• Winter Break

    Miscellany  

    Dec 21, 2010 | Permalink (25) View/Leave Comments

    seb left a comment on 1/12/2011 at 10:20 AM:

    where is the cool? JFK


    Karima left a comment on 12/27/2010 at 11:53 PM:

    Happy Holidays!
    I love to visit this blog! It is really inspiring :)


    Katie left a comment on 12/27/2010 at 6:19 PM:

    happy holidays!!

    http://dailycrushes.blogspot.com


    Karen left a comment on 12/26/2010 at 7:26 PM:

    you inspired me! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-CmsYx1WKs


    Bradley Davis left a comment on 12/25/2010 at 6:09 PM:

    FEC - I thoroughly enjoyed your blog this year.  Keep up the good work, enjoy the time off with your family, and Happy Holidays my man.  Looking forward to what’s in store for 2011.  If/when you read this, I recently rec’d a gift cert. for some bean boots for Christmas this year and was wondering what your thoughts were on the 8” vs. the 10” are, and if you’ve worn both…I’ve seen your old post related to how you feel the 8” likens more to a normal boot, but is that the basis of your decision?  Whenever you have time, I’d be interested in hearing your opinion.
    Best regards,

    Bradley


    Luis alcaraz left a comment on 12/25/2010 at 3:02 AM:

    Happy holidays and best wishes for the next year!


    Ian left a comment on 12/25/2010 at 1:10 AM:

    I’m having withdrawals…


    Bekah left a comment on 12/24/2010 at 12:26 AM:

    I hope you have a wonderful, preppy Christmas :)


    G. Smart left a comment on 12/22/2010 at 8:52 PM:

    Merry Christmas all,
    Stay prep ;)


    Al left a comment on 12/22/2010 at 8:24 PM:

    Have a wonderful holiday FEC! I’m looking forward to seeing some great posts during the new year!


    chris W. left a comment on 12/22/2010 at 2:36 PM:

    Have a happy Christmas!


    robdarko left a comment on 12/22/2010 at 10:17 AM:

    Cheers!


    Elizabeth V. left a comment on 12/22/2010 at 9:01 AM:

    Happy holidays to you too!


    Victoria left a comment on 12/21/2010 at 10:40 PM:

    Have a great holiday! I’ll enjoy the many posts to come in 2011.


    pansma left a comment on 12/21/2010 at 10:31 PM:

    Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2011. Cheers.


    gbourgeaiseau left a comment on 12/21/2010 at 8:06 PM:

    happy holidays for everyone see you all next year!


    AEV left a comment on 12/21/2010 at 7:47 PM:

    Happy holidays - all the best.


    Trailer Trad left a comment on 12/21/2010 at 7:41 PM:

    Good work this year. Merry Christmas!


    Katherine left a comment on 12/21/2010 at 5:00 PM:

    Thank you for a great year in here FEC! I really enjoy the work you do in here and look forward to seeing what you come up with in 2011. Best wishes for your holidays! (And every one else’s!) See you in the new year.!
    - Katherine


    Tyler P. left a comment on 12/21/2010 at 4:39 PM:

    Although it saddens me to not see a new post in my twitter feed each day, I shall accept it, knowing that it will continue next year!


    Glenn left a comment on 12/21/2010 at 3:53 PM:

    Merry Christmas FEC.
    Thanks for a great year and best wishes in the new one.  I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve spent with this community.


    Kenneth left a comment on 12/21/2010 at 3:40 PM:

    Happy Holidays as well!


    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 12/21/2010 at 3:16 PM:

    Have a great holiday FEC and thank you so much for your work here :)


    john lexington left a comment on 12/21/2010 at 2:43 PM:

    fec, i have enjoyed the blog this year, keep up the good work in 2011, i hope you and your family have a great holiday!


    Joey Dee left a comment on 12/21/2010 at 2:36 PM:

    But we enjoy spending time here! How are we going to get dressed now!? Have a great holiday, and may the new year find you in peace.


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  • Bright Colors

    Style | Culture  

    To say the Japanese are still taken with preppy style would be to vastly understate their ongoing love affair with our American heritage. Japan’s Popeye magazine editorializes the latest affectation of prep style in their January 2011 edition. Photographed by Junji Hata with styling by Tomoki Sukezane, bright colors comes together for a smart showing with a playful kick few would dare replicate (count me as one of the few).

