• Reign Over Me

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    Photographed in New York, NY (Columbia University)

    Noteworthy: tartan umbrella, repp stripe bow tie.

    Feb 15, 2012 | Permalink (12) View/Leave Comments

    Chriss left a comment on 2/21/2012 at 12:38 AM:

    Love it! Simple but stylish! And the heels add the perfect amount of class.


    kiki left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 10:56 PM:

    I’d sop her up like a biscuit in gravy, y’all.


    Elizabeth left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 10:01 PM:

    She looks great, and I am coveting her umbrella.


    Joey Dee left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 7:26 PM:

    *khordkutta’s


    Joey Dee left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 7:12 PM:

    I second ‘s motion on this one!


    khordkutta left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 5:10 PM:

    Skiddamn, Hotness.


    Caroline | Back Down South left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 4:45 PM:

    I think she just became my newest girl crush! I gained confidence from looks here to wear a bow tie, and now I love anytime I see other girls sporting them. This look is flawless.


    Andrew left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 3:02 PM:

    She’s beautiful! Wonderful, simple style but she does it oh so well.


    Robin left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 11:02 AM:

    I love this look, bow tie and all!!! Put her on your blog more often! :)


    Elizabeth W left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 11:00 AM:

    I’d Smang. ... In a classy way. The umbrella makes it for me.


    Wade M. Kilbarger left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 5:23 AM:

    Excellent look. Definitely one of my favorites. She stands out so well.

    www.TheWestPrep.com


    Matt left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 3:35 AM:

    I could do without the bow tie, but other than that, total hotness. More hot preppy girls please.


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  • Save the Earth(tones)

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    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: mixing of Breton stripes into winterwear.

    Feb 14, 2012 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    Anna Jane left a comment on 2/20/2012 at 5:13 PM:

    I adore this photo. He looks so sharp & very warm, without looking overly done. Perfect!


    Stockton AndrewsII left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 8:49 PM:

    Great combination of clothes and lovely photo composition.


    John left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 8:02 PM:

    I see I have some catching up to do. Agree with Robin on the sweater. And I too am curious as to the foot wear. I’m betting that they were chukka’s, this looks like chukka’s, NO?


    Robin left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 11:03 AM:

    Love the toggle button cardigan!


    Gordon left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 8:21 AM:

    I like this look, I’m curious about his footwear here.  Boots or shoes etc.  Thanks Fred.


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  • Dress Ac(cord)ingly

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    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: rugby stripe umbrella, corduroy sport-coat, matching leather goods.

    Feb 13, 2012 | Permalink (6) View/Leave Comments

    John left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 8:09 PM:

    Like the use of color here. But for me I think it would have been better with a tweed. Not really a cord type of guy, unless they are trousers. But hey, that’s just me.


    Megan left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 5:30 PM:

    BTW your blog post titles make me happy.  Thx.


    Megan left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 5:29 PM:

    Oh those gloves.  This look is doing it for me.


    Chris left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 11:01 AM:

    you forgot to mention his fantastic fair isle gilet.


    Saturdays left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 9:45 AM:

    @Andy
    I love it as well, just wish it hadn’t been so expensive.


    Andy M. left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 8:50 AM:

    Love that umbrella.  Wow.


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  • Coyote Ugly

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    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: coyote fur lined hood, hand-painted Weejuns.

    Rig:
    Randolph Engineering aviator sunglasses
    • Penfield snorkel parka
    • Norman Hilton sport coat
    Sid Mashburn oxford cloth button down
    • J.Press collar pin
    Ralph Lauren dot silk tie
    • Rugby selvedge denim
    • Ralph Lauren cashmere lined leather gloves
    • Rugby argyle socks
    Bass Weejuns

    Feb 10, 2012 | Permalink (21) View/Leave Comments

    Megan left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 4:05 PM:

    I like everything I see here, especially the Weejuns.  Very nice touch.  Keep up the good work FEC.  I very much enjoy seeing your professional work but am also subscribing to your version of ‘prep’.  I find it to be refreshing and uniquely authentic so I say ‘carry on’.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 12:54 AM:

    @Andrej—Thank you. I hand-painted them with acrylic paint formulated especially for leather.


