• Pink

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    Photographed in Miami Beach, FL

    Noteworthy: The simplicity of a woman in a pink oxford is never lost on me.

    Apr 13, 2011 | Permalink (15) View/Leave Comments

    julie left a comment on 4/14/2011 at 11:19 AM:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!  I am armed with a pink oxford (or two)...staples in my wardrobe.  And by the way, happiest of birthdays to you!  Cheers to a great time in your 30’s!


    Kenneth left a comment on 4/14/2011 at 9:31 AM:

    Thinking Vampire Weekend should skip the lawsuit and hire you to shoot this girl for their next cover. Great photography is at least part skill, but the subject matter looking great seems to be at least if not more important. You and her nailed it. Thanks! Summer is close.


    A76 left a comment on 4/14/2011 at 3:26 AM:

    simply perfect!


    belle left a comment on 4/13/2011 at 8:59 PM:

    I wish I had her freckles. My goodness!


    K left a comment on 4/13/2011 at 7:30 PM:

    Simple and so innocent looking. I have that shirt in every color.


    Adam III left a comment on 4/13/2011 at 4:32 PM:

    Never understood why women get self conscious about freckles, they lend themselves to a feeling of simple, unadulterated natural beauty.  Fred, I believe this is one of your most simple and yet iconic shots.  It makes me yearn for summer.


    ERIII left a comment on 4/13/2011 at 4:27 PM:

    Beautiful pic!!!


    fsp left a comment on 4/13/2011 at 2:39 PM:

    Beautiful pure …


    khordkutta left a comment on 4/13/2011 at 2:01 PM:

    Cute Girl, great Effin shot FEC!!!


    ECN left a comment on 4/13/2011 at 12:49 PM:

    An instant classic. Could be the cover of a Slim Aarons book on summer.


    ToriCameron left a comment on 4/13/2011 at 12:41 PM:

    I adore this! Simplicity resulting in pure beauty.


    rSl left a comment on 4/13/2011 at 12:41 PM:

    oxford. freckles. summertime. no woman can go wrong with this. so #$%king perfect.


    Caroline Fontenot left a comment on 4/13/2011 at 12:36 PM:

    “The simplicity of a woman in a pink oxford is never lost on me.” One of your best statements, and extra good today since I’m wearing a pink Rugby oxford right now.


    Circa17 left a comment on 4/13/2011 at 12:29 PM:

    You can never go wrong with freckles.


    AEV left a comment on 4/13/2011 at 12:24 PM:

    Love it - cool shot, well said.


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  • Poolside Text

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    Photographed on Palm Beach, FL

    Apr 12, 2011 | Permalink (10) View/Leave Comments

    Elizabeth V. left a comment on 4/14/2011 at 8:24 PM:

    @Robin: If that was me, the phone would already be at the bottom of the pool!

    Lovely shot—my eyes are desperate for color after a long, gray winter.


    ERIII left a comment on 4/13/2011 at 4:30 PM:

    Nice!!! Great color, good to see the ladies!!!


    Joey Dee left a comment on 4/13/2011 at 11:09 AM:

    Florida is populated with beautiful girls, lest one forgets on the beaches, and by the pool. Its a hard life!


    Rake left a comment on 4/13/2011 at 8:35 AM:

    Great shot, beautiful girl. Well done.


    Palmer Woodrow left a comment on 4/12/2011 at 10:52 PM:

    @FEC - Look forward to your return next season. The new Vineyard Vines store will be open by then.


    Robin left a comment on 4/12/2011 at 7:57 PM:

    Bravo! Great photo!! You need more Lilly posts like this. :) I just hope her phone doesn’t fall in the pool…


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/12/2011 at 6:24 PM:

    @Palmer Woodrow—I was in town a couple weeks ago. I wish I was there for the last weekend of the season.


    Erik C. Nelson left a comment on 4/12/2011 at 5:32 PM:

    Very interesting photo.  At first I disliked the juxtaposition of the WASPy, Pulitzer aesthetic, mixed with the twitterverse obsessive.  But, then I realized this captures the essential nature of the neo-preppy.  Peppiness was always about connection, social connectivity and now—truly, more than ever—the preppy and the social are inexcusable connected.  This photo looks forward instead of just looking back.  This is the type of visual progressivism we need.  Keep inventing Mr. Castleberry. Kudos!


    Palmer Woodrow left a comment on 4/12/2011 at 5:25 PM:

    FEC, great picture. Looks very similar to a cover that I saw someone wearing at the club this past weekend. Once again, great job! Unfortunately, I won’t be suprised to see comments to the contrary. Were you in town this past weekend?


    HLN left a comment on 4/12/2011 at 4:02 PM:

    You managed to capture a really wonderful moment in this photograph. Beautiful!


