This is a test to see if this post goes viral. After I mentioned that our Sewanee post shattered all traffic records, someone left a comment suggesting that it was because all the old curmudgeons and fogeys were ogling the candid shots of lovely young co-eds, rather than the more likely reason that kids from the school were sharing the blog post among themselves via social media.
Then again, now that I think about it, the girls in penny loafers on bicycles post was another one of our most-viewed posts. Maybe you guys are tired of looking at clothes after all. Kind of brings up that epic 2006 thread at Andy’s Trad Forum, “What does a trad girlfriend look like?”
In this post you get to have your cake and eat it too, vis-a-vis trad clothes and gams. That’s vintage slang for legs. Pictured above is a still from the 1966 film “Bang Bang You’re Dead.” That’s Tony Randall inside the silky smooth A frame.
Here he is up close; you’d be smirking too:
But it’s not all wit and flirtation for Randall’s character, who, due to a case of mistaken identity, gets caught up in a web of danger and intrigue while on vacation in Morocco. He wears only one shirt and tie throughout the film: a buttondown and striped knit tie. When he first arrives, to underscore the plot of the hapless American overseas, Randall wears a seersucker sack suit, looking like a fish out of water among the spies and villains that surround him. Here he is checking into his hotel:
Later, still in the same shirt and tie, he dons charcoal trousers and a kind of Continental hybrid jacket, two buttons on the cuff and unvented. I can’t tell whether it’s darted. It symbolizes his immersion into the international environment. Even a buttoned-down trad needs to go a little native. — CC
Girls on bicycles in penny loafers is for trads what girls in bikinis jumping on trampolines in slow motion is for other men (well, for us trads too). Man Show reference.
I keep trying to adjust the camera a tad north. I know it’s a photo. That doesn’t change a thing.
Knowing how insightful you can be, Chens, I’m surprised you don’t see the difference between stark naked gams and the charm of a candidly posed, classy and uniquely attractive young lady. No comment here suggested that your readership was inclined to ogling fleshy displays. Rather, my previous comment pointed out something that I now realize you completely missed. Some images, like the one of your Sewanee redhead, capture an innocence, beauty and sophistication that inspire a longing for a lost or aspired life. Maybe some of the Sewanee community came here to see what you said about them. More likely, that image struck a chord with those inclined to view your site by connecting with something we remember or hoped for at one time. Good job! I’m sorry you completely missed what you accomplished.
So why not start including regular posts about women and ivy style, by women? After all, the ivies started including women in the 1970s and, so far, it seems to be a successful move.
“No comment here suggested that your readership was inclined to ogling fleshy displays.” Did you not see my comment yesterday?
Long live fleshy displays!
Did you not read my comment?
Ward, we’ve had some posts in the past on Seven Sisters style and college life:
Terrific posts. I hope we see more like these in the future.