• 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?


    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!!


    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.


  • 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.


  • Lacoste Polos

    Top Drawer | Prep Essentials  

    by Kiel James Patrick

    Jean René Lacoste was famous not only for his considerate achievements on the court, but off. The Frenchman found traditional tennis attire too bulky, stiff, and completely uncomfortable for the court.  He embarked on a mission to create the ideal shirt for the game in white loosely knit piqué cotton. Ironically, the true brilliance was the small, green smiling alligator stitched on the left breast.  What began as a joke from a ridiculous nickname* would soon become one of the world’s most recognized prep fashion logos of all time.

    Kiel James Patrick's vintage Lacoste polos

    In the 1950s, the polo shirt became a classic fashion staple when Lacoste partnered with Izod to expand from their classic "tennis white" and introduced an array of brightly colored shirts. The sport shirts were then exported to the United States in 1952 and advertised as "the status symbol of the competent sportsman," influencing what the debonair layman was wearing.  During the 60s, the iconic gator crawled onto chests of the rich and famous, including celebrities by the likes of JFK, Clint Eastwood, and Audrey Hepburn.  The brand reached its height of recognition throughout the U.S. in the late 70s/early 80s, garnering a notable mention in Lisa Birnbach's The Official Preppy Handbook while being heralded as an essential preppy accoutrement in the film Making the Grade of the same era.

    Today, Lacoste is no longer associated with Izod and produces a second-rate shirt that leaves most longing for the classic tennis tail, loosely-knit pique cotton, and particularly thick collar that we used to wear upturned to block the summer sun from burning our necks.

    *Lacoste later explained the origin of his nickname, “le Crocodile:” “The American press nicknamed me 'the Crocodile' after a bet that I made with the Captain of the French Davis Cup team. He had promised me a crocodile-skin suitcase if I won a match that was important for our team. The American public stuck to this nickname, which highlighted my tenacity on the tennis courts, never giving up my prey! So my friend Robert George drew me a crocodile which was embroidered on the blazer that I wore on the courts.”

    Aug 3, 2011 | Permalink (36) View/Leave Comments

    Luciano Sircy left a comment on 6/19/2014 at 3:24 AM:

    Hi there all, new poster the following. Was an original member here way back in the day, the internet site looks to possess changed a bit given that then.

    Alex left a comment on 9/8/2013 at 12:56 PM:

    The quality of Lacoste products in last few years is really horrible. I´m having about 12 Lacoste polo shirts. The polos from last 2-3 years are very thin and after few washes they look really 20 % - 30 % worse and it is no problem to find holes at the collar after few months. Also the quality of shoes is terrific, after few days of wearing all of them are hardly damaged. Bye, Lacoste. Ever never

    Joseph S left a comment on 5/22/2013 at 7:27 PM:

    I too have been recently disappointed, and horrified, but the specularly poor quality of Lacoste tennis shirts. But I’ve found a great alternative. A shop called Massimo Dutti at 689 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. I’m in no way affiliated with the store, but there tennis shirts have amazing tailoring, beautiful colors and are only $39US. Made in Turkey. Bye, bye Lacoste.

    Kenny Cook left a comment on 5/1/2013 at 8:31 PM:

    I want the Izod shirts from the late 70s / early eighties!  The ones with the long tail.  I loved them!

    Mike left a comment on 2/15/2013 at 9:39 PM:

    I agree with everyone else that the current Lacoste polo is a joke. They neither look nor feel of quality.

    It came down to Ralph Lauren and Brooks Brothers for me. I recently ordered my first BB polo and found it to fit much larger than a RL in the same size. That doesn’t work for me, so I’ll stick with RL.

    I find most of the vintage Lacostes on eBay are fakes made in China.

    Arcangelo left a comment on 7/14/2012 at 7:51 PM:

    Big fan of Lacoste polos until few years ago.
    I still have one made in France, coral red 16 years old.
    In perfect shape. I purchased some in Las Vegas two years ago and they look awful.
    No more wasting my money with that crap.
    Lacoste bye bye, let us know when you will go back to the quality of the one Made in France.

