Update, 3 July, 10:04 AM:
Last night Ivy Style crossed the 10,000-comment threshold with these infamous words that will echo across America this summer as families pile up the station wagon and head out on the road:
Are we there yet?
The comment was left by none other than regular reader Henry, who will finally be rewarded for years of faithful interaction.
Leave one more comment with your real email address, Henry, so I can make sure the IP addresses match. Wouldn’t want the loot to go to one of your sparring partners pretending to be you. — CC
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Ivy-Style.com is rapidly approaching its 10,000th comment. As a way of saying thank you for the interaction and entertainment that our comments section provides, I’m arranging for one lucky reader to get a pile of loot donated by our sponsors.
Here’s how it will work. Sometime over the next couple of weeks — depending on how worked up you guys get — we’ll cross the ten thousand threshold. The person to leave comment number 10,000 — after all spam and petty nastiness has been expunged, of course — wins.
So you might want to leave a valid email address when you comment, at least for the time being.
And while it’s true that the winner may be one of the usual suspects in our perennial Left vs. Right and US vs. UK kerfuffles, at least everyone has an equal chance of winning, regardless of ideology.
After all, anyone can wear buttondowns and penny loafers. — CC
Update: Here is a confirmed alphabetical list of the prizes so far, which have a combined value of $1,425:
Assouline has kindly donated a copy of “The Ivy League” by Daniel Cappello:
Bruce Boyer will graciously present the winner with a personally signed copy of his latest book, “Gary Cooper: Enduring Style“:
Brooks Brothers has generously donated a $200 gift card:
Castaway Clothing will kindly present the winner with any pair of shorts he wishes (such as these madras examples):
Country Club Prep has bequeathed this handsome madras tie from Just Madras:
The Fine Swine has donated a summer survival kit known as “swine swag”:
Alan Flusser will present the lucky winner with a personally signed copy of his classic “Dressing The Man”:
General Knot & Company has graciously donated an Italian indigo twill tie:
Kirby Allison of The Hanger Project has been kind enough to donate a starter set of fine coat hangers in just the right size for your suit jackets, plus a generous selection of top-of-the-line Saphir shoe polish:
J. Press will present the lucky winner with a navy and gold sunflower necktie:
Jack Donnelly Khakis has been kind enough to donate a pair of its Dalton shorts:
Lemon & Line will present the winner with one of its nautical rope bracelets made in Rhode Island:
Mettlers American Mercantile has magnanimously donated one of its American-made flap-pocket oxfords:
The Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology has donated a copy of “Ivy Style,” published by Yale University Press, when it is released in October:
O’Connell’s has been so good as to donate a surcingle belt in the color of the winner’s choice:
The Rake has kindly donated a one-year digital subscription, plus a copy of the lavish coffee-table book “Hand of the Artisan“:
R. Hanauer has been so gracious to donate this bow tie made in Fort Mill, South Carolina:
Sir Jack’s toasts the winner with a pair of ox horn whisky tumblers:
St. Johns will generously douse the winner in a bottle of its celebrated bay rum:
Nice last quote, good sentiment. Followed this blog for ages never commented before. Happy to join in the banter.
Anyone can, but not everyone does.
That’s part of the appeal.
Agree completely. JC Penney’s American Living collection was a perfect example: trad gear at rock bottom prices and it still failed. Wrong demographic.
Always spectated, never commented, but I look forward to partaking more!
Ivy Style has the liveliest give and take of just about any website I read. No surprise that comments are sailing towards 10k. Congrats, CC
Having my team crunch the numbers right now to ensure mine is the 10,000th comment…
This is a great contest!
For those who don’t remember Penney’s “American Living” line:
Indeed. Let’s just hope the winning remark is more than two words.
“anyone can wear buttondowns and penny loafers”
No! One must be ideologically pure, and live in the correct country with the correct understanding of the history and minutia!
(removes tongue from cheek)
I hope you’ll announce the winner, and allow him to contact you in case his e-mail address is faked (so as to avoid even more spam).
Here’s to luck.
Great idea, looking forward to seeing who the winner is, and all of the witty reparte!
What’s the prize?
A ton of stuff. Will post once everything’s been confirmed.
