• Andy Warhol’s Letterhead

    Culture | Prep Essentials  

    Stationery, in some form or fashion, can be found stashed away in a preppy’s desk at any given moment. It’s an essential habit. Penning proper correspondence, whether it be thank you notes, a memo, or a handwritten letter to a long time pal is practically a second language by adolescence. Even though it seems like we slap our monograms on everything, we don’t. Traditionally, there are only certain items that should be monogrammed—stationery being one of them. Andy Warhol’s (an aforementioned personal style icon) undated stationery gives typography center stage in soothing tones of blue and green. It also communicated quite effectively who he was as an individual before he would ever scrawl his first word.

    Image via Letterheady

    Jan 10, 2012 | Permalink (6) View/Leave Comments

    StacyfrPgh left a comment on 1/14/2012 at 5:27 PM:

    I just gave my 20-something children new stationary for the holidays. I encouraged my 21 yo son to take some with him to Italy for the semester. One never knows when the need to correspond by handwriting can come up!


    Andrea left a comment on 1/14/2012 at 5:08 PM:

    Have a look at this eye-catching exhibit, F.E. Art inspired by old nautical/battle flags via Free People’s blog. To me, it’s remarkable how a subject so inherently preppy can become un-preppy and almost trite when it’s put under a microscope like this…  http://blog.freepeople.com/2012/01/give-ship/


    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 1/14/2012 at 12:48 PM:

    I’m as much a Warhol fan as the next chap, but this looks like the handwriting of a deranged 8-year old child.

    http://admiralcod.blogspot.com/


    CHC left a comment on 1/13/2012 at 8:51 PM:

    so the type or writing would go over the design or under it? over it right?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/13/2012 at 4:39 PM:

    @Andrea—I noticed the very same. That’s probably part of the quirk to Warhol though.


    Andrea left a comment on 1/13/2012 at 4:02 PM:

    He spelled “Murray Hill” incorrectly…ha wonder if he noticed/cared!


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  • Uniform Warmth

    Dress Code | Prep Essentials  

    Noteworthy: I'm really digging these shades right now—classic silhouette in a shocking lime green hue. Think of them as go-hell-shades. Wearing your parka off the slopes will keep you just as warm and be right at home over your daily "uniform."

    Rig:
    Deja Vu Refinery sunglasses
    • Penfield 60/40 parka
    oxford cloth button down shirt
    repp tie
    Norman Hilton navy blazer
    • Ralph Lauren slide belt w/J.Press brass engine turn buckle
    • Rugby gray flannel trouser
    striped socks
    Bass Weejun penny loafer (hand-painted)

    Dec 8, 2011 | Permalink (34) View/Leave Comments

    Skyler left a comment on 4/26/2012 at 12:03 AM:

    Did you paint the entire shoe or just the stripe? I’m having trouble telling from just this picture, but you Weejuns don’t look very similar to any pictures of Larson’s that I have been able to find.


    Fadewa left a comment on 2/19/2012 at 12:50 AM:

    I’ve aylaws lived here and I still find general American style a little too laid-back.  I love your blog and your style.  Stick to your guns!


    Rebecca left a comment on 12/22/2011 at 4:26 PM:

    Love the sunnies!


    BEG left a comment on 12/13/2011 at 11:22 AM:

    Love most of the look.  The grey flannels/ blue blazer/ repp tie pairing is classic and detailed properly.  Love the belt and I’ll even give the painted loafers a free-pass, since the stripe is nice and subtle.  The parka steals the show in a very utilitarian way, but I guess when it’s “really cold,” form should give way to function.


