• Entrenched

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: pop of color with a ribbon belt, gray flannel suiting (with cuff) for fall.

    • Lookmatic tort shell eyeglasses
    • Ascot Chang bespoke dress shirt
    • Brooks Brothers silk knit tie
    • Rugby gray flannel suit
    • Club Monaco trench coat (similar)
    • Ralph Lauren ribbon belt
    Ralph Lauren double monk strap shoes
    Ernest Alexander weekend bag (similar)

    *Check out the entire feature on The Style Blogger.

    Dec 7, 2011 | Permalink (26) Total Comments

    Valerie left a comment on 12/10/2011 at 3:44 AM:

    Love the belt and coat and overall look.

    jlt left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 11:31 PM:

    great look. love the coat.  perfect overall. Best part is that you look comfortable too!

    Global Mike left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 8:24 PM:

    When the temps drop below 60’, I like to wear socks.

    SM left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 2:23 PM:

    I love this look. The trench coat is really great.  AEV—I usually agree with most of the points you bring up, but I think I’ll have to digress from your point of view here.  Why couldn’t FEC just be wearing this for a day out in NYC—maybe shopping, meeting up with a friend, running errands?  Who’s to say that work is the only place you can dress preppy, and outside of work, you can only be dressed casually preppy?

    JEB left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 1:57 PM:

    @AEV I didn’t realize that Fred had become an investment banker all of a sudden… if that’s the case, Kudos FEC! 

    @FEC let’s talk privately for a moment. Is AEV’s only issue with this outfit the ribbon belt (nice touch and pop of color) and the un-buckled monk-strap (i’d leave my buckled, but that’s me)?

    I like the outfit. Why? Because there are some unexpected ideas here. Every vanilla dresser can wear a brown, english tan, or (blah) black leather belt with a grey flannel suit. But the orange ties the navy, grey and blue all together. Nice touch!

    Where can you wear this? Where ever the hell you want! Why? BECAUSE YOU CAN!!! FEC, who writes your checks? YOU!

    The difference (at least one differnce) between you and AEV… You do what you want with who you want. He works for “the man”. He does what others want.
    Keep up the good work and wear whatever makes you feel good. After all, that’s the most important rule in fashion…wear what makes you feel good.

    James left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 1:42 PM:

    This is on-point. Need to see more of this from you.

    Daniel left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 12:24 AM:

    Very good!
    (Sent from my glass house)

    bucephalus left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 6:59 PM:

    I’m the one who first used the word ‘peacock’ in reference to Castleberry, but I was wrong.  Most of his outfits are pretty sedate and even conservative.  But they all have several tweaks, nods or flourishes.  I think that’s OK.  He doesn’t have a traditional job.

    emjkmj left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 3:54 PM:

    @AEV—You’re obviously a pragmatic individual.  I too am not always sure what I will see when I drop in, but the commentary is amusing to say the least.  I grew up in North Shore Long Island in a very traditional/preppy environment, summered in the Hamptons and we vacationed with family and friends all up and down the eastern seaboard. Honestly, if this site was a traditional “prep” site, it would be as interesting as watching paint dry. The fact is that a real prep life is a bore, which is why so many kids I grew up with became major fu*k ups (too much money, no drive or supervision).     

    Few people have access to the inner circles of waspdom whether it be summer at the Maidstone, The Everglades Club, or one of the elite social clubs from Boston to Philadelphia.  People seem to be enamored by it, but honestly as someone who has had access to that life, it’s as stale and dull as the crackers.

    AEV left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 3:29 PM:

    @emjkmj - Fair enough. To be frank, I have no idea, exactly, what this blog is. I’ve asked Fred and I tend to get multifaceted explanations.

    And, as I’ve said numerous times, there are countless ways to ‘have fun’ and dress individually.

    dam left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 3:10 PM:

    @emjkmj—Amen, especially the part about this being a fashion vs. a how-to blog.

    loudon_foster left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 3:09 PM:

    @AEV—Relax! This blog is showing the fun side of wearing preppy clothes.

    emjkmj left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 3:04 PM:

    AEV- When I meet with Investment Bankers, my Attorney’s, Investors, I dress the part.  Classic understated shirts with grey (tropical weight) flannel trousers, matte croc belt, navy cashmere blazer (Tropical weight w/Horn buttons), an a classic shoe (Lobb or Alden).  When I am traveling or dining with my wife, I tend to wear RL Blue or Purple Label or Loro Piana.  I tend to stick to shades of blue/grey/cream and may have a pop of color now and then.  I am 37 and a father of 3 so my days of dressing to attract attention are far behind me.  I tend to stick to the classics now and focus on comfort and quality. 

