• Deja Vu Refinery

    Style  

    It’s rare these days to find a designer that is not only pouring their entire being into their collection but actually creating quality pieces. Jason Pollak is one of those designers. His voice gets pitchy when he starts talking about his 45 degree arm joints, historically accurate flat lenses, and custom lens colors (like beer bottle green and polarized beer bottle brown). In a previous life, Pollak was a men's vintage clothing and accessories dealer with a particular fascination for iconic eye-wear. Today, he is holed up on the east coast painstakingly designing luxury eye-wear under the masthead Deja Vu Refinery.

    DEBONAIR BRAD tortoise shell frame w/Beer Bottle Green lenses* ($333)
    Image via Eric Ryan Anderson

    Deja Vu Refinery’s DEBONAIR frames, vaguely reminiscent of vintage Tart Optical Arnels, are handmade by master craftsmen and boast 7 barrel hinges (not just five), functional rivets, and rounded arm ends (an improvement on the Arnel). But one need not be an eye-wear connoisseur to appreciate the meticulous attention to detail. The flat face and lenses are an instantly recognizable distinction between modern interpretations of vintage eye-wear and period accurate vintage reproductions. It’s readily apparent Deja Vu Refinery has crafted something special (each frame is assigned a unique serial number). The spectacles are presented in a time capsule case wrapped up in brown butcher paper boasting quirky skeleton art and a glow-in-the-dark wax seal. Deja Vu Refinery offers 10 custom colored high quality zylonite frames in the DEBONAIR silhouette. Though the go-to-hell TOSH frames (my favorite) in translucent lime green aren’t for everyone, the traditional tortoise shells are as classic as the iconic frames that came before.

    *courtesy of Deja vu Refinery

    Dec 16, 2011 | Permalink (16) View/Leave Comments

    oxford cloth button down left a comment on 12/29/2011 at 7:56 PM:

    Nice jacket. Those glasses look pretty cool.


    Dan from England left a comment on 12/26/2011 at 3:50 PM:

    Fred, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2012.


    Julien left a comment on 12/26/2011 at 2:41 PM:

    A well-dressed man driving a beautiful car: it’s perfection!

    And also a good combination to pick up girls : )
    Well done Fred !
    (Of course, it’s a joke and I hope you’re not shocked).


    Kionon left a comment on 12/25/2011 at 7:33 PM:

    Merry Christmas, FEC.


    B. L. Davis left a comment on 12/25/2011 at 12:47 PM:

    Fred:  Merry Christmas.  It’s been a good year for you and U.P.  I’m wearing your shirt from Jack Robbie for the Christmas Eve celebrations.  Hope that all is well.  2012 is going to be even better.
    Ben


    Joey Dee left a comment on 12/24/2011 at 2:11 PM:

    Thanks for another great year of style tips and ideas.
    To all the readers, and FEC:
    May the blessings of light peace and prosperity be with you now and for the year to come
    Joey Dee


    DEJA VU REFINERY left a comment on 12/24/2011 at 1:27 PM:

    @KDM Just go check the photos on our DEJAVUREFINERY.COM , because we shot them with people like you in mind. Some shots (RIVER for ex.) are actually through the lens and at the at typed words, for evaluation of clarity. You get an uncommonly accurate sense of each of our lens’ clarity if you look at the slide shows on our website. No joke; ‘world’s best contender’.


    KDM left a comment on 12/24/2011 at 1:05 PM:

    @Dejavu
    Thank you for the clarification, at least now I know that FEC isn’t driving his BMW around blind.


    Tim left a comment on 12/23/2011 at 6:53 PM:

    Can’t do 333 but all the styles look wicked cool.  Glad to see such dedication to a product.


    DEJA VU REFINERY left a comment on 12/23/2011 at 11:04 AM:

    @KDM Our lenses are custom manufactured and offer better vision than anything you currently own. Our lenses are hailed as the best on the market by some of our customers (see facebook). Our lenses meet FDA & EU standards, as do our frames themselves. I hope this clears up your perception.


    KDM left a comment on 12/23/2011 at 10:46 AM:

    Why would one pay 300+ dollars for a pair of sunglasses that have “vintage” lenses.  Unlike many other articles of clothing, shoes, blazers, watches..ect, lense technology has improved greatly since the 1960s.  The reason costa del mar glasses are so popular is because of the quality of the lenses.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/22/2011 at 6:17 PM:

    @$Bill42—

    Jacket: Norman Hilton
    Tie: Ralph Lauren
    Shirt: Rugby
    Jeans: Rugby
    Watch: vintage Omega Seamaster
    Pocket Square: navy bandana handkerchief


    $Bill42 left a comment on 12/22/2011 at 5:46 PM:

    Where can the rest of the “ensemble” be found?”  (jacket, tie , shirt….?????)  Norman/Nick Hilton????


