• Patch(work) Adams

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    Photographed in San Diego, CA

    Noteworthy: it takes a certain amount of moxie to even put on a patchwork madras jacket, much less wear one like you own it. It's the ultimate go-to-hell piece. I photographed this gentleman four years ago at a wedding rehearsal dinner and realized it was for this guy that I created Unabashedly Prep; the guy with an innate sense of imagination but could use help in achieving a more tailored silhouette.

    Apr 22, 2011 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/24/2011 at 1:22 PM:

    @CHC—Brooks Brothers has been moving toward a slimmer silhouette for several years now. After all, they did pick up Thom Browne to launch their Black Fleece line when no one else would really touch him.

    Regarding their extra slim fit oxfords, I picked one up the first year they made them and it fit great…it looks great too; however, they must have slimmed it down even more this season because the extra slim fit did not fit this time around. It was too small in the chest for me and I went with the slim fit…which I’m happy with. It’s slim—not skinny. Get the silohuette that fits your body the closest while allowing you to still move with comfort.

    Many of us will argue about fit all day long but I hope we all agree on staying away from non-iron fabric. It’s just not natural…not prep in my book. A little wrinkle is good for you every now and then.


    CHC left a comment on 4/24/2011 at 12:12 PM:

    Speaking of a more tailored silhouette:

    I know this is a basic question but I’m the guy in the picture (inexperienced). How do you guys feel about the sizing at Brooks Brothers? I own one slim fit oxford, but I’m wondering if extra-slim is the way to go…

    Is extra slim less prep somehow?

    Also, how do you feel about the non-iron stuff?


    Tom Bosché left a comment on 4/22/2011 at 5:17 PM:

    Tailor? Probably. But I would bet dinero that he will be much more comfortable as the night wears on than any of those who wear the “tailored” (read: small enough to fit my little sister) jackets and trousers. Pretty much pure prep here - loose fitting, a little rumpled, and certainly doen’t care much what others think ... as it should be.  Way to be in the right place at the right time, Frederico ...


    Al left a comment on 4/22/2011 at 4:40 PM:

    Awesome post. Madras is the ultimate spring/summer fabric.


    T left a comment on 4/22/2011 at 2:49 PM:

    Certainly an interesting jacket, what sort of Madras is this exactly?


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  • Montauk, NY 1978

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    Image via Walter Iooss

    Apr 21, 2011 | Permalink (7) View/Leave Comments

    Howie left a comment on 4/21/2011 at 8:43 PM:

    Montauk is truly a magical place. Hope to see you there this summer Fred. And it’s always been decidedly un-Hampton.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/21/2011 at 3:30 PM:

    @Tad Allagash—Very true.


    Cary Randolph left a comment on 4/21/2011 at 3:27 PM:

    Gorgeous. Summer encapsulated in a single image.


    Tad Allagash left a comment on 4/21/2011 at 2:54 PM:

    What’s crazy about the Hamptons is that even though land is $1mm+ an acre, there are still dirt roads out there.  Though FEC a lot of native Montaukers (Montaukites?) would cringe at the thought of being included in “The Hamptons”.


    JF left a comment on 4/21/2011 at 11:41 AM:

    Wow, I can smell the ocean and feel the sun on my face. Takes me back to our 1970’s family vacations in Montauk. It left such a strong memorary that I just can’t stay away. Started bringing my 1 year old daughter last year - she loved it. I hope that she develops the same fond memories…


    McCarthy left a comment on 4/21/2011 at 11:00 AM:

    Great picture.


    Cameron left a comment on 4/21/2011 at 10:58 AM:

    Even pretending and taking the Jitney out to Montauk for the day in the summer is something really special.


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  • SCAD Style 2011

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    I’m honored to announce that I will be speaking at SCAD Style 2011 in Atlanta April 26th at 6:00pm. In fact, it would appear I’m a bit out of place given the accomplished company of speakers SCAD procures each year. My lecture “How to Succeed in Fashion Without Really Trying” is free to attend, so bring a friend. Visit SCAD’s website for the exact lecture hall on their Atlanta campus. Please introduce yourself afterward as it is always nice to meet you all in person.

    Apr 20, 2011 | Permalink (18) View/Leave Comments

    Ryan Nettleton left a comment on 4/27/2011 at 1:27 PM:

    Dear Fred,

    It was a pleasure to meet you yesterday evening at SCAD Style. Not sure you’ll remember me but I was wearing the white and navy saddle shoes. I appreciated you taking the time to chat with me an of course your other attendees. I truly enjoyed your lecture and admire your “friendly” attitude. I’m a regular reader of your blog and wish you well as your horizons continue to expand. Hopefully our paths will cross again as I continue to follow my goals to combine my career in events with my passion for fashion.

    Best,
    Ryan Nettleton


    Matt left a comment on 4/26/2011 at 8:01 PM:

    Thanks so much, Fred. The lecture was impressive & it was a pleasure meeting you. Keep up the good work, and hope you can make your way to Stag in Austin. It’s worth the trip.


    Joey Dee left a comment on 4/26/2011 at 11:41 AM:

    please post video here for those that cannot make it ?!


