Twit Or Treat: The WASPy Halloween Costume

Need a last-minute idea for a Halloween costume? Consider going as an Old Money WASP. You can build the costume from your everyday wardrobe.

In addition to black-and-white saddle shoes and yellow socks (above), you will need the following.

Patchwork tartan trousers:

Yellow striped surcingle belt:

Matching grosgrain watch band:

Purple gingham shirt and yellow polka-dot pocket square:

Pink sweater:

Crested blazer:

And finally, an ascot:

Throw them together and you’re all set. Because really, what better day to wear “go-to-hell” clothing than Halloween?

(Plan B: If these WASPy items are not part of your regular wardrobe, simply take some grey flannels and a knit tie, add a pipe and floppy tweed cap, and go as Joe College.)

Happy Halloween from — CC

This post originally ran on 10/31/11. Reposted in loving memory of the blogger formerly known as WASP 101. 

58 Comments on "Twit Or Treat: The WASPy Halloween Costume"

  1. Awesome. But it’s also important that none of these items fit you correctly.

  2. Incredulous | October 31, 2011 at 7:18 am |

    Are you sure that this isn’t Richard of WASP101?

  3. LBF’s comment left at 7:47 AM Laguna-time on a Monday morning. Looks like it’s going to be another dyspeptic week.

    And he neglected to click on the Joe College link, in which I have a little laugh at my own costumery.

    It’s important to be able to have a chuckle at your own follies. Some people online are so uptight.

  4. Wow, Christian. A little jealous of WASP101, are we? Or maybe you feel a but threatened? Either way, you spend an unhealthy amount of time picking apart Richard’s site. While the advertisers may like Ivy Style, the readers of these blogs, love Richard. Real level of professionalism over here! And to think you call yourself a journalist, ha.

  5. Why did you nuke my comment?

  6. Boston Brahmin | October 31, 2011 at 8:44 am |

    That faux-Englishman in Southern California needs to be treated.

  7. WASP 101 is just Richard trying (and failing) to defend himself against comments that call him out on his elementary style (and grammar) mistakes, his obviously made up stories (flying into G-town to eat at Rugby?), and his not-so-slim fit waistline. I think his readers–apart from that one racist, anti-semitic buffoon–are just in it for the virtual slapstick of the whole thing.

  8. Maybe you’re just jealous that you’re not a natural-born WASPy aristocrat like Richard. You know, his father might have gone to Yale.

  9. Jeremy Barton | October 31, 2011 at 9:40 am |

    La Goony Bitch should keep comments like “insecure, pathetic fuck” to herself.

  10. My first guess would be color blindness, which would make this a mean joke on your part. But then there’s the general sloppiness of cut, poorly knotted tie, abominable pattern and fabric combinations, and, well, the ascot. I’d guess this person (it’s all the same person, right?) is just confused on a very fundamental level about clothing.

  11. Alec Kingston | October 31, 2011 at 10:05 am |

    Poor fat, pale Richy Rich

  12. Richard could buy and sell all of you twelve times before breakfast! He’s got the money, power, and icy cold meanness of a classic WASP. Keep up the joke, but we’ll see who’s laughing when Richard’s private jet lands in your neighborhood and you get a saddle shoe up your blasted arse!

  13. “Rıchard” can’t spell, has no sense of grammatical correctness, and no notion whatsoever of which articles of clothing, which patterns, which colors complement each other.

  14. Fries with that. | October 31, 2011 at 10:44 am |

    Be fair, Christian. Richard only wears that ascot when he’s going to Hardee’s. It’s not like he’d wear it on just any old day.

  15. @AEV, I think you’ve missed CC’s intent with this post. He’s mocking someone for the same reasons you’re constantly grousing about here and at UP.

  16. At least CC’s clothes fit correctly and not like the children size clothes worn by adults over at U.P. I’m with AEV on that one but as for WASPlol: what he is trying to do is anyones guess.

  17. I nominate Laguna Beach Fogey for the singular honor of being banned henceforth from posting comments on this website. Who will second me?

  18. All right, so the guy clearly doesn’t know what he’s doing. He’s built up a bunch of lies about wealthy friends, his Ivy League dad, and that pesky basketball scholarship that kept him from going to Harvard, all to support his looney claim that he’s some kind of “born WASP,” rather than some hick from the sticks that’s trying (and failing) to imitate Ralph Lauren ads (which, of course, isn’t the best idea to begin with). It’s all very funny, I’d have to admit.