    Andrej left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 12:51 AM:

    Love the hand painted Weejuns.
    Did you do the hand-painting or did you buy them that way, and if so where?


    Trad Dad left a comment on 2/16/2012 at 8:53 PM:

    @FEC - I’m relatively new to your blog and wish I had more history of your back and forth with AEV.  But from the little I’ve read I think his issue is with your hijacking of the term “prep”.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/16/2012 at 8:05 PM:

    @Joey Dee—Unabashedly Prep was never designed nor conceptualized to serve as a forum for critiquing individuals’ personal style. This isn’t “Hot or Not” or better yet “Prep or Not.” That’s not what this is.

    What Unabashedly Prep is, and has always been, is a platform to share my stylistic point of view, display my professional work (a reflection of my stylistic point of view), and display an appreciation for other’s style I’m drawn to.

    Unabashedly Prep’s success or failure does not hinge on a thriving commentary in the comments section. Its success or failure hinges on the relevance and quality of the content.

    @AEV—You want me to create a full week’s worth of me dressing in a truly trad/preppy manner? Firstly, there are several blogs in my links section that do just that (A Daily Prep, An Affordable Wardrobe, The Trad). Secondly, why do you want me to create an entire week of me dressing in a truly trad/preppy manner when you claim to know it all? Are you hoping to learn something? Hoping to be inspired? I think you are afraid I’m giving this “prep” you know and love a bad name. All I can give you is what I appreciate about the “prep” I know and love.


    Joey Dee left a comment on 2/16/2012 at 7:35 PM:

    @CHK, The way I understand blogs, how they work, and how they garner success, is by having a perpetuating a momentum in the dialogue between given commenters on any one blog. The more participants in that commentary thread for any given entry, increases the blogs statistics, hits, views, et al.

    Although AEV’s comments may be monotonously repetitious, he does contribute to the statistical activity on Unabashedly Prep, generating greater commentary from more commenters old and new.

    AEV’s role, if any, is synergistic to this end, whether he realizes or not. With that in mind, here’s to the ongoing success and readership of Unabashedly Prep.


    CHK left a comment on 2/16/2012 at 5:24 PM:

    AEV, I truly believe you should start your own blog. And before you retort with your go-to cop-out (“I have never had any interest in starting my own blog” or something like that), hear me out. You seem truly perturbed by Fred’s personal style, because, simply put, it does not perfectly reflect your own. Enough so that you are probably one of UP’s top commenters - the grumpy middle-aged stalwart of the site. I’m not saying that you are not entitled to your opinion, but yours has become such a monotonously unpleasant one, that I wonder what you hope to get out of it, and if it wouldn’t be more effectively used to promote this style you beg of FEC than to merely snipe at people?

    Nobody would imply that because you read this site, that it has to be a pitch-perfect expression of your own stylistic choices. Take what you like, and respect what you don’t. Personally, I like the style of Tavi Gevinson, but that does not mean I spend all day on her blog, begging her to dress more like me (especially because I am a guy)...but you get the idea.

    I appreciate and respect that Fred has the drive and ambition to “walk the walk”, and you should have more respect for that, too. If you are so repulsed by his creativity (not interested in arguing over the definition of that word, fyi), then try your own hand at it.


    JNG left a comment on 2/16/2012 at 2:21 PM:

    Great shot of you FEC. Never apologize for the fur.


    Makaga left a comment on 2/16/2012 at 2:20 PM:

    Fred, would you post a detail shot of the handpainted shoes?  I would love to see how they look.  Thanks!


    cam left a comment on 2/16/2012 at 1:41 PM:

    @AEV—Doing so would turn FEC into abashedlyprep.com. This IS his style. This IS how he really dresses. This IS his definition of prep. If he dressed differently, as you are requesting, then he wouldn’t be authentic to HIS definition and take on prep….whatever that may be.