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/22/2011 at 3:33 PM:

    @Thea—1987 535i BMW.


    Snaaby left a comment on 12/22/2011 at 3:31 PM:

    Looks like an e28 in the pics. If so, what year? The glasses are killer, by the way!


    Thea left a comment on 12/22/2011 at 3:31 PM:

    what car do you have?


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  • Bill of Rites for the American Man

    Music & Books  

    K. Cooper Ray, friend and esteemed gentleman, has been publishing what I consider to be an essential read for every gentleman in Social Primer. Manners, conversation, style, handling your liquor...Ray covers it all, and matter-of-factly. Bill of Rites for the American Man is a handy, paperback version of the popular series presented on Social Primer over the past year. With original illustrations by Victoria Molinelli, this pamphlet (or primer) is an easy to follow guide for gentlemen of all ages...and just as easy a stocking stuffer at $12.

    Dec 15, 2011 | Permalink (2) View/Leave Comments

    K. Cooper Ray left a comment on 12/23/2011 at 12:30 AM:

    Thank you, F.E. Your support means very much. Sales on Amazon shot up when you posted. Grazie mille. As for the font, JSN, you will have to ask the talented Alison Blumenfeld. She designed the book cover (when she isn’t designing house interiors).


    JSN left a comment on 12/22/2011 at 3:04 PM:

    What is that suave font you use Mr. Ray? I am in love with it at first sight!


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  • Allen Edmonds Long Wingtip

    Top Drawer | Style  

    It's a chilly November night in the Empire City and I'm walking into a hotel bar in midtown...Lex bar, I think. The heads of Allen Edmonds have set up shop on the pool table—an impressive spread of their 2012 spring collection of chukkas, brogues, and loafers in new color ways, burnished leathers, and refined silhouettes. I take a couple BBQ sliders in hand. They're good. I don't recall eating lunch—or breakfast for that matter—so they're better than good. They're on the verge of great.

    Allen Edmonds Williams Long Wingtip (brown burnished calf, $445)

    Allen Edmonds call themselves The Great American Shoe Company. Perhaps that is fitting for the 90 year old shoe manufacturer out of Belgium, Wisconsin that was, until 1978, run solely by family. Elbert W. Allen built the company on his innovative manufacturing techniques that relied on Goodyear welting to make fashionable and durable shoes that were nail-less and shankless (meaning they had no uncomfortable metal bar under the instep).  Before you've taken your first step, Allen Edmonds has already taken 212 in each handcrafted pair. That, along with strong and steady leadership, set the precedent for long term success despite the hard times of the Great Depression, the rationing years of World War II, and the mounting pressures of foreign competition in the 1960s and '70s.

    Mark McNeill, Allen Edmonds' head designer, is walking me through his latest designs. We stop at The Independence Collection, a new line of higher-end shoes priced at $445. I finger the reworked long wingtip (named after Declaration of Independence signer William Williams)* for a solid five minutes before McNeill's discourse snaps back into my consciousness just in time to learn about wheeling, a sole detail that has been reintroduced for the first time in 30 years. Supple yet durable, the brown burnished leather is the finest Allen Edmonds can get their hands on. In fact, over 70% of the skins are rejected for The Independence Collection. As I polish off my last BBQ slider, I realize these longwings aren't just good, they're on the verge of great.

    *courtesy of Allen Edmonds

    Dec 14, 2011 | Permalink (15) View/Leave Comments

    Christian Louboutin left a comment on 3/30/2012 at 12:17 AM:

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    Mike left a comment on 12/23/2011 at 10:13 PM:

    If you have not worn a pair of AE’s I think you will switch from Alden to AE.  AE is like butter.


    emjkmj left a comment on 12/22/2011 at 2:32 PM:

    I don’t know if it’s a Ford vs. Chevy thing, but I find there is two camps in the American made shoe world.  The Allen Edmonds camp and the Alden camp.  Since I have been wearing Alden shoes for church since middle school, I find myself in the latter.


    Morty62 left a comment on 12/22/2011 at 10:28 AM:

    I bought a pair of brown AE wingtips earlier this year and absolutely love them. They look very elegant, fit to perfection and the detailing is very subtle.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/22/2011 at 10:07 AM:

    @LG—There is no such thing as a free lunch.