Long-time reader, first time commenter, guess this is good enough incentive, huh?
I’m also jumping on board with my first comment, though as a somewhat newer reader – I’ve only been trolling around here for a month or so. I’m sure you’ll probably see a few more comments from me during the days & weeks yet to come.
On an Ivy related note, I’m looking forward to getting my Haspel seersucker blazer this coming Monday, that I was lucky enough to find at a bargain price on eBay.
I hope Ricky WASP wins.
Newer reader but loving it. Enjoy the banter and look forward to joining in.
Hope I get lucky…I’ve been lurking on this site for a few years now and I have a question that’s been bothering me for a little while. Maybe one of you can help me out. I recently finished my freshman year in the Ivy League and realized something that may seem obvious to you all.
Good clothing is expensive, especially on a college student’s budget. My attempts to put together a respectable wardrobe are always curtailed because the clothing is just too much. It turns out that jpress does not sell a cheap sports jacket.
I understand that an important part of this look is the quality of the clothing and that costs money, but can anyone recommend a place where a college student could find reasonable clothes at a cheaper price?
After all, if more of us students are wearing this stuff when you visit campus it will feel more like the good old days…
Second comment ever, longtime reader. I would have worn that hat too CC!
Two words: thrift stores.
I understand that was not the case in the Good Old Days, but things were different then.
Probably the premiere site for thrifting is Giuseppe Timore’s An Affordable Wardrobe. Go into his archives and have fun! You can also find thrifting tips at Put This On, though they cover a lot of other areas, too.
CQ: I depends on location. Where are you studying?
CQ brings up a very good point. I would be intrigued to see some suggestions because quite frankly I am baffled.
Are Canadians eligible to win?
Johnny Reb: I’m at Yale. Any suggestions, online or a physical store, would be much appreciated.
I’ve had remarkable luck buying old Brooks sack 3/2 jackets on eBay. I’ve bought about eight over the past six months, at an average cost of about $50 each — including a gray herringbone tweed for $17 including shipping, and a brown herringbone tweed for $22 including shipping.
Also consider thrift stores, especially since you’re in Ivy country. Look up the blog An Affordable Wardrobe if you’ve never seen it; the writer lives in Boston, and has assembled almost his entire wardrobe at thrifts. Living in the midwest, I rarely find 3/2 sack jackets or suits, but I find Brooks shirts all the time, even here. I bought my current favorite pair of khakis at a thrift a couple of months ago for $2.00. I bought a blue and white university striped oxford this week for $2.00. I bought three Brooks cotton “Go to Hell” pants — one red, one light blue, one Kelly green — about a month ago for $2.50 each. All of these items were like brand new. I even see items still with tags in thrifts fairly often. I buy ties and pocket squares all the time for $1.00 each.
Ironically, as Christian often alludes, this fits right in with the traditional Ivy look, that clothes shouldn’t be too new, and certainly an entire outfit shouldn’t be comprised of all new items.
Also, and I know I’ll probably take heat for this, but if you’re looking for retail OCBDs, I find J.C. Penney’s Staffords to be excellent, considering they’re $15 each and are available in white, light blue, ecru, pink, yellow, and in blue and in red university stripes, among other colors. They’re 60 cotton/40 poly and have stiff, fused collars and cuffs, but they soften up nicely after a few washes and are quite good for the price.
Much in life comes down to a trade-off between time and money. If you don’t have the money to assemble a wardrobe at retail, you’ll have to put in the time browsing for bargains in thrifts, on eBay, etc. But, if you do, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find.
Yes, as Johnny said, you could do worse than Penney’s Stafford OCBDs at 15 bucks. You’ll look better than the vast majority of American men:
Johnny gives some good advice, but be aware. You won’t go to ivy hell for wearing poly-cotton BDs, a man has got to do what he can afford, but they won’t be as comfortable as cotton and won’t last a long. Over time, Poly-cotton shirts will “peel” at wear points, collar, armpit, elbow and cuff. FYI, I’ve got cotton BDs over twenty years old. If you have decided not to chase fashion and find your own ivy style, think of clothing as an investment, buy basics and accessorize.
