• A-Line

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Princeton, NJ

    Noteworthy: tassel loafer heels, Ann Mashburn A-line pleated skirt.

    Nov 15, 2010 | Permalink (22) View/Leave Comments

    crescent seward left a comment on 11/19/2010 at 4:01 PM:

    I love this look! She looks like a hip professor.

    lunarismoon.blogspot.com


    DAM left a comment on 11/17/2010 at 1:49 PM:

    AEV: I checked. You are right on the shoes being RLC. How do you know these things?


    AEV left a comment on 11/17/2010 at 9:49 AM:

    @Amy - the shoes, I believe, are Ralph Lauren (collection).


    Amy left a comment on 11/17/2010 at 9:30 AM:

    Love those tassel shoes! Any leads on where I can find that or a similar pair?


    Emmy left a comment on 11/16/2010 at 6:59 PM:

    I adore this.


    Gudrun and Iris left a comment on 11/16/2010 at 1:48 PM:

    pretty pretty pretty, I would wear that head to toe.

    http://londonviennacologne.blogspot.com/


    Mperez left a comment on 11/16/2010 at 10:06 AM:

    check please! stunning


    Trailer Trad left a comment on 11/16/2010 at 9:14 AM:

    Fred, somehow(?!?) my previous comment came out sounding negative. I love the look and keep up the good work!


    gbourgeaiseau left a comment on 11/16/2010 at 7:41 AM:

    Lovely. Well done K!


    bunny left a comment on 11/15/2010 at 9:31 PM:

    classy like ann mashy. looking good as always :)


    Emily left a comment on 11/15/2010 at 9:29 PM:

    She really has the best hair ever.


    yerrow left a comment on 11/15/2010 at 8:35 PM:

    Herro pumpkin!


    Trailer Trad left a comment on 11/15/2010 at 6:56 PM:

    Redhead + A-line skirt = Are ya dahft, mahn!


    Joey Dee left a comment on 11/15/2010 at 12:02 PM:

    The fall coloring on the tree behind her really brings out the red in her hair, which makes the photo pop!


    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 11/15/2010 at 10:43 AM:

    It’s simple and perfect. Lovely picture!


    LindseyP left a comment on 11/15/2010 at 10:09 AM:

    Why if it isn’t my favorite redhead! You look smashing, K!


    Megan left a comment on 11/15/2010 at 9:57 AM:

    Skirt brings me back to my Catholic school days… but your model makes it look fantastic!


    AEV left a comment on 11/15/2010 at 9:17 AM:

    Nice, clean look. Great photo. The trendy (RL?) shoes aren’t for me, but I can appreciate them….


    trip left a comment on 11/15/2010 at 9:08 AM:

    Wow, you’ve been on a roll lately.  This is great.


    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 11/15/2010 at 8:17 AM:

    Love this look. Classic and clean. Tassel loafers are a nice touch. The young woman has a fantastic smile. Well done.


    susan stripling left a comment on 11/15/2010 at 7:30 AM:

    aw, i love this girl. :)


    Kionon left a comment on 11/15/2010 at 7:02 AM:

    Those heels!


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  • Ribbons & Bows

    Top Drawer | Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: Grosgrain ribbon loafers, shaggy shetland sweater, engine turn buckle, tortoise shell Ray-Ban wayfarers.

    Nov 12, 2010 | Permalink (45) View/Leave Comments

    Alex left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 6:47 PM:

    Great Combo!
    The loafers are Ralph Lauren RHETT in dark brown cordovan, made by Crockett & Jones , Last 314


    JoshP left a comment on 12/5/2010 at 8:07 PM:

    I saw a guy that looked just like that when I came to work today.


    Ted Roosevelt left a comment on 11/19/2010 at 3:56 PM:

    Inspired.


    RRLdenim left a comment on 11/19/2010 at 12:22 AM:

    If I had to guess, the denim is probably RRL…..Why would you wear anything else?—especially if you were this guy…


    Sean left a comment on 11/15/2010 at 2:43 PM:

    Fiske!


    Grant K. Gibson left a comment on 11/15/2010 at 12:16 PM:

    What a great look!


    Dillon left a comment on 11/14/2010 at 4:42 PM:

    Jeans, where can i get them? obviously the breaking in process is what makes these so unique but.. fit and brand?


