• Rugger Adventures to the Cape


    It has been a long, hot, hot summer. GANT thinks so too. For their fall/winter collection, they ride off to the Cape (on a 1971 Triumph no less) to do what the heat has cruelly kept us from doing—camp. With the epic, yet-to-be-released tune "Equestrian" by U.S. Royalty, not only is Rugger’s fall/winter cinematography set against a cool palette of grays and earth-tones but so is the collection. Plaids, tweeds and wool in fair-isle patterns dot the wintry landscape. Quintessential American sportswear. John Thornley, U.S. Royalty’s lead singer, joins the gang over dinner and drinks in an autumn mainstay corduroy blazer. If you are eyeing the burgundy varsity jacket, ring the GANT Rugger shop on Bleecker (212.620.5949) to get your name on the list. It is due to arrive at the end of September, just as northeast temperatures begin to fall.

    Images via GANT

    Aug 31, 2010 | Permalink (8) View/Leave Comments

    Joey Dee left a comment on 9/8/2010 at 12:17 PM:

    Love the movie. While the line may not scream preppy, these guys are in the woods, and being in the woods should be rough and rugged and flannel. Makes me long for a country home, an escape from the superficiality of city life, and an urge to embrace my rugged individualist, dressed in Gant of course.

    Anna left a comment on 9/4/2010 at 9:05 AM:

    The clothes are fine, but what I most love is the photography, the way they went after the old-style Russian camera shoots where light leaks into the film from the sides, giving hazy edges. Very nice.

    LaNita left a comment on 9/1/2010 at 10:14 PM:

    I honestly don’t have the words to express to you how much I love this shoot Fred!

    north shore sophie left a comment on 9/1/2010 at 8:53 PM:

    I’m going to paraphrase Thoreau here… rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness… give me truth.——chris mccandless. does this shoot remind anyone of him?

    bunny left a comment on 9/1/2010 at 2:23 PM:

    chilliness is so prep-appealing. seeing swedish heritage here. still liking the nordic sweaters and mittens :)

    The Boss left a comment on 8/31/2010 at 6:58 PM:

    Love, love the varsity jacket. I’m sure many of you share my sentiments of how hard it is to find a quality, unbranded varsity joint.

    PS—I agree with Andy on the last photo. That yellow jacket looks quite steezy.

    Andy M. left a comment on 8/31/2010 at 3:34 PM:

    While some of these outfits seem to lean far past preppy and solidly into outdoorsy, (see the layered plaids) I still like the collection as a whole.  The last picture with the toggle coat and the yellow (I want that) coat over the patterned sweater is spot on.  There are a couple spots in Atlanta with limited Gant collections but I’m looking forward to stopping in the store in NYC later this fall.

    Nate left a comment on 8/31/2010 at 3:32 PM:

    That duffel coat is perfect…..


  • Blueprint

    Top Drawer | Dress Code  

    Photographed in Providence, RI

    Noteworthy: Lilly Pulitzer dress, elegance.

    Aug 30, 2010 | Permalink (23) View/Leave Comments

    Louisa left a comment on 12/30/2010 at 3:54 AM:

    I agree, it’d be nice to see more styles for women. And Lilly is always a great choice along with pearls. I’m always wearing pearls!

    Lourdes left a comment on 10/25/2010 at 9:24 AM:

    Show more choices for women, please!

    Greg left a comment on 9/5/2010 at 7:48 AM:

    Bean is right - it was taken in Warwick.

    Elizabeth left a comment on 9/2/2010 at 9:13 PM:

    What a wonderful dress! She looks great.

    Greg M. Gonzales left a comment on 9/1/2010 at 4:04 AM:

    I do adore looking at Miss Sarah V. She is truly a modern representation of a Jackie O. Sarah, like Kiel, seems always dressed to perfection.

    Raymond left a comment on 8/31/2010 at 11:49 AM:

    Gorgeous gal.  Fantastic dress.  A true testament to prep style.  She reminds me of why I like the prep lifestyle so much. Clean…proper…upright. I wish all of America sampled a touch of prep.

    robdarko left a comment on 8/31/2010 at 10:33 AM:

    Oh please tell me she is actually wearing that to travel, F.E.C.?  Whether born to it or acquired, this woman truly personifies class.

    She and The Girl Next Door (from March… I think) are my favorites.

    jose left a comment on 8/31/2010 at 12:10 AM:

    awesome lilly pulitzer dress! the name of the print is don’t be koi!

    Mark Sinclair left a comment on 8/30/2010 at 11:33 PM:


    Ryan McCoy left a comment on 8/30/2010 at 9:14 PM:

    Is she the same girl from Kiel James Patrick’s website?

    bunny left a comment on 8/30/2010 at 8:21 PM:

    this was my favorite dress in the catalog this season :) her shoes are so cute too!