By basics, I mean summer weight poly wool or preferably wool navy blazer, same with charcoal pants, and good pair of cotton khakis. Weejuns, navy surcingle belt and four or five OCBDs, your done.
Now, learn to accessorize. Learn this from blogs like this, print ads or best observing someone you know that does it right. With the right accessories you can turn this basic uniform into a year round student’s wardrobe. You can buy most of this stuff at places like Burlington Coat Factory and 99.9% of folks that work at Brooks Brothers won’t know the difference, if you do it right.
When you graduate (hopefully), a dark charcoal or parson’s grey two piece trop weight suit and black cap toe oxfords, spend some money. Get a good job and shop at J. Press and Books the rest of your life.
I’ve been reading your blog for roughly a year and a half. Ivy-Style is one of my “must check daily” blogs. I’m not surprised you are approaching 10,000 comments as you do a great job here!
Nice contest… And anything that will help my style is a good thing!
Johnny and MAC
Thank you both for your advice. It is deeply appreciated. It is pleasing to find such helpful people; based on some other comments I’ve read I was half-expecting to be told that if I haven’t already inherited all my clothing from my grandfather than I have no business dressing Ivy anyway. I will be trolling ebay as well as convincing my parents to help me pay for a few high quality items.
If anyone else has something to share please do, from what I’ve heard on campus there are a fair number of people like me. A fair number of people want to start going to class in jackets, but they don’t know where to start.
Its funny. You can see companies start to try to capitalize this. Gant had a huge campaign at school about reintroducing its button down. They billed it as the “shirt that dressed Yale” and had an ad campaign featuring students and professors. But the cost deterred a lot of people. The few people I know who did buy it were hardcore dandies. Nothing wrong with that, but it doesn’t really signal a return to relevance for the brand on campus.
If you are an artist wondering where to get rap beats, r&b beats, pop beats, check out demoxpress they have some nice beats for decent price.
You don’t have to buy everything all at once, ask your family to give you gift cards for birthdays and Xmas from Brooks or your favorite ivy shop,use them at sale time.
I did this in hs and jr h and college. Don’t feel bad, I remember when a Gant cost $10.50 and we thought that was a lot of $.
If you ever make it to New York, the J Press warehouse sale is a great place to pick up some clothes at affordable prices!
First comment from regular reader. I’m in it for the contest.
I will toss in my $0.02 of advice on dressing well with a budget: take advantage of eBay’s “Saved Searches”. You can use them to narrow your focus to brands, sizes, and style keywords and wait for something that falls in your budget. It will also give you a sense of what the most common price points are, useful for comparing prices from other sources.
I recently purchased 2 slim fit Brooks oxfords in like new condition, white & blue, exactly my size for a total of about $40 shipped. Not a thrift-store level bargain, but less than half what you’d pay for new shirts even during a sale. All it took was some patience and an internet connection.
Buy one best quality OCBD. Wash it every night. Hang it up to dry. Iron it in the morning.
Always amazed by students in the richest, most shopping-addicted country on the globe claiming they can’t afford to dress well. If you posted a list of what you do spend your limited income on, I’m sure we’d find items that you could easily do without (and that some would even consider luxuries). Get rid of books you’ll never read again, cut down on eating out, go without beer and cigarettes, stay away from unnecessary electronics, and buy good clothes. Much better for morale in the long run.
Much better to have two. You still have to do laundry every night, but you never have to wear a damp shirt.
Regular reader here, ivy and prep style advice is definitely needed and this is a go-to site for me. And being the 10,00th comment would be nice…
Cutting out the electronics budget can yield enormous savings. An iPad (whose purpose I still don’t completely understand) can end up costing as much as a Brooks sport coat at full retail.
…which is probably a good explanation for why I’m not buying any electronics either. Most of the clothing I’ve encountered in nice retail stores can’t be obtained through some reasonable penny pinching. It requires a regular paycheck; something that as a student I sadly don’t have. But seriously, thank you for the advice everybody.
Interesting concept. Should be interesting to see who wins.
@ Daniel – ok, so I’m not the only one that came to that conclusion. It is handy for reading blogs in bed!
I just started reading this blog about a month or so back, figured I’d drop in a comment. Also big ups for turning me on to Newton Street Vintage–I finally got a tweed jacket I like without having to take out a loan.