    Murphy left a comment on 11/13/2010 at 5:04 AM:

    This guy looks good, and he knows it better than anyone. Love it!!!


    sarah elizabeth left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 10:20 PM:

    damn.


    James left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 8:44 PM:

    wow…this perfect stranger looks amazing.  I’m sure he always looks on point.  He should help dress thousands of people a year.  Nice job random guy walking in NYC!!


    Elizabeth V. left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 8:32 PM:

    A great look, and his confidence and attitude are a big part of it, too.


    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 7:53 PM:

    Those loafers are amazing. Can someone please provide a link?

    http://admiralcod.blogspot.com/


    divad repooc left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 7:35 PM:

    sooooo fresh!!!
    one of the best pictures ever put up!


    Sharon left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 6:59 PM:

    Love it!  Why does this remind me of the picture of you modeling your new jeans at Grandma’s house?


    Shawn left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 4:42 PM:

    The shoes are Polo Ralph Lauren. They don’t have them only currently, but usually they are in-stock in the NYC stores.


    Kiel James Patrick left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 4:20 PM:

    This is my favorite gent on here to date.  Picture & guy just makes you feel…....  Happy.


    Paige left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 4:07 PM:

    Love this look, especially the red details on the pants and shoes.  Nice touch.

    http://camptownvintage.blogspot.com/


    Victoria left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 2:55 PM:

    I love the sweater under the blazer. Perfect.


    TheRusticPrep left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 2:44 PM:

    Love the cut of those jeans, fit him perfectly, and the red accents are great on both them and the shoes. The rakish head of hair doesn’t hurt either.

    http://rusticprep.tumblr.com/


    Andy M. left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 2:28 PM:

    AWESOME!  Great look from head to toe.  The shoes are phenomenal and I love the details like the beaded bracelets.  This also serves as a needed memo that it’s okay to wear my engine turned belt with my blue blazer despite the silver belt/gold buttons.


    bunny left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 1:40 PM:

    he looks pretty. love the jeans with the red at the bottom and the ribbon shoes.


    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 11:40 AM:

    Real men wear bow ties!


    Caroline Fontenot left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 11:31 AM:

    And also, I disagree with LBF, with all due respect, as a woman who thinks bow ties ARE HOT. Always have been, always will be.


    Caroline Fontenot left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 11:29 AM:

    One of my favorites thus far on here! I love it!


    DEX left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 11:21 AM:

    I do not like the jeans but the rest of the outfit is awesome. Are the shoes Gucci? The sweater is J Press right? I really need to pick up a couple of those.


    Ledford left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 11:13 AM:

    I once wore this same outfit at a wedding in New Hampshire.  Unbelievable!


    ERIII left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 11:06 AM:

    He’s a natural!!!  great shot!!!


    Al left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 10:32 AM:

    The little details in the photo are pretty impressive, like the red stripe on the cuff of his jeans matching with the red grosgrain stripe on his loafers.


    Andrea left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 10:30 AM:

    This is fabulous - I especially love the loafers.  The entire outfit looks completely effortless.


    Emmy left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 10:12 AM:

    I love it all, especially the smile.


    BJP left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 9:47 AM:

    Love it. The loafers are not my favorite, but he pulls off the style for sure.


    JMH left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 9:23 AM:

    Truly brilliant.  This is the kind of style I aspire to each day.


    john lexington left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 9:06 AM:

    @ lbf is the bow tie a fad? ive been wearing them for a solid 20 yrs. i thought they were a steady classic, at least down south.


    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 9:00 AM:

    Awesome!! This is a fecking epic look! Just fantastic.

    It would be 100% perfect, except for the raggedy bow tie. I for one will celebrate when this bow tie fad comes to an end. Bow ties are so NOT hot.

    Really well done. This is the kind of look for which this site is known. Great job!

    http://admiralcod.blogspot.com/


    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 8:59 AM:

    What a great look. I love every detail of what he’s wearing.


    DAM left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 8:29 AM:

    He pulls the entire thing off with ease. This feels natural and authentic.


    APM left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 8:18 AM:

    Love it!  The shetland sweater is perfect!


    john lexington left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 8:08 AM:

    dead on!


