We posted this back in 2012. Given recent speculations of COVID’s fatal blow to the way people dress (more on that soon), maybe a preppy costume revival isn’t such a bad thing.
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A few weeks ago Esquire’s Matt Sullivan wrote a piece about his high school reunion. And not just any high school, mind you, but the Collegiate School, evidently the nation’s oldest school.
Sullivan attended clad in the outfit above, which got a mixture of mockery and admiration from his Park Avenue-type classmates.
Later Sullivan chats with Gant’s Christopher Bastin, who says:
The whole preppy costume days are over, which I’m kind of happy about because it’s much more personalized today. The stuff we’re working on is a bit more grown-up, a bit more dressy — dressy but messy, not trying to look like your dad, but not trying to look like one of the guys from “Dead Poets Society” either.
Although Sullivan’s credentials are preppy genuine rather than preppy ersatz, readers will of course respond differently to the outfit pictured above. “You can’t just buy a preppy look off some mannequin in Connecticut,” he writes.
Perhaps, but I’ve seen some mannequins who looked pretty damn preppy, and only needed one go-to-hell item in the outfit to do it. — CC