    LG left a comment on 12/22/2011 at 10:04 AM:

    Are you getting free stuff for these endorsements? If so, it would be ethical to bring that to everyone’s attention…


    Cheap adidas shoes left a comment on 12/22/2011 at 2:23 AM:

    Do the Adidas Angry Birds Shoes needs patience, and there is really a Adidas Mickey Mouse Shoes in the heart


    AEV left a comment on 12/21/2011 at 6:07 PM:

    Nice shoes - no doubt.


    Shoedog left a comment on 12/20/2011 at 3:30 PM:

    Wisco Kid… Allen Edmonds doesn’t make any shoes in MN.  Their factory is in Port Washington, Wisconsin.


    Ron left a comment on 12/20/2011 at 11:29 AM:

    Great shoes , we used to call longwings Royal Brogues back in the early 70’s , a timeless design .

    They should bring back the Cornell or another split toe monk !


    Mike left a comment on 12/19/2011 at 11:15 PM:

    I remember my first purchase of Allen Edmonds lace ups.  When the sales man tighten and tied the laces, it was a beautiful thing!  What quality and comfort!  The long wing is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship!  I intend to grab a pair!


    Wisco Kid left a comment on 12/19/2011 at 9:37 PM:

    As a Wisconsinite, I respect and wear Allen Edmonds.  Though they are generally now made in MN, they are still 100% USA - which explains the quality.  A little tip for those looking to not pay full price - check out the factory stores!


    MGM left a comment on 12/19/2011 at 7:11 PM:

    Yea, I love me some Allen Edmonds shoes.  In fact, I just love shoes generally.  That is the one item I will never get tired of perusing when I walk into men’s department stores.  Blazers, shirts, ties, etc. etc.—I have seen them all.  Nothing really to look forward to (it is just a matter of collecting everything I have seen).  But with shoes, the thrill (for me) never dies when I walk into a store to see all the lovely variations of various style of shoes.  And Allen Edmonds is certainly one of the best companies out there doing it.


    DNubbins left a comment on 12/19/2011 at 3:25 PM:

    Glad to see Allen Edmonds get in the game. Alden has stolen their thunder recently. I’ve been wearing their shoes for years.  I hope other blogs catch on.  I agree with Richard: their resoling program is excellent.


    Richard Ross left a comment on 12/19/2011 at 1:42 PM:

    Allen Edmonds is such an outstanding company. I have been wearing them for years but it is due to my father’s long term relationship with the company. I have several pairs of my father’s shoes that are over fifteen years old. Still kickin’. Their resoling program is top notch.


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  • Get Prepped

    Miscellany  

    Tommy Hilfiger recently introduced Eau de Prep, a new fragrance for Buffys and Biffs alike. A corruption of the French expression eau de vie, it literally translates as water of prep. They’ve taken inspiration from classic preppy icons and bottled it up into a fragrance. What exactly does that smell like? Well, Tommy Hilfiger is giving one lucky lady Eau de Prep TommyGirl fragrance along with a handful of accessories in plaids and stripes. For a chance to win, comment below (with a valid email address) sharing your most beloved preppy piece in your closet. A winner will be chosen at random on Saturday December 17, 2011.

    *Congratulations to Marguerite for sharing her most beloved preppy pieces (her grandmother’s Burberry wool plaid skirt and her namesake great-grandmother Marguerite’s gold owl brooch) and winning the Tommy Girl Eau de Prep fragrance and accessories.

    Dec 13, 2011 | Permalink (138) View/Leave Comments

    Donovan Addler left a comment on 12/19/2011 at 3:30 AM:

    There is a great site that has really cool vintage preppy pieces at good prices.  WWW.Theliverygoods.com


    Shawn left a comment on 12/18/2011 at 7:29 PM:

    My early 90s Tommy Hilfiger polo which I purchased after seeing it in a Wu-Tang Clan video. NP.


    Andrew left a comment on 12/18/2011 at 12:59 PM:

    My favorite preppy piece are the Allen Edmonds “Townley” wingtips that my father passed down to me!


    Gillian left a comment on 12/18/2011 at 12:14 PM:

    my dad’s thick maroon football letterman sweater from the 70’s


    Lee left a comment on 12/18/2011 at 4:33 AM:

    my brown riding boots!


    Kenzie Carlson left a comment on 12/18/2011 at 2:22 AM:

    My favorite blue blazer with gold buttons


    Mel Wellman left a comment on 12/17/2011 at 8:42 PM:

    My favorite Preppy piece is my L.L. Bean Rubber Mocs, which are suitable year round. They’re definitely prep essentials.


    Bridget left a comment on 12/17/2011 at 8:40 PM:

    Would have to be my twenty year old wellies. Can’t get through a winter without them!


    Victoria Griffin left a comment on 12/17/2011 at 6:20 PM:

    The most beloved item would have to be my pearls, been wearing them since I could remember.

