• Jack of All Trades

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Dallas, TX

    Noteworthy: Steven Stolman (design director for Jack Rogers) and I became fast friends the moment he swiped my tort shell frames from atop my head. That was three months ago at the Jack Rogers flagship grand opening. Since then, he's managed to swipe a pair of his own Eyebobs. They serve well to round out his quirky demeanor. Go-to-hell ankles? Check. Re-soled (again and again) cordovan penny loafers? Check. White jeans? Check. Un-tucked oxford with his navy blazer? That's Steven.

    Jun 8, 2011 | Permalink (16) View/Leave Comments

    Mitch Owens left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 7:15 AM:

    Perfect Eyebob frames? Old Money ....

    Jon Berry left a comment on 7/14/2011 at 11:13 AM:

    Hey there Steven Stolman…Update me my friend. Jon

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/11/2011 at 11:23 AM:

    @Doc—I wear the Total Wit in all-over Tokyo tortoise.

    Doc left a comment on 6/10/2011 at 10:43 PM:

    What specific frame are the Eyebobs? I have the Oliver Peoples Gregory Peck frames - I think you would like them quite a lot.  I suggest you look them up!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/9/2011 at 11:54 PM:

    @AndrewSC—The image of the kid is a cardboard cutout of a kid who will be benefitting from the money raised for the North Texas Food Bank via a Jack Rogers trunk show.

    AndrewSC left a comment on 6/9/2011 at 11:50 PM:

    What is that kid in the window?

    CC left a comment on 6/9/2011 at 3:37 PM:

    Love the pocket square.  He looks like Cameron from Modern Family.

    KJJ left a comment on 6/9/2011 at 1:15 PM:

    Great style!  Love my Eyebobs!

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 6/9/2011 at 11:41 AM:

    This guy certaintly got style. “I” would’ve tucked in the shirt but this is his style and he knows how to rock it! Awesome shot Fred!

    Anonymous left a comment on 6/9/2011 at 10:35 AM:

    Stolman had a boutique in the Hamptons for years and had many innovations.  He started the GTH pants made out of Scalamandre upholstering fabric.  He also imported the Jelly Kelly bags that were a big fad until Hermes shut them down.  Would like to hear more of your meeting with him.  Not sure that Admiral Cod and he would truly hit it off, but that is alright.  It is a big world.

    CC left a comment on 6/9/2011 at 9:20 AM:

    Love the chandelier.

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 6/9/2011 at 1:07 AM:

    Nice photo. Straight out of a Slim Aarons book.

    I have a feeling I would really enjoy having a drink or two with this young chap.


    KGC left a comment on 6/8/2011 at 7:18 PM:

    I like how formal yet casual this look is because his oxford is untucked. Very summertime too!

    Kionon left a comment on 6/8/2011 at 7:18 PM:

    Dat Pocketsquare. Small details make the outfit.

    The Untidy Pilgrim left a comment on 6/8/2011 at 6:59 PM:

    Now THIS is someone who looks comfortable being who they are. I would prefer that the oxford be tucked, but that’s me. He looks great!

    dam left a comment on 6/8/2011 at 4:38 PM:

    It looks like he has some serious style attitude which is great.


  • Go-To-Hell Ankles

    Top Drawer | Style | Prep Essentials  

    As gentlemen, we adhere to a basic uniform. And why shouldn't we? Our adolescence is inundated with uniformed institutions: prep school, team sports, part time jobs, church.  It's only a matter of time before we push against those very foundations erected to mold us into men.  While some act out in the face of authority figures, on fellow classmates, or by skipping class altogether, others opt for a more passive aggressive rebellion—that of the sartorial kind.  They toy with the details of the very uniform itself, such as the frivolous sock—ditching them entirely.

    Function should illuminate form. The longevity of the men's uniform hinges on this very principle.  Losing your socks isn't as much a betrayal of this precept as one might think.  Come the cool of autumn, it's your ankles that actually keep you cool amid the umpteen layers of wool, cotton, and cashmere preppies run around in.  On a commission last fall to photograph Alan Flusser, he mused I was the best dressed photographer he had ever met. "You should wear some socks though," he admonished.  I listened.  After all, the man wrote the book on style...several of them actually.  I ducked into Brooks Brothers that very day and walked out in a pair.  My implicit compliance lasted all of one day.

