Frequent comment-leaver SE dug up these photos in light of the recent LL Bean post. They show that traditional New England style is — or at least was — youthful rather than stodgy, and that it exports well all around the country.
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It’s that time of year. Bean boots, corduroys, and Norwegian Sweater time. In a world where fewer and fewer people favor rustic New England preppy style as defined by a smattering of undergrads (and the retailers who catered to them) throughout the latter part of the 20th century, it’s positively anachronistic.
And since anachronistic behavior is the polite first cousin of revolt, I am all for it. In this day and age, anything mild-mannered, soft-spoken or preppy is a counterpoint to the prevailing zeitgeist.
Nothing “stodgy” about these images from the 1983 Sewanee yearbook. — SE