    Sweet Southern Prep left a comment on 8/30/2010 at 2:47 PM:

    I saw this dress in KJP’s pics from his party, and had to have this dress.  It arrives this week!

    bean left a comment on 8/30/2010 at 2:03 PM:

    that’s actually warwick!

    Beth Dunn left a comment on 8/30/2010 at 1:38 PM:

    She looks adorable!

    MaxiBritt left a comment on 8/30/2010 at 1:35 PM:

    thats how to go to the airport!

    Paris @ The Campus Style left a comment on 8/30/2010 at 12:56 PM:

    She looks absolutely stunning! The next Jackie O for sure!

    Pan left a comment on 8/30/2010 at 12:43 PM:

    This girl is an absolute gem - the next Jackie O. The dress is outstanding on her. The entire outfit is flawless. A standing ovation for this one ;)

    Cary Randolph left a comment on 8/30/2010 at 12:21 PM:

    Sarah! She looked even more beautiful in that dress in person - the color and print are outstanding.

    Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) left a comment on 8/30/2010 at 11:59 AM:

    Love the cut of the dress and the double-strand pearls. Any info on those amazing shoes?

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 8/30/2010 at 11:51 AM:

    She looks absolutely classy and pretty. The dress and the pearls are both perfect!

    The Boss left a comment on 8/30/2010 at 11:50 AM:

    Fred—What’s this girl’s marital status? Surely she’s attached, no?

    PS—I really like her new hair color, it suits her well.

    alex left a comment on 8/30/2010 at 11:48 AM:

    Love the Jonah dress, love the koi print!

    Laguna Beach Trad left a comment on 8/30/2010 at 8:57 AM:

    Crikey, they don’t make airline stewardesses like this anymore! Where did you find this gorgeous young woman? I absolutely love the aggressive print on her dress. The colours really do her justice. And the pearls are exquisite. Fly the friendly skies, indeed.


  • Racing Green Jean

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Jones Beach, NY

    Aug 27, 2010 | Permalink (25) View/Leave Comments

    M. Alexander left a comment on 9/7/2012 at 7:27 PM:

    What brand and fit of jeans are those? I’m in desperate need of not too pricey, quality denim.

    Style + Conformity left a comment on 9/21/2010 at 1:05 PM:

    One of the best yet!

    TS left a comment on 8/31/2010 at 10:38 PM:

    if i saw you on the street, i’d die!  i love this.  the green denim is phenomenal, tie is amazing, specs are adorable!  please continue to “model” for this blog F.E.C.

    corey left a comment on 8/31/2010 at 3:11 PM:

    Fred, this style is so you i remember meeting you in nyc last year and i thought to my self this dude is reppin da shit outta RL…  go get em mane..

    Paul left a comment on 8/30/2010 at 4:54 PM:

    Nice duds—- like the shirt and slacks—-  good stuff!

    Andy M. left a comment on 8/30/2010 at 4:00 PM:

    Thanks to all for the sock advice…  I figured there had to be a cheaper option but was looking in the wrong places!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/29/2010 at 4:25 PM:

    @Zack—The navy silk knit tie is by Brooks Brothers. It can be one of your most versatile accessories in your wardrobe.

    @Andy M.—As NWR mentions in this post, the loafer socks from Journeys are a cheaper option. I wear them in black. They are cheap enough to buy over an over again without consideration for how fast you might go through them.

    @Luis Alcaraz—When I will be on my feet for extensive periods of time, I wear socks…loafer socks that give the appearance of not wearing socks. Now, that’s comfortable.  Remember, if you decide to go sock-less, shoe trees help to absorb moisture and odor.

    @robdarko—Yes, that belt is an equestrian belt by Tory.

    Zack left a comment on 8/29/2010 at 4:01 PM:

    Who makes that tie?? It’s perfect!

    JRS left a comment on 8/29/2010 at 6:34 AM:

    I’m really getting into the colored denim thing.  Well done.

    Sarah left a comment on 8/29/2010 at 12:31 AM:

    Like Ben I also use baby powder in each shoe. It really makes quite a difference, and helps with odor control as well!

    Genevieve left a comment on 8/28/2010 at 10:10 PM:

    Such a Superman pose! Love it.

    Connetiquette left a comment on 8/28/2010 at 8:01 PM:

    Coveting that belt. Obsessing over those shoes.

    NWR left a comment on 8/27/2010 at 3:58 PM:

    Give the no-show socks from Journeys a whirl. Not a bad deal. Black or white. 5 pairs for $10.

