• Lunching in Park Slope

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Brooklyn, NY by Joshua Woods

    Noteworthy: a mix of textures (knit silk, corduroy, fuzzy wool) and patterns (tartans, stripes, solids, and ancient madder).

    Jan 2, 2013 | Permalink (20) View/Leave Comments

    Whitaker Dick left a comment on 3/14/2013 at 12:34 AM:

    New disovery, your collections.  I’m ‘wowed’ by your reworking the classics so well.  Details, colors, fabrics, overall looks are FANTASTIC.  BRAVO! (BTW, Modeled in Europe late 60’s - early 80’s Did Cerruti’s runway shows for many of those years.) Always excited to see Prep looks reinterpreted.  Ur comment above “There is nothing new under the Sun, just timeliness” is right on! My sentiments exactly!  So pleased to have discovered you!  Keep up the gr8t work, man.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/8/2013 at 12:06 PM:

    @Emily Anne—The day this photograph was taken wasn’t particularly chilly. I do tend to wear socks in the months of January and February when temperatures are below freezing. Otherwise, a wool coat and a scarf and plenty to keep me warm.

    Emily Anne left a comment on 1/8/2013 at 11:01 AM:

    Serious question: do your ankles get really cold when you wear pants like that in the winter?

    Andrew left a comment on 1/7/2013 at 2:16 PM:

    Great style icons AND a quote from the book of Ecclesiastes?! Well done sir, and this is a great look.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/4/2013 at 7:23 PM:

    @Dan—LOL, it was a good day!

    Dan left a comment on 1/4/2013 at 7:20 PM:

    Both collar points are buttoned, IT’S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE ;)

    Jack left a comment on 1/4/2013 at 6:27 PM:

    The fit of your jacket and break of your jeans are on point.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/3/2013 at 11:34 PM:

    @Jane—Your words, not mine. Am I wearing a similar uniform as Andy Warhol and Sid Mashburn? Yes. They are a couple of my style icons. This should not come as a surprise after sharing the Pinterest link of my style icons in a previous comment. The sport coat/jean/shirt/tie uniform is older than J.Crew, older than Rugby, older than Sid Mashburn, older than Andy Spade. There is nothing new under the Sun, just timeliness.

    Jane left a comment on 1/3/2013 at 9:46 PM:

    Fred - did you just compare yourself to Andy Warhol and Sid Mashburn?

    MGM left a comment on 1/3/2013 at 5:57 PM:

    Point well taken, FEC.  I must admit: whenever I see pictures of Michael Bastian, I am completely awed, and he must be in his late 40’s/early 50’s. 

    Let me also be clear:  I don’t own any suits.  My wardrobe now basically consists of very nice navy and tweed blazers, heavy cotton Ralph Lauren oxfords (tapered), and dress wool pants (cuffed, pleated, and tapered).  I think suits are too plain, and so I don’t wear them.

    As for style icons, I can’t say that I have any.  But, I will say this: in addition to this EXCELLENT blog, I also like visiting the sites of:  onemansstyle and linenforsummertweedforwinter.  A lot of the pictures there are very well done, and I take a lot of my inspiration from what I see there.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/3/2013 at 5:53 PM:

    @WMM—I’ll work on getting more photographs of me in suiting up here. In the meantime you can check out my grey flannel suit here.

    WMM left a comment on 1/3/2013 at 5:37 PM:

    Or perhaps a long awaited question and look “Can we get a shot of FEC in a suit?”

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/3/2013 at 5:19 PM:

    @MGM—Variations of my uniform here have been worn by the creative likes of Andy Warhol, Sid Mashburn, and Andy Spade (just a few of my style icons) well into their 40s. Just because I don’t post image after image of me not wearing suits does not mean I do not wear any. On the contrary, I have about ten of them. A more pertinent question might be, “Who are your style icons?”

    MGM left a comment on 1/3/2013 at 5:07 PM:

    @DBBC: I used to buy all of my pants custom, and limited myself to companies that included “slim” fits and cuts. 

    I spent my early 20’s wearing this look—(see FEC in this post).  I suppose that I just grew out of it.  I am now working in a professional world.  I no longer can wear this look, although I do still appreciate it.  Occasionally, I see someone in their 30’s wearing this look, and I just don’t think it looks right.  Our sense of style should always be free to evolve.  Mine certainly has.