    With pants, socks come off as deliberately thoughtful.  And while colorful, offbeat socks non-verbally communicate its wearer doesn’t take himself too seriously, they should never be confused for a go-to-hell disposition.  Just as there is no go-to-hell shirt, so too for the sock.  Bare ankles firmly whisper, "I don’t give a damn."  And that statement is all the more punctuated with pants that look like you outgrew them last year.

    "Socks, wear them only to weddings...and then, well only if it’s your own.”

    —Rand, Making the Grade (1984)

    There’s a nonchalance about it—a passive rebellion to the uniform you’ve graduated to for the office, weddings, black tie affairs, Sunday best, et al.  The more formal the occasion the more blatant the indifference.  Ankles are the go-to-hell sock.

    *previously written for of Rogues & Gentlemen.

    Jun 7, 2011 | Permalink (61) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/23/2013 at 5:59 PM:

    @Alex—If you love the E28s, then owning one will be a labor of love. Because you will labor. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend one as a daily driver because they are now classic cars (at least 25 years old) and might cause more heartbreak than desired. But should you decide to go forward, find one in the best shape with as few miles as possible (given your budget). Allow the previous owner to have incurred as much of the maintenance and repair costs as possible. Secondly, you’re going to want to set aside at least $250/mo in a savings account for repairs and maintenance you will incur once you’re behind the wheel. If you do this, your Bimmer will be reliable…until another original part breaks. If you set aside the $3,000+ a year, it’s fun to keep up with. If you don’t, it’s going to betray you when you need it most. Good luck :)

    Alex left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 9:50 PM:

    I’m not really sure if this is an appropriate place to ask (and an extremely old post), but F.E., could you, or anyone with experience with old BMW’s for that matter, outline to me the advantages and disadvantages of driving a vintage Bimmer? Are they reliable, safe, etc.? I am looking for a first car, and boy do I love the old 5 series.

    Sid IV left a comment on 5/21/2013 at 9:57 AM:

    Dig your site, its a nice refeshing break in my day to browse a little.  With socks for workdays, I am more function over form, although I lean heavy on yellow and light blue.

    Brooks left a comment on 6/4/2012 at 5:47 PM:

    T-shirts, socks and shoelaces are for children and sports.

    Duckboot left a comment on 5/13/2012 at 9:01 AM:

    Cruising old blog posts on a lazy weekend morning ... After I graduated I spent 2 years on the Carolina coast, driving my 86 528e with dogs, bikes, and surfboards. I miss those days.

    Scott left a comment on 4/2/2012 at 2:54 PM:

    Socks?  WTF for?  I live in Boca and dont wear socks to Court - Judges never flinch.

    Phillip left a comment on 3/24/2012 at 12:59 PM:

    I wholeheartedly agree. My sock drawer is full of argyles and stripes but living in Cali, they rarely see the light of day. I love being a preppy rebel!

    Josh left a comment on 10/1/2011 at 5:34 PM:

    Where are your pants from? Im looking for a good green pair.

    chris left a comment on 7/16/2011 at 9:19 PM:

    Loose the socks gain some style, and let the ankles breath.

    Markus DeVall left a comment on 7/9/2011 at 12:51 AM:

    Have you ever considered making “Outfit of the Day” an addition to your blog? I’m sure your readers will enjoy seeing what outfits you wear for occasions. My other question is have you ever visited Austin, TX and what do you think of the style there?

    P.S. Using the letter to submit comments is incredibly innovative.

    Poser left a comment on 7/5/2011 at 12:33 PM:

    First time commenter, long time reader ;)

    I simply hate socks.  I am inspired by your words sir.  Now I have a reason to ditch them :)

    Pat left a comment on 6/16/2011 at 3:54 PM:

    Awesome post Fred, might be my favorite on this blog.  Great car too, I’m also a BMW enthusiast.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/11/2011 at 11:20 AM:

    @Miguel Ramalhão—Yes, this is my ‘87 Bimmer. I really enjoy it.

    @Laguna Beach Fogey—Yes, you can quote me.

