• Uniform Warmth

    Dress Code | Prep Essentials  

    Noteworthy: I'm really digging these shades right now—classic silhouette in a shocking lime green hue. Think of them as go-hell-shades. Wearing your parka off the slopes will keep you just as warm and be right at home over your daily "uniform."

    Deja Vu Refinery sunglasses
    • Penfield 60/40 parka
    oxford cloth button down shirt
    repp tie
    Norman Hilton navy blazer
    • Ralph Lauren slide belt w/J.Press brass engine turn buckle
    • Rugby gray flannel trouser
    striped socks
    Bass Weejun penny loafer (hand-painted)

    Dec 8, 2011 | Permalink (34) Total Comments

    Skyler left a comment on 4/26/2012 at 1:03 AM:

    Did you paint the entire shoe or just the stripe? I’m having trouble telling from just this picture, but you Weejuns don’t look very similar to any pictures of Larson’s that I have been able to find.

    Fadewa left a comment on 2/19/2012 at 1:50 AM:

    I’ve aylaws lived here and I still find general American style a little too laid-back.  I love your blog and your style.  Stick to your guns!

    Rebecca left a comment on 12/22/2011 at 5:26 PM:

    Love the sunnies!

    BEG left a comment on 12/13/2011 at 12:22 PM:

    Love most of the look.  The grey flannels/ blue blazer/ repp tie pairing is classic and detailed properly.  Love the belt and I’ll even give the painted loafers a free-pass, since the stripe is nice and subtle.  The parka steals the show in a very utilitarian way, but I guess when it’s “really cold,” form should give way to function.

    DEJA VU REFINERY left a comment on 12/12/2011 at 9:49 AM:

    In response to Ames: Acrylic paint carefully striped -out with white pencil and tape can indeed create a sophisticated customized Prep School Sports Team touch to your 1920’s elephant leather briefcase or suitcase with buckles and straps, and your sparkling shiny new penny loafers. Acrylic paint will peel off like a band aid when you are tired of the look, and you can re-polish for uniform leather color again for the following semester (new school transfers do happen). I don’t do temporary fashion or trends, so I personally use nail polish which is my 1st choice or oil artists’ paint which is 2nd choice and both have great colors of any stripe, but marine or outdoor paint from the hardware store or the crew team utility cabin is good for less lively hues too. This has been my sockless, loaferless, 2cents.
    Over & Out!
    Jason Pollak

    Ames left a comment on 12/12/2011 at 12:06 AM:

    I definitely like the shoes. Although I assume you can’t polish or condition them due to the paint.

    Daniel left a comment on 12/11/2011 at 6:28 PM:

    @Mr. Castleberry: Have you ever done a post on hairstyle, shaving, hygiene-type of stuff? I’d be interested on some of your thoughts about hair product, cut, etc. for style! Lovin’ your blog, Sir!

    Josephine left a comment on 12/11/2011 at 6:57 AM:

    @AEV- I agree with you. Proper dress, and the applied knowledge of dressing properly is so rare as to be a bold fashion statement in and of itself. While I appreciate Mr. Castleberry’s eye for the unexpected pop of color, I personally prefer more subtlety. The site is useful for me in evaluating and re-evaluating my own style preferences.

    DEJA VU REFINERY left a comment on 12/10/2011 at 2:17 PM:

    My pleasure MR. T. !!!  I’m dillsexic myself, and I pity the fool that tries to correct my typing jibba-jabba!

    Dave T. left a comment on 12/10/2011 at 1:49 PM:

    Jason, will do, and thank you.  Sorry about the typos.

    DEJA VU REFINERY left a comment on 12/10/2011 at 1:46 PM:

    Dear “MR. T.”,
    If you would like more info, it is absolutely at your disposal. A mere email inquiry via our “Contact” page on the website will allow us to provide you with some answers to these questions. Most of our customers purchase our luxury mens eyewear as informed consumers already aware of the unimpeachable virtues of DEBONAIR at 1st sight. For the rest, there’s more info available upon request (no “pretty please” necessary too).
    We all look forward to your emails.
    Jason Pollak

    Tito left a comment on 12/10/2011 at 1:27 PM:

    Love this look, a lot of originality which make’s you who you are.
    Keep it coming & let the haters keep on hating!

    Dave T. left a comment on 12/10/2011 at 1:15 PM:

    @DEJA VU REFINERY Glad that you posted.  I had asked this question earlier.  What is the background of you company?  On visiting your site, there is no information on the history of the company. 

    For example, Kiel James Patrick started making the rope bracelets for himself, and then friends.  From there, he honed the design of the bracelets and purchased machinery for production.  Thus, his company was born.

    Are your glasses (spectacals) made in Asheville?  What value is there to entice me to purchase these glasses at $300.00?  I (and I would think others) need more than they are “very nice” and flowery language on a website.


    DEJA VU REFINERY left a comment on 12/10/2011 at 11:54 AM:

    In my opinion those sunspectacles are very nice indeed.

    Adam left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 11:28 PM:

    The painted loafers are subtle and cool.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 2:53 PM:

    @SM—If I have to explain to you why I painted my loafers, then you don’t “get it.” Think about the following quote…

    “Luxury isn’t about spending the most money, it’s about having what no one else does.”  —Jenna Lyons

    Everyone can buy and wear (and has worn) this Bass Weejun…I like to ask, how can I make this more personal…more luxurious? More “me”?

    @BIg Jon—I painted my loafers with acrylic paint (use masking tape to trace out the stripe).