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  • Red Stripe

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    Photographed in Princeton, NJ (enlarge) for Men of Habit's spring fashion editorial

    Noteworthy: nautical sweater, Edoardo Bianchi vintage road bike.

    Apr 11, 2011 | Permalink (17) View/Leave Comments

    d.k. left a comment on 7/24/2011 at 9:55 PM:

    wow so handsome - what a chiseled jaw and abundant hair


    nelson left a comment on 4/25/2011 at 1:32 AM:

    hi me again :)
    i found a VERY similar copy, but its $180 at ASOS :((
    Junk De Luxe Stripe Button Detail Crew Neck Jumper
    so i guess we cant get this for under $100.


    nelson left a comment on 4/25/2011 at 1:11 AM:

    Can i have him to go?


    JPK III left a comment on 4/19/2011 at 10:44 AM:

    Bianchi Pista Via Condotti… bellissimo


    Meg left a comment on 4/18/2011 at 10:01 PM:

    Oh my Lord, this man is absolutely beautiful.


    K left a comment on 4/17/2011 at 10:27 AM:

    This reminds me a lot of the Kennedy. Nice Job :)


    BVA left a comment on 4/13/2011 at 6:27 AM:

    Love it! I need a new bike and some nautical stripe sweaters for spring.


    Jules left a comment on 4/13/2011 at 6:18 AM:

    Heeeellllooo Mister! Let’s have a coffee together


    Filippo left a comment on 4/12/2011 at 11:00 AM:

    Bianchi!! italians do it better ;)


    Richard Ross left a comment on 4/11/2011 at 11:56 PM:

    If I am not mistaken, the buttons on the shoulder derive from thick fisherman’s that were hard to pull over ones head. Buttons were added to the shoulders to make the sweater easier to put on. This has trickeled down into todays designs.


    ERIII left a comment on 4/11/2011 at 11:54 PM:

    Nice pic!!! FEC


    TJH left a comment on 4/11/2011 at 8:34 PM:

    A bicycle like that is the perfect accessory.


    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 4/11/2011 at 5:06 PM:

    Nice picture! I think it’s a good look and I had that same bike. It’s a Bianchi :)


    Elizabeth V. left a comment on 4/11/2011 at 4:21 PM:

    That is, assuming said buttons are functional. I can’t tell if these are or not.


    Elizabeth V. left a comment on 4/11/2011 at 4:20 PM:

    The buttons threw me at first glance, too. On second thought, however, I expect they probably did have a purpose if they were on a “nautical” sweater—to aid in taking it off while soaking wet and heavy, possibly to keep a person from being dragged down by it if they fell overboard? I grew up in the landlocked Southwest so I haven’t much experience of these things.


    Robin left a comment on 4/11/2011 at 4:15 PM:

    The buttons on one side is stylish, I have a similar sweater from Rugby and I love it.


    chris W. left a comment on 4/11/2011 at 3:24 PM:

    The OCD streak in me goes nuts every time I see a sweater like this, with buttons on one side and not on the other. Do gents who wear these really un-do those when putting on/taking off the sweater, or are they just there ascetically? Sometimes I see them in the women’s department, too. That aside, I love this look… except for the buttons! He looks very concentrated.


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  • Cover-up

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    Photographed at The Breakers on Palm Beach, FL (enlarge)

    Noteworthy: Hermes silk scarf, Stephen Bonanno Palm Beach Classic sandal.

    Mar 30, 2011 | Permalink (11) View/Leave Comments

    Buggy left a comment on 1/30/2014 at 2:19 PM:

    For any of you interested in the story behind Stephen Bonanno Sandals (now Palm Beach Sandals) versus Jack Rogers, I just posted a blog with all the details & history behind our beloved sandals! Hope this helps!

    http://blog.buggydesigns.com/2014/01/jack-rogers-vs-palm-beach-sandals.html?showComment=1391108922577#c8351364191607798889


    AWKeller left a comment on 4/12/2011 at 10:36 AM:

    @kate spade:  In response to your question about the difference between Bonnano sandals and Jack Rogers, the answer is that the Bonnano company is an old guard Palm Beach sandalmaker while Jack is more widely available on sites like piperlime.  Very, very old school types from the island refer to Bonnanos as “Luigis” because he would custom build the navajo sandals for customers’ feet.  The last time I stopped in to C. Orrico for my Bonnano fix, they were labeled Monica Bonnano for the younger generation now at the helm of the company.  The sandals are lovely and well crafted.  I do own some Jacks (I couldn’t resist the Nantucket Red pair from Murray’s), and I like them as well.  Bonnanos just make me feel (a little) less removed from home.


    Elizabeth H. left a comment on 4/10/2011 at 9:15 AM:

    Love the fresh twist on the classic Hermes scarf.