    Images via Popeye

    Dec 17, 2010 | Permalink (18) View/Leave Comments

    Wrecked Stellar left a comment on 12/31/2010 at 2:47 PM:

    Yeah, totally love the last look. Pink and Green (in those specific shades) FTW.


    S. N. Carpeaux left a comment on 12/21/2010 at 10:34 PM:

    The color usage is stunning.


    UnabashedFan left a comment on 12/21/2010 at 2:29 AM:

    the word that comes to mind is: swagger.


    Victoria left a comment on 12/20/2010 at 11:12 AM:

    I’m all about being traditional, but those pants in the first picture are amazing.


    PITIMINÍ left a comment on 12/20/2010 at 3:11 AM:

    HELLO ALL,
    I’M ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE WITH THIS SYLE AND YOUR BLOG.
    CAN I USE SOME IMAGES AT MY BLOG? ACTUALLY I HAVE USED ONE WITH YOUR LINK. PLEASE TELL ME IF I CAN OR I ERASE IT. THANKS A LOT.
    PITIMINÍ


    chris W. left a comment on 12/18/2010 at 1:57 PM:

    Elizabeth V.—the images have a very high saturation, indeed making them brighter than they are in real life. (But I’m sure they’re quite vivid in and of themselves, despite Photoshop!)


    Elizabeth V. left a comment on 12/18/2010 at 12:44 AM:

    It looks to me as if someone Photoshopped the images to appear unnaturally vivid. Are these items actually this bright in real life?

    Also, I’m with bunny—I mostly see only sidebar type pieces about preppy women’s fashion, with a few items displayed sans model. I’d love to see a full prep-oriented editorial too.


    bunny left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 8:33 PM:

    i’m sorta jealous that preppy is a trend for men right now cuz i *never* see editorials like this in my vogue or bazaar. editorials are heightened reality based homage. imagine a law student who treats the world like a school mock trial…and u r half way there. have to say i do like all the gth pants (would wear them truer to size) and the cute sweater. the saturated colors are brilliant, yet the images look flat and papery like a paper doll. it’s fun.


    Shawn left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 8:30 PM:

    In the picture where the model is drinking the corona, are those tod’s driving mocs?


    chris W. left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 7:01 PM:

    It’s a fashion editorial. Most looks are put together in a quirky, artsy, and yes—unwearable way. It’s done on purpose. Pick up any high fashion magazine and you’ll see similar editorials, be it for blokes or gals—it’s not saying “Here, run outside on the street dressed as such!” It’s just putting key pieces together in a fun and quirky way. So relaaax, if you don’t like it, then don’t wear it.


    On another note, I love the kelly green pieces. I don’t particularly like where those pink shorts hit… could be the model’s height, but it’s unflattering at such a length, even on a handsome lad such as he (Alien? Are you kidding??).


    Richard Ross left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 5:07 PM:

    Those green shoes! Any idea on what those are?


    Tonia left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 3:48 PM:

    my son would so love all the ensembles! I love all the looks, so not the normal.


    Bee left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 2:50 PM:

    So playful, makes ya smile and then think “what the heck?” None the less, fun to look at. Nice job.


    VB left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 1:37 PM:

    In the world of Japanese style/fashion this is tame.


    Lauren left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 10:25 AM:

    Although I’m not a fan of the outfits themselves, I do love the idea of the editorial. Along with the lacrosse motifs, this editorial is like a marriage between the ‘Lax Bro’ and high fashion. (Us lacrosse players love our bright colors!)


    Tito left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 9:44 AM:

    On the first model (top to bottom) I’ll do the penny loafers & the bow tie.
    For the Rugby University Quartered Corduroy you have to be super stylish to pull it off.
    And the model drinking beer, I’ll do the Gant by Michael Bastian A/W 2010 Lacrosse sweater ( when it goes down on sale I guess)
    Bottom line is that each model are wearing stylish items, the combos may not work here in the USA for some people but in other parts of the world this combos are BRILLIANT!
    God Bless FEC!


    JOHN LEXINGTON left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 8:25 AM:

    not my style, but i guess if you can pull it off. i do however, like most of the shoes.


