• JFK Wore Chucks


    In all the photographs I've come across of John F. Kennedy (I own enough coffee table books on the Kennedys to warrant an intervention), I've seen him running around in penny loafers, boat shoes, plimsoles, and white bucks. Never have I seen him in Chuck Taylors. Until now. Here, crossing a street in Georgetown, he's wearing just that, a pair in the original hi-top model. His inseam, cuff, sweatshirt...unapologetically collegiate, distinctly American.

    Sep 13, 2013 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    Roger C. Russell II left a comment on 10/23/2013 at 5:57 PM:

    I really like the image that Jack and the young woman with the over-sized sweater portyay. They convey clean conservative quality.

    Meg left a comment on 10/20/2013 at 4:31 PM:

    I second PSP’s comment.  Martin’s makes a mean burger.

    OMK left a comment on 10/18/2013 at 11:54 AM:

    Fantastic! I too am an avid fan of Jack Kennedy.

    PSP left a comment on 10/17/2013 at 6:04 PM:

    FE, If you are that big of a fan, next time you are in G Town, Check out Martin’s Tavern.  You can still sit in the “rumble seat” where JFK ate on Sundays.  He also got engaged to Jackie at an adjacent table. The food is also great.  I go whenever I am in Bethesda for the reserves.
    Chucks never go out of style.


  • Layering Down


    Down is back again. But long gone is the marshmallow silhouette of yore. Today, it sits closer to the body and can be found with up to 900-fill Canadian HutteriteDown™ insulation to keep you toasty without looking like you’ve put on any winter weight. In fact, technical outdoor apparel lines like Canada’s Westcomb don’t even call them jackets anymore, but sweaters. This makes down, in its slimmer rendering, ideal for layering over or under your fall wardrobe.

    Here, I layered my boys in nylon down, front-zip fleece hoodies, and button-down shirting. Mixing not only patterns, but textures, is the key to layering beyond just the functionality or warmth (and the option to shed layers once you get to the office or too hot playing ultimate frisbee on the weekend). The luster of the nylon shell creates a rich contrast against the matte texture of fleece. Given its super lightweight and compressible fill, down vests and jackets can easily be layered under tailored clothing too. Tweed sport-coats, grey flannel suiting, and navy blazers...they’re all down.

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    Hannah left a comment on 10/17/2013 at 5:00 PM:

    This is fantastic. They couldn’t be any cuter.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/16/2013 at 11:03 PM:

    @Big Jon—Ten and 12.

    Big Jon left a comment on 10/16/2013 at 4:42 PM:

    Very cool. How old are your sons now?

    Lauren left a comment on 10/16/2013 at 2:43 PM:

    I am all about layers when it comes to the fall! :)


    Stacy left a comment on 10/16/2013 at 2:36 PM:

    I’ve skied and worked in the ski wear industry. As far back as I can remember, there have been down sweaters. Patagonia makes some of my favorites. Down sweaters and vests are great to layer under and over many things and are versatile and light.


  • Elizabeth McKay AW13


    Street style has been all the rage for the past four years as an increasing number of designers mine their inspiration directly from it. For this fall season’s Elizabeth McKay collection, McKay looked to the actual streets of Zurich, London, and Paris as muses. Since we couldn’t exactly shoot on location (thanks economy), I cheekily shot Veronika in front of backdrops one might expect to see on a street style blog. The light set-ups and gear are all kind of part of it. I am partially fond of the little black dress inspired by the streets of Paris. Very Audrey. And Paris is always a good idea...even when it’s just a 4’ x 8’ postcard.

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    Caroline Jones left a comment on 10/17/2013 at 2:11 PM:

    Love Elizabeth McKay everything and would be so happy with $3000 of your clothes.  The car is just a bonus!!!

    Jennifer Baker left a comment on 10/13/2013 at 9:33 AM:

    Where can you purchase the navy top and red and navy pants that the model is wearing in front of the table and chairs? I could not find them on the website.i love the top. Does it come in other colors?

