• A Fair-Sized Cemetery


    Jun 23, 2011 | Permalink (1) View/Leave Comments

    Rico left a comment on 6/23/2011 at 11:56 AM:

    This is an especially nice one.  The mark of a gentleman.


  • A Father’s Day


    Dear boys,

    Today was good. I watched you sleeping as I lay next to you—like every other weekend we’re together. All too soon you will be too big for me to sleep in between you, swing you from my limbs, and kiss you on the lips. I’m aware of the frailty lining these moments.

    Harrison, my firstborn, my strength. Your eyes are a mirror into my childhood—the joys, the disappointments, the victories, the defeats. There is this joy in your chocolate eyes that lights up a room.

    Jonah, my baby, my heart. Everything I loved about your mother I experience in you. We speak an unspoken language in the hugs, wrestling matches and piggyback rides we share. I vividly remember the day I found out I was having a second son...they told me I’d have a little girl. But you arrived, and have not ceased to amaze since.

    Sons, nothing you do will ever change the way I feel about you. Follow these rules when we are apart. And when we are together, may we live in our moments.

    • Take lots of pictures.
    • The key to good photography is not timing. It’s editing.
    • Live in New York City at some point.
    • Make sure your clothes fit properly
    • Spend time with your mother. She’s cooler than you think.
    • Learn to tie a bow tie.
    • Never side against your brother in a fight.
    • Don’t be afraid to ask out the best-looking girl in the room.
    • When shaking hands, grip firmly and look him in the eye.
    • Always use your last name when introducing yourself.
    • Surprise me at the office. Trust me, whatever I’m doing is not as important as you.


    *Modified version previously featured on All Plaid Out.

    Jun 22, 2011 | Permalink (23) View/Leave Comments

    Stephanie left a comment on 2/18/2012 at 8:56 AM:

    I love your blog (reading it in Tokyo!) and this post about your sons is heartwarming.  I am the mom of three (two of whom are boys) and think your advice is thoughtful and very sweet. Keep up the good word, dad!  -Stephanie (thetravelbugphotoblog.blogspot.com)

    Shelby left a comment on 8/25/2011 at 9:30 PM:

    Wow! I hope my hypothetical, future husband is this great of a father. This is fantastic.

    PrepFan left a comment on 6/30/2011 at 7:52 AM:

    They are adorable, not to mention their style is impeccable even at there young age. Your words of wisdom don’t just apply to them, but to everyone, including us reading them! Well done, brilliant post, one of your best.

    Annica Benning left a comment on 6/25/2011 at 11:32 AM:

    Too cute

    Tripp left a comment on 6/25/2011 at 2:45 AM:

    this is purely beautiful. it really warms my heart. i have not had a great relationship with my father after my mother divorced him long ago to marry someone with a bigger wallet, and this post has really made me realize that when i have children i need to be as close to them as possible as a father, and not just leave them alone like my father did to me and my sister. Wow Unabashedly Prep, not only are you inspiring me sartorially, but emotionally as well! Thank you

    C.H. left a comment on 6/24/2011 at 5:25 AM:

    what shorts is the 2nd kid wearing? is that a map print? LOOKS AWESOME.

    Kat left a comment on 6/23/2011 at 3:06 PM:

    This is precious.

    Julie left a comment on 6/23/2011 at 10:11 AM:

    Thank you for setting a great example and cherishing your children for the gifts they really are.

    Lee Anne left a comment on 6/23/2011 at 2:32 AM:

    This still chokes me up every time I read it. Your boys are so great. They will treasure this letter when they are old. Glad you got to spend Father’s Day with them. Great photos. They are growing so fast!

    Wade M. K. left a comment on 6/23/2011 at 2:28 AM:

    Cutest thing ever. You’re a great daddy.

    Joey Dee left a comment on 6/23/2011 at 1:13 AM:

    Good to know that there are dads out there that take such interest in their kids lives. It looks like you guys enjoy yourselves when you’re together! I have a daughter, and she is my world!
    I like the idea of having a how/what to dress kids in feature.

    C. left a comment on 6/22/2011 at 10:51 PM:

    You have officially elevated your talent to something only few can understand and others only wish to experience; I being one of the latter. You have brilliantly mixed your photography, fashion, genes, writting and fatherly love into what is my favorite post. I will definately be showing this post as an example of your fine work. Couldn’t ask for anything more.

