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    Image via Justin Chung for Tretorn

    Noteworthy: Saint James tee, painter's khaki (with cuff), alligator watch strap, Tretorn Nylites. Nylites are the canvas sneaker the 80s prep-set grew up in. Introduced in 1967, the Swedish sneaker was regarded as the first luxury sport shoe. Today, its classic silhouette is still as relevant as it was 40 years ago.

    Jul 12, 2011 | Permalink (47) Total Comments

    Russell left a comment on 6/26/2012 at 3:58 PM:

    Are those Bill’s Khakis?


    NPHAF left a comment on 7/23/2011 at 4:47 PM:

    It’s funny how I can’t seem to find the Nylites in the stores, though I am from Sweden. My search will continue…


    ifyouwantsomethingdone left a comment on 7/19/2011 at 4:03 AM:

    i wear my paint clothes out all the time, and get it confused as desighner. i love the idea of art tranfer from medium to medium. Nice pairings between accessories and the overall attitude. :D


    cam left a comment on 7/15/2011 at 12:26 PM:

    @Joe….rugby.com


    Emily left a comment on 7/15/2011 at 9:48 AM:

    Great picture! I love the stripes on the shirt! The facial expression is also priceless.

    -Emily (urbanadventurer.com/blog)


    txsailorboy left a comment on 7/15/2011 at 12:16 AM:

    To Daniel FEC would never tell you this, but in a high school of about 1000 students, one year he won 1st and 2nd place in the annual art show.  “Jeans” from his grandpa who was a bronze sculptor and his great grandpa (circa 1880) who was a photographer in the early 1900’s.  It;s quite a treat to watch the development.


    Joe left a comment on 7/14/2011 at 7:18 PM:

    Where’s a good place to find a nice pair of slim-fitting khakis?


    Glenn Elliott left a comment on 7/14/2011 at 1:14 PM:

    Great look Fred, especially that you created the pants.  Not a huge fan of off the shelf painters I was conflicted between Tretorns and Spring Court this Spring and went with the SC’s.  I thought I was satisfied but those Tretorn’s look good.


    J left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 7:51 PM:

    Ah! my sweetie has “painter’s khakis” but they got that way by painting! your take is one part prep and one part Clash (as created by the delish Paul Simonon). FUN!!


    Sam Dunning left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 5:57 PM:

    It’s a good look.


    PJOM left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 3:07 PM:

    Everything about this (especially the chinos) is outstanding Fred.  Don’t entertain the thought of anything less!


    GLG left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 12:56 PM:

    @FEC Sounds great.  I think I might try a similar idea, but instead of painting the pants themselves, just wear them while painting for a while - I need some practice with oils anyways.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 12:51 PM:

    @GLG—Indeed they can. Oil paint doesn’t wash out. Turn pants inside out and wash in cold water. Hang dry.


    GLG left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 12:48 PM:

    This is a killer shot Fred - it lacks all of the boring conservative elements of prep fashion and replaces them with a right-brain creative zaniness.  Just one question though - can these pants survive the wash?


    David ( from England ) left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 11:33 AM:

    Hi Josh,
    Yes I like the style and have done for years, and funny enough my daughter has it in her “jeans” too and has been working at Ralph Lauren recently.


    Josh (Preposity.com) left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 10:41 AM:

    Great to see some classic European brands featured, both St James of France and Tretorn of Sweden. lovely.

    I have painted in Oils since art school and have an old pair of trousers shirt for painting in, I can’t say they’re in quite such an artful state though.

    Hi David (From England), I’m also from England, nice to see some English preps around.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 10:02 AM:

    @DAM—I wear them on the weekends with a polo, this Saint James tee, a blazer, an oxford…with whatever.  These are not for everyone…these are not safe if you dress to be invisible, unnoticeable, or seek to deflect attention from yourself.  Me, on the other hand, I like to make people look and then think about themselves.  This is an expression of who I am as a creative.  Not that it matters to me, but I get compliments in these…plenty.


    DAM left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 9:48 AM:

    I get the look and the idea of building a character for the sake of this shoot. And can appreciate the overall styling.

    But tell me, where and how would you wear this pants outside of this unique situation?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 8:27 AM:

    @GD—Purcells and Nylites are both certainly viable canvas sneaker options (both of which I wear) but I lace up my Nylites more often because they aren’t on American pop culture’s radar as much.


    AEV left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 8:13 AM:

    @GD - Original Stan Smiths.


    GD left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 8:08 AM:

    Jack Purcell’s OR Tretorns? That is the question.