    @Tito—I don’t typically sweat much throughout the day unless I’m working out.  In the case of stains on my shirts, I pre-treat them before washing them (ie ring around the collar).

    @AEV—In this particular case, Alden over Gucci because I found the Aldens near new for a good price.

    Miguel Ramalhão left a comment on 6/11/2011 at 11:00 AM:

    Is this your bemmer??? Uau!!!!! Beautiful!!!! I love these 80’s BMW’s… I’m thinking about buying a 635csi…

    bprescott left a comment on 6/9/2011 at 8:02 PM:

    RE: uniforms….what prep school did you attend, F.E.?

    MarkJ left a comment on 6/9/2011 at 9:56 AM:

    I like the look.

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 6/8/2011 at 9:30 PM:

    Awesome! Love everything about this pic.

    I rarely wear socks outside of the office. In fact I’m wearing a pair of Crockett & Jones chisel-toed beechnut penny loafers as I dictate this.

    “Ankles are the go-to-hell sock.” ~ FEC

    Can I quote you?


    PERCY STEINHART left a comment on 6/8/2011 at 6:28 PM:

    WE DONT WEAR SOCKS…NEVER DID…only in the dead of winter….

    Tad Allagash left a comment on 6/8/2011 at 6:18 PM:

    @AEV - completely agree, Gucci loafers have a higher vamp and look much nicer. Easy to spot the Alden or Cole Haan knockoffs from 10 paces. Trads will tell you Italian shoes aren’t as well made but that’s bs in my experience.

    D Kinlaw left a comment on 6/8/2011 at 4:02 PM:

    My thought process is very simple…65 degrees and above the ankles will be out. in South Carolina thats 2/3 of the year.

    C. Wolf left a comment on 6/8/2011 at 1:07 PM:

    Fantastic article.  I agree whole heartedly.  Socks are too often over rated and this is a great look that can make a statement as bold or subtle as desired by the wearer.

    My father, a life-long prep and president of his company, often sported the sockless look in the professional world.  Not only was he was complimented on his style, but because the rest of his attire was always well tailored and pressed, he never looked out of place or too informal at a business meeting or conference.

    This is a look that I have totally embraced and absolutely love.  So save the socks for the ski slope and the stable.  On all other occasions, say hello to ankles!

    RCN left a comment on 6/8/2011 at 11:49 AM:

    Great blog FEC… My father would never win any father of the year awards, but one thing I liked he never work socks and I always loved the look so I’ve always done it. I’m still amazed even living in the south how uncommon it is to go sockless. I think style and certain tastes are all individualistic, sure there are influences which I think we should all embrace, but at the end of the day it’s what makes you feel good and in your eyes look good. One question, can you recommend a loafer sock? I’ve tried several brands and haven’t liked any of them. I’m often on my feet for long periods of time in very warm climates and I’d like to find a good loafer sock to have when needed.

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 6/8/2011 at 9:53 AM:

    Lovely look. I like every detail in this picture :)

    Brohammas left a comment on 6/8/2011 at 9:52 AM:

    While I regularly forego socks, its a look I like, I find it interestingthat no socks with pants says I don’t care what you think, quite often socks worn with shorts says , I don’t have a clue.
    Such messages sent by such subtle things.

    Harvey Lindsay left a comment on 6/8/2011 at 5:34 AM:


    Lara left a comment on 6/8/2011 at 4:42 AM:

    Is it just my imagination or are you likening the wearing of socks to the process of conformity within cognitive psychology? I’m impressed.

    Justin left a comment on 6/8/2011 at 12:18 AM:

    This is sort of off topic, but Making the Grade was shot at my college.  It was called Southwestern College back then, but now it’s called Rhodes.  Half my classes are in the building they used for the dorms.

    Ryan S left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 10:57 PM:

    Brilliantly written Mr. FE Castleberry.  Agreed.  Agreed.  Agreed.  I rather enjoy my notoriety among my peers as the sockless man.  The green “show me the money” pants are a fav in my wardrobe as well, especially with some ankle.  I’ll toast to that!

    Tito left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 9:29 PM:

    Hi Fred, I’ve noticed on a comment that you don’t wear undershirts, I’ve tried that technique a few times and doesn’t feel right though.
    Not only that but the perspiration messed up a few of my woven do to deodorant and sweat. so I was wandering how do you take care of it without getting your woven stained?