    Or maybe my extensive collection of Lilly Pulitzer.


    Colleen left a comment on 12/17/2011 at 3:27 PM:

    Hands down, my father’s high school track & cross country letterman sweater from the 1970’s


    Allison left a comment on 12/17/2011 at 1:58 PM:

    My penny loafers…I have them in cognac and chocolate and wear them almost every day.


    Chrissy left a comment on 12/17/2011 at 11:34 AM:

    It would have to be a tie between my pearls and my mother’s old dooney and burke


    Julia Gardner left a comment on 12/17/2011 at 11:23 AM:

    My navy brooks brothers blazer that my mother bought in the 70’s and gave me.


    Erik left a comment on 12/17/2011 at 10:59 AM:

    Ralph lauren stripe button down, never goes wrong,
    winter or summertime, doesn’t matter its always time,
    for this nice comfortable shirt, all ladies wanna flirt!
    so please unbashed, help me with a nice present,
    to my little lady muppet!

    kinds regards, Erik


    DEJA VU REFINERY left a comment on 12/17/2011 at 10:19 AM:

    I own several cotton sweatshirt blazers. This is one of my all time favorites and it is still ready to buy:  http://www.rugby.com/shop/item.aspx?productId=11979636&categoryId=3372178&cp=3138868


    Stephanie left a comment on 12/17/2011 at 9:06 AM:

    I’m so surprised that no one has said LL Bean tote bags. I have them in almost every size and color, monograms and all. Whether it’s a purse, a bag for school, or something to hold a towel and easy reads at the beach, my totes go everywhere with me. With a monogram, totes are definitely a prep essential.  (Well, or a navy blazer. I’ve had one in my closet since the ripe age of 12)


    Jarred left a comment on 12/17/2011 at 2:25 AM:

    My cotton twill Ralph Lauren blue 3 button sportscoat, no matter the shirt, the chino/pants or the shoes it embodies prep style to a T


    Erin left a comment on 12/17/2011 at 12:11 AM:

    My vintage purple Lilly Pulitzer dress that has a bow right at the waistline!


    Tim left a comment on 12/17/2011 at 12:02 AM:

    119 comments?!  Either someone said something very negative or it’s a giveaway:) My grandpa’s cordovan loafers.  I think they are florsheim, but there is no way of knowing because they are pretty worn.


    J. Vincent left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 11:40 PM:

    Vintage plaid Woolrich coat in red and black plaid, with a suede collar, that kept my grandfather warm through many Minnesota winters.


    cMt left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 10:40 PM:

    Vintage pearl necklace!


    Izzie left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 9:35 PM:

    My favorite preppy piece is definitely my black watch tartan blazer. Black watch + elbow patches = prep love!


    Lisa left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 9:27 PM:

    This is a toughy but I’m going to say my pearl earrings with my navy blazer coming in a close second.


    Liz L. left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 9:26 PM:

    My monogrammed L.L. Bean boat and tote bag.


    Suzanne left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 9:02 PM:

    My 80s Cole Haan tassel loafers inherited from my mother.


    Kristen left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 8:06 PM:

    Most definitely my (now I suppose it’s vintage) Gucci bangle watch with the colored circles that go around the face.  I remember wearing it and coordinating the colored round with each of my outfits.


    Kasha left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 6:54 PM:

    Needlepoint belt.  Labor of love, such a labor of love…..


    LEF left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 6:53 PM:

    My favorite piece has to be my Bonanno sandals. Since I live in Florida, I’m able to wear them all year round!


    BAH left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 5:36 PM:

    It’s hard to choose, but I would have to say my great aunt’s charm bracelet, which was handed down from my mother to me. Goes with everything from a plaid skirt and cable knit sweater to a Lilly dress!


    Kayla left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 5:00 PM:

    Pearls from my grandmother.
    Thank you for the chance!


    Raquel left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 4:10 PM:

    Probably my shrunken navy blue J. Crew blazer—found at a thrift store! My most successful find yet.


    Tracy M. left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 3:23 PM:

    Oh my word.. just ONE favorite piece?!  Although I love my pearls, blazers, and plaid.  My favorite go-to preppy piece is my khaki trench.  It’s beautiful, understated, and goes with just about anything.


    Ribka left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 3:06 PM:

    Definitely my pearl earrings. Can’t leave home without them.


    Kristina left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 3:02 PM:

    Definitely my navy vineyard vines quilted jacket! (with turtle lining on the cuff and inside)


    Analissa Cruz left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 2:35 PM:

    My favorite preppy piece is my son crusifix necklace that came rome.


