Self-Educated: Create Your Own University Scarf


Are you a fan of long schoolboy scarves, the kind sold by J. Press, Smart Turnout and others, but your own school isn’t represented? Or maybe you’re the self-cultivated type who never even went to college.

While there are some fashion scarves out there (such as the ones made by Rugby floating around eBay), let’s face it, most are afiliated with a school, and if you’re not afiliated with the school, it’s kind of a faux pas. It’s one thing to wear an American-made regimental striped tie that happens to be nearly identical to that worn in the England by the Queen’s Sewer Rat Catching Dragoon (a favorite quip of Bruce Boyer), but it’s quite another to wear the black and orange of Princeton with other items of clothing that might lead people to believe you went there.

And so our own Millennial Fogey pointed out to me the great fun you can have designing your own scarf with English firm of Ryder & Amies, which bills itself as “the original university store since 1864.”

For a mere 32 pounds sterling you can choose the colors and striping pattern on this page here.


You can even have a logo embroidered. I wonder if Hozumi-san would mind if I used one of his little Ivy Boy smiley faces… — CC

23 Comments on "Self-Educated: Create Your Own University Scarf"

  1. What’s the material on these?

  2. Ward Wickers, FIFS | December 14, 2015 at 4:14 pm |

    NEWS FLASH! … Republican Campaign, Des Moines, IA

    Donald Trump Announces National Education Policy.

    If elected President, Donald Trump will ban all Muslims and undocumented LatinEX. He will also ban all WASP educators. “It’s time we took our schools back,” said Mr. Trump. “I propose a fully integrated educational system.” Under the Trump plan, kids will start in Trump grammar schools, move on to Trump middle schools, and then go to Trump high schools. “A Trump University will educate anyone who has the intelligence to get there,” he said.

    When asked about Harvard, Yale, and other Ivy League schools, Trump dismissed them by saying, “Let them eat cake.” When it was pointed out that a French queen may have originally used that statement, Trump said, “Look. French, English—it doesn’t matter. They’re terrible educators. Just terrible, and they have to go. It’s time real Americans started educating real Americans and the Trump educational system will do exactly that, mark my words.”

    In what is considered a deft political move to garner the Catholic vote, Trump’s national education plan also includes Trump University of the Scared Heart. “The Catholics are more organized than the WASPs, so we need them,” Trump admitted. “We still have to get the Pope’s approval,” Trump said, “but that’s not a problem. I can talk to him.”

    The main inspiration for Trump’s education policy came from a post about school scarves on, according to anonymous sources within the Trump Campaign. “Yes,” a staffer said. “It was the scarves and also The Donald’s hair. The two together were inspirational.” “We were discussing education and suddenly it became clear,” said another staff member. “School scarves in copper color reflecting The Donald’s hair color would make a great scarf for a new Trump American school system. And, we decided to ban the traditional stripes on the scarves,” she said. Waves—apparently reflecting The Donald’s comb-over—will replace the stripes. “We like banning. It works well for us,” she acknowledged. “Oh, we can’t forget,” another staffer interjected, “the waves will be located on the right side the scarf, the far right. They’ll be cutest that way. It should give us a few extra points in the polls”

  3. @VanrRitz

  4. Bags' Groove | December 14, 2015 at 4:57 pm |

    I can’t believe you don’t have something better to do with your time, even if it’s only picking out a new pair of socks. Anything, no matter how mundane, will do.

  5. Bags' Groove | December 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm |

    Good grief, Sharpy, you would have to jump in and write the one word that completely messes up my post to Ward W.

  6. Ward Wickers, FIFS | December 14, 2015 at 5:30 pm |

    Actually, I got new socks yesterday. Two pairs from BB. So today I did, indeed, have way too much time on my hands.

  7. Bags' Groove | December 14, 2015 at 5:56 pm |

    Crikey, I must have suddenly become psychic. I don’t feel any different. Still the eternal pessimist, I’m afraid. Never mind, maybe Trump will change the world, eh Ward?

  8. This is a good company also but requires you to buy six

  9. Ward Wickers, FIFS | December 14, 2015 at 6:50 pm |

    “… maybe Trump will change the world …”

    Are you barmy, Bags?

  10. Bags' Groove | December 15, 2015 at 2:34 am |

    No barmier than you, baby. We’re all barmy to put up with what’s being done to our way of life. That’s why I find myself creeping off to places like Ivy Style, to get away from it all; to find peace and sanctuary from the barminess. Then what do i find? You prattling on, interminably, about the Donald.
    Anyway, enough of that. What colour are your new socks? And are you a stickler for matching them to the rest of your ensemble, or are you someone who wears vivid colours, just to get people talking? Let’s talk socks, baby! Then after that we can move on to pocket handkerchiefs, perhaps…

  11. Ward Wickers, FIFS | December 15, 2015 at 9:41 am |


    One argyle (navy background, red, white and green in the pattern), the other striped (no waves, stripes: red & grey). No vivid colors needed just to get people talking (case in point: look at you). If I could, I’d post a selfie of my feets. You’d love’m.

    Don’t think talking about my socks on a scarf post ranks high on the etiquette scale, though. Pocket hankies would be worse. Got any stories you can tell about scarves. Bags, baby?