    RCH left a comment on 11/28/2011 at 1:07 AM:

    Many that are quick to disassociate Lacoste from the Izod brand should remember the Izod-era produced the style and quality we fondly remember Lacoste for.

    Dave left a comment on 11/6/2011 at 1:45 PM:

    I am very disappointed in the current quality of Lacoste polo shirts.  I was elated when they finally disengaged from Izod a few years back and returned to the US market.  The initial product which sold primarily through ultra high-end retailers was similar to the classic polos of the 1950s through the early ‘70s.  The shirts were substantial with longer tails, and heavier cotton material that wore well.  The current shirts however do not even compare with some generic outlet polos.  The material is very thin, shrinks and starts to fall apart after a few washings.  I am sure Lacoste has done their homework and perhaps the 40+ year old market is not where they want to be.  However if they made a line of true “Classic” heavier Lacoste polo shirts that reprised the quality of the early ones they would have a winner.

    Tom left a comment on 10/21/2011 at 4:20 PM:

    Should polos be hung or folded? Great post by the way!

    DB left a comment on 9/6/2011 at 8:41 PM:

    That is an amazing collection of vintage lacoste polos. Where are the best places to find those? Sure I’ve seen one here and there at thrift stores but never the right size… How do you have so many?

    Dave left a comment on 9/4/2011 at 9:38 PM:

    Although I like the Lacostes I have, I’d prefer Ralph Lauren.

    Andy M. left a comment on 8/5/2011 at 5:31 PM:

    I too am glad to see others having the same issues with Lacoste as I have.  They look great initially but after a few wearings the circumference of the shirt bottom seems to grow by 20%, leaving me with a shirt that fits fine up top but balloons out at the bottom and just looks silly. 

    All in all I’m still happiest with my Polo polo shirts.

    Kenneth left a comment on 8/5/2011 at 5:03 PM:

    Glad to see others mention the poor quality of current Lacoste polos. I get them as gifts all the time (of which I am still grateful), but the quality is horrible. The collars are flimsy and after multiple washings begin to look very worn. I am buying/ wearing/ and encouraging gifts to be Vinyard Vines polos. I like the fit, the quality is great, and the VV people are great! I also grabbed a few BB polos this summer which fit great and so far are wearing well.

    Josh left a comment on 8/4/2011 at 7:57 PM:

    Great article Kiel, and a lovely spectrum of vintage Lacoste shirts in your collection.
    I love how the colours dull with age, that beaten in look. Fresh ones just seem too bright.


    sharon left a comment on 8/4/2011 at 6:01 PM:

    i never knew the quality has changed so dramatically, though i have noticed that it depends on the style of polo. i have their original one and one that’s styled to be more fitted. the original is made better than the fitted ones.

    Kionon left a comment on 8/4/2011 at 4:44 PM:

    I have a vintage Lacoste polo made in France. I also have one from a few years ago. The difference is quite noticeable.

    Big Boy left a comment on 8/3/2011 at 11:33 PM:

    The alligator is dope, bitches.

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 8/3/2011 at 9:44 PM:

    Almost forgot…

    If you’re interested in brand heritage, I recommend the superb history of Lacoste in images published by Assouline:


    I picked up the Classic Green copy from my local Assouline shop.


    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 8/3/2011 at 9:39 PM:

    I love Lacoste polo shirts and still wear them. They fit well and frame my chest and biceps like no other shirt. But, I’ve noticed the tails are a bit short—a definite problem for taller chaps such as moi.

    The Penguin brand should not even be mentioned in the same sentence as the classic brand under review, IMO. No comparison.

    Brooks Brothers polo shirts are a f*cking joke.

    I did wear a lot of Polo polo shirts when I was younger, and am considering going back to try Polo again after all these years.

    Fred Perry is another polo shirt brand I used to wear back in the 1980s, and maybe it’s worth another visit.