    DBCC left a comment on 1/3/2013 at 4:56 PM:

    @MGM, instead of getting your blazers and trousers tailored to fit how you want them, why don’t you go the custom route?

    Saturdays left a comment on 1/3/2013 at 4:02 PM:

    @C.L.Y - While I agree with you on many of your points, I really hope skinny does not go out completely. It is tough enough to find 36R and 28-29 waist pants from quality clothiers and manufacturers. Rugby going away isn’t helping me, although RRL is a great place to get wool pants @MGM if you ever need to buy some more, much nicer than the PRL ones from my experience, the style is a bit different though.

    C.L.Y. left a comment on 1/3/2013 at 11:27 AM:

    The look is great on F.E.C. However, I could never pull off the “no break” of the pant inseam. The fact is, we ALL copy and “borrow” from popular culture only to “spin it” to our own personal variant.

    As for the “skinny look”, it’s nothing more than a trend and it is not meant to compliment all body types. My closet is traditional and will stay that way. There IS a reason they call them classics. Cary Grant, Miles Davis, and Frank Sinatra would never be caught “flooding” in pants too short or gasping for breath in clothing tailored too “skinny” (tight-fitting).  Study these gentlemen..their style is timeless and classic.

    When the smoke clears, they (the trend bandwagon and design-nerds) will all be running back to what traditional and classic really is and all the thrift stores will be flooded with ill-fitting pants and too small sport coats. 

    I really love this blog and I enjoy the pictures and F.E.C.‘s sense of style and the style of others that he captures on film. However, many of the styles push the Ivy envelope (which I believe is intended). I think if individuals think that F.E.C’s intentions are to “teach” or “guide” someone to what is “correct” to wear, then they are wrong. I feel that his blog is meant to showcase style, be it his own or that of someone else.

    I think it’s great to experiment and find what works for you as an individual and, from an artistic standpoint, it’s mathematical in noticing colors, textures, and shapes in patterns and how that plays with lighting and the individual’s body type.

    I read the blog all the time because it is inspiring. With that said, the styles here represent classics with somewhat of a youthful twist that may not last in the way the classics have. I encourage ANYONE that reads this blog (especially if you are in your 20’s or early 30’s) to spend time reading Alan Flusser’s books. They are classic and timeless and they will guide you in the right path to be taken serious and to be help you dress like a gentleman while at the same time helping you learn about your body type and what works for you so that you can develop your own sense of style.

    MGM left a comment on 1/2/2013 at 7:59 PM:

    FEC pulls off this look—think J. Crew/Rugby—extremely well.  My favorite piece of this outfit is the knit tie. The break on the jeans, however, is bordering on the scandalous!  Cudos to you for the bravado, sir.  I myself prefer to purchase jeans with a lengthy inseam and then roll the bottom of it up to achieve the same break.  The outcome looks much more natural and thus “stylish.” 

    One other comment: I am not sure what your budget allocation to dress is, but I would encourage you to begin experimenting with different forms of men’s clothing.  The plain front no break pants/no sock/cordovan wingtip/super skinny blazer look is, I suspect, quickly becoming too “fashion-y,” which makes it hard to discern your true style only because the look itself is becoming too ordinary.  It is basically a GQ staple now. 

    What I have begun doing is wearing ONLY Ralph Lauren dress wool pants with pleats and cuffs.  What I do is get them tailored so that the leg is tapered and the diameter of the leg opening is narrowed.  The outcome is an extremely “professional” look, much better, in my opinion, than anything put out by J. Crew.  I have also begun to buy my blazers in roomier fits and then get the sides tapered “just a bit.”  The outcome is similarly good.  This sort of approach is much better than going to sites like J. Crew and Brooks Brothers and buying everything in the “super skinny” fit. 

    But still, with all that being said, our aesethetic is basically the same.  Traditional American preppy.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/2/2013 at 9:53 AM:

    @ZC—Yes it is. It’s what I shoot street style with mainly.

    ZC left a comment on 1/2/2013 at 9:46 AM:

    FEC—is that a Fuji X-Pro1 over your shoulder? Is that what you’re shooting with now?