    DEJA VU REFINERY left a comment on 12/12/2011 at 8:49 AM:

    In response to Ames: Acrylic paint carefully striped -out with white pencil and tape can indeed create a sophisticated customized Prep School Sports Team touch to your 1920’s elephant leather briefcase or suitcase with buckles and straps, and your sparkling shiny new penny loafers. Acrylic paint will peel off like a band aid when you are tired of the look, and you can re-polish for uniform leather color again for the following semester (new school transfers do happen). I don’t do temporary fashion or trends, so I personally use nail polish which is my 1st choice or oil artists’ paint which is 2nd choice and both have great colors of any stripe, but marine or outdoor paint from the hardware store or the crew team utility cabin is good for less lively hues too. This has been my sockless, loaferless, 2cents.
    Over & Out!
    Jason Pollak
    Founder


    Ames left a comment on 12/11/2011 at 11:06 PM:

    I definitely like the shoes. Although I assume you can’t polish or condition them due to the paint.


    Daniel left a comment on 12/11/2011 at 5:28 PM:

    @Mr. Castleberry: Have you ever done a post on hairstyle, shaving, hygiene-type of stuff? I’d be interested on some of your thoughts about hair product, cut, etc. for style! Lovin’ your blog, Sir!


    Josephine left a comment on 12/11/2011 at 5:57 AM:

    @AEV- I agree with you. Proper dress, and the applied knowledge of dressing properly is so rare as to be a bold fashion statement in and of itself. While I appreciate Mr. Castleberry’s eye for the unexpected pop of color, I personally prefer more subtlety. The site is useful for me in evaluating and re-evaluating my own style preferences.


    DEJA VU REFINERY left a comment on 12/10/2011 at 1:17 PM:

    My pleasure MR. T. !!!  I’m dillsexic myself, and I pity the fool that tries to correct my typing jibba-jabba!


    Dave T. left a comment on 12/10/2011 at 12:49 PM:

    Jason, will do, and thank you.  Sorry about the typos.


    DEJA VU REFINERY left a comment on 12/10/2011 at 12:46 PM:

    Dear “MR. T.”,
    If you would like more info, it is absolutely at your disposal. A mere email inquiry via our “Contact” page on the website will allow us to provide you with some answers to these questions. Most of our customers purchase our luxury mens eyewear as informed consumers already aware of the unimpeachable virtues of DEBONAIR at 1st sight. For the rest, there’s more info available upon request (no “pretty please” necessary too).
    We all look forward to your emails.
    Sincerely,
    Jason Pollak


    Tito left a comment on 12/10/2011 at 12:27 PM:

    Love this look, a lot of originality which make’s you who you are.
    Keep it coming & let the haters keep on hating!


    Dave T. left a comment on 12/10/2011 at 12:15 PM:

    @DEJA VU REFINERY Glad that you posted.  I had asked this question earlier.  What is the background of you company?  On visiting your site, there is no information on the history of the company. 

    For example, Kiel James Patrick started making the rope bracelets for himself, and then friends.  From there, he honed the design of the bracelets and purchased machinery for production.  Thus, his company was born.

    Are your glasses (spectacals) made in Asheville?  What value is there to entice me to purchase these glasses at $300.00?  I (and I would think others) need more than they are “very nice” and flowery language on a website.

    Thanks.


    DEJA VU REFINERY left a comment on 12/10/2011 at 10:54 AM:

    In my opinion those sunspectacles are very nice indeed.


    Adam left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 10:28 PM:

    The painted loafers are subtle and cool.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 1:53 PM:

    @SM—If I have to explain to you why I painted my loafers, then you don’t “get it.” Think about the following quote…

    “Luxury isn’t about spending the most money, it’s about having what no one else does.”  —Jenna Lyons

    Everyone can buy and wear (and has worn) this Bass Weejun…I like to ask, how can I make this more personal…more luxurious? More “me”?

    @BIg Jon—I painted my loafers with acrylic paint (use masking tape to trace out the stripe).


    MAS left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 1:38 PM:

    In my thirty plus years of business, there is no one size fits all when it comes to how one dresses for work, but I will say that there are tribal expectations if you wish to fit in.  Finance has long coveted the more conservative look, marketing, advertising types add more flare while those in the arts, tech are most esoteric.  MGM sounds like a made man, hence his observations of less style conscious.  The less style conscious no doubt wonder how much thought can on man put into what he wears?  My point, I always dressed similar to the tribe I worked with.  Those who did not were viewed less favorably AND they rarely ever knew it!