    Tom Bosché left a comment on 8/3/2011 at 9:33 PM:

    FEC - Never have liked small cats - keep ‘em in the bag ...

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/3/2011 at 7:39 PM:

    @Tom Bosché—We can’t let the cat out of the bag on that one just yet.

    Tom Bosché left a comment on 8/3/2011 at 7:12 PM:

    Kiel - Nice post.  Le Crocodile was a truly talented athlete and businessman.  As long as you and Fred are switching roles, it will be interesting to see how well FEC can design and make belts, bracelets, ties, etc. Next step, Fred?

    wrj left a comment on 8/3/2011 at 3:10 PM:

    Lacostes are still great. But they absolutely need to be broken in before the pique tightens and the collar gets a little stiffer. The process of getting them to that point, however, is frustrating. But this may be why vintage are preferred. I have Lacostes I bought 13 years ago and Lacostes I bought this year, and the quality seems the same to me.

    Clay left a comment on 8/3/2011 at 2:25 PM:

    My 7th grade yearbook shows homeroom 7E, 28 kids in the class, and on picture day, 5 kids had on black Lacoste polo shirts on.  They were very very popular in 1982.

    Kyle left a comment on 8/3/2011 at 2:11 PM:

    I still love a Lacoste shirt…before I accidentally slip one in the dryer. My brand of choice for polo shirts had quickly become Faconable - fits well, washes well and feels great.

    Emily left a comment on 8/3/2011 at 1:12 PM:

    The colors are always great on Lacoste. They are always my go-to polo brand. Nice post!

    -Emily (www.urbanadventurer.com/blog)

    cam left a comment on 8/3/2011 at 1:04 PM:

    nice collection KJP. it’s either vintage lacoste or ralph lauren for me no exceptions

    Don left a comment on 8/3/2011 at 12:57 PM:

    When I was in college, at a Big-10 school from 1976-1980, the Lacoste shirts were all the rage among the Greek crowd.
    In the 1970s,  Penguin shirts (I think it was a Munsingwear brand then) were considered to be a middle-tier brand, at best. They were part of the polyester-clad uniform of the professional golfer. I think Chi Chi Rodriguez wore them.

    Joey Dee left a comment on 8/3/2011 at 12:28 PM:

    @AHD depending on how you feel toward thrift shops, you can score vintage izod lacoste for much cheaper than ebay.
    Lacost is not the polo I remember wearing when i was a kid, and have opted for other polo brands. Polos by RL, are the standard for quality and longevity. If you are near a Dillards, their Roundtree & York Gold Lable line of polos are a personal favorite, because they are well made, wash better than most, ready to wear out of dryer, and the best part is they are logoless.
    Another great polo with heritage happens to be Fred Perry, an English tennis and table tennis champ, with their laurel logo. These are good because of the cut, fit, and the quality is better. I can’t get enough of them. I agree about penguin, its ok, not exceptional.

    AHD left a comment on 8/3/2011 at 11:04 AM:

    Where could one pick up vintage lacoste polos other than on the occasional ebay posting?

    NWR left a comment on 8/3/2011 at 8:33 AM:

    @GLG - Great idea. It is a quintessential American brand and was formed to battle Lacoste in the 1950s. Although it is more seen on hipsters, the Penguin can be just as classic as the crocodile or the polo player if it’s worn right.

    GLG left a comment on 8/3/2011 at 8:13 AM:

    @NWR Original Penguin is a great brand, definitely unsung among current preps.  I always get a compliment on my Penguin clothes, they’re high quality and can often be acquired for next to nothing at an outlet.  I recently picked up a lambswool sweater for $20 - a real steal. Fred should do a highlight of the company on the blog.

    NWR left a comment on 8/3/2011 at 7:34 AM:

    Right on. I ditched my Lacoste polos because they didn’t fit well at all and are completely overpriced for the quality. Personally, I’ll take an Original Penguin polo any day, despite their lack of presence in the preppy handbook. The Penguin was Lacoste’s American rival, after all.

    desmond k left a comment on 8/3/2011 at 6:26 AM:

    Question…..just outta curiousity, which polos do u prefer: Lacoste or Ralph Lauren?