    MAS left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 2:38 PM:

    In my thirty plus years of business, there is no one size fits all when it comes to how one dresses for work, but I will say that there are tribal expectations if you wish to fit in.  Finance has long coveted the more conservative look, marketing, advertising types add more flare while those in the arts, tech are most esoteric.  MGM sounds like a made man, hence his observations of less style conscious.  The less style conscious no doubt wonder how much thought can on man put into what he wears?  My point, I always dressed similar to the tribe I worked with.  Those who did not were viewed less favorably AND they rarely ever knew it!

    SM left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 2:19 PM:

    The glasses look like something a frat star would wear with his boat shoes and Nantucket reds.  Great look underneath. And a question for you, Fred: what is the point of splattering nice, leather shoes with paint?  What are you trying to convey with that?

    Big Jon left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 1:34 PM:

    Did you paint your loafers yourself and if so how did you do it?

    Glenn Elliot left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 12:50 PM:

    Great, great post MGM.  I nearly spit coffee across my desk when you described the black shirt/black tie combo….Regis anyone???  And I can not agree more that dressing boldly allows you to take certain style liberties.

    AEV left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 8:56 AM:

    @MGM- ha ha….Your comments are spot on…and made me chuckle. I hear you, but, I still feel like there’s a huge difference between what you (and I) may consider a ‘bold’ or unique style choice (interesting ties, slight breaks in our pants, tailored clothes, a subtle quirk or two) and Fred’s personal style. I’m not suggesting—at all—that folks should dress like clones or without style, I’m simply suggesting that some restraint and adherence to a few basic guidelines will go a long, long way in ensuring your outfit/style is appreciated by me (and men like me) as opposed to sneered at.

    I, for one, am not concerned with what the dude in the black dress shirt thinks - but, I do realize that the impression I give my boss/the company executive team, potential clients/employers, my finance’s father, etc., matters quite a bit…

    gordon left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 8:39 AM:

    He is having a little fun with his style guys.  He is wearing cloths, it’s not that serious.

    Andreas left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 5:43 AM:

    I love the flannel trousers with the Norman Hilton jacket. Perfect match.

    Tyler P. left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 2:03 AM:

    I think a tort shell would look great too. The lime green would pair well with a swim short and a bright polo.

    Snaaby left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 10:59 PM:

    I will be brutally honest, the glasses are growing on me. I can’t explain it, but I accept it.

    Tim left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 10:29 PM:

    Keep doing your thing! I Wish I had a Norman Hilton.

    MGM left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 9:19 PM:

    Let me make one more comment in response to AEV’s points (which are always good).  He has suggested in the most recent posts here that dressing like this will not send a good signal and/or make a good first impression in the business world.  Now, of course this may *seem* true, but from experience I know that it is not.  I am a practicing attorney, and work around people all day that dress in suits (whether it is in the office or in court).  But here is the difference between me and them:  these people put ZERO thought into what and how they dress, while I consciously make very bold style choices.  I wear pants with no break, usually combine extremely bold tie/oxford shirt combinations, and sometimes even wear collar pins!  I can get away with stuff like this because the people around my know ALMOST NOTHING about style.  They couldn’t articulate an objection even if they wanted to.  They wear cheap nylon dress shirts they purchase at Marshall’s, and their pants are so long that they are frayed at the bottom.  They don’t know how to dress, and thus they are in no position to comment on my bold style choices.  From experience, I can tell you that is how it works in the real world.  When I walk into a courtroom, I attract attention.  Good or bad (who knows?). But the point is that I do.

    Now, the one danger to bold style dressers like FEC and everyone else who is inspired by him is, of course, people like you, AEV.  You are obviously EXTREMELY knowledgeable about proper dress, and you pull it off very well.  But there are so few people like you now AEV that bold style dressers can get away with almost anything they want.  Who is going to stop me?  The guy wearing a solid over-sized black shirt with a solid black tie and pants fraying at the bottom?  I don’t think so.

    meg left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 9:14 PM:

    (Most of) the outfit is golden.  Love it F.E.

    Aaron left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 9:00 PM:

    I’m shocked you’re wearing socks!

    Dave T. left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 7:56 PM:

    Can you provide any more information on the Deja Vu Refinery glasses?  The website really doesn’t have any information about them.

    The closest thing I could find is this job listing for an intern:

    Global Luxury Mens Spectacle & Sunspectacle Brand (think Johnny/Dean). Founded by the former owner of a successful full service advertising company in NY. Marketing Interns are needed to interface with customers, top stylists, and editors of blogs & online/print magazines including Vanity Fair, GQ, Esquire, etc. (not only USA issues).


    AEV left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 7:06 PM:

    @cam - I don’t disagree with anything you wrote…nor is it lost on me that Fred’s running a business. But, Fred actually wears these looks out in public and he fiercely defends the style/utility of the pieces he features. It appears he has been anointed an ‘expert’ and he regularly doles out advice and opinionated replies to comments and inquiries.

    So, for me anyway, it’s important to know where he’s coming from.

    Daniel left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 6:48 PM:

    Nicely done, sir.

    DBCC left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 3:42 PM:

    Nice belt buckle.

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

    Let me start by saying that i enjoy quit a lot of what F.E. does and what he features on this site. i think many people should be aware that F.E. publishes a blog and he needs to drive traffic to his site to be relevant. i have seen this with many bloggers/publishers. They start off featuring things they wear which are typically spot on and very classic in nature. That being said, they must continually spark debate and what better way to do so than venture outside the box. F.E. knows exactly what he is doing and he does a great job. If you are looking for classic style a blog of a self-proclaimed stylist is not the place to look. Rather keep your eyes open in your own neighborhood and take a note when you see a ‘real’ person wearing something you like.