    SM left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 1:19 PM:

    The glasses look like something a frat star would wear with his boat shoes and Nantucket reds.  Great look underneath. And a question for you, Fred: what is the point of splattering nice, leather shoes with paint?  What are you trying to convey with that?


    Big Jon left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 12:34 PM:

    Did you paint your loafers yourself and if so how did you do it?


    Glenn Elliot left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 11:50 AM:

    Great, great post MGM.  I nearly spit coffee across my desk when you described the black shirt/black tie combo….Regis anyone???  And I can not agree more that dressing boldly allows you to take certain style liberties.


    AEV left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 7:56 AM:

    @MGM- ha ha….Your comments are spot on…and made me chuckle. I hear you, but, I still feel like there’s a huge difference between what you (and I) may consider a ‘bold’ or unique style choice (interesting ties, slight breaks in our pants, tailored clothes, a subtle quirk or two) and Fred’s personal style. I’m not suggesting—at all—that folks should dress like clones or without style, I’m simply suggesting that some restraint and adherence to a few basic guidelines will go a long, long way in ensuring your outfit/style is appreciated by me (and men like me) as opposed to sneered at.

    I, for one, am not concerned with what the dude in the black dress shirt thinks - but, I do realize that the impression I give my boss/the company executive team, potential clients/employers, my finance’s father, etc., matters quite a bit…


    gordon left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 7:39 AM:

    He is having a little fun with his style guys.  He is wearing cloths, it’s not that serious.


    Andreas left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 4:43 AM:

    I love the flannel trousers with the Norman Hilton jacket. Perfect match.


    Tyler P. left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 1:03 AM:

    I think a tort shell would look great too. The lime green would pair well with a swim short and a bright polo.


    Snaaby left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 9:59 PM:

    I will be brutally honest, the glasses are growing on me. I can’t explain it, but I accept it.


    Tim left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 9:29 PM:

    Keep doing your thing! I Wish I had a Norman Hilton.


    MGM left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 8:19 PM:

    Let me make one more comment in response to AEV’s points (which are always good).  He has suggested in the most recent posts here that dressing like this will not send a good signal and/or make a good first impression in the business world.  Now, of course this may *seem* true, but from experience I know that it is not.  I am a practicing attorney, and work around people all day that dress in suits (whether it is in the office or in court).  But here is the difference between me and them:  these people put ZERO thought into what and how they dress, while I consciously make very bold style choices.  I wear pants with no break, usually combine extremely bold tie/oxford shirt combinations, and sometimes even wear collar pins!  I can get away with stuff like this because the people around my know ALMOST NOTHING about style.  They couldn’t articulate an objection even if they wanted to.  They wear cheap nylon dress shirts they purchase at Marshall’s, and their pants are so long that they are frayed at the bottom.  They don’t know how to dress, and thus they are in no position to comment on my bold style choices.  From experience, I can tell you that is how it works in the real world.  When I walk into a courtroom, I attract attention.  Good or bad (who knows?). But the point is that I do.

    Now, the one danger to bold style dressers like FEC and everyone else who is inspired by him is, of course, people like you, AEV.  You are obviously EXTREMELY knowledgeable about proper dress, and you pull it off very well.  But there are so few people like you now AEV that bold style dressers can get away with almost anything they want.  Who is going to stop me?  The guy wearing a solid over-sized black shirt with a solid black tie and pants fraying at the bottom?  I don’t think so.


    meg left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 8:14 PM:

    (Most of) the outfit is golden.  Love it F.E.


    Aaron left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 8:00 PM:

    I’m shocked you’re wearing socks!


    Dave T. left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 6:56 PM:

    Can you provide any more information on the Deja Vu Refinery glasses?  The website really doesn’t have any information about them.

    The closest thing I could find is this job listing for an intern:

    Global Luxury Mens Spectacle & Sunspectacle Brand (think Johnny/Dean). Founded by the former owner of a successful full service advertising company in NY. Marketing Interns are needed to interface with customers, top stylists, and editors of blogs & online/print magazines including Vanity Fair, GQ, Esquire, etc. (not only USA issues).

