• Damned Dapper

    Style | Culture  

    Christian Chensvold, who authors Ivy Style, recently contributed his talents to The Rake on the origins, philosophy and specifics of the "go-to-hell" aesthetic. It’s an enlightening pursuit into the nearly defunct WASP culture who’s dress is now a mainstream commodity. Swing by Ivy Style for the read or download the PDF as it appears in The Rake (the photography, featured below, is top drawer).

    This particular Ralph Lauren club tie (in wool) is one of the go-to ties in my wardrobe. It looks brilliant with almost anything.

    Images via The Rake

    “[Bostonians on Martha’s Vineyard] had their own tribal colors. The jackets were mostly navy blazers, and the ties were mostly striped ties or ties with little jacquard emblems on them, but the pants had a go-to-hell air: check and plaids of the loudest possible sort, madras plaids, yellow-on-orange windowpane checks, crazy-quilted plaids, giant houndstooth checks, or else they were a solid airmail red or taxi yellow or some other implausible go-to-hell color. They finished that off with loafers and white crew socks or no socks at all. The pants were their note of Haitian abandon...at the same time the jackets and ties showed they had not forgotten for a moment where the power came from.”

    —Tom Wolfe

    Feb 18, 2010 | Permalink (11) Total Comments

    cassdy k left a comment on 1/3/2011 at 12:10 AM:

    I like the second picture. Epitome of a go to hell look. I prefer preppy looks over street anytime. Thank you for posting this one Sir. Guys should bring back this style this year.

    Prepster81 left a comment on 8/13/2010 at 9:53 PM:

    These photos are fantastic. What store are the clothes from?

    jack @ www.thisisnotnew.com left a comment on 2/19/2010 at 1:01 AM:

    great post btw haha

    Openzedoor left a comment on 2/18/2010 at 8:40 PM:

    Anyone who can carry pants like that and look the world in the eye has got balls, in my book.
    Makes for a striking collection of images though, which is surely what this post is about, seeing as the article itself can be found elsewhere.


    Robin left a comment on 2/18/2010 at 7:45 PM:

    This may be my favorite Unabashedly Prep post yet! I love everything about this. Thanks F.E.C.

    james left a comment on 2/18/2010 at 6:17 PM:

    Great photos. Nice tailoring and perfect combos. The green shorts rock.

    CLG23 left a comment on 2/18/2010 at 3:47 PM:

    well written, I think me and The Boss found it from the same place yesterday. By far my favorite style/lifestyle it reminds me so much of home, Palm Beach, Florida.

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 2/18/2010 at 2:53 PM:

    Nice pics. My favorite was the last one, the guy in his yellow pants.

    EdoubleM.blogspot.com left a comment on 2/18/2010 at 12:47 PM:

    I love those red drivers and that club tie!

    Richard Ross left a comment on 2/18/2010 at 12:11 PM:

    These pictures made my day.

    The Boss left a comment on 2/18/2010 at 11:26 AM:

    Great article! I read it yesterday, though.