And you thought you’d look trendy wearing a foulard buttondown!
Alas according to a new Wall Street Journal feature, one of those moments of trads becoming accidentally trendy is falling fast upon us. The paper wastes no time getting to the punch. “The loafer, that 1980s preppy staple, has stepped back into the spotlight,” reads the first line. And that’s beneath a subhead that goes, “From penny loafers and tassels to leather, suede and velvet, men have lots of options, if they dare to try the preppy style.”
The article even includes a photo of Biff and Muffy gracing the cover of “The Official Preppy Handbook.” Perhaps I’m just too cynical in my predictions that WASP style is doomed to be trampled beneath the march of social justice.
Writes Ray A. Smith:
For men, the slip-on shoes are an easy style to wear: they are comfortable and versatile, and available at seemingly every price point. They are also an easy style to mock. Their long association with blue bloods and the Ivy League provides good fodder for social media ribbing of men who wear loafers, especially those who, like TV anchorman Matt Lauer, do so without socks.
At Brooks Brothers, “there has been an uptick in loafer sales as men’s clothing has gotten a more relaxed feeling,” says Lou Amendola, the clothier’s chief merchandising officer.
The article continues with references to this year’s 80th anniversary of the Bass Weejun, and some history on Alden tassel loafers. Head over here to read the full piece, and if it comes up gated, search the story on Google News, which should remove the paywall. — CC