    AEV left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 8:04 AM:

    Love everything save the loafers.


    fsp left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 8:02 AM:

    Brilliant. A look that rock’s. Individual and formal in the same moment.


    cws left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 7:47 AM:

    @Naked—Some of us (Americans) ditched socks several years ago.

    Brilliant and energetic look.


    gbourgeaiseau left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 7:10 AM:

    Well done.


    Mr. Goodwill Hunting left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 7:01 AM:

    This is the look. Ive done this look a time or two.

    http://g-w-hunting.blogspot.com


    mattie P left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 7:00 AM:

    wow this look is killer.  everything deserve noting. 
    those shoes are amazing and the selvage levi’s go perfectly.


    naked left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 6:25 AM:

    Very nice outfit. I like the color combination and the fact that the no-socks looks finally arrives in the US.


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  • A Privileged Life

    Music & Books  

    by LeeAnne Jackson

    When I first picked up Susanna Salk’s book, A Privileged Life: Celebrating WASP Style (Assouline), I wasn’t quite sure that I would identify with this somewhat shrouded demographic. I’m a Southern Prep from a world of hot toddies, pearls, and the SEC.  A far cry, or so I thought, from champagne, riding boots, and Brown. After reading this lovely book, I found myself identifying with the traditional, intelligent, classic, and casual-yet-elegant aspects of this lifestyle and how it as a whole has contributed to the often-lost traditions in today’s American culture.

    Ms. Salk shares her own treasured memories of her childhood and adolescence in the book. Growing up in Massachusetts, surrounded by ribbon belts, Ivy League lacrosse, cocktails, Nantucket summers, Pulitzer shifts, and monogrammed sweaters at Milton, she is the perfect example of a WASP woman.

    Salk fills the pages with hundreds of photographs of famous WASPs, from Jackie, to Blythe Danner, Audrey Hepburn, Brooke Astor, Robert Redford, as well as many candid portraits of her friends and family. The lovely captions, and personal sentiments help the reader catch a real glimpse into this often emulated, yet misunderstood way of life.

    The book beautifully explains how WASPs, like many Americans, identify with traditions, and how members of this demographic seem to almost freeze with time. They seem forever youthful, in their beloved forty-year-old camel coats, inherited summer homes, and their weekly Saturday morning brunch. WASPs define heritage, grace, joie de vivre, and formal without being fancy.

    Although deeply rooted in tradition, the inherent definition of “WASP” has progressed through different eras and is a far cry from the original constraints of the word. While Salk’s parents emulated Grace Kelly and Cary Grant, her generation leaned toward Carole King and Ryan O’Neal. Today’s generation continues to add twists on the classics, but adhere to the tried-and-true preppie principles.  The barriers to this elusive American style of living have been removed, allowing increased accessibility for current generations. Even if you didn't grow up summering in the Cape, you may find yourself living slivers of a privileged life after all.

    Nov 11, 2010 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    Rosie left a comment on 11/14/2010 at 2:24 AM:

    Sounds like a great read.

    But, quick question: did you mean Katharine Hepburn? Audrey is from Belgium, but Katharine is definitely WASP through and through.


    Lee Anne left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 3:52 PM:

    @LBF—I am an outsider, which I stated in my review. Unfortunately Miss Salk doesn’t cover many of the topics you mentioned above, or I would have included them in my review. I feel the book gives a general overview of WASPs, and leans toward the pleasantries, not just the technical definition of “White Anglo-Saxon Protestant.” Obviously many of the people mentioned or photographed in the book have some of the qualities you stated in your comment, but as with any culture, Southern Prep or WASP, there are various contexts which can only be understood when fully submerged in the lifestyle. I identified with many topics Salk covered, but don’t consider myself a WASP expert by any mean. The book, much like this blog, educates the reader on why the Prep/WASP style is continuosly being reinvented, and ultimately will never go out of style. Thanks for taking the time to read.


    Joey Dee left a comment on 11/11/2010 at 11:54 PM:

    LBF is right. The personal lives of this group are anything but traditional. Your article is very good though, and if more people read anything to do with how to put oneself together, instead of walking around like they were in a Lil’ Wayne video, maybe decency will return.