    Robin left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 1:44 PM:

    Navy and white pinstripe shirt dress with a full skirt…starched and neat at the top, soft and flowy at the bottom.  And of course I don’t wear the belt that came with….I add my own. Either a splash of color or a metallic.


    KCarson left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 1:36 PM:

    My favorite prep accessories to wear are pearl earrings and my gold family crest pendent.  I love to wear them everyday!


    maryann left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 12:48 PM:

    My favourite piece in my closet is definitely my navy blazer. I’ve had it for years and it is the perfect way to dress up a casual outfit (and if i’m trying to keep it casual I fold up the sleeves to 3/4 length). It is also great to dress down an outfit, so if I have multiple commitments that day of varying degrees of dress I am always suitably dressed.


    Casey left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 11:55 AM:

    My signet ring and hand-me-downs oxfords, that I wear as often as possible, are my favorite prep pieces.


    Campbell left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 11:46 AM:

    My blue blazer from prep school days or my first pair of Ralph Lauren penny loafers (a handed down gift from my father). Too many to choose though!


    Ellie left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 11:36 AM:

    My favorite preppy piece is my tweed blazer with elbow patches.


    Ally left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 11:35 AM:

    My black velvet Del Toros with gold embroidered cows :) Truly embodies my Midwestern spirit!


    Robin left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 11:31 AM:

    My signet ring and black watch plaid sperrys.


    Mike left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 11:27 AM:

    Gotta be dad’s collection of hand-me-down Brooks Brothers 346 ties from the ‘70s and ‘80s.


    Lauren left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 10:28 AM:

    My boyfriend’s striped socks from his rugby team—surprisingly versatile and oh so cute with a skirt and oxford!


    Carlisle left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 10:03 AM:

    have to say its my school signet ring


    Sarah left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 9:29 AM:

    It’s a tie between my trench and houndstooth blazer!


    Andy left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 8:40 AM:

    Fav prep piece is grosgrain watch straps in every color of the rainbow.


    Katherine left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 6:02 AM:

    My favourite is my pearl earrings. Simple and timeless.


    Mariel left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 5:21 AM:

    My favorite preppy piece is definitely my signet college ring!


    Jenn left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 2:14 AM:

    My favorite preppy piece? Definitely my thick-knit gray cardigan from J.Crew with three columns of small studs on the flap covering the buttons.

    The knit and material of the sweater is totally classic prep, but the studs add an edge twist, which I love!


    Hannah B. left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 1:51 AM:

    As a Belle, I’d have to name my pearls… although, my Grandmother’s old Coach handbags mixed with some newer Tommy clothing is my favorite go-to outfit for any day.


    Francisca left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 12:48 AM:

    My favorite preppy piece is either my tweed blazer or my pearl necklace.


    Crissy left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 12:29 AM:

    My pearl earrings


    Elizabeth left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 11:42 PM:

    My favorite preppy piece would have to be my late father’s gold signet ring that I had resized to fit me. I wear it everyday as a constant reminder of my dear dad and his timeless, preppy style that he passed down to me.


    Zhao left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 11:35 PM:

    ***Fav Prep piece, Brooks Brothers Men’s khaki Pheasant Pants - size 30/30***


    Megan Kelly left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 11:11 PM:

    Right now my most beloved piece is my vintage LL Bean plaid flannel button down.


    Regina left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 10:40 PM:

    My monogram cuffed chino shorts


    trussardi gordon left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 10:18 PM:

    my navy blue Club Monaco Oxford And my Vintage Chanel Tie


    MJ left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 10:10 PM:

    My vintage horsebit loafers :)


    L. Bonnie Prince left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 9:40 PM:

    My silk Hermes scarf. As a tie, as a belt, as a headband, as a wrap. Perfect, beautiful, and well-loved.


    Ron left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 7:45 PM:

    A 32 year old beat-to-hell Barbour jacket in my foyer closet and a 1974 Series 3 Land Rover in my “outdoor closet”


    Izzy left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 7:34 PM:

    My fair isle wool sweater is my preppy favorite. It combines bright colors and functional warmth to make any autumn or winter day festive.


    ian left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 6:28 PM:

    My blue oxford cloth button-down shirt. It’s simple, plain and versatile. It can be worn untucked with shorts   or dressed up with a variety of sports coats or suits and ties; bow especially. Eau de Prep Tommygirl would make a lovely gift for a girl I know. Thanks.


    Madeline left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 6:21 PM:

    My favorite preppy piece would have to be a Lilly Pulitzer dress, which is green & pink with little dragonflies on it! Also I can’t forget about my Ralph Lauren cable knit sweaters and my Sperry Top Siders!


