• Whit Stillman’s Guide to Preppie Fashion


    Whit Stillman has unmistakably garnered a reputation as cinema’s Preppie ambassador with the release of independent films Metropolitan and The Last Days of Disco. With his first film in over a decade opening to rave reviews this past week, Damsels in Distress is certainly not excluded from Stillman’s highly stylized manner. The L Magazine sat down with Stillman recently to chat about his Rushmore-esque past, the story behind the A.T. Harris tuxedoes in Metropolitan, and the enduring charm of madras jackets, Bass Weejuns, and green corduroy. Read more on The Measure as well as a thorough interview about Damsels in Distress at A Continuous Lean.

    “I decided the moment I graduated from college that I would never wear blue jeans again. And I have never worn blue jeans again.”     —Whit Stillman

    Apr 24, 2012 | Permalink (13) Total Comments

    PSP left a comment on 6/15/2012 at 10:55 PM:

    I believe Whit Stillman is the nephew of old Penn professor Digby Baltzell.  Digby coined the term Wasp, was a WWII naval aviator, and hail fellow well met.  It is great to see Whit carrying on some of Digby’s style.

    kathie left a comment on 5/29/2012 at 1:14 PM:

    About the jeans/ranch comments below: I grew up on a ranch. My husband grew up on a ranch. Yes, we wore Levis and boots for all of the ranch work/riding horses, etc. I mostly would wear dresses/skirts when I wasn’t riding/working. The men, though, when they weren’t working i.e. going to church, out to eat, socializing, the men will wear starched, creased, wranglers, a nice belt, an expensive pair of boots, and an equally pressed/starch Ralph Lauren or Brooks Brothers button down oxford or dress shirt.  If it’s a dressier occasion, such as dinner at the club, then khaki’s (pressed/starched/creased) are worn, and yes, cowboy boots - expensive dress ones - are still worn.

    Tyrone Alexander left a comment on 5/18/2012 at 6:35 AM:

    Unfortunately we live in a society where people have been brain washed with all of the reality shows that have no point whatsoever that when presented with a smart comedy such as this with characters who speak in full sentences a lot of people don’t know how to handle it. now for the jeans I have two pair that don’t get much use but I do prefer chinos they just feel a lot softer and comfortable over denim in my personal opinion.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/17/2012 at 12:51 AM:

    @Michael & Cam—I included Stillman’s jean quote in order to show the contrast between the old (him) and the new (me). I wear denim probably as much as Stillman wears chinos. I’ve always held that while the world of menswear was/has been discovering chinos again, preppies should have been discovering good denim.

    Michael left a comment on 5/17/2012 at 12:35 AM:

    You posted a picture on twitter not one week of you ago in Rugby torn jeans.

    CHC left a comment on 5/16/2012 at 12:09 PM:

    Interesting post. Seems like an exciting artist.

    Clay left a comment on 5/16/2012 at 11:43 AM:

    I’m a huge Whit Stillman fan and can’t wait to see his new movie.  It’s been long enough time between movies Whit!  His movies are fun to watch because of the banter, fashion, and mood he creates.  As far as his jeans comment, I can’t buy into it.  I went to a preppy dress code high school and a Southern state university and didn’t own a great pair of jeans until AFTER college.  I enjoy matching them with a dress shirt for work to break up the monotony of khakis and dress pants.

    Johnny Reb left a comment on 5/15/2012 at 11:19 PM:

    I agree with you, Vern Trotter. I can’t wear jeans with anything other than boots.

    Vern Trotter left a comment on 5/15/2012 at 9:11 PM:

    Jeans are for the ranch and nowhere else!

    cam left a comment on 5/15/2012 at 6:28 PM:

    fred - im very curious as to why you picked this particular quote to feature? especially given the fact that you wear and feature jeans on here often.

    Max left a comment on 5/15/2012 at 12:06 PM:

    I know a lot of people that are anti-jeans, but I can’t decide where to fall on this. 

      I remember pulling into the cape about 6 years ago and a 40s woman was wearing the most ripped up jeans that looked like she had them since the 80s- with an oversized, probably men’s, RL oxford tucked into them, and a hat and sunglasses.  Beautiful blonde hair. 

    Anyone else have any jeans thoughts/stories?

    Worthington left a comment on 5/15/2012 at 10:34 AM:

    This movie was fantastic. But might be too quirky and not “trendy” enough for the average movie attendee.


    Desmond K left a comment on 5/15/2012 at 9:42 AM:

    I’ve never heard of him before but I do enjoy fashionable movies so I’ll check it out.