• Discovery

    Music & Books  

    Discovery is the preppy love child of Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot’s Wes Miles. Although the band’s music borrows from the duo’s original outfits, they proffer a blend of glitchy synth-pop and Auto-Tuned R&B. With a cover of Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” LP is an essential addition to your Summer playlist.

    Oct 15, 2009 | Permalink (3) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/15/2009 at 8:22 PM:

    I’m a little behind on posting this but to my credit, I have been enjoying them since the day their album dropped. Carby is such a fun song with Ezra on vocals.  Although Discovery isn’t a relatively “new” discovery to tastehunters like ourselves, they are relatively still unknown to most of my readers.  They are featured here mainly because of their marriage between prep style and good music…not because they dropped a debut album. I’m looking forward to Vampire Weekend’s Contra album in January.

    Andrew Lynch left a comment on 10/15/2009 at 4:21 PM:

    “I Think Ur A Contra”

    trip left a comment on 10/15/2009 at 1:56 PM:

    Yeah, that “Orange Shirt” song is pretty sweet.


  • Bookworm

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Marina del Rey, CA

    Oct 14, 2009 | Permalink (10) View/Leave Comments

    maria left a comment on 7/6/2011 at 3:58 PM:


    been looking for this book place in MDR forever. what’s it called?

    mel from nyc! left a comment on 10/23/2009 at 9:45 AM:

    shannon is GORGEOUS.

    James left a comment on 10/20/2009 at 11:45 PM:

    Great Dress!!!!

    Shannon Sewell left a comment on 10/16/2009 at 2:49 AM:

    Thank you for the fantastic image Mr. Castleberry.

    CLD left a comment on 10/14/2009 at 9:41 PM:

    Glad I was able to help out with the dress!

    Sara left a comment on 10/14/2009 at 12:19 PM:

    Can I have that library installed in my house?

    Douglas left a comment on 10/14/2009 at 12:13 PM:

    There’s nothing like her hanging around our library.

    Lauren Clark left a comment on 10/14/2009 at 11:22 AM:

    Shannon is looking hot! So you featured your own photo on your own blog and twittered about it! That had me laughing!

    L.A.S left a comment on 10/14/2009 at 11:14 AM:

    Thanks for this…I think I’m in love.

    Lynn left a comment on 10/14/2009 at 10:32 AM:

    This is a really nice outfit and photo!


  • The Repp Tie

    Prep Essentials  

    “A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.”     —Oscar Wilde

    Here in the States, the repp tie is a universal, democratic fixture of fashion. You’d be forgiven for assuming it is an original American classic like the penny loafer or the chino. Though its preppie pedigree is as solid as the rocks in a southside cocktail, the repp originated across the pond in the late 1800s. It traces a dual heritage to both playing fields and battlefields. The British gentry adopted ties with stripes in meticulously established widths and colors to signify the schools, clubs and regiments they hailed from. During the First World War, the Prince of Wales turned the blue-and-red broad-striped tie of his elite Grenadier Guards regiment into a dapper fashion accessory that Americans then embraced en masse. It remains one of the most popular repp ties in the U.S.

    Image via GQ

    In 1920, Brooks Brothers made concession to outraged British sensibilities when they ran the diagonal stripes down from right to left, the opposite direction from regimental and traditional club ties. Stripped of its upstairs-downstairs connotations, the striped repp tie began popping up in Ivy League wardrobes. Bolster your collection with durable silk ones by Polo by Ralph Lauren in navy and kelly-green prints and stripes (Polo, $95-$105). Paired with a navy blazer and a crisp white oxford, it signals American attitude at it’s best.

    Oct 13, 2009 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    gerrit.ormosy left a comment on 7/24/2010 at 5:54 AM:

    The striped tie has never been stripped from its connotation. The direction of stripes indicating our independency though.

    Heavy Tweed Jacket left a comment on 10/15/2009 at 5:51 PM:

    Ties are something that RL Polo always does well. Nice selection and comments about American style.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/13/2009 at 4:44 PM:

    @Karl—I rather enjoy raiding the Brits’ closets. The weather, however, is something I’ll live without.

    Karl Bratby left a comment on 10/13/2009 at 3:42 PM:

    I think you want to be a Brit my friend.


  • Schoolboy Staple, Her Essential


    I often contend that the only thing more distinguished in a blazer than a pocket-square...is a woman. And the ladies have been raiding the boy’s department for this prep school staple for years. But this season, the usual suspects (a la Rugby and Gant, to name a few) have sewn up the perfect schoolboy favorite, keeping traditional details like a notched lapel and buttoned cuffs. Rugby’s striped satin under-collar introduces a girlish touch that is frankly, brilliant. Dress it up with a fitted oxford and a bow-tie or down with a slim tank and jeans. Wear with confidence.

    Images via Gant and Rugby

    Oct 12, 2009 | Permalink (3) View/Leave Comments

    Micheal left a comment on 1/12/2015 at 1:14 PM:

    Ineteliglnce and simplicity - easy to understand how you think.

    YBS left a comment on 10/12/2009 at 10:56 AM:

    You can not go wrong with a good blazer this fall.  Work one in to your pre-winter wardrobe.  You’ll be glad you did.

    L.A.S. left a comment on 10/12/2009 at 10:41 AM:

    It doesn’t hurt to be drop-dead gorgeous either…


  • Fully Vested

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Dallas, TX

    Oct 9, 2009 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    Sarah Ring left a comment on 7/15/2010 at 2:18 AM:

    Stunning - love this look.

    James left a comment on 10/20/2009 at 11:47 PM:

    Looks GREAT!

    Tickled Pink & Green left a comment on 10/19/2009 at 8:52 PM:

    Ha!  I knew that storefront looked familiar!  I just posted a pic from there yesterday.  That’s my neighborhood RL store.  :)

    Kristin left a comment on 10/10/2009 at 9:14 PM:

    That vest is killer!

    Steven Ryne Photography left a comment on 10/9/2009 at 1:43 PM:

    SWEEET!!!  I love reading/seeing this stuff man!  Thanks for sharing.  Awesome-ness!


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