    George Mueller left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 7:20 AM:

    I have read many volumes on the prep lifestlye, and remember encountering the distinction between a true prep and a dandy.  Now there is something that is truly classic and timeless with traditional prep clothing—- white oxford, navy blazer, khaki chinos, etc.  But I have always been partial to extreme variations and interpretations on this traditional motif.  What prevents this from being “trendy,” as John H. in the previous post is quite understandably concerned about, is that these looks clearly fall within the definition of preppy.  There are certain things a prep or dandy must always do to avoid being labeled trendy—- tie with oxford and no socks with boat shoes or loafers. And the dandy look—- as these clearly show—- is much more colorful and lively than the traditional prep attire.  There is almost something careless or insousciant about traditional prep clothing.  All the traditional preps I know wear nothing but oxfords and boat shoes, but their oxfords are too baggy and their chino pants to wide.  A dandy is very conscious both about color and fit.  Good job on these looks and thanks to the boardmaster for posting this!


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  • It’s Christmas Time

    Top Drawer | Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY (enlarge)

    Noteworthy: Barbour Beaufort Jacket, vintage tartan tie, 3/2 roll tweed herringbone sport-coat, pocket square despite being hidden by outerwear, Bean Boots.

    Dec 16, 2010 | Permalink (21) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/16/2011 at 7:16 PM:

    @Nigel—Then I will correct you.  This jacket is the Beaufort model.

    @Andrew C—I personally believe the 8” is the perfect height between low and high, proving the most versatile.


    Nigel left a comment on 2/16/2011 at 3:21 PM:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is the Bedale and not the Beaufort jacket.


    Andrew C left a comment on 1/7/2011 at 4:07 PM:

    I love those bean boots, and I finally ordered myself a pair. But I was wondering what everyone’s preference was: the 8” or the 6”?


    JMW left a comment on 12/23/2010 at 6:56 PM:

    Hooray! It’s so nice to see a young person here not wearing an entire outfit that is “skinny” or “slim fit.”


    bunny left a comment on 12/17/2010 at 12:25 AM:

    the tie is so adorable.


    Joey Dee left a comment on 12/16/2010 at 4:11 PM:

    It took a second for this one to gel, but once it did, and it was thanks to the club collar, tie bar and for lack of a better term, go to hell smile, i was sold!


    khordkutta left a comment on 12/16/2010 at 3:55 PM:

    Looks like he took 30 seconds to decide what to wear, really effortless, classic/great look.


    JFD left a comment on 12/16/2010 at 3:52 PM:

    The club collar adds some interest. If he was wearing OCBD, he’d look just like all the rest of us.


    apple fritters left a comment on 12/16/2010 at 3:30 PM:

    Is that bill gates?


    Elizabeth V. left a comment on 12/16/2010 at 2:22 PM:

    He looks great. That tie makes me smile just looking at it.


    trip left a comment on 12/16/2010 at 11:22 AM:

    Yeah, this is a solid look.


    Knot Belt Co. left a comment on 12/16/2010 at 11:19 AM:

    Great pic Fred.  This kid belongs in Boston.


    chris W. left a comment on 12/16/2010 at 10:11 AM:

    My favourite part of this whole look is his lopsided grin; that suaveness definitely ties this look together.


    JRH left a comment on 12/16/2010 at 9:57 AM:

    Perfect head to toe!  My favorite post in awhile


    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 12/16/2010 at 9:41 AM:

    Great look! I love everything he’s wearing.


    Tito left a comment on 12/16/2010 at 9:21 AM:

    All I have to say this Guy is a SAVAGE!
    I had a similar look two days ago, the only difference was the jacket, I had a Quilted BC London http://www.fashionstyleyou.co.uk/quilted-jacket-from-bc-london/
    Hooray for the Bean Boots lovers!!!!!!!!
    Good job FEC.


    AEV left a comment on 12/16/2010 at 9:14 AM:

    Nice. Agree with BJP 100%, though I think the club collar is a little silly….


    BJP left a comment on 12/16/2010 at 8:55 AM:

    Great look. This is classic New England prep winter style. This could have been taken 30 years ago…which speaks volumes. I personally don’t do the tie bar, but it’s a personal decision. Nice FEC.


    john lexington left a comment on 12/16/2010 at 8:50 AM:

    wearing almost the same kit today! good look.


    dan left a comment on 12/16/2010 at 8:45 AM:

    Barbour, bean boots, tweed, and a great tie (a little tie bar swag as well).  This rocks!  Great shot, and a tip of the hat to this gentleman!


