• Hold the Door

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Atlanta, GA

    Noteworthy: Tory leather brass spur buckle belt, navy silk knit tie, white jean.

    Apr 28, 2011 | Permalink (33) Total Comments

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    John Riley left a comment on 3/16/2012 at 6:37 PM:

    @Steven They are Sid Mashburn Italian Penny Loafers and normal white Levi’s 501 that have been tailored.

    Steven left a comment on 5/11/2011 at 11:47 PM:

    Does anyone know who makes the loafers he is wearing?  Also, those are Levi’s 511 not 501 aren’t they?

    My Affair with Michael Bastian left a comment on 5/7/2011 at 9:45 PM:

    Plaid shirt and dark tie. Love. http://affairwithmb.wordpress.com/

    EMJ left a comment on 4/29/2011 at 8:42 PM:

    I think Sid Mashburn, if you really break down his style, reflects much more of an Italian interpretation of prep.  Don’t get me wrong, I think the Italians and Japanese do American prep, better than even the Americans.

    EMJ left a comment on 4/29/2011 at 8:19 PM:

    Is it just me or does everyone at Mashburn, including Sid himself, all sport the Agnelli tie stance ala short front/longer back part?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/29/2011 at 2:26 PM:

    @Anonymous—Within every subculture (ie here, prep) there are stylish individuals. I seek to photograph those people. I call plenty of “true preps” friends…and it is those men and women you see featured in Dress Code. Your friends who grew up in a variation of “the lifestyle” may not be stylish. My friends who did, in large part, are.

    anonymous left a comment on 4/29/2011 at 1:20 PM:

    @FEC—You’re right he would be less likely to be on a style blog, but the thing is that if that’s the way he dressed, he probably wouldn’t care.  In fact, he would probably politely turn down the offer of having his pictures taken and put up on the internet.  Obviously, I enjoy this blog or I wouldn’t visit it, even though I wouldn’t wear 90% of what’s featured.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/29/2011 at 6:44 AM:

    If this gentleman dressed like every other frat guy (baggy polos, dirty ball caps and beat up Ropers), he wouldn’t be as interesting and less likely to be featured on a style blog. I’ve been on Palm Beach, to Atlanta, the Hamptons, New York, D.C. and so on—white denim is a summer staple for many (stylish) preppies in these areas.

    @Julio B.—Sid & Ann Mashburn will be launching their e-commerce sites this July.

    Julio B. left a comment on 4/29/2011 at 2:23 AM:

    I will say that I love Sid’s store. LOOVE IT, shame their online site hasn’t evolved yet. I guess he wants to keep a sorta private feel to his store which is fine but sad for us not living in Atlanta.

    Julio B.

    Raquel left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 10:23 PM:

    Love that button-up with the white pants! Works very well.

    Christian B left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 10:19 PM:

    Nice shoes and belt!

    c.f. left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 6:40 PM:

    Ian’s a cool chap. I’ve purchased a few items from him in the past. His Peluso loafers are awesome in person. The brown suede ages well.

    John Riley left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 6:24 PM:

    In my opinion, he looks sharp as hell and I’m seventeen.

    Erik left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 5:48 PM:

    I understand your point, which is why I suggested Take Ivy was not a definitive guild.  I too think many of the students look schlubby, but I have never equated preppy with fashionable….only recently have the two terms been linked.  In my experience, growing up around preppy and wasp types, most never think about “fashion,” they just wear the clothes their father and grandfather wore. When I was at school, we were made fun of for our repp ties and blazers and we all had baggy chinos (because we were kids.)  So, I don’t understand the “fashionable” or even the “attractive” as a necessary element of making clothing “preppy.”

    AEV left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 4:55 PM:

    @Erik - Herein lies the problem with “Take Ivy” as a would be prep encyclopedia. In the same shot of the gent in what appears to be white denim/jeans are two terribly dressed men - one appears to be wearing green jeans, a white windbreaker, and sneakers and his buddy is in baggy chinos, a plaid shirt with a pocket protector and what appears to be a smock or lab coat. As you alluded to, appearing in Take Ivy doesn’t necessarily make an item of clothing attractive, fashionable or preppy.