    David ( from England ) left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 8:05 AM:

    Thank you for the feed back Fred, I wonder how many other people from the UK follow your blog ? It would be fun to see some photos of your apartment when you get round to it. Cheers.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 4:11 AM:

    @Peter—The paint is oil.

    @David (from England)—I am a fashion creative with a heavy emphasis on photography and writing as of late. I live in an apartment in Dallas/Ft. Worth built in 1920.  It’s interior is a reflection not only of the content making up Unabashedly Prep but more importantly, my personal style. As always, it’s a work in progress.  Maybe eventually I will photograph it.


    Peter left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 3:43 AM:

    Great pic. What kind of paint did you use?


    David ( from England ) left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 2:29 AM:

    Hiya Fred, a couple of things I would like to ask if I may, As I am newish to your blog I don’t know what you do for a living but would be intersted to know and secondly as a great people watcher when I see people that dress well I often wonder where they live and what their houses/apartments look like have you ever posted any pictures of your home ? It would be fun to see what style you have. Thanks


    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 1:22 AM:

    Awesome picture Fred. You are Style!


    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 12:16 AM:

    FEC: “I’m thinking like a fashion designer her…thinking aspirationally…creating a character…ultimately, having fun with it.”

    Exactly. And that’s why you’re going to make it and outlast the others who lack your vision. Well done, ol’ chap.

    http://admiralcod.blogspot.com/


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 11:19 PM:

    @Sleeve Length—Let’s be clear: J.Crew doesn’t have a version of the St. James tee, they simply stock them. That being said, it is long sleeved; although, the sleeve still falls shy of your wrist though…by design.


    Sleeve Length left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 11:15 PM:

    Is the J Crew version of the St. James tee 3/4th sleeve or full length sleeve?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 11:09 PM:

    @Bing G.—The belt is from Polo and the khakis are Gant by Michael Bastian.


    Bing G. left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 11:00 PM:

    Great look all around - where did you pick up the belt from? And the khakis are fantastic.


    Hunter left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 10:44 PM:

    @Mr. Castleberry, thanks a lot and I agree love the Tretorns I have had a pair for a long time and they need replacing but they have lost that glaring white they started out, and I am not looking forward to wearing another pair in.


    Hunter left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 7:53 PM:

    FEC or anyone who owns one,  how is the fit on the Saint James tee?  I saw an earlier comment about the size but didn’t see a response.  Just trying to get an idea on what size to order, used to have one but don’t remember the sizing.


    Defying the Current left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 7:10 PM:

    Oh Mr. Castleberry…fantastic shot!!!!

    I believe you may have started something. I’m bringing out my dusty fabric paints, unused since the early 90’s and taking to make khakis. I’m certain to be the only one in all of D.C. with this look. The “navy suits” will love me! Thank you!!

    -J. Flores


    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 5:44 PM:

    Lookin’ good, sailor!


    Joey Dee left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 5:24 PM:

    Whats lacking from this post is a vespa and a roman holiday! Great inspiration, love the fact that you painted the pants yourself, not sure I could pull it off, but is inspiring. If this shot was black and white, i would be hard to pinpoint a timeperiod .


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 5:12 PM:

    @Daniel—Art (of all media, including oil) has had a significant place throughout my childhood.


    Daniel left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 5:09 PM:

    Do you paint? (Other than on your pants)


    bimmer left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 3:05 PM:

    Cool shot Fred.


    Kory left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 2:34 PM:

    How is the fit for the Saint James? Thinking of ordering one for myself.


    Paul left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 1:25 PM:

    One of your best shots ever. Love the Tretorns. The painted pants remind me of some of the excellent hand “paint-splattered” t-shirts by Rogues Gallery.


    Andy M. left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 12:54 PM:

    Great photo.  I initially doubted the “prep-ness” of the painter’s khaki but I like the Warhol tie-in. 

    I may need to pick up a Saint James tee soon.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 12:21 PM:

    @AEV—Further explanation will be provided later in the week but in short, this is an aspirational look inspired by the likes of Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and Pablo Picasso.  Pollock spent summers in East Hampton painting in a converted barn—this is what I imagined a pair of his chinos looking like at the end of a summer. The bandana, well, that’s to wipe the summer sweat from your forehead, of course.


    AEV left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 12:14 PM:

    Interesting shot for sure. What are “painter’s khakis”? Will you please explain the red bandana in your rear pocket?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 11:47 AM:

    @alyriclifestyle—Thank you. I painted the khakis myself.


    Tito left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 11:46 AM:

    This is a cool shot!
    I was skeptical about getting pair of Tretorns, but know you convince me…


    alyriclifestyle left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 11:42 AM:

    Great pic. Can never go wrong with a Saint James tee. Are you responsible for enhancing the khaki?


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