• Fit to Print

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Princeton, NJ (enlarge)

    Noteworthy: equestrian graphic print silk scarf, rows womens crew for Princeton.

    Mar 10, 2011 | Permalink (24) View/Leave Comments

    Amanda left a comment on 5/2/2011 at 4:14 AM:

    Hey! I love your post so I just subscribed your blog to support you. And I started a new blog (http://www.corieeblog.com) and I would love it if you would check it out! Thanks.

    KC left a comment on 4/3/2011 at 4:00 PM:

    A feature on rowers’ daily and regatta style would be fantastic. While I loved the Brooks Brothers Head of the Charles campaign (and the mens rugbies from that event) it was not an entirely accurate portrayal of that world (which includes an abundance of spandex and tech fabrics). Maybe something about east coast college rowers or photos from the New England or ECAC Rowing Championships?

    Kat left a comment on 3/18/2011 at 2:43 PM:

    Such a classic look.  Love the idea of the white pants with the riding boots.

    JF left a comment on 3/18/2011 at 4:07 AM:

    Good photo and Good look - modern, elegant, and sophisticated.

    Elizabeth V. left a comment on 3/16/2011 at 8:18 PM:

    Are those jeans or chinos? The material doesn’t seem as thick as denim, but the vestigal third pocket indicates the former.

    Trailer Trad left a comment on 3/16/2011 at 11:25 AM:

    “To knock out.” “To blow away.” “To overwhelm in a positive way.” -Sorry for the imprecise term and keep up the good work!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/15/2011 at 11:40 PM:

    @Trailer Trad—Define “slay”.

    Trailer Trad left a comment on 3/15/2011 at 7:43 PM:

    You DO know that you slay your poor readers with equestrian shoots like this, don’t you?

    Kenneth left a comment on 3/14/2011 at 11:10 AM:

    Perfect! Luckily I have a wife who dresses like this most days & yes I consider myself a lucky man.

    K left a comment on 3/13/2011 at 8:33 PM:

    @Al, I agree! Rowing + style = love

    Rico Boothman left a comment on 3/12/2011 at 11:36 PM:

    Magnificent. Brilliant. How can I join her coxless four?

    John K left a comment on 3/12/2011 at 7:19 PM:

    I think only rowers will see the funny side of HLN’s comment and see that he was most likely just making a joke!

    As for the look, it’s great! Sometimes it’s the simple things that work the best! I agree with the resemblance to Serena Van der Woodsen…. long legged blondes :)

    AEV left a comment on 3/12/2011 at 6:14 PM:

    Terrific look, great shot.

    Al left a comment on 3/12/2011 at 12:34 PM:

    This is awesome.

    @FEC, you should definately do a piece incorporating rowing and style one day.

    Ironically, the room in the photo looks identical to one in the boathouse I row at.

    HLN left a comment on 3/12/2011 at 11:45 AM:

    Emmy - I’m sorry if I have offended you, I’m only joking! I have attended collegiate regattas as a competitor and I follow international rowing with great interest as some of my former team-mates now row for GB.

    Ryan left a comment on 3/12/2011 at 10:51 AM:

    Simplistic perfection.

    Emmy left a comment on 3/12/2011 at 7:44 AM:

    Gorgeous. This reminds me of something I would wear… every day, if I could.

    Also, and I mean no offense by this HLN, but that is a pretty ignorant comment. I recommend you watch the Olympics sometime, or even attend a collegiate regatta. You will soon eat your words.

    HLN left a comment on 3/12/2011 at 7:36 AM:

    She looks great. Very stylish and thoughtful outfit. Unfortunately everyone knows that women’s rowing = assisted drifting…

    Andrea left a comment on 3/12/2011 at 2:57 AM:

    Yvonne, about boots: you can buy any sort of legit riding boots in virtually any configuration you’d like via www.DoverSaddlery.com. For someone who is not going to hunt, I’d recommend zip-up field boots, which fit snugly through the calf and have laces at the ankle that can be tightened. They are supposed to come up to the back of your knee, then curve higher around the outside of your knee. There are complex size charts so you can choose boots that fit very well without being tight. Do be aware that they will take awhile to break in and be comfortable, but once they do, they’ll last for many years of street use and will look smashing.

