My friend Chapman is looking for vintage Tretorns, women’s, Size 10. If you know of any, leave it in the comments?
I am working on a piece about the WHY of Ivy looking good and wanted to bounce three theories off of you first. If you do some online research, you find, well, you know my rant about most fashion and lifestyle writers. I did come across this image, though, from Kinowear.com. It’s a contemporary fashion blog, if you are here it is probably not your jam, but there was some thought put into this at least.
My first theory about the WHY of Ivy looking good has nothing to do with how it looks. It has more to do with what it says. Which is why I always write, if you are a jackass, you are not going to look good in Ivy. There is though, with regard to the image above, some correlation. Ivy looks good if you want to say this:
I am a person who values thought and work ethic. I understand the value and stability of classics, and I welcome a little rebellion to keep things moving. Morals are important to me, or less controversially put, being fair and decent is important to me. I am inclusive, I like music, and dependability is part of My Personal Tradition. Authenticity is admired and pomposity is the calling card of a dunce. I spend money on quality and won’t buy anything I can’t wear ten years from now. Manners matter, but because I think so much of thought, manners are reflexive. What things mean is as important as how things look, how things look is important too though. I am a good person.
If you know yourself, and this is the message you want to convey, and as an aside, what about this message wouldn’t you want to convey, Ivy is going to look good on you.
The second theory is that Ivy, and I am talking men’s Ivy right now, just frames most bodies better. Forgiveness on the top, where, as the years and sandwiches go by, forgiveness might be called for. Worn with the proper rise, pants divide near enough to the equator as to scratch our intrinsic itch for symmetry. Nothing hangs off because dangling feels unsafe. Etc. Because of these fundamentals, Ivy speaks to the most body types the best.
The third theory is that Ivy walks the line between formality and informality best. It is certainly the most expansive style. Suits and shorts in the same genre is REALLY hard to find, if not impossible, yet here we are. Casual Ivy, sockless loafers, untucked ocbd’s, even GTH, still courtly enough to let you know that a courageous action or an impactful thought can still happen, even while throwing a frisbee. More formal Ivy, 3/2 suits, repp ties (which can go either way actually): stately without preening.
What do you think?