And right after my last post, I checked back at NSV and bought three more ties. :^)
Good contest and fine prizes.
Best regards from Norway
nice “swag pack”….continued success….
I have checked this website daily for the past year or so. Normally I’m not a commenter…but you can bet ill be adding my input all week!
On the topic of OCBDs I find Gitman Bros made in USA OCBDs in a range of colors at my local “off Saks” for $22 a pop. I’ve donated almost every other shirt I have because these are just too good.
Gittman Bros shirts are bullet proof and have excellent attention to detail, but some here might opine that they are not true ivy. I disagree, I may be wrong, but decades ago the rumor was that the new Gittman Bros was actually the take over of the Creighton shirt makers. Creighton was considered equal to Gant in most ivy shops in the 60s and, most I shopped carried both brands.
I have put away my father’s officer’s WWII Army Air Corp Creighton military shirts. They range from tropical wool to cotton poplin in Khaki and OD. The attention to detail in construction is amazing, as are the fabrics.
Dang, that is a haul.
@CQ, if there aren’t any good thrift stores in New Haven (often college towns get pretty well-picked), try the Salvation Army/ Goodwill stores within a short drive of campus. I’m in Massachusetts, and while these stops are definitely sporadic in content… you and I are in Mecca for Ivy and trad. It’s worth the effort! There is one store I refer to as the “dead doctor store” (horrible, I know. I’ll be going to hell incredibly well-shod) where I’ve purchased jackets that seem never to have been worn handmade in England. Routinely there is at least a Brooks repp stripe to be had if nothing else. Persistence pays!
And thanks for putting on this contest folks. Glad to see so many shops offering a veritable trove of goodies!
I haven’t been shirt shopping in sometime, but I am amazed at the Gittman prices. The last time I purchased Gittmans, their basic OCBD retailed for $42.50, that was mid 80s. I still have some in boxes, that I ordered from the factory at cost less 10%, when I managed a ivy shop for a friend for two weeks, in the 80s. Sometimes, one wonders if the gold standard wasn’t such a bad idea. 😉
Good Grief! That’s quite a lot of preppy loot.
I’ve never commented before, even though I read this blog religously. I hope to be a future Ivy Leaguer and the 10k comment
My goodness, I’d give my right arm for all that stuff. Guess I’ll try to throw a word in or two edgewise. I’m sort of on the fence on the ebayed Brooks stuff – there’s a suit available now, but it’s so hard to gauge button stance and whether something is actually 3/2 – most of the ones I suspect are look rather mangled around the top button, as sellers always button them.
That’s quite a bag of swag.
Wow. This is AMAZING set.
Quite an assortment.
This the best price list I’ve seen in a long time. glad to see the sites been alive like this for so long.
Longtime lurker, first comment.
Great site, man.
Love to get my hands on the Take Ivy book.
Great support from your advertisers. They certainly understand where their bread is buttered. I have purchased gear from several establishments which I discovered through your blog.
I have bought from many of these advertisers, advertisers whose wares I would not be familiar with if not for this site, a destination I visit daily as I make my rounds each evening…
thanks again Christian and congrats, heres to another 10,000
Great site and a great get away.
Johnny, what are these “Go to Hell” pants you described? I have heard the term before and Google has been unhelpful.
I just want the Jack Donnelly shorts…
THis is the greatest site! By far the best give away!
What a prize pack! CC – thanks from Australia for all the posts.
Wow! What a great selection of top-notch prizes! I hope that the winner will be very, very happy to receive such largess—I know I would.
Here’s to your continued success!
Warehouse sales! Why doesnt JPress just start offering its clothes on Gilt. Ugh. Warehouse sales. I dont even know what is.
Gilt? Where’s the thrill of the hunt in that? 😉 Although that would make it a hell of a lot easier, I don’t think that you’d get the real gems on a website. Last time I went, my friend picked up this great (albeit a little out there with the faux fur lining) overcoat/raincoat. It turns out that it was manufactured by an American company that went out of business in the mid 70s, so who knows how old it really is? Also, I’ve found some great ties made for langrock in princeton which has been out of commission for a while too. Also, it’s fun finding this great stuff hidden amongst such classics as the denim dress trousers and other failed concepts!