    Dennis left a comment on 6/22/2011 at 9:30 PM:

    I’ve never had children and at my advancing years it’s one of the biggest regrets I have.

    That was one of the most touching writings I’ve ever read.


    Carlos left a comment on 6/22/2011 at 6:46 PM:

    Perfect fatherly advice.

    Katherine left a comment on 6/22/2011 at 5:39 PM:

    Wow! Your sons are adorable and on top of that impeccably dressed - not that that should come as a surprise to any of your regular readers. Great photos!

    Mattias left a comment on 6/22/2011 at 5:16 PM:

    Beautiful! It’s not often love is so obvious.

    CozyMolar left a comment on 6/22/2011 at 4:04 PM:

    Such cute kids… I can see by their style they are following in your footsteps.

    Very touching.

    Charley B. left a comment on 6/22/2011 at 3:15 PM:

    You have some very fashionable little boys! You should really start posting more of what they wear, we all could use ideas for how to dress our children like us too.

    dam left a comment on 6/22/2011 at 1:13 PM:

    thanks for sharing, FEC!

    Desmond K left a comment on 6/22/2011 at 11:39 AM:

    Great post,sharp kids. And the advice is awesome. Especially the one about giving firm handshakes. If its one thing I hate its a guy who slaps a dead fish in my hand. I’ve got two kids of my own whom I’m tryna implant some of these same values in.

    Clay left a comment on 6/22/2011 at 11:19 AM:

    That was one of the best blog entries I have ever read.  Beautiful!  So deep and thoughtful.  I love this blog and this post puts it in the highest company.  I loved “live in NYC” and “Ask out the best-looking girl” advise.

    Lissi left a comment on 6/22/2011 at 11:14 AM:

    This made my day.  Thank you for sharing xo

    chantal left a comment on 6/22/2011 at 10:56 AM:

    so sweet…and your boys are so adorable.  i remember seeing pics you posted of them on your old blog, they’re growing into such handsome little men!

    i was just talking with my husband the other day about how big our son is now, and how he used to love to hug, kiss and cuddle with him when he was little.  it’s a wonderful thing for a father to be so affectionate with this sons.  wonderful—-and important too.  my husband said he misses those days…now, with a 15 yr old, he’s lucky to get a hug that lasts more than 4 seconds.  enjoy your time with your little boys….they grow way too fast.


  • Collection

    Top Drawer | Miscellany  

    Tumblr is finally relevant to me. It’s the new home to my inspiration board. Although I have an actual inspiration board with photographs, magazine tears, patches, and quotes housed within a gold vintage wood frame, its space is limited. Moving my board online allows me to draw from it anywhere I go, but what’s more, allows you to step further into my world.

    Aptly named, Collection by F.E. Castleberry is just that—a collection of images, quotes, and original photographs fashioning a timeless, Ivy League inspired world with traditionally preppy roots. If you Tumble, "follow", "reblog", and "like" to your heart's content. For those that don’t, the best way to experience Collection is by simply viewing it in the collage style seen below and, well, being inspired.

    Jun 21, 2011 | Permalink (9) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/10/2011 at 11:32 AM:

    @Andy—I haven’t really had to get into too much restoration yet as I bought it in fairly good condition (for a 1987 model).  It only had 106,000 miles on it and now only has 115,000.

    Andy left a comment on 7/10/2011 at 11:29 AM:

    Have you had trouble maintining/restoring your BMW, either engine, carriage or interior?  How many miles are on it now?

    Manuel left a comment on 6/25/2011 at 4:47 AM:

    You are looking for inspiration? Try this: www.http://lord-of-hahn.tumblr.com/archive
    Hope you’ll get what you are looking for

    JABL left a comment on 6/22/2011 at 8:49 PM:

    Already following you Mr Castleberry, so much inspiration, I hope I can inspire others too, with a London take on Ivy. Summer seems the perfect time to draw inspiration.
    follow me at preposity.tumblr.com – currently covering Wimbledon style

    Luis Alcaraz left a comment on 6/22/2011 at 3:57 PM:

    Very very cool!! I going to enjoy it!!

