• Icons of Style: Truman Capote

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    In his closet: Tuxedos, bow ties, Fair Isle sweaters, cardigans, trench coat, polo shirts, club collar shirts, Prince Albert slippers, chalk-stripe suits, tweed topcoat

    Iconic look: Thick framed eyeglasses, peak lapel tuxedo

    Key accessories: Alligator leather watch strap, cigarette, female socialite

    Thing you can't imitate: His flamboyance

    Feb 27, 2013 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    Joe L left a comment on 3/1/2013 at 6:21 PM:

    There’s a photo that GQ published a few years ago with Truman Capote at a dinner party at George Plimpton’s apartment.  It looks like it’s right out of Mad Men set.  I found the link.  It’s worth a gander, and it shows how much style everything had back then. athttp://jamiemalanowski.com/blogwp/2010/08/


    M Arthur left a comment on 2/28/2013 at 9:57 PM:

    With the exception of Philip Seymour Hoffman!


    M Arthur left a comment on 2/28/2013 at 9:52 PM:

    Thing you can’t imitate…......the voice.


    Andy M. left a comment on 2/28/2013 at 3:48 PM:

    Loving the classic E-Type pics.


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  • Duck, Duck, Goose

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    Photographed in New York by Sara Kerens

    Noteworthy: vintage university stripe wool scarf (The Quality Mending Co. on Prince St. usually has a tightly curated selection for under $80), Canada Goose down parka (opt for the Citadel model, a city-suitable slimmer version of their iconic Expedition Parka). Collegiate sportswear, tailored clothing, and technical outerwear can be mixed together without being heavy-handedly "preppy."

    Feb 25, 2013 | Permalink (22) View/Leave Comments

    scott left a comment on 12/2/2013 at 9:03 PM:

    Been looking for a red citadel for some time. It looms like they don’t offer the icon red in that style this season.

    I really don’t trust eBay for one of the prior year modules since fakes are so prevalent now.

    I assume yours is an expedition and not a citadel?

    How many sizes did you go down? I normally wear 38r jacket and am think I might have to get an XS to get a decent fit. What are your thoughts on sizing these ?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/15/2013 at 9:17 AM:

    @PSP—Boca Grande is nice this time of year. It’s on the Gulf side though.


    PSP left a comment on 3/15/2013 at 9:05 AM:

    FEC and Friends,
    Please help.  New England is long this time of year and we are looking for a preppy place in Florida.  I have only been able to come up with Palm Beach.  Is there anything else?  PSP


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/28/2013 at 12:04 PM:

    @Dan—I simply sling my tote over my shoulder onto my back and it essentially closes on itself.


    TJT left a comment on 2/28/2013 at 10:01 AM:

    only place I have ever seen Canada Goose jackets on sale was at a mining and exploration trade show in Toronto. Although only attendees had access to the sale. 20% off IIRC


    Dan left a comment on 2/26/2013 at 7:32 PM:

    How do you keep water from collecting in the tote’s open top? I’ve dashed across the street with a tote while it was raining once, and collected nearly a half inch of rain.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/26/2013 at 2:46 PM:

    @Jennifer—Haha, hardly. I paid the same retail price everyone else does…I’ve been told Canada Goose jackets never go on sale (which is the primary indicator in protecting yourself against fakes).

    @James—While the jacket isn’t advertised as water proof, it’s water-resistant as it’s coated in Teflon. If you could see the image in more detail, you’d see that the light rain is rolling off my jacket. The reason I chose to wear this jacket over my Barbour is because it was borderline freezing. This rain turned into snow an hour later.


    Jennifer left a comment on 2/26/2013 at 2:38 PM:

    Was this jacket gifted to you by the manufacturer?


    James left a comment on 2/26/2013 at 2:34 PM:

    The jacket isn’t waterproof or even water resistant. Why would you wear it in the rain?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/26/2013 at 1:31 PM:

    @WMM—I don’t own or carry briefcases. The tote is waxed cotton and I have my camera, a book, and other daily items I have on my when I’m out.


    WMM left a comment on 2/26/2013 at 1:11 PM:

    You’d opt for a tote (in the rain) rather than a brief case for a business meeting?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/26/2013 at 9:59 AM:

    @AEV—Business.


    AEV left a comment on 2/26/2013 at 9:50 AM:

    Personal or professional?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/26/2013 at 9:48 AM:

    @AEV—I believe I was headed to a lunch meeting on Bond Street.


    AEV left a comment on 2/26/2013 at 8:46 AM:

    Fred, for context, can you let all us know where you were headed/coming from dressed like this?


    Shawna left a comment on 2/26/2013 at 6:39 AM:

    Longtime reader and first time commenter here. I love this look. Fred, what is your tote?


    Jay Gatz left a comment on 2/26/2013 at 1:38 AM:

    Nice break on the trousers!


    MGM left a comment on 2/25/2013 at 10:04 PM:

    I like the increasing use of cuffed pants. Aren’t cuff pants nice??


    M Arthur left a comment on 2/25/2013 at 8:49 PM:

    Solid look FEC!  Well done.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/25/2013 at 4:59 PM:

    @Wayne—Yes sir, they are.


    Wayne left a comment on 2/25/2013 at 4:55 PM:

    Are those Lookmatic frames?


    Saturdays left a comment on 2/25/2013 at 1:59 PM:

    Terrific look, love the contrast. I’m particularly fond of the see through frames though, nice touch.


