• Matchbook


    Personal style is something I have been keenly aware of as early as 10 years old when I was running around in white denim with no break. Praise [or blame] my mother for much of my sartorial awareness. Hollywood also deserves a sliver of credit; 80s Hollywood, specifically. Class, Dead Poets Society and Back to the Future all had profound impacts on me. Recently, for their inaugural January 2011 issue, Matchbook asked what film has had the greatest influence on my personal style.

    Matchbook is an online lifestyle publication catering to women who value eccentricity over convention, love to throw dinner parties but are known to burn the roast occasionally and are smart, but never a show-off. Co-founded by Katie Armour and Jane Lilly Warren, their field guide to a charmed life seeks to inspire women around the globe to design a life they adore.

    Jan 27, 2011 | Permalink (12) Total Comments

    Derek left a comment on 9/28/2013 at 6:50 PM:

    Bemoaning the loss of the polo under oxford look.  But then again, I haven’t really seen (or worn that combo) it since the 80s.  Cool modern update (at least in my book) to that look (sorta)?  Oxford under a rugby shirt, both untucked.  With khakis and a herringbone tweed blazer.

    Movies that come to mind on this subject:

    School Ties
    St. Elmo’s Fire
    Making the Grade

    ...any 80s Brat Pack movie for that matter….

    Glenn Kimmell left a comment on 2/4/2011 at 1:48 PM:

    Personally the movie “Making the Grade” is totally lame and painful to watch! Does a total disservice to the Prep Persona. I recommend the movie “School Ties” or Whit Stillman’s “Metropolitan”.

    Grant K. Gibson left a comment on 2/3/2011 at 1:21 AM:

    I loved seeing your name and quote in Matchbook.
    Loving the new publication.


    Doogie left a comment on 1/31/2011 at 4:05 PM:

    One of the best movies of my childhood.  Some of my favorite moments:

    When Eddie shows up at school and Rand wishes he could be anywhere else.

    Palmer brushing his teeth with beer.

    How each time he goes to the dean, Biff is always wearing an ascot and blazer.

    Good quotes:
    Preppy come lately (Polo), preppy come never (some no-name brand), preppy forever (Izod Lacoste—before the split)

    You must learn to love pink and yellow.  Always wear enough layers to remind you that you have armpits, and socks, well only wear them to a wedding and then only if its your own.

    Palmer reading the book “this Emily Post doesn’t know anything about etiquitte, there is no section on farting”.

    Eddie to Rand—- You actually paid for this room?  Rand back to him “you actually paid for those clothes?”

    Eddie to ducks in the fountain—“Yo ducks, are you preppy or regular?”

    Overall, great movie, great clothing style.

    John left a comment on 1/29/2011 at 8:29 AM:

    Very apt choice! Probably the preppiest 80s movie there is. I love the breakdance scene where all the girls in Fair Isle sweaters and kilts are swooning over the bad boy. And the oxford-over-polo look is definitely one of the great forgotten looks of the era. Everyone at my school was doing it, especially the girls. Even in preppy circles it’s all but disappeared, or is done backwards now—polo over oxford. Seems completely counterintuitive!

    Elizabeth Ruddell left a comment on 1/29/2011 at 2:59 AM:

    Yes, “Making the Grade” is like the Preppy Handbook come to life…My favorite quote from the movie-
    Palmer Woodrow: I’m an exchange student (burp)..from Slobovia!

    Calle left a comment on 1/28/2011 at 7:24 PM:

    Make me watch Class. Not really a very good film I would say, but I agree about the style, nice clothes, and it made me want to go to prep school in a strange way.

    G. Smart left a comment on 1/28/2011 at 5:33 PM:

    Well the film has taught me that a polo looks great under an oxford, I’d never seen that before.

    Is there any particular look you like in the film Castleberry ?

    G. Smart left a comment on 1/28/2011 at 2:33 PM:

    I am watching Making The Grade now, it’s on youtube if anyone is interested.
    Anyway its a great movie and i’m loving the style

    Max left a comment on 1/27/2011 at 11:46 PM:

    I like the ‘Eat Me’ tape on the loafers.  Since no one really says that anymore I wonder what a moderntime equivalent phrase would be…?

    Sara Jane left a comment on 1/27/2011 at 11:43 PM:

    It was great seeing you quoted in Matchbook! I have a strong love for the eighties as well.

    Luis Alcaraz left a comment on 1/27/2011 at 6:47 PM:

    I agree making the grade has both things cartoons fo what preppy is but also has one of the best styles ever. My other favorite a lot more serius is “Class” and is also good to see many actors on one if his first movies.