    Tyler P. left a comment on 4/24/2011 at 7:01 PM:

    @Mrs. Wasp
    I go to SCAD Savannah, and the dreadlocks, raggedy flannel and holey jeans are (for the most part) completely gone. Now, it’s all about the hipsters, the fake style that feels the need to take classic prep ware and ruin it… So Mr. Castleberry should come here, to Savannah, to bring prep here (and visit J Parker…)


    saprof left a comment on 4/22/2011 at 3:32 AM:

    I noticed the SCAD Atlanta location after I posted. FEC, have a great visit to my home town, ATL.


    Andy M. left a comment on 4/21/2011 at 9:32 AM:

    @AEV and others, it’s worth pointing out that the SCAD location hosting Fred is in Atlanta. 

    Looking forward to this.


    robdarko left a comment on 4/21/2011 at 8:53 AM:

    Congratulations, F.E.C.  Enjoy your moment.


    saprof left a comment on 4/21/2011 at 7:00 AM:

    I used to teach at SCAD a few years ago. You are going to have a great time. They certainly will record your comments for a podcast if you like.

    If you like real Southern food, go to Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House on Jones St.

    Cheers!


    Bernard Odenwald left a comment on 4/20/2011 at 10:28 PM:

    YAY Fred!! is that new book available now? the preppy cultivating in style?


    John H. left a comment on 4/20/2011 at 9:56 PM:

    Wish I could go FEC, looks like a fun speech. Am in Copenhagan at the moment.


    Pat left a comment on 4/20/2011 at 5:26 PM:

    Darn it Fred, can we get video of this?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/20/2011 at 4:50 PM:

    @Chens—That is an equally intriguing title for a lecture in order to get college butts in seats.


    Chens left a comment on 4/20/2011 at 4:46 PM:

    You should change your lecture title to “How To Succeed in Fashion Without Living in New York or Los Angeles.”


    Ryan left a comment on 4/20/2011 at 1:51 PM:

    Congratulations Fred, this is wonderful, and I’m looking forward to hearing your lecture.


    AEV left a comment on 4/20/2011 at 1:32 PM:

    Congrats Fred - Savannah is a wonderful city…I recommend The Mansion on Forsyth Park for drinks….


    Tommy V. left a comment on 4/20/2011 at 12:00 PM:

    Sounds cool. Do you know if your lecture or any others will be taped and put online? Sadly, I’ll be unable to attend in person.


    Darian left a comment on 4/20/2011 at 11:48 AM:

    FEC, Congrats.  Some impressive company.  Well deserved.


    Mrs Wasp left a comment on 4/20/2011 at 11:39 AM:

    LOVE this!! Growing up in Savannah, SCAD bore nothing but thoughts of dreadlocks, raggedy flannel and holey jeans. I’m so happy to see you doing this! I hope it inspires the students to dress better without costing them a pretty penny!


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  • Fine Manners

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    Apr 19, 2011 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    Joey Dee left a comment on 4/26/2011 at 11:22 AM:

    Good manners should also be present in online posting.


    K left a comment on 4/20/2011 at 11:24 AM:

    Sir, can you post a picture of a woman who’s wearing an appropriate horseback riding ensemble that is also appropriate for a beach getaway?


    khordkutta left a comment on 4/19/2011 at 7:19 PM:

    “Mama called him Clay, Imma call him Clay” -Arsenio Hall, in “Coming To America”


    Natalie J. left a comment on 4/19/2011 at 12:43 PM:

    Great quote, FEC.

    “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”
    - Ralph Waldo Emerson


    AEV left a comment on 4/19/2011 at 11:08 AM:

    Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


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  • Clutch

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    Photographed on Palm Beach, FL

    Noteworthy: vintage Triminghams monogrammed needlepoint clutch inherited from aunt, shift dress.

    Apr 18, 2011 | Permalink (13) View/Leave Comments

    Raphael left a comment on 4/26/2011 at 1:11 AM:

    who is that girl? she is so beautiful


    ERIII left a comment on 4/19/2011 at 6:10 PM:

    Sweet!!!


    C'est moi left a comment on 4/19/2011 at 10:02 AM:

    Here’s the dress.


    john lexington left a comment on 4/19/2011 at 9:06 AM:

    I miss Triminghams. Bermuda is not he same.


    Natty left a comment on 4/18/2011 at 10:51 PM:

    I’m pretty sure the dress is Milly of NY, there was a whole collection with this print, but now I can only find this top
    http://www.millyny.com/Shop/All-Tops/AMIA-SAILOR-BOATNECK-TOP-2241.html
    LOVE it!


    Stephanie (Prepfection) left a comment on 4/18/2011 at 9:33 PM:

    RIP Triminghams


    Camilla left a comment on 4/18/2011 at 5:29 PM:

    Where are the shoes from? Cute espadrilles.


    bunny left a comment on 4/18/2011 at 2:26 PM:

    the bag is the cutest thing. also love that it’s inherited. xo


    WestEggCream left a comment on 4/18/2011 at 10:51 AM:

    Just FYI, this style of handbag is traditionally called a Bermuda bag.


    trip left a comment on 4/18/2011 at 10:43 AM:

    That is pretty much the quintessential preppy handbag.


    Robin left a comment on 4/18/2011 at 9:59 AM:

    I need that dress!!! Please tell us where it’s from!


    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 4/18/2011 at 9:55 AM:

    I totally love this shot. I like every detail in it :)


    ACB left a comment on 4/18/2011 at 6:26 AM:

    Great shot!  Love that dress (Where is it from?  It is a must have for my Newport trip!).  Also, love the C. Orrico bag, those ladies are the best.


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