible and versatile for so many people and circumstances – I’ve been following Laura’s posts on the FB group, and they’re just right. Keep it up, Laura – this is a community that is proud to have you

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