    But I kind of feel bad for him. He reminds me of every nerd in grade school that tried to compensate for his social awkwardness by spinning ever-more ridiculous stories that just serve to make him look more and more pathetic. It’s kind of sad, really, that he’s still doing that at forty.

  19. I agree with RJB…I’m disappointed that you would openly bully Richard when most of your readers understand the nature of Wasp 101. It would have been classier to ignore it.

  20. @Laguna

    Obviously irony zooms way over your head…

    “What an insecure, pathetic fuck you are” describes YOU exactly! Seriously, you’re really just embarrassing yourself every time you comment.

  21. Fuck you, Chens.

  22. Come on, Ricky, tell him what you really think of his hat!

  23. I think folks need to lighten up. It was a funny post. Last week Richard was making fun of Chensvold. Chensvold showed he’s a sporting guy by linking to the picture and making fun of himself. Then he gave Richard a little of his own medicine. If Richard can’t take what he tries to dish out, then let him cry. And if his racist buddy blows his top, well, good.

  24. Nice, very nice. Nothing like Richard the Wasp for some comic relief.

  25. Wait…WASP 101 is supposed to serious?

    I thought it was satire like the Onion or something.

  26. I’d like to go on the record saying I just eBayed last winter’s Gatsby cap and have replaced it with a less floppy one more befitting my svelte physique and gaunt visage.

  27. This gives me a good laugh. When I was reading WASP 101 and UP sometimes I kept wondering”Well this is right clothes, but something is wrong when all these pieces are put together” Not to mention Richard’s heavy handed moderation on comments and his life stories as well as name calling.

    As for LBF, I think guys like him are precisely the reason people have anti-American sentiments, not that he cares, anyway.

  28. I’m happy to see that I’m not the only one who can stir things up here at Ivy Style.


    You have some good ideas, along with some not-so good ones. It’s unfortunate that you choose to express almost all of your ideas in such an off-putting way. Unless and until you decide to express yourself as an adult, no one will pay much attention to any of your ideas.

    Is that your intention?


    Glad you got rid of that awful hat. The rest of the ensemble is great, though, and it’s nice to see that you don’t take yourself too seriously. How could you, considering what a “fraud” you are? (Imagine! A journalist covering something he himself is not a part of–what nerve!)

    (Note to the humor impaired: part of that last paragraph is supposed to be taken humorously. Can you tell which part?)

    P.S.: I love yellow socks–but they don’t go with everything.

  29. What is “UP”?

  30. Manhattan Trad | October 31, 2011 at 9:19 pm |

    @ J. Fowler:

    Consider yourself fortunate never to have heard of “Unabashedly Prep”.
    Completely vulgar.

    @ Gabe

    I agree that the fuckee from Laguna Beach should be banned. He thinks of himself as the last bastion of White Western Civilization, but is totally lacking in civilized behavior.

  31. Who makes the saddle shoes ? I remember writing you years ago and I recall the derision you expressed regarding the same !

  32. A bit off topic (but maybe for the best):
    Has anybody seen the book- Icons of Men’s Style?
    It takes certain iconic items of men’s clothing and kinda shows the source & evolution of the item. Sorry Christian, it is a British book
    & it covers some “questionable” items such as sandals & Hawaiian shirts, but it covers lots of great stuff as well.
    There is a great photo of F. Scott Fitzgerald in a
    OCBD and a knit necktie

  33. @Laguna

    Did it ever occur to you that CC could easily delete any of your juvenile comments at any time, if he chose to do so…

    Yet, he doesn’t. Ever wonder why?

    Perhaps you’re serving the role of useful idiot?
    Naw, couldn’t be. You’re much too clever too clever to be used as an unwitting court jester.

  34. Michael Mattis | November 1, 2011 at 6:07 am |

    Richard is the McLovin of trad. Laguna Beach Fraud would be Wooster to Chenners’ Jeeves, that is if Wooster was bloviating, bigoted thug.

  35. Fascist Buster | November 1, 2011 at 7:33 am |

    Laguna Beach Trad really should clean up her act.
    She doesn’t seem to realize that this is a blog for gentlemen.