    Appb left a comment on 4/7/2011 at 8:45 AM:

    In fact, this young lady does live on PB and she does drive a convertible.  Thus, she wears a scarf to hold her hair back and to keep the sun from burning the top of her head.  When you leave your poolside to hop in the car and meet a friend for
    A quick bite of lunch, you just grab your purse and go…go…go:)  Trust me, this young lady is the queen of PB vintage and could have “prepped” you to the point of nausea had she actually planned a photo shoot.  What you see is a typical PB teen hanging with a friend at the Breakers!


    RowBoat left a comment on 3/31/2011 at 3:14 PM:

    Maybe it’s because I have basically the same outfit packed for my Florida trip this weekend, but I for one love this (Vintage D&B instead of LV, but love hers also). Looking preppy pool/oceanside can be difficult, most of the time you’re wearing nothing but a bathing suit, but this girl does it beautiful. I love the scarf! They are often underrated and overlooked, but they do such a great job covering hair that may not look as good post-swim as it did pre-swim. Thanks so much for this!


    Wednesday Adams left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 7:01 PM:

    Wow is that really Kate Spade!?  Figures she would check out this blog.  I heard KJP is also a frequenter.  Amazing


    kate spade left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 4:38 PM:

    FEC, pardon my ignorance, but can you please explain the difference (if any) between Stephen Bonannos and Jack Rogers?
    Much appreciated.


    D. Green left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 1:47 PM:

    Are you in New York now?  I thought I may have recognized you on the street yesterday.


    Joey Dee left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 11:09 AM:

    What baffles is that in FL, why would one go to a pool unless they were in say, Gainesville? Other than that, and the scarf, she’s appropriate.


    Palmer Woodrow left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 10:32 AM:

    This girl is definitely eye candy. I just hate the giant LV logo bags. But if she is happy, then good for her. The Breakers beach club and pool area has so many spectacular spots for photographs, trying to understand the significance of this spot. Did she pass you and was simply asked to stop for a photo? Regardless, thanks for sharing.


    Tad Allagash left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 10:00 AM:

    The girl looks good - the speedy bag is an icon, and every preppy girl has that outfit in her closet.  My concern is that there are about 50 spots on the grounds of The Breakers that would have resulted in a more interesting picture.


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  • (Back) Pocket Square

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    Photographed in Palm Beach, FL

    Noteworthy: Wayfarers, needlepoint belt, little to no break in chinos, monogram placement at bottom of ribcage, pocket square in back pocket.

    Mar 29, 2011 | Permalink (29) View/Leave Comments

    Meaghan H. left a comment on 4/3/2011 at 11:10 PM:

    Absolutely love this look.  Classically clean-cut and preppy.  Love the ribcage monogram, I’ve never seen it before but love it.


    Julio B. left a comment on 4/1/2011 at 10:12 AM:

    OldGeorgetowner,

    According to Alan Flusser, a style icon for dressing the man. The monogram idea came from gentlemen sending their shirts to the laundry cleaners and making sure shirts wouldn’t get lost or swapped.  Later around the 50’s it became a stamp for the Riviera Club men for example. The monogram basically became a slight small and simple indication for the refined man and showed personality. Now the way this Gent has his is perfect. The monogram is small and lowered below his breast pocket as almost unnoticed…PERFECT!


    OldGeorgetowner left a comment on 4/1/2011 at 12:45 AM:

    In my family, my father always said the monogram started back at school so that when shirts were sent out for cleaning they came back to the right boy. My mother said they were just “whimsical” and then she asked “why do ask suck silly questions, monograms just are”.
    The model looks great, really great.


    Julio B. left a comment on 3/31/2011 at 3:51 PM:

    Great shot! What I really love about this pic is that every piece this gent is wearing is perfectly tailored, that’s why the pic looks so flawless. Like many Style gurus say ‘’ Honor thy Tailor’’  I’m from Miami ‘‘Grove’’ area and its impossible to find a good tailor in Florida!!! :/


    Tad Allagash left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 12:36 PM:

    Also - one of the things that makes this photo nice is how the yellow of the pants and the awning play off each other.  That, and this appears to be a genuine street style shot.


    chris W. left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 12:11 PM:

    @ Fred; Extend your holiday? ;) Ha. Thanks for the reply.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 10:43 AM:

    @Tad Allagash—With the monogram drawing enough attention to itself (when visible) as it is, my preference is plain block lettering in order to play it down.  Diamond is an option I like as well.


    Tad Allagash left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 10:04 AM:

    Huge fan of the rib monogram. Monogram on the cuff is beyond tacky, though sadly common.  Is there a preference here for block lettering, fishtail or diamond?


    robdarko left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 9:53 AM:

    F.E.C., your active participation, on this post, with your guests has been wonderful read. 

