• Cap Toe & Cuff

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Atlanta, GA

    Noteworthy: engine turn buckle with alligator strap, cap toe oxfords, repp tie.

    Apr 29, 2011 | Permalink (11) Total Comments

    KPS left a comment on 5/2/2011 at 9:49 AM:

    @FEC - love your blog.  if we all agreed on every post every time, the Internet would be a pretty boring place.  you’re showing today’s prep, and being a 20-something, I can say that many of my friends who would consider themselves somewhat prep dress this way.  style is always evolving, so why should prep be a complete exception? modern prep style is still holds its roots in “traditional prep.”


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/1/2011 at 8:36 PM:

    There has been some good discussion going on this past week.  As with anything, change is eminent; and preppy style is no exception. The friction lies in the growing pains…the evolution of it.  Change is in the air and we as preps can embrace the sartorial progression or reject it.  There is not a right or wrong stance.

    For example, I embrace the shirt/tie/denim uniform because it works for me. With the proper fit, it’s a smart look in a day and age where preps’ personal and professional wardrobes, as a whole, have converged to a median (casual wear is trending upward toward formality while formal wear has been trending downwardly to casual); however, I am not an advocate of fleece—adopted by preps over the last 30 years.

    As a result, you will likely not ever see any one sporting fleece on Unabashedly Prep. It’s not a part of the conversation I am looking to have here. This is my edit of prep style…not an attempt to comprehensively document the entirety of current prep fashion; therefore, I have no obligation to give an unbiased presentation.  There’s a difference. There is something I am saying here and every post channels that message. It is simply my point of view.

    @Anon (10:20am)—You present compelling evidence for the denim debate going on this week. It was on Ivy campuses 45 years ago…it certainly isn’t necessarily new to the prep-set.  Do I consider Take Ivy a prep Bible of sorts? No. It’s more of an authoritative reference on classic American sportswear…a foundation of prep style.

    I adhere to “function informs form” in my approach to clothes. Over the years, jeans have evolved into a pant much more diverse than Levi Strauss ever intended. Much like the chino migrated from the military into preppies’ wardrobes, so too have jeans from American workwear. Brooks Brothers does Levi Strauss collaborations currently…it’s part of the conversation. Jeans aren’t just for weekending or working the yard…they are worn to go out in, they are dressed up as they have evolved and changed. Now, to swap out your chinos with a tie and blazer for jeans with a tie and blazer doesn’t seem that far of a stretch.


    anon left a comment on 5/1/2011 at 10:20 AM:

    This is all I have to say about jeans, prep, Ivy and button downs.

    I’m just saying jeans and more formal wear has been happening a lot longer than the aughts.


    Joey Dee left a comment on 4/29/2011 at 6:35 PM:

    ATL! Fred, do you know of any quality shoe oulets that offer a better shoe in the style of wing tips, cap toes, etc that are vegan ? I am looking for something comparable to quality like cole haan, allen edmonds, etc?
    Thanks. Haven’t been in for a while, great shots!


    HLN left a comment on 4/29/2011 at 6:04 PM:

    Let me start off by saying that I have really enjoyed this week’s posts. Like most things in fashion wearing jeans and a tie works for some people but doesn’t work for others. However if you can wear it with confidence, then there is no reason why you cannot wear this combination “the real world”. Furthermore, we are all different, come from different backgrounds and we all interpret “prep” differently I think we should celebrate these differences.


    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 4/29/2011 at 5:19 PM:

    I like everything, specially the shoes and the belt. Nice picture Fred!


    edc left a comment on 4/29/2011 at 2:10 PM:

    Great look today!  This is the best of the Sid looks this week.  Comfortable, well tailored and fitting clothes that bring with them a sense of style.


    Niles left a comment on 4/29/2011 at 10:18 AM:

    This gent comes across as comfortable in the clothes. I dig the shoes and watch a lot.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/29/2011 at 10:00 AM:

    @Tad Allagash—A better question would be “How long did you have to wait for the wind to stop?” That answer would be, “I didn’t care to wait that long.”


    Tad Allagash left a comment on 4/29/2011 at 9:43 AM:

    Mashburn & co pull off the denim with ties well. 

    How long did you have to wait for a breeze to kick up his tie like that?


    AEV left a comment on 4/29/2011 at 7:47 AM:

    Love the belt. The overall look is more than solid.


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