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  • Quadrille Couture

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    Winter can really blow in the Northeast. Not unlike birds, preppies migrate south for the season. Boca Grande, Palm Beach, and Lyford Cay are my favorite warm weather sanctuaries that resuscitate during the wintertime. Some fly down on just weekends, others stay for the entire season. While the migration south means sun and tropical climates, it also connotes an island sensibility when getting dressed. Stubbs are king, bright prints en vogue, and go-to-hell hues a secret handshake for the initiated. Anything goes. I was fortunate to escape down to Lyford Cay earlier in the season (thank heaven for gracious friends) for a much needed respite from Manhattan's bitter wind-chill.

    Last year, Quadrille, the venerable purveyor of decorative fabrics and wall-coverings, quietly announced their foray into women's fashion. I photographed their introductory campaign last January in Lyford, where the neighborhood is literally covered in their quintessential island prints. Alixe Laughlin produced the shoot and we really aimed to keep it simple. Hopefully the collection will inspire warmer thoughts, or better yet, rouse a much needed trip south.

    Feb 22, 2013 | Permalink (7) View/Leave Comments

    Babs Lawther left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 2:48 PM:

    Fabulous line!  Love the shirt-waist dress.


    Veronica H left a comment on 3/5/2013 at 4:24 AM:

    This is a lovely post, but I help think that it just looks like something from Lilly Pulitzer. Is there a distinction I’m missing? Love your blog, Fred! :)


    Allison left a comment on 2/24/2013 at 12:41 PM:

    Beautiful photos and chic island style!


    Kellyinthecity left a comment on 2/23/2013 at 5:39 PM:

    Absolutely love everything about this post.


    EBCDesq. left a comment on 2/22/2013 at 8:31 PM:

    Fabulous! The new line is even lovely, too!


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/22/2013 at 4:02 PM:

    @Farrah—It is perfectly accepted and strongly encouraged to wear white while wintering in any number of the above mentioned locals. The rules of white do not apply to “island style.”


    Farrah left a comment on 2/22/2013 at 3:53 PM:

    This is an interesting post. I really like her style…however, I cannot condone white shorts after Labor Day.


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  • Goose Bumps

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    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: Canada Goose down jacket with coyote fur hood, Ray-Ban Boyfriend tortoise sunglasses.

    Feb 20, 2013 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    MGM left a comment on 2/21/2013 at 9:50 PM:

    very, very chic look.  This girl has serious style.  I especially like bright colored cable sweater on girls.


    George left a comment on 2/21/2013 at 12:36 PM:

    Noteworthy: Head, toe, everything in-between! Championship shot, Mr. Fred.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/20/2013 at 6:12 PM:

    @Paul—The Bean Boots are an essential. I made the other pieces of note because they are more obscure to the traditional prep-set.


    Paul left a comment on 2/20/2013 at 5:09 PM:

    The Bean Boots aren’t noteworthy?


    Kelly left a comment on 2/20/2013 at 2:06 PM:

    Perfect !!


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  • Leaving Lincoln

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    Photographed in New York by Tommy Ton for GQ

    It's always a nice surprise when Tommy Ton snaps you during New York Fashion Week (especially since I only go to a handful of shows). I am in awe of some of the images he manages to create on the fly—definitely one of the best out there photographing street style.

    Noteworthy: lizard tassel loafers, Gary Clark Jr.'s Bright Lights on my iPod.

    Feb 18, 2013 | Permalink (13) View/Leave Comments

    Ali left a comment on 4/6/2013 at 1:01 AM:

    You are a fantastic photographer!


    Jon left a comment on 2/22/2013 at 7:35 PM:

    That dude behind you looks awesome, well composed image.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/22/2013 at 6:35 PM:

    @Jen—One of my favorite trilogies!


    Jen left a comment on 2/22/2013 at 5:10 PM:

    Very Michael J Fox from Back to the Future with that red puffer vest!


    Hannah left a comment on 2/21/2013 at 12:59 PM:

    What a nice surprise… Congrats! Fantastic shot.


    Andrew left a comment on 2/20/2013 at 2:27 PM:

    Thanks for the reply! That’s a helpful explanation.


    cam left a comment on 2/20/2013 at 1:25 PM:

    fred - check out joyofsocks.com


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/20/2013 at 11:18 AM:

    @Andrew—Fair question. It is OK if you feel OK. That’s the key to wearing anything practically. Duckie Brown sent models down runway in knee length sweaters with varsity jackets over them…essentially creating a kilt/goth silhouette. What I’m doing here could be hinting at that. The difference in length is substantial enough to vocalize, “This is intentional, and not a mishap.”

    @Jay—I do own some pairs of socks but I am also terribly inept at pairing them together with my clothes. Honestly, most of the time, I can’t be bothered with socks. I’ve been on the hunt for yellow cotton crew socks for the longest time. I’d probably wear them with everything when it was below 40 degrees if I could find a decent supply of them.


    Andrew left a comment on 2/20/2013 at 11:08 AM:

    Hey Fred,

    Awesome look! I have a question about the blazer under the vest; is it generally okay for the blazer to be longer than the down vest it’s worn under? I’ve avoided wearing a down vest over my blazers because I thought this was kind of awkward. Any thoughts?

    Thanks!


    Jay left a comment on 2/20/2013 at 10:44 AM:

    You clearly own fashionable socks. You’ve worn them in the past. Why none here?


    Snyder left a comment on 2/20/2013 at 9:43 AM:

    Great look, Fred…You sure have mastered layering. Also, it is without a doubt that Gary Clark Jr.‘s music is noteworthy.


    Big Jon left a comment on 2/19/2013 at 10:35 PM:

    No socks in February? And in NY no less? One day I’ll possess your confidence.


    alex! left a comment on 2/19/2013 at 10:53 AM:

    I like the look.


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