    Matt P left a comment on 12/16/2010 at 8:10 AM:

    Today’s is great. Great great. I have a nearly identical wool, Pendleton tie.


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  • Not One and the Same

    Miscellany  

    Dec 15, 2010 | Permalink (12) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/16/2010 at 1:01 AM:

    So let this be the end all be all for what I specifically meant by this quote.

    A man can know all the rules of dressing well…yet lack personality (style).  Personality can often be found in breaking the rules in moderation. Being well dressed can be accomplished by imitation and money. Style requires you knowing yourself and having the confidence to express that in your dress.


    chris W. left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 10:17 PM:

    I think FEC’s quote makes perfect sense. (You can be well-dressed in thrift shop clothes, it’s just a matter of; have you bought into what’s “in” and current, or are you forming your personable “look”?(


    Old School left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 9:22 PM:

    Very unclearly expressed.
    What the writer probably meant was: “Dressing fashionably and dressing with style are not one and the same”.


    patgig left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 8:55 PM:

    Maybe it’s “well dressed” that confuses me.  Obviously people can look horrible in Polo or Armani and people can look great in thrift shop, so is well
    dressed an economic description?  Is style being well dressed?


    Jai left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 5:09 PM:

    Dr. Cornel West seems to summarize FEC’s views quite elegantly.


    Peter left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 4:51 PM:

    This is actually quite a keen observation. You CAN have style without being well-dressed, but chances are that your style would not be something that anyone with taste would want to emulate. Now, if you can hit the “sweet spot” where you have style AND are well-dressed, then bravo.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 3:12 PM:

    @C.f.—Yes, I did. Is there an unwritten law I can’t quote myself?  It’s more like a note.


    C.f. left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 1:43 PM:

    Did you just quote yourself?


    Angel left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 1:38 PM:

    How I see it is, two guys are both wearing the same Black suit, lace ups, white shirt and Tie. But one could have basically that, just the clothing, it fits, but its just put on. But the other could have taken the time to have the suit tailored, and may have vintage cuff links, or a tie bar, pocket squire, maybe some unique socks all that can add a subtle personal style. Both well dress, but one has style.That’s my take on it.

    Angels Point of View - Street Fashion Blog


    Joey Dee left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 1:13 PM:

    Anyone can put a polo shirt on, but they can still be a sartorial mess.


    The Thrifty Sartorial left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 1:04 PM:

    I concur!


    patgig left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 12:21 PM:

    This requires explanation.


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  • Taking Notes

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY (enlarge)

    Dec 14, 2010 | Permalink (30) View/Leave Comments

    Harvey Lindsay left a comment on 12/20/2010 at 11:34 AM:

    Thanks alex!
    Follow me on twitter HarveyL77 I’ll follow back :)


    Brown left a comment on 12/16/2010 at 6:30 PM:

    I like the outfit, but I feel like it would be better with a solid color shirt. Not saying the shirt he has on is bad; as I said I think the outfit looks great. But, I think it would be better if the shirt was a solid color.


    Alex left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 6:56 PM:

    Here is a picture, the name of the model is Redway.


    Alex left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 6:34 PM:

    Great Look!
    The Tassel Loafers seems to be Crockett & Jones in snuff suede and Last 72, probably made for RL (like the Darltons but in snuff/tobacco suede)


    Harvey Lindsay left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 5:39 PM:

    do you know what make loafers he’s wearing?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 4:12 PM:

    @TheCreativeRoutine—Typically the general rule of thumb is “Sometimes-Always-Never” when it comes to buttoning up your blazer.  For example, if wearing a three button blazer, you could ‘sometimes’ button the top button, you would ‘always’ button the middle button and ‘NEVER’ button the bottom button.

    This rule transcends into cardigans and vests as well.  The bottom button should typically be left undone…and it’s rooted in function.  It allows for sitting down in your waist coat or blazer/jacket.  Here in this case, this young man may be choosing to ignore this rule simply because *it is a rule* and he’s feeling a little rebellious. Who knows for sure.


    TheCreativeRoutine left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 3:56 PM:

    Would anyone care to explain the problem with his having all his vest buttons done?


