• Portrait of a Lady

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    Androgyny is at the bedrock of preppy style. The term itself is derived from the Greek words for “man” and “woman”—referring to the combination of masculine and feminine characteristics. And yet, I find it still altogether sexy. This portrait of Cintia Dicker I discovered while curating images for my inspiration board, Collection, captivates the eye and the very essence of the aesthetic. That, and I have a predilection for freckles and club ties.

    Aug 10, 2011 | Permalink (11) View/Leave Comments

    Taylore left a comment on 8/31/2011 at 11:38 AM:

    this is so sensual but also innocent. its lovely!

    R.P. Coltrane left a comment on 8/23/2011 at 4:24 PM:

    Ms. Dicker- absolutely lovely… the look is good too.

    ARAN87908 left a comment on 8/18/2011 at 8:50 PM:

    Great picture! It is a great shirt and tie combination. I like the stripes!

    Cassy left a comment on 8/15/2011 at 6:09 PM:

    Nice picture.

    Stu Hodgkiss left a comment on 8/12/2011 at 3:36 AM:

    I came across this image a few weeks ago, and I have to say that I have an unhealthy obsession for Cintia Dicker, she always the poster girl for preppy in my opinion, check out her Lands End Canvas images :)

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

    Concur completely. Well, not about the club ties, but short of breath on the girl.

    Emily left a comment on 8/11/2011 at 5:46 PM:

    Great picture! It is a great shirt and tie combination. I like the stripes!

    -Emily (www.urbanadventurer.com/blog)

    Sebastian left a comment on 8/11/2011 at 5:01 PM:

    Amazing picture, what a beautiful woman!

    James left a comment on 8/11/2011 at 3:10 PM:

    I love the picture.  Could stare at it for hours.

    Clay left a comment on 8/11/2011 at 3:00 PM:

    Cintia Dicker is one of my favorites - she also models for Land’s End Canvas.  If you receive their catalog, you get to enjoy many images of Ms. Dicker.

    Brett left a comment on 8/11/2011 at 2:35 PM:

    Absolutely stunning. The look on her face is unreal.  A beautiful woman and a great shirt and tie combo…the best of both worlds. haha


  • Sailing with J.McLaughlin


    J.McLaughlin churns out preppy, playful attire ideal for a clam bake or a weekend in East Hampton.  It's an aesthetic akin to a more mature take on J.Crew. "It's the Hamptons with a sense of humor, New Canaan with nerve, and Palm Beach with passion," says design director Kevin McLaughlin whom I sat down with recently.  "It is all about tradition with a twist."  The McLaughlin brothers have been twisting classic American sportswear for 33 years now.

    Amidst the long hours, manning their Greenpoint, Brooklyn headquarters/factory, and new store openings, Jay and Kevin McLaughlin do manage to stay near the water. The guys recently sponsored a new M65usa sailboat and invited me and some friends out for its inaugural sail.  Kiel, Sarah, Hannah, and I stopped by J.Mclaughlin's Sip & Sail cocktail fundraiser (benefiting Newport Hospital) Thursday night.  It's hard to say no to an open bar.  Amy, who runs J.McLaughlin's Newport store, outfitted us in some of our favorite pieces and we set sail the next evening before sunset. Our skipper, Ryan, not only ensured we had plenty of Newport Storm on board but had us ducking, dodging, and leap-frogging all over the deck with them in hand.  Sip and sail indeed.

    Photographed in Newport, RI

    For those of you who would like to share any of these images on their Tumblrs, please reblog from my Tumblr, Collection.

    Aug 9, 2011 | Permalink (32) View/Leave Comments

    Daily Cup of Couture left a comment on 10/4/2011 at 11:52 PM:

    adore these photos and outfits xx

    Glenn Elliott left a comment on 8/16/2011 at 2:06 PM:

    Thanks FEC, KJP & BJC for the responses. I found them at BI Trading Co.  Wish they had a better assortment, but the end of the season is rapidly approaching…unfortunately.  Great week on Block Island though!

    RF left a comment on 8/15/2011 at 6:27 PM:

    a true sailor would never let his lines get so loose and tangled on deck.

    BJC left a comment on 8/15/2011 at 5:54 PM:

    Hey BIer Glenn Elliott head down to the last shop under the National (across from Surf Hotel).  They had some bracelets on display last week.

    Glenn Elliott left a comment on 8/13/2011 at 9:49 AM:

    Hey Fred-I’m on Block Island for the week and I’ve been looking high and low for KJP’s bracelets.  I was certain I would find them…it’s BI!  But so far no luck.  Do you know or could you ask him if there are any local retailers.