    Brad left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 6:20 PM:

    Hand-me-down red and white striped Ralph Lauren OCBD from my Dad.  I’ve had it for over 7 years now - both elbows have been blown out and patched up & I had the sides taken in a few years back to slim it down a bit.  Most comfortable shirt I own.


    Grace Lauren left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 6:10 PM:

    What a fun giveaway! I’d say my favorite preppy piece in my closet is definitely my oversized Ralph Lauren cable knit sweater.


    Christina L. left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 5:59 PM:

    Prince of Wales schoolboy blazer, with the brass buttons. It’s a timeless classic and an essential for every closet.


    Chandra left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 5:25 PM:

    I love my mustard colored boat shoes. It goes perfectly with everything from shorts to skirts to cuffed jeans. It’s bright but not garish and everybody loves to compliment them :)


    Olivia left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 5:11 PM:

    My favorite preppy piece is my pair of hand-me-down Bass Weejuns.


    Nikki left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 4:53 PM:

    My fav preppy piece is actually my new Tommy sweater I purchased last month.  It is a Gold and Navy argyle cardy.  It was love at first sight.


    Kelly left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 4:43 PM:

    I love all my oxford button downs, especially in dark plaids or gingham. I would LOVE to win this! Thanks!


    Hannah Howard left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 4:33 PM:

    My favorite preppy piece is a monogrammed orange canvas belt of my mom’s from when she was in college.


    HMB left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 4:29 PM:

    It’s so difficult to pick just ONE piece but if I had to choose, I would go with my gold locket. It was my grandmother’s and actually dates back to 1886 (there was a serial number and a little research involved!) It’s the perfect complement to every preppy outfit.


    aly left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 4:12 PM:

    My LL Bean Duck Boots are essential to prep survival in New England.


    Jariana left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 4:12 PM:

    My tweed jacket is definitely my favorite preppy piece!


    Jacob left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 4:10 PM:

    My red go-to-hell chinos, and my complementary yellow, blue, red, green madras bow tie.


    Maria left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 3:48 PM:

    I love my navy cable knit cardigan and a gold/navy thick striped tie to go with it!


    Sara left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 3:30 PM:

    White and navy Breton nautical sweater!


    daisy d left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 3:17 PM:

    my favorite preppy piece has got to be my navy jcrew wool blazer with gold buttons.  slightly masculine but feminine at the same time.  timeless.


    TS left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 3:09 PM:

    Great giveaway FEC!

    Hands down, my favorite would be one of my oxfords.  Great with everything and for every season, it’s a staple.


    Rammy left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 2:57 PM:

    My favourite preppy piece ...a toss between my navy blazer and my pearl stud earrings. You can never go wrong with either of them :)


    Barbara left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 2:24 PM:

    My favorite preppy staple is my late mother’s Cartier Tank watch. She was a classic prep.


    Nina left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 2:09 PM:

    My most beloved preppy piece would definitely have to be my del toro slippers!  They are so versatile, I can either dress them up or down.


    Annie left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 2:08 PM:

    My favorite preppy pieces are my J.Crew striped sweater and my Ralph Lauren loafers, both with go great with Eau de Prep.


    Shannon left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 1:53 PM:

    How lovely!
    My favorite prep piece would have to be my mother’s watch. I never leave the house without it!


    Lauren left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 1:45 PM:

    I have to just pick one item? My pearls. I never leave the house without them.  They could not be more classic, preppy, or perfect!


    Sylvia left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 1:25 PM:

    My favorite preppy article of clothing is a vintage cable knit Rugby sweater I found at Housing Works! It is pink with two purple stripes on the left arm. I would love to rock it with the “Eau de Prep” TommyGirl fragrance!


    Katherine left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 1:03 PM:

    Thanks for this opportunity! I would say my favorite preppy pieces are my piped navy blue blazer, my soludos-style espadrilles, my pastel polo shirts, my longchamp le pliage bag in billberry, my plaid satchels, and my vera bradley duffle.


    Christine left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 12:59 PM:

    Love this!  worn loafers and button down shirts are like heaven.


    Farrah left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 12:54 PM:

    Most of my wardrobe is quite preppy, however, I guess I would have to say Bass loafers complete with penny.


    omiofnai left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 12:12 PM:

    My favorite piece has to be my Miss Sixty Six wool blue plaid winter coat. It has a fabulous pleated skirt to it that gives it a bit of flare while keeping it classy and chic.


    Marguerite left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 11:58 AM:

    Although I’m a sucker for anything that’s preppy and vintage, my favorite pieces are ones that have meaning to me. It’s truly a toss up between my grandmother’s Burberry wool plaid skirt or my namesake great-grandmother Marguerite’s gold owl brooch (to be paired with any of my peacoats). I am lucky enough to have two elegant ladies that passed on their love for the traditional preppy style.