    Thanks.


    AEV left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 6:06 PM:

    @cam - I don’t disagree with anything you wrote…nor is it lost on me that Fred’s running a business. But, Fred actually wears these looks out in public and he fiercely defends the style/utility of the pieces he features. It appears he has been anointed an ‘expert’ and he regularly doles out advice and opinionated replies to comments and inquiries.

    So, for me anyway, it’s important to know where he’s coming from.


    Daniel left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 5:48 PM:

    Nicely done, sir.


    DBCC left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 2:42 PM:

    Nice belt buckle.


    cam left a comment on 12/8/2011 at 2:29 PM:

    Let me start by saying that i enjoy quit a lot of what F.E. does and what he features on this site. i think many people should be aware that F.E. publishes a blog and he needs to drive traffic to his site to be relevant. i have seen this with many bloggers/publishers. They start off featuring things they wear which are typically spot on and very classic in nature. That being said, they must continually spark debate and what better way to do so than venture outside the box. F.E. knows exactly what he is doing and he does a great job. If you are looking for classic style a blog of a self-proclaimed stylist is not the place to look. Rather keep your eyes open in your own neighborhood and take a note when you see a ‘real’ person wearing something you like.


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  • Navy Blue Blazer

    Top Drawer | Style | Prep Essentials  

    If there has been one mainstay in the closets of the well-dressed for the past century, it's the gold buttoned navy blue blazer. It's the work horse behind any prep's wardrobe worth a damn. Out grew the 9 year-old hand-me-down with your older brother's Prep school insignia? Not to worry. This one, interpreted by Norman Hilton in an 80/20 wool/cashmere blend, is as pure as it gets. And it's soft...real soft. Interpreted from an original Norman Hilton pattern from 1963, it boasts an undarted front, single hooked back vent, true natural shoulder, a classic 3/2 roll notch lapel, and a detachable throat latch.

    Norman Hilton Charter Navy Blazer ($695), Benson & Clegg Fox Mask Buttons ($100)

    In a move as sly as...well, a fox, I had my tailor swap out the unembellished buttons for a set of fox mask gold buttons redolent of Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox. They are handmade in England by Benson & Clegg, a top quality bespoke tailor who happens to be a Royal Warrant holder to the Prince of Wales. The buttons are created by craftsmen following a tradition of artistry and excellence established in the 18th century. The navy blazer and fox mask buttons are both available at Sir Jack's, a preeminent outfitter to the modern gentleman.

    Dec 2, 2011 | Permalink (24) View/Leave Comments

    adrian f. williams left a comment on 2/14/2013 at 2:36 PM:

    excellent!


    Joshua Miller left a comment on 7/30/2012 at 8:04 AM:

    I attend Hampden-Sydney College, the navy blazer has been a staple there for many many years. Just as a side note,  H-SC is known as the “Preppiest School in America”.


    PP2318 left a comment on 12/31/2011 at 9:55 PM:

    Is there a code to get the 35% off??  Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks!


    Matt left a comment on 12/29/2011 at 4:07 PM:

    After needing a new navy blazer for the better part of two years, I bought this exact one today. Norman Hilton now 35% off. I don’t believe I’ve seen it drop more, so get on that.


    AGW left a comment on 12/28/2011 at 3:05 AM:

    UP’ers- Pinstripe navy blazer v. navy blazer…. your take?


    Donovan Addler left a comment on 12/19/2011 at 3:37 AM:

    This is an absolute killer blazer. www.Theliverygoods.com has a Navy Brooks Brothers blazer for a great price! check it out.


    aiden left a comment on 12/15/2011 at 3:23 AM:

    where can u find that tie i love it pls help me castleberry


    Robert left a comment on 12/7/2011 at 4:46 PM:

    Great jacket. Even better styling and photo. Will be pinning to my inspiration board.