    Beanie left a comment on 8/12/2011 at 9:20 AM:

    Love the looks and definitely agree about J. McLaughlin being more mature than J. Crew (although I love both).

    The sails meanwhile are what get me - absolutely gorgeous!


    Kiel James Patrick left a comment on 8/11/2011 at 11:11 AM:

    @J—I did not go to Harvard.  I have a close relationship to the school as The Coop is one of my larger accounts retailing my products.  They gave me one of their Hats and a hoody, so I wear them proudly.

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 8/10/2011 at 11:37 PM:

    Excellent post, FEC. I used to stop in their Westport store all the time. The men’s section was in the back, as if forgotten.

    Let us know when you’re sailing the Pacific. It’s a much superior ocean to the Atlantic.

    Even Vineyard Vines are opening a store here.

    Stu Hodgkiss left a comment on 8/10/2011 at 1:56 PM:

    I’ve never been sailing and am really inspired to go, shame the British Isles are so cold :(

    Kristen left a comment on 8/10/2011 at 10:22 AM:

    So funny to see this post! I was sailing into Newport Shipyard late Friday afternoon and passed the J.McLaughlin boat.  

    Rhon left a comment on 8/10/2011 at 7:11 AM:

    Not sure how I’ve missed your site. Love what you’re posting here. Have some recent Maine sailing posts on my blog. Adding you to my blog roll now! http://www.backwoodsplaid.blogspot.com/

    KGC left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 11:51 PM:

    These photos are amazing and the shoot must of been loads of fun too!

    Kionon left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 9:31 PM:

    I really need to get some sailing in. Eight months since my last sailing trip is simply too long.

    Looking good.

    Richard left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 6:06 PM:

    A very authentic looking group of people.  Very nice!

    EAS left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 5:25 PM:

    You all are perfectly styled per usual! Endorsing J.McLaughlin is kind of a no-brainier. It must have been a blast to take the boat out! xx

    White Horse left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 4:45 PM:

    Beautiful shots! I’m really interested in choice of boat . . .  I’ve read about the transat 650 race and the mini class but don’t know anyone with one these. Looks like fun.

    Luis Alcaraz left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 3:52 PM:

    Great shots!!! The clothes are great but there is something about picking the right thing in the store that not everyone can do—and let me tell you, all of you can.


    Emily left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 3:14 PM:

    Love these photos! Sailing is definitely my favorite thing to do in the summer. And the clothes are great too!

    -Emily (www.urbanadventurer.com/blog)

    JAV left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 3:12 PM:

    Great shots.  I have many fond memories of Newport and jml. My mom and shopped at the Westport store often.

    McCarthy left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 1:43 PM:

    Kiel’s shirt is awesome. Good shots all around.

    J left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 1:42 PM:

    Did your friend go to Harvard? And I have no problem with his hat selection if he did not, just curious.

    G.O.S left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 1:02 PM:

    Looks like that scene out of The Talented Mr Ripley haha.
    Loving life :)

    John H. left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 12:57 PM:

    Beautiful shots, and equally beautiful clothes. You all have a comfortable look that’s still tack-sharp. It looks like a great time. Did you happen to attend the Jazz festival this past weekend?

    AEV left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 12:44 PM:

    @FEC - Yes, some readers (consumers) are smart. I believe the line between ‘endorsement’ (esp. when free gear and experiences are part of the equation) and ‘advtertisement’ can be a blurry one….that’s all. J. McLaughlin is running a clothing business and your blog/healthy twitter appetite offers brand exposure - your ‘relationship’ is predictaed on that (as well as your intent to start your own clothing business). I’m not suggesting anything’s wrong with that or that it surprises me. Again, I just like to know what I’m looking at when I read your blog…esp given the wide range of endorsements/advertising/promotion/commentary it offers (and as more and more brands start their own ‘blogs’ which further blurs lines…).

    As I said - cool shots….makes me miss home. I tend to dig J. McLaughlin patterns and fabrics a lot, though the cuts are simply too baggy and boxy for my body type…

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 12:29 PM:

    @AEV—You are welcome.  I have a relationship with the folks at J.McLaughlin and I’ve sat down with Kevin McLaughlin himself to talk shop.  They are hardly strangers.  They invited me as a guest.  I’m not hiding anything here, readers are smart.  I honestly don’t see the necessity in spelling things out when I already mentioned they outfitted us while aboard their sailboat.  Some would call that “taking care of your guest.”  Of course I am going to photograph the experience on the sail boat as it is relevant content for Unabashedly Prep.  I say “no” to many experiences and companies…sailing with J.McLaughlin isn’t one of them.

