• 27th Annual Harriman Cup

    Top Drawer | Culture | Sports  

    It’s not even noon, and yet, half of the Long Island bound LIRR train is already lashed on mimosas and John Dalys. I’m getting there. We’re all hopping off at Old Westbury for the 27th Annual Harriman Cup, the alumni polo match between Yale and the University of Virginia. Founded in 1984 as a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of polo and supporting the collegiate polo programs of Yale and UVA, the event has raised over $600,000 for the schools’ undergrad teams.

    The match has since served as a last ditch effort for Yale and UVA alum alike—and any family and friends really—to celebrate summer’s end in patchwork madras, pastels, and penny loafers. The after party alone is worth the trip. A live band and dancing breaks out on the tented dance floor amidst hopes of meeting Mr. or Mrs. Right (now). Awards for best dressed, best hat, and best tailgate are doled out with tongue-in-cheek while UVA hoisted up the cup for the second year in a row, edging out Yale 6-5.

    Photographed in Old Westbury, NY

    *As always, most of these images can be shared via Tumblr at Collection by F.E. Castleberry.

    Oct 24, 2011 | Permalink (21) View/Leave Comments

    Ann left a comment on 11/23/2011 at 8:48 AM:

    Takes me back to college when I had time to play more and things were carefree, so fun!


    Trailer Trad left a comment on 11/1/2011 at 5:46 PM:

    Makes a Virginian proud.


    Rhon left a comment on 10/28/2011 at 7:01 PM:

    This looks like a picture-perfect time.


    ian left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 9:01 PM:

    Love the Bernese Mountain Dog. wonderful dogs, but very short lived due to horrendous health issues. Such a shame.


    Lee Anne left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 3:37 PM:

    This post is top notch. Such a lively, fun collection of photos that definitely captures the nature of sport. Keep up the excellent work!


    Amy left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 8:45 AM:

    The pretty lady in the yellow striped dress is just DARLING!


    scaleworm left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 1:18 AM:

    Great images, Really, just Great shots here! Well done!


    ian left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 5:03 PM:

    the woman with the dog has a heart-melting smile.


    Max left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 4:44 PM:

    Awesome set of pics.  As a general aside and correct me if I’m wrong - true prep style is casual, uncalculated, and effortless (i.e. “to the manor born, it’s just what you are”  and NOT studied… IMHO the aesthetic idea is very similar to the Italian notion of “sprezzatura”

    The girls…WOW.  Keep up the good work Fred, your blog rocks!


    A.U.G. left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 1:00 PM:

    I was here but unfortunately my means of chronicling (cell phone was not charged the night before).  -auniversitygent.blogspot.com


    Andy M. left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 9:36 AM:

    Phenomenal group of pictures Fred!  This is probably my favorite post of all time on here.


    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 8:13 AM:

    Superb collection of photos, FEC.

    I particularly like the shot of the blonde in the white trousers. Holy s*&$!! Please inform her that I’m single and strikingly good-looking. And, I live on the beach. ;-)

    Are you aspiring to be the Slim of our (decaying) times…?


    Tripp left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 7:45 PM:

    this looks like the best time ever. i want to be there. you really really captured the moment. i am so jealous


    Obadiah left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 7:02 PM:

    Richard of Wasp 101 informed us that Rugby has now provided you with a private plane and pilot. How was your luncheon at the cafe? Shall we look for their skull-and-bones logo on the dorsal fin?


    CHC left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 3:15 PM:

    I mean the blonde girls with the peace sign….


    CHC left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 3:13 PM:

    Nice pictures! I like this a lot! Especially the girls in floral print dresses…


    dam left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 12:57 PM:

    Wahoowah


    JIm Kelleth left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 12:30 PM:

    Re: The lady in the white trousers….  I’ll second that.


    cam left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 12:17 PM:

    now THIS is unabashedly prep!


    trip left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 12:00 PM:

    Wow, this may be one of the best series that you’ve done, Fred.


    Dan from England left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 11:43 AM:

    The rear view of the lady in the white trousers is very nice, could we also see a front view please ?


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  • Shooter

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: hunting jacket adopted for town, Fair Isle sweater vest.

    Oct 21, 2011 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    Brian E left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 3:32 PM:

    That’s quite a good look, head to toe.  I’ll even give the ascot a pass.  I love patch breast pockets and throat latches on sport coats.  The “shell” pockets and recoil pad are a bit much for city wear, but it’s done well.