    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 11/11/2010 at 11:15 PM:

    Well said. Pleasant commentary. Great book. Obviously, written by an outsider.

    I will say, though, as someone who grew up in WASP community, you and your fellow writers have not even begun to scratch the surface of WASPdom.

    What about the, Alcoholism? Squash? Homosexualism? Right-wing politics? Bridge? Yachts? Adultery? Tennis? Lawn Bowling? Christianity (Anglican/Episcopal/Congregational/UCC)?


    S.N. Carpeaux left a comment on 11/11/2010 at 6:16 PM:

    Nicely done, LeeAnne. You’re review makes me want to read the book, not just set it on the coffee table.


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  • Slip Up

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: Prince Albert slippers, no break in trousers, layered cardigan/blazer, fair isle scarf.

    Nov 10, 2010 | Permalink (22) View/Leave Comments

    Craig Johnson left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 1:03 AM:

    Great Style! Marvelous outfit i must say
    avidcourtesyleague.wordpress.com/


    Joey Dee left a comment on 11/12/2010 at 12:00 AM:

    I love the slippers on this guy and FEC. what would be inappropriate would be if those slippers were like air jordans or something like that. FEC, what are your thoughts on vans?


    British Prep left a comment on 11/11/2010 at 11:02 AM:

    Great outfit, love the slippers.
    For those of you looking for a great fairisle scarf;
    http://www.jackwills.com/Store/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductRef=005856&Option=005856734
    Excellent British company.


    Kal left a comment on 11/11/2010 at 10:48 AM:

    I want that scarf!


    e left a comment on 11/11/2010 at 10:00 AM:

    He looks amazing!!!


    Terry left a comment on 11/11/2010 at 9:17 AM:

    There are no RULES in FASHION, everything else is just one’s own personal taste (comments).


    Jarrett left a comment on 11/11/2010 at 4:16 AM:

    Absolutely love this look. I wouldn’t change a thing. I actually like the color of the socks. I’ve never really had a hate for slippers, either. Diff’rent strokes, as they say.


    Meli left a comment on 11/10/2010 at 5:12 PM:

    By far one of my favorite outfits indeed!


    JFD left a comment on 11/10/2010 at 4:22 PM:

    The tie looks like another scarf.


    Christian left a comment on 11/10/2010 at 3:28 PM:

    It’s the socks. The rest is very good.


    Tweedy McElbowpatches left a comment on 11/10/2010 at 3:24 PM:

    This is a pimpass outfit…especially this trouser/slipper combo.


    Kiel James Patrick left a comment on 11/10/2010 at 2:11 PM:

    Where did he find that pulchritudinous fair isle!  I need it.  Outfit is a handsome down to the last detail.


    enjoyeroflife.blogspot.com left a comment on 11/10/2010 at 11:04 AM:

    The trousers are nice
    enjoyeroflife.blogspot.com


    The Boss left a comment on 11/10/2010 at 10:38 AM:

    This is one of the best looks I’ve seen on here in a while. This guy obviously understands how to mix n’ match fabrics seamlessly. More men could learn a thing or two about layering a blazer with a cardigan or vest underneath. It’s a simple touch that adds a certain cachet, and when executed correctly is unparalleled in elegance.


    Samuel left a comment on 11/10/2010 at 9:58 AM:

    Looks like the WANT for J. Crew laptop case.  I love it.

    www.mensstyle101.blogspot.com


    nyc left a comment on 11/10/2010 at 9:44 AM:

    great look. really dig the tie and trousers. Also- any idea where this gent found that blazer?


    gbourgeaiseau left a comment on 11/10/2010 at 9:34 AM:

    Great outfit all around.
    Agree with tito that dark socks would be
    much much better.
    Too cold for no socks?


    Andy M. left a comment on 11/10/2010 at 9:16 AM:

    Breaking with the crowd!  This is the best execution of the Prince Alberts that I’ve seen on here yet.  Great outfit.  Where could one find that planner?


    DEX left a comment on 11/10/2010 at 9:11 AM:

    I like the outfit, especially those pants.