    Zach left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 9:21 PM:

    I find sockless for me only works for my plimsols, loafers and sometimes, chukkas. I just could never pull it off with my captoes or wingtips. Just too much sweating, and discomfort. Must be my Irish feet.

    Kenneth left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 8:54 PM:

    A few weeks back, a VP at my company noticed I had no socks with a suit and he said to everyone in the room, “Now there is a guy that can do business and party!” An accurate description I thought.

    I’ve gone sockless for years (except for weddings and job interviews) I’ve done it mainly out of laziness, or maybe I grew up as a southern prep and did it subconsciously? Who knows. Coming off of the tennis courts growing up the last thing you wanted on were socks. I think the laziness of it supports the go-to-hell aesthetic.

    @FEC Cheers for a great article I read it a few days Of Rogues & Gentlemen

    SSI left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 8:35 PM:

    Bit loafers are definitely not prep justified anymore in my opinion.  Over saturation will kill take anything out of that classification.  Tassels on the other hand ...

    AEV left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 8:06 PM:

    Great warm weather look Fred. Why Aldens and not Guccis? I always thought the Aldens were oddly low cut (and struck me as copying the Guccis…for essentially the same price).

    KGC left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 7:35 PM:

    Love the look. I personally despise wearing socks with Sperrys, even if it’s 30 degrees in the morning and I’m at rowing practice. My teammates always ask if my feet are cold.

    Pink Socks left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 7:30 PM:

    I go sockless with certain shoes (drivers, decks, sneakers) even in winter. Then again I am in Australia (but it does get cold here in Melbourne). The right shoes always work sockless.


    Richard Ross left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 5:57 PM:

    My only burrial instruction is that I be burried sockless.

    CC left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 4:15 PM:

    Fred, what’s your take on rolling your pants as opposed to having them hemmed above the ankle?  I find that rolling them gives them more versatility, i.e. you can let them down if you so choose.

    Jon left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 4:04 PM:

    Coastal southerners love to rock the no-sock.  Especially with loafers and boat shoes of course.  I’m slowly trying to expand to oxfords.

    G.S.O left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 2:20 PM:

    Chilly spring in London making my ankles cold !

    Niles left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 2:09 PM:

    the nonchalant and “I don’t give a damn” attitude is really about the whole package though…ditching the socks is part of it. driving an old luxury car could be another…..however, it could be said that an obsession with tailoring goes against this attitude a little.

    Thad left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 2:08 PM:

    Do you keep shoe trees in your topsiders (serious question) ?

    Luis Alcaraz left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 1:31 PM:

    Fred, you look very cool I am wearing the same outfit plust the socks for work today. Sock or sockless is a nice look and I think we should give a little resect to certain occasion I dont want that you finish like Mark Zuckerberg wearing sandals everywhere.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 12:52 PM:

    @Alfonso—I personally do not wear undershirts…ever.  They shift, add bulk, come untucked…and they peek out every now and then.  If you choose to wear one, just make sure it’s never seen.  If that means a deep v-neck, A-line, etc, so be it.  My stance, for the record, is to ditch the undershirt, especially with a polo.

    Alfonso left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 12:44 PM:

    Fred, thanks for a great piece, and you look wonderful, as always. The picture brings up an unrelated question—do you ever allow a T-shirt to show from under your polo or button-down shirt? I’ve seen this done and can’t decide what I think about it.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 12:24 PM:

    @Paul—I’m 5’11” and I wear a 29.5” inseam.  You will not be able to get away with a 30” inseam and avoid a break.  Before you buy your next pair of pants, take that money to the tailor.  It’s about $14 a pair to take them up.

    Angel left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 12:24 PM:

    I don’t mind showing my ankles in the warmer months but once winter comes I pull out my socks, mostly solid colors that are bright. Though I wouldn’t consider myself a prep so I guess I don’t mind breaking the bare ankle rule that you promote.