    AEV left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 12:20 PM:

    @FEC - thanks. i, personally, just like to understand what i’m looking at. surely, strangers at j. mclaughlin didn’t ‘just ask’ if you’d like to sail around newport on their logo emblazoned boat with a few friends without any discussion or expectation of brand exposure, but i’m happy to read between the lines if you’re happy offering opaque retorts….

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 12:12 PM:

    @AEV—An advertisement is what you see below in the form of banners.  I am endorsing J.McLaughlin (especially for the ladies), just as I do most everything that is published on Unabashedly Prep.  J.McLaughlin simply asked if I’d like to go sailing with them—of course I said yes (because I like sailing and I like what the company represents).  Later, they offered to outfit us for the voyage…we picked out some of our favorite pieces and off we went.

    AEV left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 12:02 PM:

    Cool shots. So I understand, is this a J. McLaughlin advertisement? - i.e. they gave you guys some free gear and you agreed to post the spread on your blog?

    Tito left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 11:49 AM:

    You guys rock!
    I really respect what you guys are doing, I think is time for the first ever preppy “MAGAZINE”
    Get that money Fred, I see a lot of talent with your team.

    cam left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 11:43 AM:

    amazing shots and amazing clothes. i especailly like your white jacket mr. castleberry. hannah is beautiful.

    Robin left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 11:08 AM:

    You guys are so stinking cool! I wish I was friends with you all!

    Richard Ross left a comment on 8/9/2011 at 11:04 AM:

    Brilliant post. This looks like quite the adventure. I love the boat shoe picture.


  • Good Taste


    Aug 8, 2011 | Permalink (0) View/Leave Comments

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


  • Everyday Carry


    1. Wentworth pewter flask

    A flask isn’t about discretion. It’s subtle, but it’s an assertion nonetheless that there’s nothing coarse or vulgar about a few sips of drink. Handmade in Sheffield, England into a 6 fl. oz. silhouette, the curved shape makes it nicely suited for the breast pocket of a sport coat. You can pick one up from Kaufmann Mercantile. Granted, I hardly carry one everyday but to a wedding or the Celine Dion concert your girl dragged you to, sure. And don’t forget to share.

    2. Randolph Engineering aviators
    3. Valentine stingray iPhone back

    I have an ongoing love affair with marine life. There's a mystery about the ocean that captures a boy's imagination and holds it until he is an old man.  My healthy appetite for sea turtle shells, taxidermic blowfish, conches, and in this case, stingray leather, means at any given time my place is littered with the stuff.  Valentine, a New York City startup, offers iPhone backs in not only genuine leathers but exotics, like this stingray.  Even when I'm not at sea, I can still fish it out of my pocket.

    4. Timex for J.Crew Andros Dive Watch
    5. Ray Ban tortoise shell Wayfarers (polarized)
    6. Monogrammed business card case
    7. Victorinox Swiss Army Knife

    The Swiss Army Climber Stayglow by Victorinox with a “screw it.” engraving in lieu of a traditional monogram. The fluorescent grip shell not only glows (in the dark) but shows your personality does too.

    8. Smathers & Branson needlepoint wallet
    9. Rugby braided leather keychain

    Aug 5, 2011 | Permalink (13) View/Leave Comments

    Ann left a comment on 11/23/2011 at 10:00 AM:

    My husband loves his Randolph aviators, and he’s a Naval Aviator! They last forever and are the original!

    Jen S. Dean left a comment on 8/20/2011 at 1:05 PM:

    Love the wallet!

    Doc left a comment on 8/7/2011 at 9:48 PM:

    Hey, I’ve been thinking about buying that watch for some time now.  How do you like it? Would you recommend it?

    EL left a comment on 8/7/2011 at 5:52 PM:

    Is that nato strap orange and navy? If so, where did you get it?  I’ve been looking for one in that combination for a while; thanks.

    Benn left a comment on 8/7/2011 at 3:18 PM:

    Where’d the great card case come from?

    CHC left a comment on 8/7/2011 at 2:44 PM:

    Do you recommend the 4 oz or the 6 oz flask?


    Kionon left a comment on 8/7/2011 at 1:50 PM:

    Sheffield England produces some of the best metalwork in the world. There is a reason why many figure skating blades (including my own) are made there. I’d never consider buying blades made anywhere else, and damn the expense.

    Paul left a comment on 8/7/2011 at 11:38 AM:

    Personally, I’m impressed with the fact that you show two sunglasses.