    George left a comment on 10/12/2013 at 12:00 AM:

    I’m going to say this: I think the backdrop idea is great! Especially revealed as done here. IMO, it serves to add a contextual element, but forces the attention back onto the subject. Quite effective, and for showcasing models and garments, I prefer this to location shooting. Of course, you can still travel the world to take photos to turn into backdrops, but without all the cast, crew and equipment to weigh you down (or rat you out if a wild hair pokes up somewhere far away). Nice.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/11/2013 at 2:45 PM:

    @Leith—The shorter hem lines are a design detail characteristic of the holiday collection, which boasts party dresses where showing a little more leg more appropriate and youthful.

    Leith left a comment on 10/11/2013 at 2:23 PM:

    These outfits are great, but why do some of the hem lines stop at mid thigh?


  • Icons of Style: William S. Burroughs


    In his closet: Trench coat, argyle sweaters, three-piece suits, Chesterfield coat, Crombie coat, neckties (geometric, repp stripe, dot), bold patterned sportcoats

    Iconic look: Fedora, fur-collared Chesterfield, horn-rimmed glasses

    Key accessories: Fedora

    Thing you can't imitate: His literary legacy

    Aug 14, 2013 | Permalink (6) View/Leave Comments

    emjkmj left a comment on 9/5/2013 at 8:11 AM:

    Fred, time to do Plimpton…

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/4/2013 at 7:12 PM:

    @Sarah—Yes, Tucker (a summer intern) wrote that piece as one of his summer writing assignments. I photographed the shop.

    Sarah left a comment on 9/4/2013 at 6:48 PM:

    Ah. I wasn’t sure about the store profile entry as it says it was written by someone else.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/4/2013 at 1:20 PM:

    @Sarah—The previous three posts are all my own photographs.

    Sarah left a comment on 9/4/2013 at 1:13 PM:

    Icons of Style are all well and good, but when will you return to posting your own photographs?

    Lauren left a comment on 9/3/2013 at 6:26 PM:

    I love this post! Plus, the vintage photos are so great!



  • Romeo + Juliet Signal Flag Slipper

    Top Drawer | Style  

    JP Crickets has been carving out a nice niche over the last couple of years with their suede university Prince Albert slippers. The loafers have quickly garnered recognition not only for their intricate collegiate crest embroidery work but for their quality construction. Currently, the venerable outfitter Brooks Brothers showcases JP Crickets' collection alongside their vast Peal & Co. offering. Each pair is made by hand...Italian hands. The small factory sits near the heel of the boot by the Adriatic Sea, run by a generational family devoted to preserving the craft.

    Romeo + Juliet Signal Flag Slipper ($365)

    I met founder Susan Meyer (a fixture in the polo scene) over a series of polo matches. After admiring her husband's JP Crickets, we eventually talked about doing something together...something that would not only compliment her current line but also the eponymous line I was designing. The result is a Prince Albert slipper (for men and women) in navy linen inspired by the romance of sailing. Romeo and Juliet signal flags adorn the right and left vamps respectively. Starboard green grosgrain stripe on the right heel, port red grosgrain stripe on the left. Leather sole with a 3/4" heel. Over time, the shoes relax for a truly custom feel. Wear them in, wear them out. We think it's the perfect slipper for wherever you summer.

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    Lauren left a comment on 9/1/2013 at 1:13 PM:

    The pictures in the post are beautiful! You have a great blog! I just followed you on bloglovin and would love if you’d follow me back!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/27/2013 at 10:44 PM:

    @drew—The grog tray and stand are from West Elm.

    drew left a comment on 8/27/2013 at 10:28 PM:

    where is the bar cart from?

    Kelsey left a comment on 8/27/2013 at 9:59 AM:

    I had no idea you were so into sailing! How long have you sailed?


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