Shouldn’tthe price go to H.K. Rahman, whoever that may be? http://www.ivy-style.com/brooks-brothers-fallwinter-2012-preview.html#comment-10000
“stuff hidden amongst such classics as the denim dress trousers and other failed concepts!”
Lost my coffee thru my nose! Does anyone remember the RL Polo pleated dress pants in heavy and light weight denim. Actually, the light weights weren’t that bad, easy to wear with tweed coats. But, that’s not really the failed concept, its worse, it was the RL Polo two piece denim suit in the mid 70s.
What’s your favorite “failed concept”?
İ don’t know if the qualifies as a failed concept, but my unfavorite ivy item is the collar on the L.L. Bean oxford shirt. İf only they had the sense to copy the Lands End, Brooks Brothers, J. Press, or Mercer collar. The Bean collar is too short and spread too wide. İt looks awful with a necktie.
@K — The only way I can smother my jealousy for things I don’t have is by convincing myself they aren’t worth having. 🙂
Today I attempted to count every post in the archive, starting with the earliest. I only got to the Brylcreem vs. Vitalis post, which, coincidentally, was the first article I read on here.
That list of prizes is insane!
Wooo! I wouldn’t mind winning some of this neat stuff.
I certainly appreciate your great blog.
All this swag looks great. I’m thoroughly impressed.
A site I go to each day, and first among equals for reliability and good sense.
One more comment before I head to work for the day. Optimistic about a great upcoming 4th. Wouldn’t it be great to win on that day?
Great Web Site!
Congratulations on being so close to 10,000. I follow the site daily and will continue to do so.
With an amazing giveaway like this how does one not comment!
Impressive selection of prizes. I didn’t even know there were such things as ox-horn whiskey tumblers, but I think I could get used to the idea pretty quickly.
Prizes look awesome- serious prizes! No wonder so many people are commenting on this link. Hopefully there will be some humorous comments as people are surely clamoring to get their name in the hat.
Keep up the great work.
Yes, we’re certainly getting closer.
But unlike in previous contests, there’s no need to comment on this particular post. Any comment will do.
Wow! This is incredibly generous!
How, embarrassing, I just posted this in Boyer’s ‘section’ instead of here:
What a great contest! Thanks so much to all of the sponsors for doing this! And, of course, to you, Christian, for organizing it!
Fantastic website! Fantastic gave away!
What a great contest! Really enjoy the site!
Great promotion and assortment of Goods…hope I win.
I love your site! Great gear and excellent posts!
The tension is starting to get to me. Who’s going to win? When?
Well, this pointless post will either win, or get us one closer to the winner. Good either way.
I have to say I’m most excited about the books. Great contest!
I’d look forward most to the package from The Hanger Project. I have been checking the site out for a while just ogling over what to get.
Have never won anything in my life. This might be an old man’s lucky day.
last one to the party
I agree with John, these books will be a great start to actually having fine reading on men’s fashion! Even if I don’t win, I am going to get a copy of each book for sure.
For some reason I remember there being a lot more comments on your previous givaways? Either way, I’ve won two so I won’t mind if this isn’t the 10k comment.
This contest is going strong. What a generous assortment. Who knows how many comments have been made so far?
Nice swag – not a pig in that poke!
Mony, I remember the Norwegian L.L. Bean sweater contest back a few years ago garnered more people simply because it was only a 48 hour notice. That may have something to do with it, but I’m not totally sure.
Congrats from Germany!
Ivy Style has been an enjoyable part of my week ever since I first read about the blog in Details magazine. Congratulations on approaching the 10,000-comment threshold, and may the next 10,000 be spam- and petty nastiness-free!
Looks great. Congratulations on a large 10,000! Hope to see Ivy-Style to continue its great posts.
When should we know who wins by? If anyone has any clue, that is.
Im starting to freak out…wish I hadnt seen the prize list.
I never think of myself as spic and span or all duded out—just as someone who wants to be comfortable and satisfy his own taste
Crikey! That’s a rather significant haul.
“Every man should be punched in the face. It’s a rite of passage. In my day, Friday night was smoke a doobie, feel up a gal, and then get your teeth knocked out by a Republican.” -Pierce Hawthorne
How close are we to 10,000 comments?
