• Style Icon: David Hockney

    Top Drawer | Style  

    In his closet: Canvas sneakers, wingtip shoes, striped silk knit ties, penny loafers, bengal striped button down shirts, cardigans, trench-coat, crew-neck sweatshirt, rugby jerseys, chinos, white bucks, hounds-tooth scarf

    Iconic look: Striped knit tie, bengal stripe button down shirt, cardigan sweater, chinos, mismatched socks, round eyeglasses

    Key accessories: Large round eyeglasses, paintbrushes

    Thing you can't imitate: His artistic versatility

    Jan 9, 2013 | Permalink (10) View/Leave Comments

    ali left a comment on 1/28/2013 at 9:13 PM:

    Great post FEC!!!

    C.L.Y. left a comment on 1/10/2013 at 4:56 PM:

    @Ryan. I agree with your observation…the man seems to have really had a love afair with dressing well and having fun with clothes.

    The roll of his botton-down collar is awesome! And the extra wide butterfly bowties make me think of my father’s bowties from the 1970’s.

    My favorite photo is the black and white photo of him tying a bowtie sans mirror in sight.

    Thanks Castleberry for this one!

    Chadwick St. Macamillion left a comment on 1/10/2013 at 3:26 AM:

    Fred, I enjoy everything you’ve given this community. Keep it up.

    Ryan left a comment on 1/10/2013 at 2:26 AM:

    This was a very fun post - thanks!

    It looks like Hockney enjoyed clothes.

    M Arthur left a comment on 1/9/2013 at 10:40 PM:

    Great post, great head of hair!!!

    Saturdays left a comment on 1/9/2013 at 9:04 PM:

    Favorite is that image of Hockney standing next to a painting of Hockney in the same outfit, brilliant!

    Favorite detail has got to be his eyewear.

    TRMay left a comment on 1/9/2013 at 8:40 PM:

    Long time lurker, first time poster, but god damn does that man do it well.

    cam left a comment on 1/9/2013 at 4:53 PM:

    This makes so much sense.

    Makaga left a comment on 1/9/2013 at 11:20 AM:

    Great post of images.  That one tie is so so wide!

    Byron left a comment on 1/9/2013 at 11:20 AM:

    Have you read the biography of Hockney by Christopher Sykes?


  • Softening the Pea Coat


    I’ve long preferred the look of women in menswear. It’s down-to-earth and yet still beautiful. While some pieces translate literally, others often require a more feminine touch. The military styling and rugged undertones of the classic pea coat can feel too masculine for women despite often being cut in a cropped silhouette. Simply swapping the traditional metal anchor buttons for knotted leather buttons like my girlfriend did here softens it altogether...even when you are popping that generous collar.

    Dec 4, 2012 | Permalink (6) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/17/2012 at 5:29 PM:

    @Travis—I own a Schott. Hers is from Club Monaco.

    travis left a comment on 12/16/2012 at 12:59 PM:

    where is her coat from? you own a Schott right?

    PSP left a comment on 12/14/2012 at 8:03 PM:

    If you are looking at the buttons, you are missing it.  Beautiful woman.

    Alexander left a comment on 12/12/2012 at 5:13 PM:

    I’ve seen a few posts on switching out the plastic buttons for shiny/brass ones. Too flashy or delightfully different?

    Elizabeth V. left a comment on 12/12/2012 at 11:51 AM:

    I love that! Swapping out those buttons is a great idea.

    Ashley left a comment on 12/12/2012 at 11:11 AM:

    I have one with a fur collar and it gives it a softer look… I love pea coats! Www.pinkjulepabroad.com


  • Century 21 Blogger Project

    Style | Dress Code  

    I love seeing what my friends are up to. You'd think that since moving up to New York I'd have more time to do so but the city has a way of overbooking your calendar. It was last fall that I introduced my good buddy Ali in his Brooklyn loft space chock full of vintage clothing (in fact, his vintage Ralph Lauren collection is currently being featured on the Ralph Lauren Vintage website). Recently, Ali and I headed across the Hudson to Century 21 in Paramus, New Jersey to check out some installations he created for the men's floor. I typically don't frequent department stores but I couldn't believe the prices Century 21 was asking for these designer duds. Is this the tri-state's best kept secret?

    As he walked me through his "preppy" installation I thought it'd be fun to pull together a fall look on the cheap. In the end, I saved $578 off retail*.