    DBCC left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 11:51 AM:

    Loving the ascot!


    tradd left a comment on 10/22/2011 at 12:00 PM:

    love the purple and the pink setting off the earth tones!  dandy, while still looking very masculine.


    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 10/21/2011 at 6:26 PM:

    Lovely. I particularly like the vest. Well done.


    Dan left a comment on 10/21/2011 at 5:36 PM:

    Lee Norwood killin’ it at the Tweed Run.


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  • Redneck

    Top Drawer | Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: Edward Green riding boots, contrasting red under-collar, piped silk pocket square.

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

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/6/2012 at 10:49 AM:

    @Bubby—Because I shot this photograph of him at the New York Rugby Tweed Run.


    Bubby left a comment on 3/7/2012 at 5:13 PM:

    Why does he still have his number armband on from the US rugby tweed run?????


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/22/2011 at 11:05 AM:

    @DJY—A great tailor in London by the name of Oscar Udeshi. The store is in Mayfair and he produces many one off pieces, like this jacket.


    dsh left a comment on 10/21/2011 at 10:04 AM:

    The dude’s got 3 pairs of eyewear on him.


    ViridianGirl left a comment on 10/21/2011 at 9:25 AM:

    I am in love - love the look! As a Steampunk author/editor, I appreciate the slow yet steady move towards the mainstream. Carry on, lads!


    M Arthur left a comment on 10/20/2011 at 11:57 PM:

    Looks like a member of Cold Play.  Just teasing!  I place the look in Spain, not Hyannis Port.  Good look.


    Tad Allagash left a comment on 10/20/2011 at 10:57 PM:

    This is great. Love the boots - suede uppers on a riding boot actually make a lot of sense, better grip.


    JG left a comment on 10/20/2011 at 10:54 PM:

    He looks cool and everything works nicely, with the goggles and half popped collar it makes me think it’s more of a steampunk look


    DJY left a comment on 10/20/2011 at 7:54 PM:

    Does anyone know who makes that jacket?


    Michael left a comment on 10/20/2011 at 11:32 AM:

    Great look for the country!


    Ed left a comment on 10/20/2011 at 10:44 AM:

    IMHO this comes across as slightly more “Euro” than “Prep”, but wow, what a badass look. The jacket is great and the boots are even better.


    RSchneider left a comment on 10/20/2011 at 10:36 AM:

    As someone who grew up in the Polo world, it became second nature to see men in tall riding boots. I don’t think it looks femme at all. Instead, very polished. I wish more men would take the risk.


    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 10/20/2011 at 10:27 AM:

    Ah, this is really good. Awesome boots, and that coat looks wonderful. Well done.

    The man loves his eyewear: sunglasses, eyeglasses, and goggles! It’s a good thing then he has plenty of pocket space.


    Desmond K left a comment on 10/20/2011 at 10:21 AM:

    Those boots are incredible.


    Caroline Fontenot left a comment on 10/20/2011 at 9:53 AM:

    More men should wear slimmer jeans, not skinny, but slimmer. I like the fit of these on him. I feel a more femme vibe coming from the boots…but probably just because I’m lusting over them. That jacket, wow. Impressive!


    trip left a comment on 10/20/2011 at 8:13 AM:

    I thought those boots were awesome. Then I saw they were Edward Green. That confirms it.


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  • Bootleg

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: collegiate wool scarf, vintage leather riding boots.

    Oct 19, 2011 | Permalink (13) View/Leave Comments

    ian left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 5:00 PM:

    eyewear is hideous


    A left a comment on 10/22/2011 at 5:30 PM:

    Her bag is to die for! Where did she get it?


    OldGeorgetowner left a comment on 10/20/2011 at 12:24 PM:

    I wish F.C would’ve taken a picture with Porter’s charming broach she has on that’s holding that scarf in place.  What a fantastic/creative idea.  This chick can dress.


    Maddie left a comment on 10/20/2011 at 3:03 AM:

    Where can i get those boots? I LOVE THEM


    Straw Boater left a comment on 10/19/2011 at 8:39 PM:

    Love the J.Press schoolboy scarves.