    Angels Point of View - Street Fashion Photography

    Paul left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 12:21 PM:

    ...One other question. I’m a shorter man, 5’-7”, and I typically wear a 30” inseam…and even that produces a break. Any suggestions as to how to get that “just slightly too short” look to work without having all my pants hemmed?

    tlfactor left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 11:29 AM:

    FEC, are these the Rugby chino pants from this year?  I like the color.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 11:22 AM:

    @Cam—I’m not sure where you are from but wherever I go (and I travel quite a bit) I am typically one of the only guys not wearing socks.  You may read about it in men’s fashion magazines or see it on style blogs…but the reality is that most men still don’t do it.

    cam left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 11:11 AM:

    i go sockless a lot myself but i disagree that wearing socks is deliberately thoughtful…in fact going SOCKLESS would be what is deliberately thoughtful…and more and more so over done by all that it actually is no longer a go-to-hell look

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 10:47 AM:

    @Stet—These horsebit loafers are Aldens.

    @Tommy V.—The quote from Making the Grade is tongue-in-cheek.  Determine your own level of appropriateness in social situations.  This article isn’t just about going sockless in the summer…but spring and fall.  That’s where it shapes my sense of style.

    @Cameron—I keep shoe trees in my shoes when I’m not wearing them in order to maintain their shape and absorb the moisture from my feet.  In the case that I’ll be doing alot of walking, I’ll utilize a low profile loafer sock.

    Stet left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 10:35 AM:

    What brand of shoes are those?  They accomplish the sockless look quite well…

    christian left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 10:33 AM:

    I’m not wearing any socks to my own wedding this fall :)

    Dennis left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 10:30 AM:

    loved this article, i refuse to wear socks outside of work and the ski slope.

    Kionon left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 10:10 AM:

    Read this on the Brooks Brothers site. And agree completely!

    Glenn Elliott left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 9:43 AM:


    CC left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 9:28 AM:

    Fred - great piece.  I love it.  Thank you.  The only socks I like are the Boston Red Sox.

    bucephalus left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 8:52 AM:

    There’s nothing wrong with the sockless look if that’s what you like and as long as you’re not in a formal situation.

    Tommy V. left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 8:48 AM:

    Just to be clear, Fred: the only occasion you wouldn’t want to be telling those around you, “go to hell” would be your own wedding?

    I’m all for going sockless in summertime while in a casual setting but there are many other situations that call for sobriety in uniform out of respect for others. Rebelling against convention by flashing my hairy ankles is just not appropriate in any and all social/professional settings.

    Cameron left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 8:33 AM:

    What have you found to be the best shoe and foot care regimen since you go sockless?

    Paul left a comment on 6/7/2011 at 8:30 AM:

    I feel like every men’s fashion magazine spread/advertisement/catalogue that I pick up shows bare ankles..with everything from shorts to suits and lace ups.


  • Sun-Kissed

    Dress Code  

    Photographed on Jones Beach Island, NY

    Noteworthy: smile.

    Jun 6, 2011 | Permalink (10) View/Leave Comments

    yerrow left a comment on 6/9/2011 at 11:39 PM:

    WOW! shes back!

    Raphael left a comment on 6/9/2011 at 4:27 AM:

    no matter who it is, a smile is the hottest thing on a girl

    John left a comment on 6/8/2011 at 6:10 PM:

    Stunning! She is hot! Very elegant. I love the Hair, smile and freckles.

    Joey Dee left a comment on 6/6/2011 at 7:56 PM:

    Girls of Summer !

    mperez left a comment on 6/6/2011 at 4:31 PM:

    I am one lucky man

    Matt left a comment on 6/6/2011 at 4:24 PM:

    She is STUNNING

    Glenn Elliott left a comment on 6/6/2011 at 4:09 PM:

    Beautiful girl.

    Kionon left a comment on 6/6/2011 at 2:46 PM:

    Very nice.

    khordkutta left a comment on 6/6/2011 at 12:13 PM:

    I can dig em, The Young Lady and The Look.  Hair is Lovely.

    Amanda left a comment on 6/6/2011 at 9:47 AM:

    Cute outfit!  Only certain people could pull of shorts like that and she does it well!


  • Wardrobe III

    Dress Code  

    1. Rugby linen/silk/wool herringbone jacket
    2. Ray-Ban tortoise shell Wayfarers
    3. Rugby white straight leg denim

If you’re already sporting chinos in go-to-hell hues, pull on a pair of white jeans this summer. Slim in the thigh and straight in the leg with a flash of ankle and you’ll be saying more than you ever did in lime green.

