This week US News & World Report released its annual ranking of the best colleges in America, and Princeton once again is back on top, right along with their — alas now dismantled — sartorial legacy.
In the last post, on Sewanee, a reader left a comment wondering if college students during the heyday were equally as sloppy as those of today, just with dressier clothes strewn about the floor.
As society hadn’t yet reached the point of pajamas for the classroom (not to mention airplane travel), I think the guys in the ’50s and ’60s were a tad more fastidious than the guys of today. As for Ivy wearers from the aristocratic pre-war years, let’s revisit that Princeton clotheshorse showing off his closet in a 1938 issue of LIFE magazine, which contributor Deirdre Clemente presented in her 2009 Ivy Style post “Leading Men: The Princetonians.”
Three cheers for white bucks with flannel and tweed. — CC