    Lizzy left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 11:53 AM:

    blazer


    Jennifer left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 11:06 AM:

    My favorite piece is certainly my classic, single-strand pearl necklace.


    Chris left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 11:04 AM:

    Probably my gold monogram necklace—timeless. That, or my navy cotton crewneck sweater. Perfect color, perfect cut, never inappropriate and always in style.


    Lee Anne left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 11:00 AM:

    My favorites are my grandmothers pearls & brooches, and my yellow Lilly dress that I wore for my 30th birthday. Great giveaway!


    bergdorfbrunette left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 10:56 AM:

    Fabulous contest! I can’t choose between them, so my favorite pieces are my Sperry topsiders and my pink and green Brooks polo.


    Mary Beth left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 10:36 AM:

    My favorite piece would have to be my oxford shirts.


    Anne left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 10:26 AM:

    My J. Crew pea coat is definitely my favorite preppy piece!


    Sarah left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 10:24 AM:

    Although it’s not clothing, my must have is definitely my custom Vineyard VInes tote with my alma mater’s insignia.


    aggieknit left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 10:17 AM:

    Definitely my camel hair coat.


    Charlotte left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 10:06 AM:

    Definitely my pearls!


    Natalie left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 9:46 AM:

    I have to say it would be my grandmother’s vintage cloche hat she wore in the late 50s- which was passed along to my mother and now to me! Can add the classiest touch to any outfit (of course if one knows how to sport it)


    Christina left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 9:45 AM:

    My most treasured preppy piece is my True Blue UNC needlepoint belt by Alexander Julian because I am a TAR HEEL born and bred.


    Pruthvi shah left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 9:41 AM:

    My classic Kate spade dress with a khaki trench from barneys which goes with everything.


    Patti left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 9:28 AM:

    Has to be my navy blue Brooks Brothers blazer with the gold golden fleece buttons.


    Jen left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 9:12 AM:

    Favorite preppy piece?  Definitely my Sperry boat shoes!  Before they ‘came back’ two years ago, I had a heck of a time finding them, so I ended up going to the outlet and buying them from the “boys’” side of the store.  Now, several years later, they are perfectly worn in and my favorite summer shoe.  It’s also worth noting that I own no fewer than 6 Tommy argyle sweaters…


    Karla left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 9:10 AM:

    I practically live in my collection of navy blazers. How can you go wrong? They make just about any outfit preppy instantly.


    Polly left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 8:46 AM:

    hard to choose, but my favorite piece would be my embroidered blazer. my oxfords come in second.


    Jaedeanne left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 8:41 AM:

    Love my pearls.  How can you go wrong with those?


    Kat left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 8:39 AM:

    Mine would have to be my pearl necklace—it’s such a versatile piece.


    Catherine left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 8:28 AM:

    Definitely my tweed blazer!


    Kelly Catania left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 8:15 AM:

    I think my pearls or trench coat is my favorite.  <3 KC


    Marquis left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 8:14 AM:

    My Sperrys… can’t wait for summer to return!!


    Jesse left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 8:02 AM:

    Pearls and a classic trench coat.  They go with everything :)


    Nathaniel left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 7:29 AM:

    Red chinos from Brook’s Brothers. I would wear them every day if I could with my Quoddy loafers.

    p.s. So excited for the tailor to finish hemming my pink moleskins!


    krc left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 7:16 AM:

    My absolute favorite piece are my mom’s bean boots from the 70’s that she handed down to me. They are incredibly unique and truly vintage in that they read “Maine Hunting Shoe” across the back vs. today’s “bean boots”.


    Heather left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 7:05 AM:

    My pearl stud earrings are definitely my most treasured preppy wardrobe item. I wear them every day!


    Tara left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 5:46 AM:

    It’s a toss up between my leopard print heels and my orange leather wrap bracelet.


    rmcatalina left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 5:33 AM:

    My coats and jackets collection is by far the most treasurable in my wardrobe. So it is no surprise that my perfectly tailored chocolate brown coat is the most beloved preppy piece I own.
    It is a no-name piece I’ve found in a thrift store and it just goes perfectly with everything I have in my closet, making me look classy and polished.


    Emily left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 5:28 AM:

    This looks like a great giveaway!
    My favorite preppy piece has to be a tossup between my favorite white Lilly dress and my favorite Brooks Brothers cable knit sweater!