    Yvonne left a comment on 3/12/2011 at 1:37 AM:

    Would anyone know what brand those boots are? Or even, could anyone where and from whom I can buy similiar ones?


    bunny left a comment on 3/12/2011 at 12:42 AM:

    a fun look for the last days of winter. and way more tasteful than anything serena van der woodsen has ever worn.

    K left a comment on 3/12/2011 at 12:23 AM:

    I’m a huge fan of riding boots. Love this look! Also as a collegiate rower myself, I love the noteworthy comment.

    Mark left a comment on 3/11/2011 at 8:39 PM:

    I too thought I was looking at Blake Lively for a second.
    Gorgeous girl, great outfit. Loving the minimalism.

    Clo left a comment on 3/11/2011 at 8:08 PM:

    At first glance she reminded me of Serena Van der Woodsen. Great look- The printed scarf adds the perfect touch.


  • Inherited

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY (enlarge)

    Noteworthy: Rolex watch and Russell Moccasins inherited from father, Filson bag.

    Mar 9, 2011 | Permalink (16) View/Leave Comments

    George left a comment on 7/7/2013 at 3:51 PM:

    An enthusiastic two thumbs up. I could never pull this off, but this guy does, and quite well, too. Also, I love all things Filson and Russell! I just doesn’t get any better, anywhere, at any price.

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 6/9/2011 at 11:52 AM:

    The boots doesn’t bother me. They look functional and classic and the go well with the rest of his outfit exept maybe with the bowtie. In general I think it’s a good look.

    GenBeauregardsTonic left a comment on 5/23/2011 at 2:48 AM:

    A great look! This young man is wearin a great GTH tie. He doesnt give two figs for what anyone thinks, and that is awesome.

    Joe Vitale left a comment on 3/16/2011 at 8:04 PM:

    Wow that’s pretty cool how I was sitting in that exact spot in Union Square right after school today….

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/15/2011 at 11:42 PM:

    Regarding the Rolex…it is there, just not on display for us to see.  I know it’s there…and it’s worth mentioning.

    anon left a comment on 3/12/2011 at 7:49 PM:

    Is the shawl from LE canvas?

    HLN left a comment on 3/12/2011 at 7:30 AM:

    FEC, I enjoy your photographs. The composition is always very thoughtful and well executed, and your subjects are always interesting. Keep up the good work!

    J.Carlos left a comment on 3/12/2011 at 5:37 AM:

    nice bow-tie.

    hi from spain. i like this blog

    Murphy left a comment on 3/11/2011 at 8:43 PM:

    The boots are great, they look warm and comfortable. 10/10.

    The Boss left a comment on 3/11/2011 at 12:37 PM:


    Jeff left a comment on 3/11/2011 at 12:32 PM:

    Is that Alex the photographer from thestyleblogger.com??

    Jev left a comment on 3/11/2011 at 12:23 PM:

    If you’re going to wear a tie I think you should tuck in your shirt. Otherwise I like this.

    Hoot left a comment on 3/11/2011 at 12:14 PM:

    Mr. Castlebury,

    I enjoyed this look.  I really find the shoes great.  They remind me of the old, LL. Bean Ranger Mocs back in the day.  {True preps will remember them.} I hate to say that the bow tie is too much but maybe he has a sport coat at his destination and then will remove the sweater.  If it were me dressing, I’d put on my Levis 501’s.  Overall, a good look; well done sir.



    The Boss left a comment on 3/11/2011 at 11:11 AM:

    I love how his Rolex watch is noteworthy, yet is visibly absent from your photograph.

