• Zig-Zag

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: Smart Turnout royal artillery tie, leather duffel, linen/silk/wool herringbone jacket.

    Jun 30, 2011 | Permalink (24) Total Comments

    MJS left a comment on 7/23/2011 at 12:48 PM:

    Great look. I have a very similar custom linen blazer I had made off the Rugby version (I’m short and stocky and their clothes don’t fit me well). My question for you is this: I’m going to a summer wedding (directions: wear what you please) on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan in a few weeks. I don’t want to be too dressed up as I know many will not even be wearing ties/jackets, etc. But I wanted to wear a similar look to what you here (possibly w/bow tie). I wasn’t going to wear jeans however. Any other suggestions? I’m new to the world of white bucks and I have yet to wear them, so I wanted to break them out. I guess one could always do some Bill’s Khaki’s but I wanted to know if you had any other ideas. Would Nantucket Red and White Bucks be too much?

    Great blog and thanks for all the tips.

    - Michael

    p.s. - from your posting previously I asked for the Lotuff & Clegg duffle (also shown here). What a wonderful, lifelong gift that was…


    Some Dude left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 10:49 PM:

    I would like to thank ‘Dave C’ and frankly any service men who served for their country.


    David C left a comment on 7/11/2011 at 7:40 AM:

    Thanks for the Benson and Clegg link. I was in the Territorial Army for 3 years and am pleased to see that they stock a TA tie. My particular unit do not have a tie, but they do have a rugby shirt and sable belt. PS, Fred, I do not think that there is a particular faux pas to wearing a RA (inspired) tie unless you’re some Walter Mitty sort that follows Remembrance Day parades in London, which we know you’re not! I only take offense when civvies wear DPMs/camo, I feel that is disrespectful. Anyway, enjoy the RA tie, it looks great and most people won’t be able to tell what it represents. I bought a lot of obscure old English Rugby club ties off ebay and a friend joked that I was a posturer. I retorted that there was little chance of me being mistaken as a rugby player, and it beats looking like a fan.


    Blair left a comment on 7/3/2011 at 2:22 PM:

    Could Mr. Castleberry BE more handsome?


    chris w. left a comment on 7/3/2011 at 12:13 AM:

    I find FEC extremely well dressed.


    Daniel left a comment on 7/2/2011 at 6:47 AM:

    Really nice outfit Fred. What jeans is this? Your 501 Levis in rinsed indigo?


    Brock left a comment on 7/1/2011 at 9:21 PM:

    I bought my first pair of white bucks this summer. I struggle everytime I put them on with what belt to wear. I have some ribbon belts but I don’t think they are proper for work. My wife said I can just wear a plain brown belt, but I dont know. I wish I could just pull it off like you and the other guys I have seen on here.


    chris w. left a comment on 7/1/2011 at 8:09 PM:

    Here’s me being an American and saying who cares if the colors represent some form of English tradition, FEC can wear ‘em if he so chooses. Like he pointed out, if the Englishmen took the same rule to their wardrobes, they’d be wearing braces with nothing to hook them on.
    This look is great, hands down. You’d get a second look from most women when donning those threads.


    Alex left a comment on 7/1/2011 at 4:59 PM:

    First off, ill look. I’m trying to find a casual herringbone sportcoat just like that, but rugby is out of the question because they don’t have my size. does anyone know of a place where i can get something similar? jcrew doesn’t have my size either (40R)
    thanks in advance


    Joe left a comment on 7/1/2011 at 2:50 PM:

    Very well put together.


    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 7/1/2011 at 1:40 PM:

    Nice outfit Fred and that tie is awesome!


    fsp left a comment on 7/1/2011 at 12:05 PM:

    Great. There is no way to look smarter …


    Benn left a comment on 7/1/2011 at 11:46 AM:

    Living in SW Florida, this silk/linen herringbone would be perfect for so many events! (despite what nay-sayers have added). F.E., how “natural” are the shoulders? How does the fit compare to Norman Hilton?


    seouldout left a comment on 7/1/2011 at 9:19 AM:

    Wise choice on a small cuff for the jeans; too many are showing too much ankle with these exaggerated ones.  Sharp jacket.  This is the second time I’ve seen that pocket square; is there a reason you’re showing the letters?  For one who never cleans his white bucks you must be a careful walker… they look quite good having only a wound on the toe.


    Raulston left a comment on 7/1/2011 at 7:27 AM:

    The buck are superb & the bag tops it all off!


    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 7/1/2011 at 7:24 AM:

    Excellent. Perfection.


    Paul left a comment on 7/1/2011 at 7:01 AM:

    You look great. Are your jean’s cuffed? Isn’t that a rare look for you?


    Andrew B. left a comment on 7/1/2011 at 4:28 AM:

    I had to learn the hard way not wear actual regimental/school ties in England that you weren’t a part of.  Even a repp tie that *resembles* that sort of thing attracts a lot of unwanted attention.


    David (from England ) left a comment on 7/1/2011 at 1:49 AM:

    Fred, what are you doing up at theis time ? Do you ever come to England ? You would love Jermyn Street for mens clothes , it is soooo English.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/1/2011 at 1:40 AM:

    @David—If there is a breast pocket on my jacket, I stuff a pocket square in it.


    David ( from England ) left a comment on 7/1/2011 at 1:26 AM:

    In my opinion, you should not wear a pocket square with a patch pocket. 

    I am still thinking of getting some bucks for my summer holidays (Italy) but can’t make up my mind if I should go for white.  And just to prove I am paying attention looking at an older post, yes the jacket is from Rugby.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/1/2011 at 1:21 AM:

    @Angel—I just hit 30, so you bet I’ll take the 17 year-old comment all day long. As far as my bucks go, I want them looming anything but young. I never clean them…not even at the end of the season. Just let them go.

    @Tripp—This jacket is made by Rugby.


    Angel left a comment on 7/1/2011 at 12:24 AM:

    You know F.E., I’ve yet to meet you in person, but in photos you have the face of a 17 year old! haha.. must be nice.. Anyhoo, Do you typically let your bucks get that many scuffs on them? I know most say its all or nothing on buck care. I like the coat, though it looks like it would be a bit warm for June/July.

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    Tripp left a comment on 7/1/2011 at 12:00 AM:

    is that a Rugby jacket?


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