    AEV left a comment on 2/16/2012 at 1:25 PM:

    Fred, would you entertain the idea of doing a full week’s worth of you dressing in a truly trad/preppy manner? Classic brands, minimal accessories/jewelry. I think a great number of readers would love to see you pull that off…and, as it were, get back to the (previously) stated roots of the blog.


    DJ Ren left a comment on 2/16/2012 at 12:15 PM:

    Interesting look - have you seen this:

    http://yankee-whisky-papa.blogspot.com/2012/02/5-steps-to-being-stylish-and-awesome.html


    Trad Dad left a comment on 2/16/2012 at 7:48 AM:

    What is that garish patch?  Does it have some sort of meaning?


    Tito left a comment on 2/15/2012 at 11:29 PM:

    Good execution, I need that blazer not now but right now lol!
    Have a good day buddy.


    Aggie K left a comment on 2/15/2012 at 10:11 PM:

    Coyotes are not endangered.


    nphaf left a comment on 2/15/2012 at 9:10 PM:

    Great look over all, did you make the hole for the pin yourself?

    I’m not very fond of mixing colors of leather so I would myself go for a brown glove that goes with the shoes.

    Without being too much of a suck-up, thank’s for posting such inspirational photos of both yourself and others.


    AH left a comment on 2/15/2012 at 7:38 PM:

    This is a great look. 

    preppiness.tumblr.com


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/15/2012 at 7:10 PM:

    @NWR—I make no apologies for my preference for natural fibers, real leather, and real fur.


    NWR left a comment on 2/15/2012 at 6:49 PM:

    Good look. I disagree with your support of actual coyote fur…totally unnecessary. Go faux.


    Max left a comment on 2/15/2012 at 6:47 PM:

    I can’t say that I have ever been a fan of pennyloafers/ Weejuns - but other than that, your jacket/shirt/tie combination is awesome.  I really like the denim, argyles and shades as well.  A very tight presentation.  Tip of the driving cap to you, sir !

    Curious:  I see that you are a fan of Ralph’s Rugby line… perchance have you ever owned a pair of RRL denim?  If so, how would you compare them, fit and comfort wise, to Rugbys ? 

    Thanks and keep up the great work!
    -max


    QD left a comment on 2/15/2012 at 4:22 PM:

    I like this outfit -I like it a lot!


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  • Wheat Thins

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    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: wheat colored 501s, anchor fingerless gloves, frayed edge pocket square.

    Feb 9, 2012 | Permalink (9) View/Leave Comments

    Matt left a comment on 7/31/2012 at 4:41 PM:

    Miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiike

    You are awesome.


    Tomi left a comment on 7/16/2012 at 4:02 AM:

    I play the organ in a church polpuated by men in suits who like to keep the temperature cold enough to hang meat at times. My hands tend to freeze without some protection. These are just the ticket. They leave enough exposed to make it possible to still play while keeping the rest warm enough to be comfortable.


    Max left a comment on 2/15/2012 at 6:51 PM:

    ..this look would be equally at home on the streets of Florence, Italy.. like the guys you see on the Sartorialist…..I really love the cut of that jacket.


    Joey Dee left a comment on 2/15/2012 at 4:25 PM:

    His look is anchored and I would have had no idea those were 501s if not for the caption.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/15/2012 at 2:47 PM:

    @Saturdays—The gloves are from Topman. I appreciate this gentleman’s high/low approach to his style. Not everything he owns has to be top-dollar investment pieces. He can have some fun with a fashionable accessory that is priced to be “of the moment.”

    @John Lexington—Yes, the fingerless anchor gloves are noteworthy for no other reason than that I like them.


    cam left a comment on 2/15/2012 at 1:11 PM:

    hey brian, can i have some whhhheat thins?


    khordkutta left a comment on 2/15/2012 at 12:51 PM:

    Theres is alot to like here, his clothes fit well, he has a good color combination, nice combinatioin of fabrics and he appears @ comfortable in his attire.


    Saturdays left a comment on 2/15/2012 at 12:31 PM:

    Ofcourse! Anchors are always noteworthy!

    where are those gloves from?


    john lexington left a comment on 2/15/2012 at 12:26 PM:

    are the fingerless anchor gloves noteworthy??????


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