    Photographed in Brooklyn, NY

    • Shades of Grey wool tweed blazer (suggested retail: $216, Century 21: $80)
    • Jack Spade Oxford cloth button down (suggested retail: $135, Century 21: $67)
    • Ralph Lauren tie (suggested retail: $115, Century 21: $25)
    • Psycho Bunny cable knit sweater (suggested retail: $195, Century 21: $70)
    • Ralph Lauren scarf (suggested retail: $52, Century 21: $30)
    • Jack Spade corduroy trousers (suggested retail: $225, Century 21: $115)
    • Adidas trainers (suggested retail: $65, Century 21: $38)

    *courtesy of Century 21

    Nov 6, 2012 | Permalink (14) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/26/2012 at 5:17 PM:

    @C—I would certainly encourage you to pick up a university stripe scarf in your school colors…SUNY school or otherwise.

    @John E.—I wear the Nike Killshot and it’s quite simple as well.

    C left a comment on 11/26/2012 at 4:54 PM:

    Nice scarf Castleberry! Is it still prep to get a scarf in your school colors if you come from a SUNY school or something boring?

    John E. left a comment on 11/26/2012 at 3:48 PM:

    Nice look. I agree on today’s sneakers—mostly too garish to wear. I’m an active tennis player, and I wear Nike City Court VI shoes. They’re plain white with a modest black swoosh, and they go perfectly with the rest of my whites.

    Oh, and Fred, no need to go all the way to Paramus for your Century 21 fix unless you need to be in New Jersey for something else. Go to the original location, across from the World Trade Center.

    J.Miller left a comment on 11/24/2012 at 6:46 PM:

    I remember several years ago on a visit to NYC, a friend suggested this store. I thought he was pulling my leg because Century 21 is a real estate company. But i found it downtown new york with great deals on suits.

    John left a comment on 11/24/2012 at 10:03 AM:

    At last a look I can reasonably afford!

    Elizabeth left a comment on 11/24/2012 at 8:07 AM:

    N ice. I hope the women’s clothing is of similar bent!

    Mike left a comment on 11/22/2012 at 9:05 PM:

    F.E.  I think Harris was looking for a different answer than what you provided.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 6:25 PM:

    @Harris—Does there need to be any other explanation about the minimally designed trainers other than the fact that I like them? This entire blog is built upon that premise—things I like.

    @Saturday—Century 21 is the kind of place you need to shop in the store and explore/dig. This is definitely not an online shopping experience.

    Harris left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 4:53 PM:

    @emj—I’m in agreement, classic sneakers are better looking than most news ones and are great with shorts/a casual outfit.

    emjkmj left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 4:43 PM:


    I would assume that people like retro sneakers because they don’t want to look like they’re wearing something from a sci-fi flick.  Have you been to a champs or foot locker lately?  Hideous! I have been wearing Rod lavers and Stan Smiths since high school, and don’t ever plan to stop…

    Harris left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 4:36 PM:

    what’s with all the retro-y sneakers?

    Saturdays left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 4:11 PM:

    Unfortunately, their website isn’t as well stocked as the brick and mortar store is.

    Great tidbit nonetheless.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 10:07 AM:

    @Davis—They are an Adidas Originals trainer…the specific model name I am unaware of.

    Davis left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 10:04 AM:

    Exactly what kind of Adidas trainers are those? They look superb with the pants.


  • The Needlepoint Belt

    Style | Culture | Prep Essentials  

    According to the 80s-penned Official Preppy Handbook, the needlepoint belt is a “must accessory for the collegiate B.M.O.C. (big man on campus)" and typically a gift from women of a certain sort and class...women committed to memorializing young love by stitching a needlepoint belt for their beau. Ironically, it eventually garnered notoriety as the breakup belt. By the time the belt was finished, someone in the relationship had often decided to move on.

    While preppy fashion has gradually evolved over the last 30 years, the casual and jaunty nature of needlepoint belts has not. It's the preppy catholicon for holding up ill-fitting khakis, shorts, and summer suit trousers.

    Victoria Stulgis started needlepointing at age 12 when she and her mom wandered into the Nantucket clothing/needlepoint boutique, Erica Wilson. By 15, she became much more avid. After a day at the stables, she and her equestrian friends would slumber party at each other's homes and needlepoint in front of the TV. "It was rather unconventional, I think," Stulgis recalls.

    "I started working on [my boyfriend] Jack's belt when I was 17. Back then I was rather quick at needlepointing and it only took 3-6 months (I think there was a time when I was needlepointing during history class)."