Are we there yet?
I wonder if the horn tumblers add any distinguishing “keratin” flavor to your chosen malt.
Then again I drink Old Crow (a fraternity favorite) so any flavor is a positive.
Quite an array of goods and services! I would be pleased to win any of it, but those hangers are especially appealing, I’ve been fixated on hangers lately, and am forever trying to purchase old well-made wooden ones from vintage shops and fancy boutiques alike, especially those with old advertising for long-dead dry cleaners and tailoring shops on them. There is something about seeing a tailored suit that’s older than me hanging in my closet on a hanger that fits it perfectly and comes from the same time period.
I normally ask for the hangar that a thrifted suit or jacket comes on; everywhere but the Goodwill they’re happy to do it. Sometimes I have to swap hangars. Last weekend, a thrift store volunteer was commenting to another on how they had too many hangars, so I promptly volunteered to take the one she was holding off her hands. She was happy to be rid of it.
The great thing about this giveaway is that, for me, it is mostly stuff I would never buy for myself (as a present college student), yet I totally would enjoy every piece of this set. Although I already have Alan Flusser’s book, what’s the harm in trading up for a “personally signed” new copy?
“I was never one to hold a grudge, Jeffrey. My father held grudges. I’ll always hate him for that.”
Thanks for the tip, I’ve gotten a few from thrift stores already as well, and sadly, my local Goodwill won’t part with them either. Good hunting to you, sir.
Some fine things on display, along with a thing or two that I can happily do without. As for the American Living comments, I have a belt with the most horrible logo. I rarely wear it for that reason. Combine that logo with Penney’s botched efforts at marketing just about anything, and I can see how they didn’t succeed. For 20 years, whenever I was in the US I’d go to Penney’s and stock up on Stafford underwear, various shirts and often trousers, but my last couple visits I left empty-handed and resolved not to bother looking any more. I have moved almost exclusively to Brooks Brothers OCBDs because they are 1) made in USA, 2) consistent quality–without that horrible plastic feel and no logos, 3) often available at a nice discount. I haven’t settled on a go-to retailer for trousers, but find that most of my khakis come from Land’s End.
Well if I don’t win the contest at least I have my Christmas wish list already prepared for me. Thank you!
Too generous! That is quite a bounty. I’ve been pining over those horn tumblers for a while. Time to pay Sir Jack’s website a visit.
This has to end soon, right? It’s quite nerve racking to see the additional comments pour in each day.
nice give away!
Love the Sunflower Tie. Kansas Pride!
ROCK CHALK, JAYHAWK!
like the books
You know this giveaway is great, given the amount of ridiculous comments thrown in to contend for these terrific prizes.
This is one such comment, presumably.
I’ll have you know, I was the 9,999th post!
If so, great for me!
Well look at that – dangle a carrot and they lose all self-respect
Yippee! I can’t believe it. And what a comment to be the one!
Real e-mail address on this entry.
Thank you, Christian, for creating and building such a great site, and thank you to all the wonderful sponsors who provided such an array of outstanding prizes.
But most of all, thank you God for all the grace and blessings you bestow upon us all, each and every day. (I feel that way regardless of winning.)
I enjoy all of the characters in the comments section…sometimes more than the post. Kidding.
These items are too nice, gotta have em.
Well done, Henry!
OK! The party is over, now give us a new article we can argue..er debate…er discuss.
i would die if i won this…
Heartfelt congratulations to Henry!
Glad it wasn’t someone who commented for the first time simply to get the prizes.
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
236 YEARS AGO ON THIS DAY
A hippy anthem that I think is appropriate for to days celebration.
Gotta agree with OldSchool, well done Henry.
I hope everyone had a happy 4th of July!! Still looking to see who wins!
I interpreted previous comments, and Henry’s effusiveness, to mean that he won.
I’m over three years too late.
Thank you for your hint, I have bought some from thrift stores, and sadly, my local goodwill will not give up. I wish you a happy hunting, sir.
I read your article and this is very nice and informative. I really like to follow the new fashion style. I specially like the fancy replica dresses.
Attire Pants Suit
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