    K. Kimbrough left a comment on 8/7/2011 at 3:15 AM:

    I gotta say that stingray leather iPhone back must be one of the coolest things I have ever seen. I love shark fishing in Charleston and we see those stingrays swimming around all the time! I’m about due for a new cover too because my current one isn’t holding up too well. How long have you had yours? Is it holding up well?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/6/2011 at 11:17 PM:

    @BCG—I don’t carry two pairs of sunglasses on me at any given time. I simply wear both interchangeably and wanted to show that. Both are kept in the glovebox of my car.

    @JMH—The key chain was a gift. I understand your appreciation for a story behind items that you wear but don’t forget the best story of all: “I picked this up because I liked it.” That shows personal style…because you made the decision for yourself—not someone else.

    Sasha left a comment on 8/6/2011 at 10:36 PM:

    I have carried a Swiss army knife in my back left pocket everyday since my sophomore year of college. Living in Los Angeles for the past seven years, men comment on how odd and unnecessary it is and women are intrigued.

    BCG left a comment on 8/6/2011 at 8:45 PM:

    Any particular reason for the second pair of sunglasses? I might stash a backup in the car, but carrying two on your person seems pessimistic or worse, overly vain.

    Looks like the wallet has put on some healthy wear, compared to older Wardrobe posts. I didn’t know needlepoint broke in so nicely.

    JMH left a comment on 8/6/2011 at 7:48 PM:

    An estimable collection.

    One quick question I do have though is if there is an anecdote behind the key fob.  I personally am of the opinion that such items, along with male bracelets and other such jewelry, should have a story behind them.  Even if it is “It was gifted.” 

    Case in point, my key lanyard has my university residence and graduation year on it in needlepoint (it was given to me when I was placed in the house), my backup has my name engraved (a gift from my mother), and the only ring I wear is my university ring.  I could never buy such an item without there being, at the very least, a good story behind/reason for it.

    Does that make any sense?


  • Two of a Kind

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Newport, RI

    Noteworthy: the brawn and brains behind Kiel James Patrick.

    Aug 4, 2011 | Permalink (18) View/Leave Comments

    dannie left a comment on 8/22/2011 at 6:07 PM:

    adorable outfits!
    is that a vw 181??

    Amanda left a comment on 8/8/2011 at 11:56 AM:

    These two are oh so cute.  I hope you checked out my “Ten Reasons These Two Should Get Married” post on www.pinkcashmerecardigan.blogspot.com

    AEV left a comment on 8/7/2011 at 10:17 AM:

    great shot. is that their rig?

    Trailer Trad left a comment on 8/6/2011 at 8:11 PM:

    It’s hard not to have an ‘S’ eating grin when you’re standing with a cutie and A VINTAGE THING.

    Jg left a comment on 8/6/2011 at 1:38 PM:

    I like the shoes. A nice departure from seeing a topsider paired with colored chinos. What brand?

    left a comment on 8/6/2011 at 11:55 AM:

    this could be a RL ad…american..classic..perfect

    Tom Bosché left a comment on 8/6/2011 at 9:32 AM:

    From my all-too-short visits and conversations with these two, I’ve experienced two very bright minds, and little brawn (in the rugby sense). Now “Beauty and the Beast”?  Maybe ...

    Kevin V left a comment on 8/6/2011 at 7:02 AM:

    The brawn and brains? Sure, but Kiel’s in the picture too. HAH! Great look, kids!

    KGC left a comment on 8/6/2011 at 12:05 AM:

    Great photo. They always look amazing!

    Tito left a comment on 8/5/2011 at 11:29 PM:

    Hail James Patrick, nuff said!

    Kionon left a comment on 8/5/2011 at 9:26 PM:

    FEC, are those argyle socks I detect on KJP?

    Lauren left a comment on 8/5/2011 at 7:41 PM:

    I wonder if he has to approve her outfits before she goes anywhere

    Andy M. left a comment on 8/5/2011 at 6:26 PM:

    Altogether great shot.

    Lisa Borodkin left a comment on 8/5/2011 at 5:04 PM:

    Wow, a Volkswagen Thing. Haven’t seen one since Nantucket.

    Emily left a comment on 8/5/2011 at 4:48 PM:

    Cute couple! And nice outfits, too. I love his green pants and her yellow clutch! They’re very nice touches.

    -Emily (www.urbanadventurer.com/blog)

    Brian E. left a comment on 8/5/2011 at 4:44 PM:

    That’s an interesting choice of shoe for KJP.  The longwings look fine but they seem a bit incongruous with the rest of the outfit and his trademark look in general.  Nice Thing, though.

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 8/5/2011 at 4:24 PM:

    Great couple, great outfits! Nice shot Fred!

    Richard Ross left a comment on 8/5/2011 at 4:11 PM:

    Is that a Joyoda? Sick.


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