• Shoulder To Lean On

    Style | Dress Code  

    If you think my sons dress well—or even wear properly fitting clothes for that matter—by simply example, you’re gravely mistaken. Yes, they wear a uniform of blue oxford button downs and chinos to school, but that’s just a foundation. Like yourself, clothing your children is a process of function inciting form. With most retailers dumbing down kids’ dress (aka throwing form out the window), it’s going to require effort. Ever try buying a belt for your kid? It’s a wild goose chase. Even worse? Boys’ dress shoes—the selection is exiguous. Fortunately, a dear friend—in true prep fashion—passed down these white Ralph Lauren bucks to the boys. At the rate they’re growing, it won’t be long before I’m doing the same. Enjoy the rest of the images in the meantime.

    Aug 17, 2011 | Permalink (19) Total Comments

    xy left a comment on 4/17/2012 at 5:04 PM:

    I like how your sons have got the habit of tucking their shirts in: not many children in this world do that. Congratulations!!

    Carlos left a comment on 9/16/2011 at 1:58 PM:

    I can’t believe you have sons this old. I could have sworn you were in your early twenties. Nice picture

    K left a comment on 8/27/2011 at 11:01 AM:

    Your sons are adorable! I imagine they’re proud of the family?

    I have a 9yo boy and a 14yo daughter, and, although the girl, of course, buys her own clothes (and ends up looking like some sort of Sloane Ranger in the process… where did I go wrong? I’m seriously considering a ban on tweed in the summer in my house, and a blanket ban on Burberry!), dressing the boy can be hellishly difficult. He has good enough taste, but finding the clothes he likes (and that don’t look terrible) in kids’ sizes can be so hard. He hates graphic tees, which is one thing, but the kids’ clothing shops in this area seem to sell nothing but for his age.

    Heather left a comment on 8/24/2011 at 3:52 PM:

    Oh my gosh! They’re so cute!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 1:54 PM:

    @Anna—My sons are 8 and 9.

    John E. left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 1:41 PM:

    @F.E.C.: Cool. Will do on both.

    Luis Alcaraz left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 11:47 AM:

    Those kid are cool, @FEC they are really your kids, you dont look old enough to have kids more kids that edge.

    Anna left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 7:50 AM:

    Those are some sharp-looking kids… I’m impressed. How old are they?

    Chris left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 2:09 AM:

    They look great, my dear mother dressed me as a prep from the beginning, inspiring my style today.

    Mara A. Gosling left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 1:36 AM:

    What dapper little gentlemen! How lucky that they have you setting such a stellar example. You must be so proud!

    Joey Dee left a comment on 8/22/2011 at 10:49 PM:

    I know what you mean about shopping for kids, it can be harrowing, especially the offerings for little girls?! Miles and miles of juicy and ed hary-ish junk, peace signs, butterflies. Thankfully Ralph Lauren, Brooks Bros. Fleece, and J. Crew’s crewcuts still offer practical options.

    Raulston left a comment on 8/22/2011 at 8:43 PM:

    Gents in training! All excellent wears.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/22/2011 at 5:20 PM:

    @John E—Yes sir, that was me.  Say hello next time.  Continue to fight the good fight against the graphic tee.

    John E. left a comment on 8/22/2011 at 5:04 PM:

    Very stylish lads! The dress code at our country club and the dress tradition at our church help my 9-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son to mirror my style somewhat, but left to their own devices, they’re more into graphic T-shirts and jeans. My son does wear some rather prep sweaters in the winter, though, amid the sweatshirts. But they’re both always perfectly presentable, and I can only hope that the style example set by my wife and me will influence them.

    Separately, Fred, were you on a 5:36 New Haven Line train out of Grand Central one evening last week, terminating in Harrison? If it wasn’t you, it was a dead ringer, in appearance and style.

    Hilton left a comment on 8/22/2011 at 3:21 PM:

    Your sons dress better than most “adult” males, Mr. Castleberry. Nice to see that you are raising them to dress like gentlemen.

    Desmond K left a comment on 8/22/2011 at 9:04 AM:

    I’ll start by saying that the pictures are great. Ur kids look like they’re full of character and personality.

    Now, I have a 4yr old boy and 6yr old girl. And while I do agree that shopping for kids is very difficult ( good point on the dress shoes. I just happened to stumble upon a pair of cream and blue saddle shoes from the children’s place about 6 months ago) , it is simply rediculous how hard it is for little girls in particular. Its just an endless sea of pinks, filled with an array of flowers, fairies, and glitter. I swear if it weren’t for Ralph Lauren and the likes, I don’t have a clue what the girl would wear.

    JDB left a comment on 8/22/2011 at 8:42 AM:

    Baby bucks! You’re doing an excellent job.

    Tripp left a comment on 8/22/2011 at 3:19 AM:

    your kids are fly

    raya left a comment on 8/22/2011 at 2:55 AM:

    Your sons look so handsome. Teaching our boy to dress well is one of my motherly missions. Let him not be wearing clothes two sizes too big when he meets his future wife.