    Makaga left a comment on 12/7/2011 at 11:37 AM:

    Thank you for the headsup about this blue blazer.  Mine is getting a bit raggedy and this one sure looks good!


    Brian E left a comment on 12/5/2011 at 4:16 PM:

    Did this blazer come with four-button sleeves, or did you add more when you replaced them?  Most 3/2 sacks I’ve seen come with only two widely spaced buttons on the sleeves.  I think it makes it that much more distinctive.


    Walker left a comment on 12/3/2011 at 1:16 PM:

    Wonderful blazer and Fox Head button combo. Really impressed with the selection at Sir Jack’s.

    Keeping with the fox theme: http://www.sirjacks.com/knot-belt-co-fox-head-horn-d-ring-belt/


    emjkmj left a comment on 12/3/2011 at 8:28 AM:

    @Rake, Thanks.  A little shocked at the retail difference though.


    Rake left a comment on 12/3/2011 at 6:57 AM:

    @emjkmj, Ben Silver does indeed source its buttons from Benson and Clegg - the vast majority of them, anyway. I am unsure of where the custom buttons are sourced from.


    M Arthur left a comment on 12/2/2011 at 11:46 PM:

    Doesn’t get any more prep than this.  The foundation of any wardrobe.


    emjkmj left a comment on 12/2/2011 at 10:37 PM:

    @AEV, I would not be surprised of Ben Silver sourced their buttons from Benson & Clegg.  The fox head buttons are identical.  I know Ben Silver sources a lot of items in England.  Also, knowing how value driven you are, The Benson & Clegg are $100 and the Ben Silver are $225.


    Mike E. left a comment on 12/2/2011 at 8:03 PM:

    The blazer looks great.  Do you know if it’s fully canvassed?


    khordkutta left a comment on 12/2/2011 at 6:41 PM:

    Outstanding looking blazer, niice touch with the buttons, good looking combo.


    Shawn left a comment on 12/2/2011 at 4:51 PM:

    Tip of the hat sir.


    AEV left a comment on 12/2/2011 at 4:38 PM:

    Ben Silver has a wide range of blazer buttons too…and, I believe, will even custom make them for an add’l fee.


    CJG left a comment on 12/2/2011 at 4:04 PM:

    Workhorse indeed.


    Scott left a comment on 12/2/2011 at 4:04 PM:

    Wonderful highlight of an indispensable classic.  Well done.


    Chris left a comment on 12/2/2011 at 3:57 PM:

    Love it!
    Who, may I ask, is YOUR tailor Mr. Castleberry? Fingers crossed he is near my hood (Nolita)

    Cheers,
    Chris


    Blevins left a comment on 12/2/2011 at 3:50 PM:

    Benson and Clegg hold a royal warrant for their supply of buttons and badges and are possibly the best source of buttons on the planet.


    AEV left a comment on 12/2/2011 at 3:21 PM:

    Great combo - looks to be a terrific blazer.


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  • Fall/Winter ‘11 Essentials

    Top Drawer | Style | Prep Essentials  

    I like New York. In the fall, I love New York. The perfect tweed jacket, wool scarves, that beloved pair of faded jeans, shaggy shetland sweaters, and the classic peacoat migrate out of the tiny closets of New Yorkers down to the streets of Manhattan. It’s inspired. This week, Men of Habit will show you how to fold these fall essentials into your look with relative ease. Chris Callis and I worked with Phineas Cole, Billy Reid, J. Press, Gant Rugger, Schott, Allen Edmonds, and others to put together five looks that hopefully inspire you well into the new year.

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Photographs: F.E. Castleberry
    Styling: Chris Callis, F.E. Castleberry
    Models: Kahari, Tim, Akin, Iso, and Laurence

    Oct 10, 2011 | Permalink (29) View/Leave Comments

    Bunny left a comment on 3/24/2014 at 12:00 PM:

    @FEC Great shoot! Just curious if you digitally edit in Adobe LR? Big Fan Sir!


    Evans left a comment on 11/11/2011 at 9:59 AM:

    Love the black watch peacoat ... where can I get my hands on one?