    When she was finished with the crossed oars design in Georgetown colors (and still in the relationship) Stulgis sent the canvas to a leather shop just outside Lexington, KY, which she had stumbled across while competing at the US National Pony Finals in 2004. They do a top notch job with the stitching and use superior quality leather, as they cater to the equestrian set down in Kentucky. Good thing too, since her boyfriend Jack has been throwing it around his waist almost daily for the past six years.

    Can’t get your auntie, mum, or lovely lady to labor for months over this functional status statement? No worries. You can simply pick one up from Tucker Blair or Smathers & Branson; however, my favorite is one I came across from Rugby several years ago (beautiful repeating gold skull & bones on navy ground, wool thread, and better quality leather than the former). Most ring in under $200. Of course, the most valuable needlepoint belts are those made by moms or girlfriends like Stulgis.

    Sep 6, 2012 | Permalink (2) View/Leave Comments

    PSP left a comment on 1/30/2014 at 10:27 PM:

    My wife made a U Penn one that incorporated my initials as a Christmas gift.

    Rowboats left a comment on 10/30/2012 at 8:35 PM:

    M’s Canvashouse out of Lexington KY sells the best most extensive variety I have ever seen (and online!). You can also send it back to them to do leathering.  My boyfriend has multiple.


  • The Cricket Blazer


    Blazers, once commonly worn playing or attending traditional 'gentlemen's sports', persist in only some games now, such as cricket, where in professional matches it is considered customary for the captain to wear a blazer with the team's logo or national coat of arms on the breast pocket (at least during the coin toss at the beginning of the match). Those of the striped variety became popular among British mods in the mid 60s and again during the mod revival of the 70s. The likes of The Who's Pete Townsend, Small Faces, and The Kinks were just a few of the bands partying in the cricket blazer. It was really only a matter of time before it found its way into our own American sportswear vernacular.

    Over the past year I have been photographing piped and striped boating blazers from the Ivy League to The Netherlands and have seriously been entertaining the jacket as a fashion piece. Although I have a couple cricket blazers buried deep in the recesses of my closet, I was somewhat uninspired to wear them until I ran across this photograph of Izzie Burch, Tory Burch’s step-daughter. Then it just clicked—maybe it is just about the contrasting tonal shirt/tie pairing, a washed jean, and a Prince Albert slipper?

    Aug 21, 2012 | Permalink (9) View/Leave Comments

    Joey Dee left a comment on 10/22/2012 at 1:08 PM:

    The whole set up is lovely.
    I have been desiring a schoolboy jacket for some time now, i like how hers has peak lapels.

    Mel left a comment on 9/20/2012 at 4:04 PM:

    dying to know who made her shoes…..

    Hope @ Fairhope Supply Co. left a comment on 9/10/2012 at 9:27 AM:

    I don’t like blazers that are too tight or too loose.  This one looks about right.

    DBL left a comment on 9/5/2012 at 3:12 PM:

    Cricket and boating blazers are wonderful things. But to say there’s a high degree of difficulty for men is an understatement.

    Tim left a comment on 9/4/2012 at 7:10 PM:

    I love this style jacket, and as good as it looks on this girl, I can’t help but wonder if it would look good on a young guy.  Any thoughts?  Also, where would one be able to find that style jacket?


    Whitney Worthington left a comment on 9/4/2012 at 12:36 PM:

    I love the cricket blazer. The fun color just adds a nice punch when an outfit needs it. So classic and Ivy-ish.

    Caron left a comment on 9/4/2012 at 11:31 AM:

    Great post, Fred.  I love, love love cricket and schoolboy blazers on both men and women.! It takes a certain type of man to wear them but most definitely the jackets need a modern spin by pairing with distressed jeans.  Anything else would be too precious, uptight and literal.  In 2009 (where has the time gone?), I blogged about the schoolboy/cricket blazer and I am still obsessed.  The jackets I posted were from Balenciaga’s 2007 AW collection.  Unlike a passing fad, I think the jackets look just as good today as they did in 1907, 2007 and on…

    Harry left a comment on 9/4/2012 at 9:55 AM:

    I feel women - esp the daughters of designers - can get away with all sorts of stuff men can’t….including this type of blazer and leather, leather soled loafers which are loosely styled after men’s formal slippers.

    Desmond K left a comment on 9/4/2012 at 8:43 AM:

    I’ve never owned a cricket striped blazer. Maybe just a little too loud for my taste. However, I feel like I would be willing to make an exception and wear it to the polo grounds. I’m a firm beliver that every garment has its place where it would be best received. And I agree that the tonal shirt/tie combo helps keep things from looking too busy.

    Chinos & Cheesecake


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