    Having said that, I have alway viewed this site as more of a fashion site than a “how to”.  Don’t you think the American Men you mentioned have enough outlets to tell them how to properly wear a business suit or dress for an interview?  I went to Bucknell University, about everyone got coached on how to dress for interviews and their looming careers.

    AEV left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 3:01 PM:

    @sonhouse - People get hired for many reasons, including, in some measurable part, the first impression they give and the professionalism they exude. If your firm has essentially zero dress code, it is, in my experience, a rarity. That said, I’ve always dressed with self awareness prioritized over any official firm dress.

    sonhouse left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 2:54 PM:

    The ‘sort of law firm’ I work must be ‘rare indeed’ then. We are a boutique tax law firm of which every partner and associate have ivy credentials. We have little want for business or care for what people think concerning the tie knots tied within our walls. ’ But trust me’ now - people hire the best because they are the best.

    AEV left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 2:47 PM:

    @sonhouse - I’m not sure what sort of law firm you work for, but it’s a rare one indeed that allows its associates to wear suits with ribbon belts, no socks, and undone shoes. If my company’s legal department or on-retainer firm contacts dressed like this, they’d be fired….in fact, they never would have been hired in the first place.

    Your boss/clients may not ever say anything to you, but trust me - a get up like this will do nothing for your legal career.

    AEV left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 2:43 PM:

    @emjkmj/FEC - Surely you know that the vast majority of world businesses/sectors, and a wide range of formal personal occasions, require that a suit be paired with socks, non-ironic neckties, properly worn shoes, and non-nylon/cotton belts. This isn’t about draconian, 1950s ‘corporate America’ - this is about nearly every man that has to wear a suit in 2011, whether it be for work, a wedding, an interview, a funeral, a professional lunch/dinner, and so on.

    “Creative types” playing ‘formal dress up’ (or trying to sell me aspirations or clothes at an RL shop) offer little inspiration or guidance for the vast majority of the adult world….and, since most men (and Fred’s readers) aren’t Esquire editors, RL shop managers, or style photographers/bloggers, that’s a shame. I know Fred has style - I wish he’d stop hiding behind all of these forced gimmicks and just weat his clothes with some honesty…it would be far more instructive and interesting for the rest of us.

    sonhouse left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 2:39 PM:

    @ FEC - Great photo. Actually, the last few have been real inspirational. I check the blog daily for for content of this caliber.

    @ AEV - I understand your emphasis on function / practicality and I enjoyed FEC’s shots featuring you. That being said, as a young attorney in NOLA, who spends little time in a court room, this outfit would be accepted where in my firm. Personally, I wear my (work) pants with a little more length, but not much.

    Great photo FEC,

    emjkmj left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 2:33 PM:

    Also, I could have worn this look minus the overcoat in Palm Beach this AM… and no one would have batted an eye.

    emjkmj left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 2:31 PM:

    Fred- I think a pair of solid orange socks could have worked well.  Living in South Florida, I never wear socks unless I am in a suit which is almost never.  But, when I travel north of the mason dixon line past August, I always sport socks. 

    @AEV- Well NYC, LA, Miami, etc… have a lot of creative types & retail (Industries) that have the options to wear suits and have a lot of latitude in how they wear them.  Obviously, this blog isn’t intended for white shoe law firm associates to get fashion tips, that would be more of the IVY Style Blog.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 2:30 PM:

    @AEV—I don’t recall claiming I was out to dress corporate America.

    AEV left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 2:19 PM:

    Fred - I don’t mean what city/state as much as I do what occasion. If the business of my (or most people’s) day required a suit, and I wore a ribbon belt, mistied my tie, and left my shoes undone, I would be fired.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 2:16 PM:

    @AEV—In New York on a fall day with a slight chance of rain.  In the bag, a pair of bean boots (among other things like an umbrella) should I need them. In New York, once you leave the house, you typically don’t return until that night…so you have to leave the house prepared.

    Fred H. left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 2:08 PM:

    Excellent. Just excellent!

    AEV left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 2:05 PM:

    Fred, where, exactly, would you wear an outfit like this?

    Richard Ross left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 1:57 PM:

    On point from head to toe.