  36. Manhattan Trad | November 1, 2011 at 7:49 am |

    @ Laguna

    Oy vey?
    Alter kocker?

    Finally revealing your true ethnic origins?

    Unlike you, I wasn’t born on the Lower East Side and am not conversant in Yiddish.

  37. Oh for heavens sake Richard is a fan of something and thank goodness he likes to share it. I for one believe you shouldn’t be so critical about ones bow tie not shown correctly get a grip and leave the guy alone let him enjoy what he does best there’s more to life. As traditionally British and own and wear such attire it’s great he adds his own spin on things and I for one embrace tradition mixed with ones own personal taste! Embrace it don’t disgrace it. Keep up the good work Richard and ignore the schoolyard bullies.

  38. I think it’s more his posturing rather than his clothes that so many — myself certainly included — find so worthy of ridicule. But that, combined with his over-the-top, multiple WASP exclamation points way of dressing, is certainly a potent combination.

    Not to mention the fact that he blogs about himself. It’s not like he’s breaking news, doing historical research, or interviewing people.

  39. WASP101 features some of the most tortured and cumbersome writing I have ever read. His anecdotes are suspect and poorly crafted but he at least seems sincere.His posts invite the sarcasm and ridicule which is heaped upon him. He has an interesting concept for the Blog…he simply cannot execute.
    This Halloween post is damn funny and Richard should take it in good form.

  40. None of this drivel is particularly WASPish, nor stylish. Why’s everyone slagging poor little Dickie boy? Have a drink and fuck something.

  41. Allentown Trad | November 2, 2011 at 3:49 am |


    Is this Cod character for real, or, like Richard of Wasp 101, is he simply the grotesque creation of Seinfeld or Woody Allen?

  42. I heard that AEV was spotted while wearing the whale costume in Georgetown on Halloween:

  43. Manhattan Trad hit the nail on the head: central to the entire PITA ethos is civilized behavior. This explains why certain commenters (here and elsewhere) are such carbuncles on the keister: they lack either the will or the ability (or both?) to act civil.

    Christian, for his part, generally lets them expose themselves for what they are. He does occasionally delete their more fragrant contributions, though–as well he should.

  44. Do we not know who made those shoes, then ?

  45. Regimental Stripe | November 2, 2011 at 8:42 pm |


    Who made those shoes?

    If Richy is to be believed, Crockett & Jones:

  46. I don’t know much about being a stingy apocrita, but I noticed Christian, that bro over at Unabashedly P, and a few other of their sartorial brethren hang out with the Muffster. If they get the nod from Mrs. Aldrich, then their blogs can’t be that “inauthentic”, no?

  47. Boston Bean | November 3, 2011 at 1:41 am |

    @ Simulacrum

    Miz Muffridge should be more careful about whom she hangs out wif.

  48. Old Bostonian | November 3, 2011 at 8:30 am |

    @Henry November 2, 3:28 p.m.

    Would you agree too that civilized behavior includes not wearing neckties emblazoned with jockstraps?

  49. Old Bostonian,

    Yes. I find them vulgar.

    I guess Chipp’s bawdy neckties are OK in some PITA circles, but I would think that even those people don’t wear them to work. I suppose that they’re a non-summer GTH item, and so limited to weekends and the like. (Can anyone confirm or deny my suppositions?)

  50. AEV,

    “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”
    –H. L. Mencken

    Looks like they won’t go broke with underestimating the American public’s taste, either.

  51. @ Boston Beanie Sigal – I see.

  52. I see that Richie has taken his blog invite-only. What a travesty.

  53. And just a few days before he took down his solicitation for advertising. Guess he’s throwing in the towel.

  54. Boston Bream | October 28, 2016 at 11:58 am |

    How fortunate we are that many of these guys no longer comment on your posts, Christian.

  55. Yes, yes indeed. I think I’ve read this comment section fight three times over. Can’t say it isn’t entertaining, though.

  56. I’d forgotten about it.

    But stay tuned for more Halloween fodder this weekend!

  57. Dear god, Laguna Beach Fogey doesn’t sound too fogey-ish. Good riddance.

  58. Skim his anonymous blog for the posts about sexual conquests, phallic size, and staying power. It’s anonymous so it must be true!

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