  12. Henry Contestwinner | December 15, 2015 at 12:12 pm |

    Oh, come now, BG! Ward’s not all bad! He seems to be our new resident left-wing crank, replacing the nearly-banned AEV (a.k.a. Andrew, a.k.a. VEA). Ward’s wee screed on Trump is at least somewhat clever and mildly humorous, unlike AEV’s regurgitation of liberal talking points. My only concern is whether or not Ward can properly skewer Fred Castleberry as the need arises; unfortunately, the last time good ol’ Fred showed up on Ivy Style, Ward was fulsome in his faint praise:

  13. Henry Contestwinner | December 15, 2015 at 12:23 pm |

    Oh, and socks? I usually match them to my trousers, and favor solids and subtle patterns, but argyles are great on the weekends. Recently, I’ve been wearing woolen Fair Isle socks quite a bit, but my favorite combination is gray trousers+green socks+brown shoes.

    More inspiration for socks here:

  14. Ward Wickers, FIFS | December 15, 2015 at 2:09 pm |

    Left-wing crank? Maybe to those fractious, dogmatic, right-wing nuts. But my political leanings are more centrist than anything.

    Fulsome faint praise of Fred Castleberry? As I said, I don’t know the fellow. He seems likable enough and the way he wears his clothes is really his business, not mine. He certainly stands out, and I think he would be a lot of fun to be around, though that’s just conjecture. But, then, I suppose those rigid types who won’t allow any deviation from what they declare as normal would find his appearance uncomfortable. Freud would have a field-day with this, of course, especially with the notion of skewering.

  15. The center of American politics has shifted so far to the left that a current centrist would have been a beyond-the-pale leftist as recently as 20 years ago, perhaps less.

    I think Fred garners criticism not because people seeing what he wears “won’t allow any deviation from what they declare as normal,” but because he’s clownish. Sure, he quite possibly is fun to be around, and he does exude a certain joie de vivre, but that’s not really the point.

    And Freud? Please! That’s so Nineteenth Century.

  16. We could already figure out you’re not big on Freud, Henry.

  17. Bags' Groove | December 15, 2015 at 4:45 pm |

    @ Ward W
    Sorry baby, I was only seeking to deflect. Socks interest me not at all. Nor school scarves. But pocket handkerchiefs thrill me almost as much as ties.

  18. Ward Wickers | December 15, 2015 at 5:24 pm |

    Actually, Freud’s work lives on. The research shows it can be very effective in the modern world. It’s all about freeing up intrapsychic conflict. You should give psychoanalysis a try, Henry. Who knows–after a few months on the couch you might be dressing just like Fred.

  19. Ward Wickers, baby | December 15, 2015 at 5:38 pm |


    I’m with you on the socks and scarves. Love ties. Braces, too. I have to admit, though, I own only two pocket squares. Not saying I don’t like them, just never bought them. Probably because I would be more than a tad overdressed in my work environment. Do you wear them frequently?

  20. Henry Contestwinner | December 16, 2015 at 12:17 am |

    Freud’s work is based on neurotics, mainly women, and is one of three big 19th Century ideologies that belong in the garbage heap of history (the other two being Marxism and Darwinism). What empirical evidence exists for his ego, superego, and id? None whatsoever! It is a jumble of unfalsifiable rigamarole and is properly categorized as pseudoscience. Not to mention the fact that psychoanalysis is without any value whatsover, as the length of time required for people to recover from their psychiatric maladies is the same whether or not they undergo psychoanalysis. Oh, and let’s not forget that what plagues people is not alleged “repressed memories,” a favorite Freudian bugbear, but memories of horrors that they cannot forget. Freud is about as meaningful, and scientific, as phrenology.

    (Hmm. Now that I think about it, “modern” atheism, as espoused by bigots such as Richard Dawkins, is also a 19th Century ideology that deserves to be discarded and forgotten as all but a historical footnote.)

    (For those who don’t know: “modern” atheism is based on a 19th Century understanding of the universe: that it is eternal; that it is infinite; and that it is unchanging, i.e., neither expanding nor contracting. We now know that all three of these premises are false. How can anything predicated on entirely false premises be true?)

  21. Bags' Groove | December 16, 2015 at 2:23 am |

    More than I wear ties, because on those odd occasions I go tie-less with a jacket, I still wear a pocket hanky. Worn them, on and off, right back to my younger days, where i can be seen sporting puff folds. An English or Italian silk hanky is a wondrous thing.

  22. I have a few Ryder and Amies scarves from my time at Cambridge. The wool is not very soft–feels like a military blanket. Probably not worth the 50 bucks. It is a very cool store although I am partial to Ede and Ravenscroft down the street. British campus shops area alive and well (although a very different animal from their American cousins).

  23. Due to this blog post, I went “crazy” and ordered 10 custom scarves incorporating 2 of my mother’s favorite colors for my family, and a unique “one off” just for me.

    The service is great and the scarves are nice, but some of their preview colors are quite a bit different from reality. The purple and lavender are spot on, and of course you can’t go wrong with black and white, but if you want to do a custom scarf with total confidence, you’d do well to have actual swatches of all the colors! I now have experience with 8 of the colors with 7 to go! Keep in mind, no returns are allowed on custom products.

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