Today Troy Patterson, Princeton man and longtime linker to Ivy Style in his work, wrote a piece for The New Yorker on Robert Mueller as style icon, linking to this post from last summer.
Within the community of men passionate about preppy clothing, there’s a lively conversation around Mueller’s preference for starch in his oxford-cloth shirt, a choice evident in the unusual curvature of the roll of his collar, which bulges where you’d expect it to arc gently. It takes a certain sort of prep to starch his oxford cloth. There is a school of thought that holds that this material looks appealing when wrinkled and creased, and Mueller pointedly does not attend it.
Breaking news suggests that recently appointed special counsel Robert Mueller may have quite the work load ahead of him. But no matter the outcome of his Trump investigation, the American people can expect Mueller to appear thoroughly, idiosyncratically trad.
Or at least the recent cover of Time Magazine suggests so. Mueller graced it wearing an aggressively rolling button down collar with an intense and puzzling bulge circling around the top:
I launched my own investigation into what could cause such a collar condition, and received the following statement from Bruce Boyer:
What the photo appears to show is a traditional pinpoint oxford cloth button down (from a traditional maker) which may or may not have light starch. A preference for starch would be unusual, but not unheard of. The shirt is accompanied by as Ivy an outfit as you can get: small patterned silk foulard and discreet striped worsted suit. This outfit is exactly the sort of thing worn by Elliot Richardson. Archibald Cox, on the other hand, was known to have mainly worn tweed jackets.
Note to our millennial readers (including myself): Eliot Richardson and Archibald Cox served as Attorney General and special counsel, respectively, during the Watergate scandal.
A quick Google image search reveals that Mueller, a former marine and FBI Director, has a definite penchant for buttondown collars, foulard neckties and pinstripe suits. In fact, I could not find a single image that showed him wearing any other type of collar. Yet even when going tieless, Mueller’s collar’s still affect that bulge at the top. I guess it’s just the way he rolls. — ERIC TWARDZIK