    DJ Joe Dubb left a comment on 6/21/2011 at 10:14 PM:

    FEC- as always, I love this. Keep up the good work and follow me on Tumblr at straymorningthoughts.tumblr.com

    Robin- I’ll check out your tumblr as well!

    Robin left a comment on 6/21/2011 at 7:59 PM:

    FEC - follow me on tumblr at ROBLN.com. :)

    Joey Dee left a comment on 6/21/2011 at 7:21 PM:

    Great stuff. Love the underwater shot colors, and lemons quote !

    RCN left a comment on 6/21/2011 at 4:51 PM:

    Very cool FEC!


  • Wardrobe V

    Dress Code  

    Dressing for the beach can be just as challenging as preventing a blistering sunburn. Start with a great trunk in an interesting print or a pop of color. Grab staples such as a pique polo and a sweatshirt—for those chilly beach nights around the bonfire—in light colored solids, holding yourself to just one loud piece. Add a couple bracelets and a tote to carry the necessities. If there’s ever a time to stack bracelets, summer is that time. Vary the widths and textures (e.g. rope, nylon, alligator) to keep it interesting. Before you actually hit the sand, throw on a canvas sneaker. Even at the beach, I can't bring myself to slip on flip-flops.

    1. Striped beach towel
    2. Sea Bags tote*

These totes are in line to replace the celebrated L.L. Bean bag in the hearts of prep fashionistas. Each bag is sewn in Maine from recycled sail cloth with anchors, stripes, and numbers. The best part? Each bag is one of a kind—they all vary slightly in size because they’re handmade.

    3. Lacoste pique polo
    4. Strong Boalt swim trunks**

This Palm Beach-based luxury swim trunk ($145) designed by islander Amanda Boalt, is the perfect summer uniform for men who are sticklers for fit, quality construction, and flash occasional Lilly tendencies. It sits a hand width above the knee with a 5 3/4” inseam. Boalt traded in her Manhattan post as a buyer at Ralph Lauren last year to launch Strong Boalt from her hometown. With details like bar-tacking at seams for extra durability, signature metal grommets at waistband and back, side vents, and 100% quick dry polyester microfiber with peach finish, it has quickly become my go-to trunk this summer.

    5. Rugby reversible sweatshirt
    6. Ray-Ban tortoise shell Wayfarers
    7. Tretorn canvas sneakers
    8. Keil James Patrick Turk’s Head rope bracelet
    9. J.Crew nylon bracelet

    10. Timex Easy Reader with alligator leather strap

    *courtesy of Seabags
    **courtesy of Strongboalt

    Jun 20, 2011 | Permalink (16) View/Leave Comments

    MDB left a comment on 6/19/2014 at 8:03 PM:

    Just stumbled onto this - old post but still relevant. Nice bold/subdued balance. Cheers to summer!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/25/2011 at 6:44 PM:

    @N.R.Y.—The alligator leather strap is by Michelle Watches.

    N.R.Y left a comment on 6/25/2011 at 6:39 PM:

    Where is the alligator watch strap from, I really like the rich color

    GLG left a comment on 6/24/2011 at 12:02 PM:

    @KRC -  Thanks, but I was looking at the bermuda shorts on the lilly site, they were green with calvary style swords on them.

    KRC left a comment on 6/24/2011 at 8:04 AM:

    @ GLG - I work for a Lilly Pulitzer Via Shop and we have tons of trunks left for summer! Let me know what ones you want and I would be happy to help you get them!

    GLG left a comment on 6/22/2011 at 11:02 AM:

    @Hilton:  Lacoste polos are definitely over-priced, but their sale prices are often more affordable (like their current sale.)  As for quality the shirts are ultra-light weight, the perfect summer shirt, if not the best choice for early spring. Unfortunately, as you mention the brand image has been diminished, but despite all the hooligans the brand is still popular with the younger tennis and golf crowd, and fondly remembered by every New Englander that lived through the 80’s.