    Raulston left a comment on 8/3/2011 at 6:24 AM:

    These colors are exceptional! You are so very right the quality and craftsmanship has left the crocodile. Solution? Shoot for vintage. Great post. (auniversitygent @ blogspot)

    Andreas left a comment on 8/3/2011 at 6:16 AM:

    I agree, the collars on recent Lacoste polos are ridiculously thin.


  • Paradigm Shift

    Dress Code | Prep Essentials  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: Cynthia Rowley shift dress. Women have looked brilliant in shift dresses for decades—Jackie O. did and so does my friend Susan (as she laughs off any nerves).

    Jul 15, 2011 | Permalink (11) View/Leave Comments

    Ksamson left a comment on 7/24/2011 at 8:22 AM:

    Actually, she is wearing a sheath not a shift dress.  Shift dresses hang straighter with only a suggestion of a waist, sheath dresses are fitted.

    John left a comment on 7/20/2011 at 4:32 PM:

    Shifts and wedge heels…two of the fashion gods’ greatest gifts to mankind. :)

    KGC left a comment on 7/16/2011 at 9:27 PM:

    Everything about this outfit is amazing. I love the dress and I love the wedges. I also agree with Laguna Beach Fogey about how real she looks too. Love it.

    Maurice left a comment on 7/16/2011 at 10:22 AM:

    She’s so hot!  Love the outfit.  Perfect for around NYC in the summer.

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 7/15/2011 at 6:10 PM:

    Such a beautiful dress colour. I love her hair—and curves! Goodness…

    Well done, FEC.

    Tariro left a comment on 7/15/2011 at 2:04 PM:

    I absolutely love her shoes! She seems to have an amazing sense of style.

    dam left a comment on 7/15/2011 at 1:07 PM:


    cam left a comment on 7/15/2011 at 12:21 PM:

    I’m guessing this women is too beautiful to cover her face. What a cruel trick you’ve played on us ;)

    allie left a comment on 7/15/2011 at 12:02 PM:

    It’s nice to see the classic styling of the dress and bag paired with the more trendy wedges.

    Angel left a comment on 7/15/2011 at 11:19 AM:

    Susan indeed looks brilliant in that dress, that color is fantastic, I have it in one of my BB button ups. I’ve also been noticing a lot of nude colored strapy wedges like that a lot lately, I’m guess they are the shoe of the season.

    Angels Point of View - Street Fashion Photography

    d. nubbins left a comment on 7/15/2011 at 11:18 AM:

    She looks perfect! Great shot!


  • Sneaking Around

    Top Drawer | Style | Dress Code | Prep Essentials  

    Image via Justin Chung for Tretorn

    Noteworthy: Saint James tee, painter's khaki (with cuff), alligator watch strap, Tretorn Nylites. Nylites are the canvas sneaker the 80s prep-set grew up in. Introduced in 1967, the Swedish sneaker was regarded as the first luxury sport shoe. Today, its classic silhouette is still as relevant as it was 40 years ago.

    Jul 12, 2011 | Permalink (47) View/Leave Comments

    Russell left a comment on 6/26/2012 at 3:58 PM:

    Are those Bill’s Khakis?

    NPHAF left a comment on 7/23/2011 at 4:47 PM:

    It’s funny how I can’t seem to find the Nylites in the stores, though I am from Sweden. My search will continue…

    ifyouwantsomethingdone left a comment on 7/19/2011 at 4:03 AM:

    i wear my paint clothes out all the time, and get it confused as desighner. i love the idea of art tranfer from medium to medium. Nice pairings between accessories and the overall attitude. :D

    cam left a comment on 7/15/2011 at 12:26 PM:


    Emily left a comment on 7/15/2011 at 9:48 AM:

    Great picture! I love the stripes on the shirt! The facial expression is also priceless.