    TSmith left a comment on 3/11/2011 at 10:35 AM:

    Yeah Alex!  Good looks dude.  Like the casual untucked shirt with the bowtie

    TheWadeChannel left a comment on 3/11/2011 at 1:25 AM:

    Smashing look, F.E.C. Digging the simple, yet stylish look.


  • Welcome to Alspaugh


    Two Duke students await moving into Alspaugh Hall during freshman week circa 1960s. Penny loafers and shift dress silhouettes have remained timeless classics among the prep set for more than five decades now.

    Image via Duke University Archives

    Mar 8, 2011 | Permalink (7) View/Leave Comments

    Elizabeth V. left a comment on 3/16/2011 at 8:28 PM:

    @Jenessa: I’ve not seen nude hose on anybody in a long time, whether on or off a college campus. It seems that sheer black hose or the dreaded leggings are all that women under 60 wear with skirts and dresses anymore.

    K left a comment on 3/11/2011 at 7:13 PM:

    Classic! The dresses still look great.

    Luis Alcaraz left a comment on 3/11/2011 at 12:25 PM:

    AMAZING, The girl on the left is super preatty and the hair is amazing. Lovely lovely picture!

    Jenessa left a comment on 3/11/2011 at 10:47 AM:

    Great photo. Ironically the hard shell suitcases have resurfaced over the past few years.
    It appears the girl on the left is wearing nude hose. You’d be hard pressed to find those on a college campus today. Love the dresses!

    RWF left a comment on 3/11/2011 at 3:23 AM:

    It’s great to see Duke get some preppy recognition. A lot of people forget us since we’re down south.

    Another good photo: http://www.pleasurablerevelation.com/2010/07/post-100-ebullient-duke-summers-day.html

    or for all madras fans: http://pleasurablerevelation.tumblr.com/post/3493560112/vintage-duke-in-madras

    Hope y;all had a great Spring Break!



    aliotsy left a comment on 3/11/2011 at 2:41 AM:

    Love how it looks like the girl on the left is holding a cell phone.

    Joy left a comment on 3/11/2011 at 2:15 AM:

    Gorgeous. And an inspiration.


  • Well-Crafted


    Mar 7, 2011 | Permalink (0) View/Leave Comments

    Kick off the comments by using the stationery below to pen your thoughts.


  • Taking the Jump

    Prep Essentials  

    Ancestry, pedigree, the family tree—the muses behind the adornment lining the walls and corridors of any preppy’s house. It’s not simply art, but more importantly it is history—your lineage. The oil on canvas portrait of great grandfather hanging in the hallway reminds you of where you came from. Never mind he is a complete stranger to your children, cultivating cognizance of your family tree, no matter how idiosyncratic, is fundamental in remaining grounded. After all, it is nice to know where, rather who, the silver came from. But nothing says “cultured” like oil on canvas paintings of your ancestors’ equestrian pursuits.

    "Taking the Jump" by Samuel Alken, Jr.

    Mar 4, 2011 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    Kenneth left a comment on 3/8/2011 at 12:16 PM:

    As a southern gent my wife and I have managed to accumulate a fairly decent collection of ‘folk” art as well as some oil paintings from street artist in Europe. These paintings speak about who we are and where we have been. It doesn’t take a lot of money to treat your walls and your eyes kindly. There are art shows year round in every city with affordable art. It’s not snobbery it’s simply having the class to bother. walls. Same with your house as with your clothes, nobody cares whether they came from ebay or the thrift as long as the effort is there.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/7/2011 at 9:28 PM:

    @H.K. Rahman—Find a way to make it your own while still accumulating pieces that you like.  The key is to allow your walls, art and photos to share with visitors who you are.

    H.K. Rahman left a comment on 3/7/2011 at 9:10 PM:

    What about all of us who weren’t born white and privileged?

    styleomnibus left a comment on 3/7/2011 at 5:55 PM:

    I respectfully disagree.  There is, in my view, nothing more regal and singularly distinguishing than the portrait of a distant ancestor.  It is the surest mark of an exceptional pedigree.  It is a shame that I won’t come into them until my parents pass! 



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