    Docks left a comment on 10/20/2011 at 3:15 PM:

    Gorgeous patch pockets on the jacket in the sixth picture ... especially with the lavender chinos. Heavenly.


    rob left a comment on 10/18/2011 at 9:20 PM:

    i second the request for who makes the lavendar chinos. love them


    AM left a comment on 10/17/2011 at 3:09 PM:

    Who makes the lavender pants and where can I get a pair?


    DJY left a comment on 10/13/2011 at 8:24 PM:

    Does anyone know who makes that turtleneck?


    Jeff left a comment on 10/13/2011 at 3:32 PM:

    @Big Jon search for sebago penny loafers on ebay and single it out from low to high. I found a pair for 20.00 free shipping new and I just recently looked yesterday and there are still deals out there on ebay like that. Hope that helps some.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/13/2011 at 12:17 PM:

    @Ryan—The goose down vest is by Penfield and can be purchased on their website currently.


    Ryan left a comment on 10/13/2011 at 11:32 AM:

    Can someone tell me what brand that down vest is and where I can get one…Very classy!


    Tara left a comment on 10/12/2011 at 6:02 PM:

    Wonderful shots and styling indeed. I love that greenish/blueish blazer it looks like cashmere or wool - paired with the purpleish pants. I would love to get that as a gift for my husband but which store is it from. My guess is J. Press? Beautiful material!


    KPC left a comment on 10/12/2011 at 4:40 PM:

    Where is the blue/red/green scarf from?


    Eric left a comment on 10/11/2011 at 11:06 PM:

    Great work FEC! May I ask who makes the black watch peacoat? Thanks!


    J left a comment on 10/11/2011 at 5:42 PM:

    @Chens - Not necessarily


    Chens left a comment on 10/11/2011 at 12:31 PM:

    Just to play devil’s advocate, the soles look new when I zoom on the photo.

    I’ve seen a legit patina on a pair of Boyer’s shoes, but they were 25 years old.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/11/2011 at 11:08 AM:

    @Chens—Ah of course, let me clarify.  Chris and I pulled the shoes from our own wardrobes.


    Chens left a comment on 10/11/2011 at 9:11 AM:

    The shoes wouldn’t have a patina if they’re new, since a patina by definition is something acquired through aging.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/11/2011 at 12:03 AM:

    Big Jon—The penny loafers are Allen Edmonds.  Edmonds are a great option if you aren’t willing to spend the cash for Aldens.  Also, you can buy used on eBay.

    @Jon—The denim is by Stone Island.


    Every Man's Closet left a comment on 10/10/2011 at 11:57 PM:

    Love the first look with the striped sweater and plaid jacket. Hot!


    Big Jon left a comment on 10/10/2011 at 11:08 PM:

    I’m definately inspired. My favorite is the one with the navy and burgendy sweater. Is that gentleman wearying penny loafers and if so what brand are they? I’m trying to find a pair that won’t break the bank.


    Jon left a comment on 10/10/2011 at 11:06 PM:

    Who makes the jeans in the first photo?


    J left a comment on 10/10/2011 at 8:32 PM:

    All around great looks with one exception…

    The checked jacket over striped sweater isn’t working for me… I guess you have to know the rules to break them, but it still seems a bit garish


    maria left a comment on 10/10/2011 at 7:27 PM:

    Can you do one for the ladies?

    http://threadtheneedleblog.blogspot.com/


    Grace left a comment on 10/10/2011 at 6:57 PM:

    Love the look of tweed and puffer vests in the fall! This post makes for wonderful inspiration!


    OldGeorgetowner left a comment on 10/10/2011 at 6:31 PM:

    I’m loving the black watch coat.  Actually, all of these looks are great.  The striped sweater looks very comfortable.  The only ‘bump’ for me, personally, is that I wouldn’t wear the purple-ish pants in the top photo. Everything else is a win-win for sure.