    4. Timex Easy Reader watch w/J.Crew nylon strap
    5. Smathers & Branson needlepoint wallet
    6. Ralph Lauren penny loafers
    7. Ralph Lauren monogrammed engine turn slide belt
    8. Rugby madras shirt (reversible)

There is a stigma surrounding reversible clothing, or the “twofer”, for the most part because it’s often designed poorly. The resulting two garments you get for the price and convenience of one ends up proving cheesy. Not so with Rugby’s few reversible pieces they churn out each season. Like this reversible madras shirt (madras on madras), the pieces don’t scream “twofer” but cleverly remind that you can turn them inside out and walk out the door with no one the wiser.

    9. Cotton pocket square

    Jun 3, 2011 | Permalink (25) View/Leave Comments

    Karl B. left a comment on 10/20/2012 at 7:42 AM:

    I’m quite new to the preppy style, quick question, if i’m normally a sz 42 in blazers (perfect fitting) should i upsize to a 44 to get that longer preppy look?

    Rhon left a comment on 8/10/2011 at 7:18 AM:

    Love the jacket bro.

    steven salzillo left a comment on 7/23/2011 at 5:55 PM:

    great web site. very helpful .thanks!!!

    My Affair with Michael Bastian left a comment on 6/14/2011 at 2:41 AM:

    The white denim is stellar…. http://affairwithmb.wordpress.com/

    Childish Gam left a comment on 6/12/2011 at 6:23 PM:

    Where do you find the Rugby madras shirt?

    Richard Ross left a comment on 6/6/2011 at 3:38 PM:

    @AEV - Good find. I’m not a patch pocket fan (especially for $600), and this J. Crew one is beautiful.

    AEV left a comment on 6/6/2011 at 7:50 AM:

    For those that love the Rugby linen blazer but feel $600.00 plus shipping is a bit steep, a nearly identical linen herringbone blazer with modern styling, high quality Italian fabric, etc. can currently be had from J. Crew for less than $280.00….

    Jacklynn left a comment on 6/5/2011 at 10:22 PM:

    Hey FEC; do you happen to know any brands that sell decent but reasonably priced women’s loafers? Stylish ones are few and far between; most look orthopedic, fit for a granny, etc. I don’t like the look or make of G.H.Bass, so are there any brands for females that come to mind? Thanks!

    chris w. left a comment on 6/4/2011 at 11:53 PM:

    This is all around fantastic!

    And it’s silly to give meaning behind pennies in loafers. It started as a no-meaning fad, and thats what it remains as; a little bit tongue-in-cheek, but nothing sentimental.

    Kionon left a comment on 6/4/2011 at 11:29 PM:

    @Tom I am aware of Alex Grant’s use of the pennies, but I wasn’t aware that FEC had sons (and I certainly don’t!).

    So I’m guessing these means I should NOT put pennies in my weejuns.

    Jessica S. left a comment on 6/4/2011 at 4:34 PM:

    Bryce, every week I want to buy one for my husband, and every week it’s out of my current budget, too!  Such is life?

    Bryce left a comment on 6/4/2011 at 4:23 AM:

    Love every item of every wardrobe you’ve put up thus far. But I’m hoping this is the last one that features that Rugby herringbone blazer. Every week I want to buy it, and every week, it is still firmly out of my budget range.

    Macho Macho Man left a comment on 6/4/2011 at 12:35 AM:

    Love the shirt!  Where could a feller purchase a fine garment like that? 

    Macho Man

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 10:12 PM:

    I love the jacket, loafers, belt, wallet and the watch!

    Kionon left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 9:50 PM:

    It’s been like 100 degrees here in Dallas, so I’m amazed you’re able to stand all that. I’ve been wearing shorts mostly, admittedly with dress shirts, and sometimes my light GGII blazer.

    Also, when did pennies in the penny loafers come back into style?

    Stu Hodgkiss left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 6:33 PM:

    I love this outfit, I have definitely found inspiration from this and I shall be borrowing your style! www.Anglo-American.me

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 6:06 PM:

    Oh man, you’re really nailing it here, FEC. Well done.