    Back Pocket Square is the standard.  Is the shirt BB OCBD?  I ask because the collar roll is perfect.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/30/2011 at 12:45 AM:

    @Chris W.—Almost everyone I photograph are at the very least acquaintances while some are friends.  The people of Palm Beach you have seen this week thus far are the exception.  In the cases I did meet them, I only did so for a couple minutes.  Palm Beach is one of those towns I could literally spend an entire day in and shoot street style all day…there is that much inspiring material there.


    chris W. left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 9:18 PM:

    Hi Fred, hope you don’t mind me asking but do you personally know each person you photograph, or do you ever stop people at random and ask to take their photograph? Just curious. I mean, I see some faces resurface, but I don’t believe I’ve seen this gent before.


    Joey Dee left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 4:35 PM:

    @ FEC & Lindsey, noted. This maybe the reason i have been waiting for to get to the East Coast. On your next return to FL Fred, check out The Met in Sarasota! Its the best kept local secret!


    Lindsey left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 2:56 PM:

    Joey Dee, the thrift stores on Palm Beach are amazing! There are several notable “thrift” shops adjacent to Worth Avenue that are flooded with fantastic finds.
    Love his look and Palm Beach.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 2:35 PM:

    @Joey Dee—I had every intention of stopping into Fiore, a fine menswear consignment shop, but couldn’t get to it before closing.


    Joey Dee left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 2:32 PM:

    How are the thrift shops in Palm Beach ?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 2:22 PM:

    @Rake—Their purpose??? I use my pocket all the time when not wearing a jacket for business cards, pens, notes, whatever have you.  I strongly believe in function informing form…for me, the pocket is functional.


    Rake left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 2:15 PM:

    @FEC - I’m New England born and bred - I understand that historically OCBD’s have had pockets, just don’t see that they serve any purpose. FYI, the brooks OCBD pocket may easily be removed if one isn’t having their shirts made.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 2:08 PM:

    @Rake—Judging by your name, you would have no use for a pocket on a shirt; however, around these parts, most American sportswear shirting is equipped with a pocket—especially button down oxford cloth.


    chris W. left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 2:04 PM:

    I like everything about this look! I disagree that he looks “too boxy”. I think that the stronger the jawline, the better. His hair really brings his facial shape out and to that I give a thumbs up.


    Rake left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 1:31 PM:

    @Dex - why would a shirt have a pocket, or a logo?

    FWIW, my shirts are monogrammed inside, where the label would be. I don’t “get” visible monograms really, but prefer the ribcage if necessary - mine are there in case of a mixup with at dry cleaners…


    Matt G. left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 1:17 PM:

    Love the pocket square look, I wonder if he got it where I get all mine - http://www.dressedbycc.com/mens/pocket-squares-collection.html

    Should that woman be walking on the finely groomed landscape….?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 1:05 PM:

    @BJP—Try it once and see what you think.  I would certainly agree that on the cuff is too brazen.

    @DEX—These are all street looks from Palm Beach.  As I mentioned before, placing your monogram at the bottom of the ribcage works with a pocketed shirt as well.  I would argue that it would work with a logo as well since most logos are implemented in lieu of a pocket.  Just use the same color thread as the logo.


    BJP left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 12:58 PM:

    @FEC and @Rake, I will trust you gents on this one. Truthfully, it is unfamiliar to me… but I could see it being a very subtle addition.


    DEX left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 12:52 PM:

    That place looks amazing, are these all street looks from Palm Beach? Interested to hear more on sonhouse’s question on whether a ribcage monogram would work for a pocketed shirt as well. If the shirt has a logo should you forego the monogram if the shirt has a logo or just move it off the torso to the cuff or sleeve?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 12:51 PM:

    @sonhouse—Monogram at the rib cage has been around for some time.  The placement works if the shirt has a pocket as well.  It’s the only place I opt for a monogram on shirting.

    @BJP—You seem like a discreet gentleman.  The ribcage placement for a monogram is certainly the most discreet as it is imperceptible when wearing a jacket.


    MB left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 12:41 PM:

    Handkerchief code?


    sonhouse left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 12:22 PM:

    Monogram at the rib cage?  I’ve never seen this before.  It looks amazing.  I have some Johnston Murphy’s that are almost identical.  His are a bit more broken in.  Would this monogram placement work if the shirt had a pocket?  I suspect not


    BJP left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 12:03 PM:

    Solid. Monograms are tricky for me. Ocassionally on the breast, rarely on the cuff, and probably never for me on the rib cage. Overall, he looks great.


    Rake left a comment on 3/29/2011 at 12:02 PM:

    If one MUST have a monogram visible, the lower ribcage is the place to do it. Good look!


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