    Angel left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 11:58 AM:

    What a great combo here. I’ve been trying to think of how to pull off my Tan Trench in the winter months, but haven’t got around to trying it. And its been super cold. I hate to steel a look, but I’m going to have to try this (minus the vest) off to shop my closet and see what I can work out. Killer shot F.E.

    Angels Point of View - Street Fashion Blog


    H.C. left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 11:32 AM:

    It’s definitely the wind kicking up his hair - I have seen pictures of this guy before, not to mention it has been SO windy in NYC this last week…


    chris W. left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 10:25 AM:

    Everything about this look is divine- I’m especially drawn to the gingham.. okay, let’s be honest, I’m drawn to everything. I think the vest looks just fine buttoned up? But I don’t know the rules regarding men and their waistcoats.

    And as another user commented, I am also curious if he’s sporting a pompadour or if the wind is kicking up his forelocks.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 10:23 AM:

    @robdarko—Buttoning the bottom button may be “his thing” for all I know.

    @Tyler P.—I will say that his hair fell victim to wind.


    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 10:08 AM:

    Nice picture. I like the tassel loafers and the gingham shirt.


    robdarko left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 9:52 AM:

    Aside from the vest button snafu, this guy is looks very smart.

    IMHO


    Tyler P. left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 5:47 AM:

    good look, loving the belt, jeans, and bow tie/ scarf combo. all the buttons is a little weird, but doesn’t look out of place in this look. The only real negative thing I have to say is about his hair… it might be that it is wind blown and that is not the natural look, but I don’t think your hair should be, nearly, the size of your face.


    mattie P left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 3:42 AM:

    the trench and sunnies make the look for me, though having the vests buttons all done up looks a bit odd.


    TheCreativeRoutine left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 2:43 AM:

    His right proper use of accessories is impressive. Love the multi-colored scarf(s?). And the vertical line of the glasses greatly contrast the bowtie. Everything is just put together well. Love the suede loafers.


    Victoria left a comment on 12/15/2010 at 1:23 AM:

    I enjoy his loafers. The tassles give it something extra.


    Hunter left a comment on 12/14/2010 at 9:45 PM:

    Don’t know if this link will work (privacy settings,etc) but I’m pretty I’m wearing the belt in this picture: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=451129554787&set=t.911632


    H.C. left a comment on 12/14/2010 at 9:39 PM:

    Ahhhh dreamy <3 <3 <3


    Hunter left a comment on 12/14/2010 at 9:34 PM:

    Belt is Ralph Lauren purple label 0 ring - got it in 06 and still looks great. Anyone know the loafers?


    DEX left a comment on 12/14/2010 at 8:26 PM:

    First example I have seen where I liked the use of a suede tassel loafer.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/14/2010 at 8:21 PM:

    @Bunny—It is never rude to ask who someone is. This is Campbell. I met Campbell in Newport, RI at the Boat Shoes & Blazers benefit. He works in Soho and we occasionally meet up for dinner and drinks.


    bunny left a comment on 12/14/2010 at 8:04 PM:

    lovely. impressed his paper coordinates with the camel, beige and brown. is it rude to ask…who is this? i recognize him from the boatshoes and blazers partay and subsequent eff yeah menswear post.


    khordkutta left a comment on 12/14/2010 at 7:53 PM:

    Dude is put together nicely!
    Huh, whats that a full break in jeans!?!?
    Socks!?!?
    Lo Rise Jeans?? or just saggin???


    tony left a comment on 12/14/2010 at 7:04 PM:

    Great look. I got to have that belt. Can someone advise?? Thanks.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/14/2010 at 6:44 PM:

    @John Lexington—I was not in Athens, GA over the weekend.  I do love Georgia though.


    Andy M. left a comment on 12/14/2010 at 5:10 PM:

    How I could have used FEC’s advice back when I was in Athens, GA…


    john lexington left a comment on 12/14/2010 at 3:47 PM:

    fec you weren’t in athens ga over the weekend by chance?


    Al left a comment on 12/14/2010 at 3:34 PM:

    That’s a fantastic look. The tartan scarf is a great contrast, and the suede tassel loafers are perfect.


    john lexington left a comment on 12/14/2010 at 2:56 PM:

    like this look esp. the vest and the shoes. keep up the good work!


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