    J left a comment on 10/19/2011 at 7:29 PM:

    Bravo, Fred!  Another outstanding post from a nearly infallible blog!


    Grace left a comment on 10/19/2011 at 6:49 PM:

    I’m not crazy about the shawl, eyewear, or boots, but the dress and bag are nice.


    Tito left a comment on 10/19/2011 at 5:52 PM:

    I’ll rock those boots!


    john left a comment on 10/19/2011 at 5:10 PM:

    Never thought of polo boots in this light, but I guess.


    Angela left a comment on 10/19/2011 at 4:49 PM:

    I’m loving the whole outfit, boots and bag especial.


    Christina left a comment on 10/19/2011 at 3:59 PM:

    And the dress looks like a nice material as well!


    OldGeorgetowner left a comment on 10/19/2011 at 2:26 PM:

    Porter looks fantastic!  Flawless. Ultra prep.


    cam left a comment on 10/19/2011 at 2:21 PM:

    Boots, bag, dress and scarf are absolutely great. Trying to digest the eyewear.


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  • Bored to Death

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: P3 tort shell eyeglasses, herringbone tweed suit, side part.

    Oct 18, 2011 | Permalink (18) View/Leave Comments

    Joey Dee left a comment on 10/27/2011 at 3:48 PM:

    Suited skate punk professor? Great photo. When the punk rock kids grow up, generally, they are the best dressed.


    opofgdu left a comment on 10/27/2011 at 6:27 AM:

    imwUYA evzdayellqce


    Geralynn left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 10:39 PM:

    I came, I read this article, I cnuoqreed.


    papi cholo left a comment on 10/23/2011 at 2:41 AM:

    any clue what kind of frames those are?


    Carlos left a comment on 10/20/2011 at 2:58 PM:

    He’s not wearing a belt because he’s rocking the less obvious braces aka suspenders. Super dapper look.


    Plain T-Shirt left a comment on 10/20/2011 at 7:53 AM:

    Noteworthy: Photographer in the back photobombing


    watson left a comment on 10/19/2011 at 10:38 PM:

    I like everything about it.


    Campbell left a comment on 10/19/2011 at 2:59 PM:

    How I have always been told, and this has been re-affirmed by Thom Browne’s particular rulebook, is that a tie-bar (if worn) should be placed roughly 1/2 way in between the collar and belt.


    Sean left a comment on 10/19/2011 at 2:53 PM:

    @ khordkutta I agree with the 3-4 placement and so do the stylish gents over at the United States Marine Corps. Tie bars are to be worn equidistant between the 3rd and 4th button when in Service Uniform Alpha and Bravo.


    zach left a comment on 10/19/2011 at 2:52 PM:

    I like everything save the board.


    khordkutta left a comment on 10/19/2011 at 1:53 PM:

    @ DAS, I have seen/read 3 different placements for differing reasons, standard placement between 3rd and 4th button, higher up to help your knot bow out, lastly i have read that the initial use was to keep your tie out of machinery, so the bar would be around the 5th or 6th button.  So I guess the answer as with most attire personal preference.


    ARJZW left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 10:37 PM:

    Any ideas on who made the jacket?


    Grace left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 7:20 PM:

    Lovely outfit. The tweed and glasses are so quintessentially Trad.


    BRASCO left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 4:47 PM:

    NICE LOOK! REALLY CREATIVE TIE BAR PLACEMENT….BE DIFFERENT WITH IT…..AND NICE GOING WITH NO BELT….DONT NEED IT ALL THE TIME


    cam left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 3:49 PM:

    Such a well tailored gent. Is the skateboard out of place? Debatable but the outfit is spot on and what a classic hairstyle. Nice one here FEC!


    DAS left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 3:38 PM:

    This photo also reminds me of a long-standing question I’ve had about tie bars. How far up or down one’s tie should the tie bar be placed? When I’ve worn one, I’ve opted for lower (say, 1/3 of the way from the point), to keep the tie from flapping around, but it seems many men wear theirs higher.


    DBCC left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 1:29 PM:

    Great photo and a nice look.  Where is his belt?  Belt loops call for a belt.


    JMH left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 1:24 PM:

    I like the lighter brown detailing at the cuff of his jacket.  I assume that is part of the suit, as the shirt is plaid.  Also, excellent example of bellows pockets on the suit. Very handy when you’re not carrying a bag of some sort.


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