    Tyler Khan left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 5:19 PM:

    I really like all of these wardrobes that you have been putting up. They all look great. I especially like the blazer. Too bad it is a bit expensive, or I would get myself one.

    Richard Ross left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 4:49 PM:

    I am wearing the Rugby reversible madras shirt right now, and it really is a very well constructed garment. Unbelievably comfortable.

    DAM left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 4:48 PM:

    Adam: The best thing to do when you are any size/proportions is to make sure your garments fit - right size and tailored to your body.

    adam left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 2:45 PM:

    I love the look.  Do you have any suggestions for pulling off this look and some of your other sports jacket/denim looks when one is a tad, how shall I say, “portly?” I understand the best solution is to lose weight but until that time arrives, what do I do?

    Love the blog!!

    Adam left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 2:25 PM:

    Great look. Where did you get the watch strap?

    Jessica S. left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 2:18 PM:

    I am so loving white jeans this Spring and Summer, and if you’re right about the reversible Rugby madras not looking cheesy, I’ll have to get one for my husband.  How perf for travel?  Love this look!

    john lexington left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 2:18 PM:

    on point! - the watch!

    christo left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 1:54 PM:

    Dude, you gotta do a shot of you wearing it too, this is just pictures of clothes that go together otherwise.

    jacket looks boss, and I like how rounded the toe is on the RL loafers, too many are too elongated for casual wear


  • Saint James Sweater

    Style | Prep Essentials  

    “Hotchkiss and Yale man Gerald Murphy—artist, F. Scott Fitzgerald muse, and heir to Mark Cross—first discovered the jaunty appeal of the striped sailor top. Summering in Cap d’Antibes in 1923, he wore his Marseilles market find so well that soon such fellow beachcombers as Pablo Picasso and Coco Chanel were sporting them, too. Then came devoted Americaphile the Duke of Windsor, who wore his even during his brief reign as king of England while yachting with soon-to-be-twice-divorced girlfriend Wallis in 1937. After World War Two, the striped top went through its rebellious phase, worn by the likes of Jean Seberg, Andy Warhol, and Joan Baez before settling down as favored prep unisex garment during the 1970s. Its next incarnation, embodying fashion with a capital F, came courtesy of Jean Paul Gualtier. With its navy-on-cream stripes, the iconic Breton fisherman’s sweater is as significant a part of the French clothing vocabulary as the beret.”

    —Caroline Rennolds Milbank, True Prep

    Saint James has been spinning some of the world’s finest knits out of their Normandy, France based factory since 1889, but they are best known for their authentic Breton stripe sweaters. Though they are offered in wool (best suited for the fall/winter), opt for cotton come summer; they are more akin to heavy weight knit tees and are perfect layered or alone.

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    Rodellee left a comment on 7/26/2011 at 10:31 AM:

    Love this sweater, love the stripes. Classic, everyone should have one.

    john lexington left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 12:55 PM:

    love this!

    Kimberly Richardson left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 10:13 AM:

    Love the look!

    robdarko left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 9:52 AM:

    So Fla weather, this time of year, would make it impossible to wear a summer sweater.  So… is there an alternative, F.E.C.?

    DJ Joe Dubb left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 6:36 AM:

    One more piece to add to my list of “things to buy for my wife”. Awesome pic by the way.

    Kat left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 1:17 AM:

    A.  The sweater is perfect.  B. This shot might be my favorite I’ve seen on this site.  I love it.

    Straw Boater left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 12:47 AM:

    Nice touch with the Randolph Engineering aviators.  It looks great on girls, I wish more would wear them.

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 6/3/2011 at 12:43 AM:

    Great shot!

    Brad left a comment on 6/2/2011 at 7:16 PM:

    Nice pic!

    Brian left a comment on 6/2/2011 at 6:54 PM:

    I am wearing that sweater right now!  Fabulous!

    Paul Mitchell left a comment on 6/2/2011 at 3:52 PM:

    I own this sweater and it is great! Pretty girl, pretty beach, it all seems pretty perfect to me.

    Glenn Elliott left a comment on 6/2/2011 at 3:49 PM:



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