    BJP left a comment on 11/10/2010 at 8:39 AM:

    I like this look. Great tailored classic blazer w/cardigan, and nice fall slacks. He looks great. The Stubbs (or equiv.) slippers almost never make sense to me though. Sometimes—maybe—with black tie, but even then not my favorite.


    tito left a comment on 11/10/2010 at 8:15 AM:

    Dark color socks would been the perfect match. The rest of the outfit is perfect.


    john lexington left a comment on 11/10/2010 at 7:59 AM:

    great look, i like the cardigan blazer combo, the scarf is very nice. still not sold on the prince albert slippers though.


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  • Worth the Tassel

    Top Drawer | Dress Code  

    Photographed in Fall River, MA

    Noteworthy: Bass tassel moccasin, herringbone pattern leggings, feminine ruffled tartan shirt.

    Nov 9, 2010 | Permalink (23) View/Leave Comments

    Sayle left a comment on 11/27/2010 at 2:50 PM:

    I love this bag! I saw a similar bag at http://www.dooney.com/OA_HTML/ibeCCtpSctDspRte.jsp?section=46483 ... that I am definitely looking to purchase.


    M.Ridley left a comment on 11/10/2010 at 6:31 PM:

    My girlfriend bought a nearly identical D&B purse for $20 in September at a thrift shop in Greenwich, CT.


    Kiel James Patrick left a comment on 11/10/2010 at 2:12 PM:

    Pan,  you have a year round glow.  Love, Kiel & CoWo


    Elizabeth V. left a comment on 11/10/2010 at 1:42 AM:

    Sosobeans, I think that’s a vintage Dooney. They don’t make them like that anymore.


    Sosobeans left a comment on 11/9/2010 at 10:02 PM:

    Are these pocketbooks available in stores yet?


    Trailer Trad left a comment on 11/9/2010 at 7:46 PM:

    If you can keep those great Dooney & Bourke leather purses from being trashed, you’re doing a great service. Classics should be celebrated!


    ACH left a comment on 11/9/2010 at 7:08 PM:

    I, too, would love to get my hands on that skirt!


    Richard Ross left a comment on 11/9/2010 at 4:36 PM:

    This is beautiful. I really love this. It’s refreshing.


    abby left a comment on 11/9/2010 at 12:58 PM:

    my question is where did she get that skirt? I am loving this whole look and have wanted a skirt in that yellow shade for some time now….


    Pansmom left a comment on 11/9/2010 at 12:19 PM:

    Love the whole outfit, especially the shoes.  What happened to the gold shoes?


    Meli left a comment on 11/9/2010 at 12:16 PM:

    I have a similar Dooney and I’m wearing thos loafers right now, love the look!


    bunny left a comment on 11/9/2010 at 12:12 PM:

    cute. i guess it’s the loafers plus wood floors with colorful wall that is saying margot tenenbaum on archer ave to me. a rare indoor photo from you :)


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/9/2010 at 12:01 PM:

    @C.F.—Fall River, MA is home to Lotuff & Clegg, a luxury leather goods manufacturer. I was visiting their factory.


    Megan left a comment on 11/9/2010 at 11:44 AM:

    Love the bag. A vintage Dooney and Bourke is next on my wish list…


    K left a comment on 11/9/2010 at 11:12 AM:

    This looks great from head to toe!


    Samuel left a comment on 11/9/2010 at 11:10 AM:

    By far one of the best women’s posts you’ve had.

    www.mensstyle101.blogspot.com


    cws left a comment on 11/9/2010 at 9:46 AM:

    Bringing back some wonderful memories…


    Christian left a comment on 11/9/2010 at 9:43 AM:

    Lovely! 10/10


    Caroline Fontenot left a comment on 11/9/2010 at 9:13 AM:

    I love this look, thought I don’t think I could pull it off, replace those loafers with some oxfords and I may just have to steal this ensamble!


    c.f. left a comment on 11/9/2010 at 8:50 AM:

    I’m just curious, what brings you to Fall River? It seems out of place with your usual stops in Manhattan, Beacon Hill, New Canaan, and Buckhead.


    BJP left a comment on 11/9/2010 at 8:49 AM:

    She looks fantastic. The bag is great.


    john lexington left a comment on 11/9/2010 at 7:54 AM:

    perfection! every last detail.


    Kris left a comment on 11/9/2010 at 7:45 AM:

    Great look!  I love loafers paired with skirts.


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