    John H. left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 4:43 PM:

    That this kid is in high school, and to be able to present himself in clothes other than plain jeans and a t-shirt is worthy to note.

    Tad Allagash left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 4:17 PM:

    This look may not be “trad” but it fits safely into the modern prep column.  White jeans are current (and European, which is prep); fit is subjective.

    Julia left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 3:55 PM:

    I was in college in the late ‘60’s and the jeans to have were Levi’s “wheat” jeans…a very light beige that faded to almost white.  Worn with Weejuns, no socks, a polo shirt and ribbon belt.

    Rake left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 3:47 PM:

    @OldGeorgetowner, did/do you summer on MDI? If so, where, if I may ask? That’s our summer haunt as well…

    OldGeorgetowner left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 3:38 PM:

    Back in the 70/80’s, Levi’s sold white jeans. I bought some and would wear them to parties in Bar Harbor.  I wore them with top siders(no socks) and a navy Lacoste.  If the affair was a *bit* more dressy I threw on a navy blazer.  I thought the outfit was appropriate for a warm summer evening out.  Just wanted to share my thoughts on “white jeans”.

    Erik left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 3:21 PM:

    I think it’s worth pointing out that within the pages of Take Ivy one can see a Princeton student sporting white jeans, white socks, and loafers…this is in the early 1960s.  I don’t believe that Take Ivy is the bible on ivy/prep style, but the fact that the tight, short, white jeans look appears this far back on Ivy campuses lends some credence to Mr. Castleberry’s argument.

    chantal left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 2:59 PM:

    I like this picture…the slim fitting jeans do it for me.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 1:56 PM:

    “Traditional” prep style is the inspiration behind Unabashedly Prep, not the end all be all. There are evolutions continuing to occur in prep style and I am trying my best to document some of them. One of those evolutions is the adoption of white jeans (after adopting jeans years ago, white jeans after Easter/Memorial Day have become a natural progression for the prep-set).  For what it’s worth, our definition of skin tight jeans are different.  These would be appropriately described as “slim”; however, that appears to be subjective at this point given several of the opinions that have been expressed thus far.

    Sid Mashburn is doing something really special in Atlanta—channeling the essence of a preppie who studied abroad in Europe for a couple years only to return home in spread collars, a more tailored silhouette, and [gasp] double monk strap shoes.  These choices compliment his existing personal style as a preppie, not commandeer it.

    tlfactor left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 1:44 PM:

    I never dressed this well in high school.  Sharp and well done.

    JF left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 12:26 PM:

    In the previous post, the guy had casual style - it looks natural. This kid’s look seems to work for him in a new wave neo prep kind of way.

    Rake left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 12:19 PM:

    No argument on the hair, or the outfit as a whole - this gent looks great, and is age appropriate.

    I also wear white denim, slim fit, but a little roomier.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 11:32 AM:

    When you have the physique to wear a slim jean (these could be the Levi 501s Sid Mashburn stocks), opting for a baggier seat isn’t as attractive. No, a slim jean isn’t going to flatter overweight individuals; however, fitted through the seat and thigh comes off as smart in my opinion.

    His hair is right on par with every other young male in the south.  This kid is blessed with great hair.  The encouraging thing is this gentleman is in high school, and he presents himself like this.

    HLN left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 10:29 AM:

    This young man can pull off the slim-fit jeans very well.

    j left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 10:01 AM:

    @MGM I can see what you mean if it were a suit, but when worn like this I think the solid tie is exactly what he needs. The fact that it is knit makes it even more casual as well, to go with the denim.

    MGM left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 9:00 AM:

    I love a plaid shirt.  I always wear striped or plaid ties with my plaid shirts; just make sure the colors contrast.

    dan left a comment on 4/28/2011 at 8:11 AM:

    liking everything and those belts are a classic.