    JABL left a comment on 6/21/2011 at 9:11 AM:

    Lovely beach look. especially the rope details on the bag and KJP bracelet – where else is this more relevant than the beach?
    Personally I’d shy away from a popped collar on anything, especially a polo shirt, now that they have become so ubiquitous. Keeping the collar down differentiates us from the hooligans that Hilton mentions


    NWR left a comment on 6/20/2011 at 9:09 PM:

    Great work, Fred! Thanks for the beach outline and I’m right there with you on the flip-flops…no thanks. Keep it up!

    GLG left a comment on 6/20/2011 at 4:12 PM:

    @ FEC - For some reason, Lilly’s offerings are extremely erratic.  I was eyeing a pair of printed shorts on her website, which have since disappeared . . .

    cam left a comment on 6/20/2011 at 3:01 PM:

    fred - thanks for the post. i’m just curious as to your beef with flip flops?

    CC left a comment on 6/20/2011 at 2:57 PM:

    Fred - this might be my favorite piece you’ve ever done.  Your timing is spot on.  I agree with the wristwear however, I ‘d take it off to avoid tanlines.  I prefer my swimwear sans elastic waistband.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/20/2011 at 1:36 PM:

    @CJM—Yes, my Wayfarers are RB2140 with polarized lenses.

    @Hilton—Lacoste certainly doesn’t make them like they used to.  Regarding hooligans, are you going to stop wearing Ralph Lauren’s polo just because every out-of-shape suburbanite dad wears them too?  Everything you wear is about the attitude you wear it with.

    CJM left a comment on 6/20/2011 at 1:23 PM:

    Are these regular RB2140 with polarized lenses? Nice tote bag!

    Hilton left a comment on 6/20/2011 at 1:01 PM:

    What are your thought on the quality and price of the Lacoste polo compared with others such as Brooks Brothers? I don’t feel the same about Lacoste as I used too given the tendency of hooligans to wear the shirt now.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/20/2011 at 12:26 PM:

    @GLG—The price premium of Strong Boalt’s trunks can be attributed to their boutique approach and the fact that they offer multiple designs in trunks and board shorts.  Lilly Pulitzer is currently only offering one trunk for men (although I love it).  The key about the sneakers is removing them once you are ready to hit the sand.

    GLG left a comment on 6/20/2011 at 12:16 PM:

    Perfect New England look Fred - I see this all the time.  The Lacoste L!VE polo is great - not only because of the slimmer profile, but because of the low profile collar which lets you avoid looking like a dork if you pop it.  The only items I’m leery about are the trunks which are quite a bit more expensive than Lilly P’s very similar model, and the sneakers - which will get ruined right away.  Then again, I might just be equating sneakers on the beach with kids that wear boxers and New Era ball caps in the water.


  • Yellow Croc

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Dallas, TX

    Noteworthy: white jeans that hit at the ankle, classic Lacoste polo (few sportswear pieces look better on a woman than a fitted polo), tank watch silhouette.

    Jun 17, 2011 | Permalink (10) View/Leave Comments

    stockton andrews II left a comment on 6/19/2011 at 1:55 AM:

    She looks great. Nice photo,too. Well done.

    Trailer Trad left a comment on 6/18/2011 at 8:00 PM:

    An example of the popped collar working.

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 6/18/2011 at 7:46 PM:

    @ FEC ~ You might be interested in a new large-format, illustrated book on the Ivy League universities, published by Assouline coming out in October. The book covers the various histories of the universities, and touches upon campus styles. It’s not on the website yet.



    DJ Joe Dubb left a comment on 6/18/2011 at 6:25 PM:

    I love showing my wife shots like this. It gives her so many ideas.

    Tyler P. left a comment on 6/18/2011 at 6:12 PM:

    Normally, a pale yellow does not work for those of us with white skin, but she pulls it off beautifully.

    B. L. Davis left a comment on 6/17/2011 at 10:43 PM:

    She is beautiful.  I love pastel yellow on a young lady.  It is almost always stunning.  Well done.

    Ricardo Martinez left a comment on 6/17/2011 at 5:25 PM:

    White pants—especially jeans—are the best!

    khordkutta left a comment on 6/17/2011 at 5:25 PM:

    Understated and Attractive!!!

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 6/17/2011 at 3:36 PM:

    Popped collar! Nice! Good shot Fred!

    chris w. left a comment on 6/17/2011 at 3:23 PM:

    She’s very lovely! Anybody know her name?


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