    Scott left a comment on 10/10/2011 at 6:03 PM:

    Wonderful.  Welcome back Fall, I’ve missed you.  Great work Fred!  Cheers, -Scott


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/10/2011 at 5:22 PM:

    @AEV—Those saddles are Allen Edmonds, yes.  They are a beautiful shoe…nice patina to them.


    AEV left a comment on 10/10/2011 at 5:17 PM:

    Those saddle shoes in the first pick are amazing. Allen Edmonds? Really nice pic Fred…


    tim left a comment on 10/10/2011 at 3:59 PM:

    I love that down vest over tweed jacket look!!

    http://www.thesartorialist.com/photos/on-the-street-dosan-park-seoul/

    great styling and snaps F.E.


    Caroline Fontenot left a comment on 10/10/2011 at 12:51 PM:

    Da-yum! I always look forward to Fall on UP. That last look…perfection.


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  • Confidence in Khaki

    Prep Essentials  

    A man can run around in chinos from the moment he learns to walk to the day he is crawling again and never look better. The 100% cotton fabric is the prep’s security blanket of choice, only improving and ingratiating with wear. Lisa Birnbach goes as far to say, “A frayed chino cuff is the pant equivalent of a trusted friend.” But what about women? Does the attraction to this fabric born of the sword exhibit the same gravitational pull on them? Not exactly. By design, chinos lack a feminine sensibility; however, that doesn’t mean you can’t feel sexy in a pair. Christy Turlington shows just how charming one can be in the iconic trouser. It just takes confidence.

    Image via Peter Lindbergh

    While there are a variety of ways to wear chinos, keep them hitting around the ankles and you’re golden. Whether you wear anything else with them, well that’s your business.

    Aug 30, 2011 | Permalink (10) View/Leave Comments

    scaleworm left a comment on 1/31/2013 at 12:20 AM:

    What a beautiful woman, and terrific timeless shot.
    i LOVE B&W.


    craig trevor left a comment on 11/16/2011 at 11:49 PM:

    She would make anything look amazing, true. but a good pair of khaki chino’s is a special thing. In a day and age where people think wearing jeans is preppy, it is good to see that twill!


    RkeithD left a comment on 9/2/2011 at 11:31 PM:

    I realize saying Dockers will immediately turn off most… But the new Alpha Khaki is a modern and slim fit I love.  Highly rec a try.


    SW left a comment on 9/2/2011 at 11:06 PM:

    After that image I am supposed to write something that makes sense? I miss the old-school super models.


    Tim left a comment on 9/2/2011 at 10:55 PM:

    Thats exactly how I wear mine on a daily basis too!


    Joy left a comment on 9/2/2011 at 6:25 PM:

    I wish they would make skinny chinos. Blasphemous or not but I want to look 18 (my actual age) and not 40 dammit.


    RowBoat left a comment on 9/2/2011 at 5:34 PM:

    For years my profession forced me to wear khakis which lead me to develop a very poor opinion of them (who want to be forced to do anything?). Christy Turlington can pull of anything but us mortals aren’t always as lucky. I full heartily agree, to pull of khakis you must find a pair that suit your body type, preferably that helps the “buttock hugging glory” but under NO circumstances gives one ‘camel toe’.

    Luckily my forced khaki wearing days are over. We’ve reconciled (slightly) but I still prefer the ever classic shift dress/cardigan combo.


    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 9/2/2011 at 5:21 PM:

    When I think chinos I think khakis, which bring to mind 70-year old guys wearing stained khakis, OCBD shirts, and fat white sneakers.

    Chinos in colours other than khaki?

    Yes, definitely.

    Let’s face it, Turlington would look good in anything. For what it’s worth, I’ve observed women wearing khaki trousers in all their tight buttock-hugging glory. And of course we’ve all seen women in snug tan jodphurs, which aren’t khakis strictly speaking, but you get the idea.


    nick left a comment on 9/2/2011 at 3:30 PM:

    Yeah, more ladies should wear them like her.


    trip left a comment on 9/2/2011 at 3:29 PM:

    Yeah, more girls should really give this outfit a try.


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