    Ben left a comment on 8/27/2010 at 2:33 PM:

    Try a little baby powder in each shoe when going sockless.

    The Funky President left a comment on 8/27/2010 at 2:32 PM:

    @andym I’ve tried many brands of these no-show socks, including higher-end ones and sock specialists (like Goldtoe). 

    My favorite?  The ones from Payless Shoes.  Seriously.

    Andy M. left a comment on 8/27/2010 at 2:11 PM:

    Really nice… This is a tough group of colors and patterns to make work well and it looks awesome.  I love the lighting here too.

    Luis, I love the sockless look but think it’s uncomfortable not to wear socks.  I buy “invisible” super low rise socks at Neiman Marcus… $25 for a set of three.  You can’t see them with even the most low cut loafers and they’re great to keep your feet dry. 

    Anybody else know another (cheaper) place to get something like them?

    S.N. Carpeaux left a comment on 8/27/2010 at 1:00 PM:

    I kind of can’t get over how much I love those shoes.

    Rome Fortune left a comment on 8/27/2010 at 12:33 PM:

    the green jeans really set it off. wow. well done


    Xanax left a comment on 8/27/2010 at 11:43 AM:

    The unexpected with those green jeans! It actually works with that nice gingham shirt. Even the colors of the belt & shoe compliments the green.
    Well done!

    Luis Alcaraz left a comment on 8/27/2010 at 10:49 AM:

    Looks great!! I really like the idea of a color trouser but I prefer trousers than jeans. Question, Is it always comfortable not to wear socks??

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 8/27/2010 at 10:13 AM:

    Lovely how everything combines and matches perfectly. 5/5

    robdarko left a comment on 8/27/2010 at 9:50 AM:

    Laguna, I cannot tell if he has a trim cuff or a roll.  Most likely it is a roll and it says that F.E.C. is “… modern and a tad preppy.” Also, according to The Cuff Code, he like drawing attention to his ankles or those awesome RL loafers.

    F.E.C., you look very smart.  Is that an equestrian belt?  Unfortunately, I require a substantial belt to keep everything neat.

    sunday left a comment on 8/27/2010 at 8:59 AM:

    Not fair! Amaze!

    JMH left a comment on 8/27/2010 at 8:45 AM:

    I like the colour and pattern combinations.  Difficult, but you pull it off.

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 8/27/2010 at 8:08 AM:

    Mr. Green Denim Trousers. What’s with the cuffs, thin as a Mont Blanc pen? Love the tie, turtleshell specs, and loafers. Well done.


  • J.G. Melon

    Culture | Food & Drink | Prep Essentials  

    The patronage is meager by the time my friends and I duck in and grab the table in the front corner. It’s usually packed at dinner—the line running out the door. Back when Lee introduced me to J.G. Melon, we skipped the wait in favor of the bar as he nonchalantly pointed out all the somebodies everybody treated just like anybody. In fact, preps have gathered faithfully at the corner of Third and 74th since 1972. Perched on the Upper East Side, J.G. Melon regularly appears on any legitimate survey of New York City’s best burgers. Space is tight and the atmosphere, in more ways than one, resembles that of an actual melon. It is kitschy...unpresumptuous.

    As our conversation winds down, I polish off the famously thick, juicy hamburger ($8.50) dubbed the house’s signature dish—with a side of cottage fries ($3.50) and a Bloody Bull (a bloody Mary with beef broth). Although preppies are often a little short on cash, you will need it to pay your tab. Scramble for an ATM or grab an IOU from your dinner-mates—both of which are completely viable options on any given night.

    J.G. Melon
    1291 3rd Avenue
    New York, NY 10021

    Aug 26, 2010 | Permalink (16) View/Leave Comments

    Zachary Taylor left a comment on 2/17/2013 at 10:22 AM:

    Another wonderful comment in Whit Stillman’s “Metropolitan” while some of the characters are in J.G. Melon is: “People from this background aren’t doomed to failure…we simply fail without being doomed.”

    I hope J.G. Melon has many bright and prosperous days ahead. It remains the only establishment still running in NYC that is mentioned in Lisa Birnbach’s “Official Preppy Handbook” of 1980.

    M. Ridley left a comment on 10/19/2010 at 11:07 PM:

    About 35 years ago, my parents lived around the corner from this place.  According to them I was conceived around New Years 1975 after too many G&Ts; at G.J. Melon’s, but they moved to Greenwich shortly before I was born, presumably so I could grow up sailing the Sound and playing lacrosse.  Their plan worked.

    Bill Smith left a comment on 8/28/2010 at 5:42 PM:

    I’ll have to check this out the next time I’m in NYC.