    RC left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 5:04 AM:

    Because I’m a big sucker for everything stripes and I have a wardrobe full of stripes, I’ve got to say my favourite piece is the long sleeved navy striped top.


    hannahpro left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 3:33 AM:

    how could it not be my vintage school-girl-plaid shorts


    Kate left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 3:03 AM:

    My favorite prep piece is definitely my pearl stud earrings. They look classic and lovely in any situation!


    Lauren left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 2:36 AM:

    Casual to cocktail, classic pearl stud earrings are a lady’s best friend!


    Mari left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 2:23 AM:

    My fav prep piece is a vintage tweed men’s blazer complete with brown leather elbow patches and leather knot buttons!


    Nat left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 2:19 AM:

    my oxford shirts and my alice navy bass shoes!


    jane left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 1:59 AM:

    My yellow Tommy cardigan!


    Lorina left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 1:59 AM:

    I love tommy hilfiger. My twill high waisted skirt and oxford shirt with gold buttons. Together, they are a prep wonder.


    kc left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 1:52 AM:

    Pieces come and go in the average person’s closet, but preps tend to hold onto (or rebuy, if the company is still up to snuff) their favorites for decades. I may no longer swing a mallet but I know I’ll always have my Lucchese Lieutenant boots, the only polo boots I’ve ever owned, for years.


    Sara Allen left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 1:48 AM:

    My high-waisted skirts and my oxford flats are my favorite preppy pieces in my closet.


    Muffy aka Madeline left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 1:44 AM:

    My favorite preppy, trad piece is my grandmother’s pearl necklace.


    sophia left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 1:30 AM:

    right now, i live in my vintage ll bean norwegian sweater with skinny jeans and flats. it’s a size large and huge, but somehow it works


    Michelle left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 1:27 AM:

    My favorite piece would have to be a green Lilly shift…so perfect for summer!


    Monica left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 1:21 AM:

    My favorite preppy piece is any of my husband’s oxford shirts!


    Goodminton left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 1:10 AM:

    (Forgive the double post, but in my excitement, I some how failed to read that this particular brew of the fragrance was for the fairer sex. Thusly, I should like to note that I would delegate the prizes to my girlfriend.)


    Goodminton left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 1:06 AM:

    How exciting!
    I would have to say that among the highlights of my personal wardrobe is a bold, pink Lacoste cardigan that was given to me by my grandfather. I like to pair it with a matching bow tie, though I think that this “Eua de Prep” would also make an excellent compliment to it, should I have the good fortune of winning.


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  • Paint the Town Red

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: Longchamp Le Pliage tote, red denim, peacoat, pearls.

    Dec 12, 2011 | Permalink (14) View/Leave Comments

    annie left a comment on 12/31/2011 at 1:33 AM:

    she’s adorable.


    Elizabeth V. left a comment on 12/22/2011 at 6:03 PM:

    I love this!


    Hannah B. left a comment on 12/16/2011 at 1:54 AM:

    *Love* this picture! I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of red pants for years and today Husband found me a pair! I’m not gonna lie… I’m pretty sure this pic had something to do with it.


    Carly left a comment on 12/14/2011 at 10:33 AM:

    @bean - I can assure you that the bag is black. I have the navy one as well, but I’m carrying the black one in this photograph.


    bean left a comment on 12/14/2011 at 1:59 AM:

    that’s definitely a navy le pliage - longchamp’s got a dark navy, so it’s hard to tell sometimes whether it’s black or not, but that’s definitely navy. i’ve got one of each and can tell the difference. either way, i see no reason to switch out a handbag simply because it’s navy and “clashes” with a black coat. she looks fine and put together.


    MGM left a comment on 12/13/2011 at 8:55 PM:

    Seriously tasteful style.  I love when ladies dress like this.  Well done!


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/13/2011 at 10:35 AM:

    @Macey—You can get a similar desert boot from Clarks.

    @SM—Her peacoat and bag are both black.


    HarrisonK left a comment on 12/13/2011 at 9:00 AM:

    Carly always looks great, she should be teaching more girls how to dress.


    Macey left a comment on 12/13/2011 at 4:36 AM:

    What kind of shoes are those?! I love them.


    Matt left a comment on 12/12/2011 at 9:55 PM:

    I need to move to New York. Perfection.


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

    nice outfit!
    @SM - navy, brown and black are all neutrals and can be worn together if done correctly which i think is achieved here


    SM left a comment on 12/12/2011 at 8:59 PM:

    Great pant color, cool boots.  In my opinion, black and navy rarely work together; it’s one of the few fashion “rules” I follow. A different colored peacoat would have really perfected the outfit.


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

    In.  Love.


    Robin left a comment on 12/12/2011 at 8:42 PM:

    This is a great outfit - especially the shoes! Carly is great!


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