    MG left a comment on 8/27/2010 at 7:54 PM:

    I have great memories of JG Melon.  I probably ate there once a week when I lived in New York, in fact, it was the first restaurant my wife and I visited with our infant daughter once she was six weeks old and we were comfortable taking her out in public.

    Now that I have checked your blog my plan to stop by Burger House this evening don’t seem like a good idea.

    KGS left a comment on 8/27/2010 at 2:47 PM:

    F.E., didnt mean to take the post out of context, certainly see your reasoning behind it and its relation to your site’s intent, just wanted to keep you eating good stuff! I’d say none of the others on my site fit into prep lifestyle, outside of whats been already been mentioned, PJ Clarke’s. Although, Peter Luger should get a mention as well.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/26/2010 at 5:00 PM:

    @Pat—P.J. Clarkes absolutely meets the criteria. I really enjoy their burger too with the signature onion on the bottom bun. The atmosphere is brilliant too.

    pat left a comment on 8/26/2010 at 1:25 PM:

    @F.E. Castleberry: PJ Clarkes on 3rd and 55th meets your criteria

    Andrea left a comment on 8/26/2010 at 1:16 PM:

    Gorgeous photograph.

    I lived just a few blocks from this place when I first moved to New York.  Can’t believe I never discovered it!

    William left a comment on 8/26/2010 at 12:42 PM:

    One of the best lines uttered at Melon’s in that scene is: “The acid test is whether you take any pleasure in responding to the question, ‘What do you do?’ I can’t bear it.”

    Connetiquette left a comment on 8/26/2010 at 12:12 PM:

    I must also recommend their grilled cheese with tomato, for those of us who prefer an alternative and have burger-loving friends

    joei left a comment on 8/26/2010 at 11:19 AM:

    I usually dont travel past midtown for food but for a good burger, I might have to make the exception.

    Another area where you may see preps meet up at is meatball shop in the LES. Great motivation there to change my style.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/26/2010 at 11:11 AM:

    @William—I am aware. I do like to leave a little to you guys’ imaginations. Thank you for bringing that gem to the attention of everyone else.

    @KGS—Thank you for pointing me towards your site. I did not claim J.G. Melon’s burger was the best in NYC, simply one of them. And the only reason it is being featured on Unabashedly Prep is because of its relevance to the prep lifestyle…that’s the only reason anything is featured here. Are those are burger joints prep havens? If so, by all means let me know.

    @Laguna Beach Prep—There is always a better burger to be had elsewhere.

    LacrossePlayground left a comment on 8/26/2010 at 11:01 AM:

    Heard Shake Shack is coming to DC. Getting excited.


    William left a comment on 8/26/2010 at 10:27 AM:

    Of course you may or may not realize that the restaurant plays an important part in one of the ultimate preppy films, i.e. Whit Stillman’s “Metropolitan”...

    KGS left a comment on 8/26/2010 at 10:15 AM:

    Hey F.E., as an avid reader of your site, I feel its my obligation to steer you towards a better burger, seeing as I actually write a burger blog about finding the best burger in NYC. JG Melons is great, but there are a bunch that are better. Id suggest you try Lure (not on the menu), Lugers, Zaitzeff or even Spotted Pig if you havent already. Im still reviewing many more of the favorites of New Yorkers, but check it out if you’d like. www.bestburgernyc.com

    Laguna Beach Prep left a comment on 8/26/2010 at 8:35 AM:

    Nice. Wonderful burgers. But there are better ones to be had elsewhere.


  • In Fashion


    Aug 25, 2010 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    bunny left a comment on 8/26/2010 at 3:28 PM:

    there’s a nice article about him in the september issue of bazaar.

    cyclo2000 left a comment on 8/26/2010 at 10:17 AM:

    it is rather libelous on the memory of this man of taste to suppose, that he at all resembled in this important matter the strutting display which we have seen in later times, and which irresistibly strikes the beholder with surprise, that any man capable of seeing himself in the glass could exhibit so strong a temptation to laughter; while to the more knowing in the affairs of costume, it betrays instantly the secret that the exhibitor is simply a walking placard for a tailor struggling for employment and supplying the performer on the occasion with a wardrobe for the purpose

    TS left a comment on 8/26/2010 at 2:17 AM:

    he’s delightful!  hands down one of my favorite people.

    anthony left a comment on 8/25/2010 at 1:56 PM:

    this is another great quote of his that i think about from time to time:

    People ask, “How can a Jewish kid from the Bronx do preppy clothes? Does it have to do with class and money?” It has to do with dreams.

    anthony left a comment on 8/25/2010 at 1:54 PM:

    he’s a genius.


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