    -Emily (urbanadventurer.com/blog)

    txsailorboy left a comment on 7/15/2011 at 12:16 AM:

    To Daniel FEC would never tell you this, but in a high school of about 1000 students, one year he won 1st and 2nd place in the annual art show.  “Jeans” from his grandpa who was a bronze sculptor and his great grandpa (circa 1880) who was a photographer in the early 1900’s.  It;s quite a treat to watch the development.

    Joe left a comment on 7/14/2011 at 7:18 PM:

    Where’s a good place to find a nice pair of slim-fitting khakis?

    Glenn Elliott left a comment on 7/14/2011 at 1:14 PM:

    Great look Fred, especially that you created the pants.  Not a huge fan of off the shelf painters I was conflicted between Tretorns and Spring Court this Spring and went with the SC’s.  I thought I was satisfied but those Tretorn’s look good.

    J left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 7:51 PM:

    Ah! my sweetie has “painter’s khakis” but they got that way by painting! your take is one part prep and one part Clash (as created by the delish Paul Simonon). FUN!!

    Sam Dunning left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 5:57 PM:

    It’s a good look.

    PJOM left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 3:07 PM:

    Everything about this (especially the chinos) is outstanding Fred.  Don’t entertain the thought of anything less!

    GLG left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 12:56 PM:

    @FEC Sounds great.  I think I might try a similar idea, but instead of painting the pants themselves, just wear them while painting for a while - I need some practice with oils anyways.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 12:51 PM:

    @GLG—Indeed they can. Oil paint doesn’t wash out. Turn pants inside out and wash in cold water. Hang dry.

    GLG left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 12:48 PM:

    This is a killer shot Fred - it lacks all of the boring conservative elements of prep fashion and replaces them with a right-brain creative zaniness.  Just one question though - can these pants survive the wash?

    David ( from England ) left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 11:33 AM:

    Hi Josh,
    Yes I like the style and have done for years, and funny enough my daughter has it in her “jeans” too and has been working at Ralph Lauren recently.

    Josh (Preposity.com) left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 10:41 AM:

    Great to see some classic European brands featured, both St James of France and Tretorn of Sweden. lovely.

    I have painted in Oils since art school and have an old pair of trousers shirt for painting in, I can’t say they’re in quite such an artful state though.

    Hi David (From England), I’m also from England, nice to see some English preps around.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 10:02 AM:

    @DAM—I wear them on the weekends with a polo, this Saint James tee, a blazer, an oxford…with whatever.  These are not for everyone…these are not safe if you dress to be invisible, unnoticeable, or seek to deflect attention from yourself.  Me, on the other hand, I like to make people look and then think about themselves.  This is an expression of who I am as a creative.  Not that it matters to me, but I get compliments in these…plenty.

    DAM left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 9:48 AM:

    I get the look and the idea of building a character for the sake of this shoot. And can appreciate the overall styling.

    But tell me, where and how would you wear this pants outside of this unique situation?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 8:27 AM:

    @GD—Purcells and Nylites are both certainly viable canvas sneaker options (both of which I wear) but I lace up my Nylites more often because they aren’t on American pop culture’s radar as much.

    AEV left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 8:13 AM:

    @GD - Original Stan Smiths.

    GD left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 8:08 AM:

    Jack Purcell’s OR Tretorns? That is the question.

    David ( from England ) left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 8:05 AM:

    Thank you for the feed back Fred, I wonder how many other people from the UK follow your blog ? It would be fun to see some photos of your apartment when you get round to it. Cheers.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 4:11 AM:

    @Peter—The paint is oil.

    @David (from England)—I am a fashion creative with a heavy emphasis on photography and writing as of late. I live in an apartment in Dallas/Ft. Worth built in 1920.  It’s interior is a reflection not only of the content making up Unabashedly Prep but more importantly, my personal style. As always, it’s a work in progress.  Maybe eventually I will photograph it.

    Peter left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 3:43 AM:

    Great pic. What kind of paint did you use?

    David ( from England ) left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 2:29 AM:

    Hiya Fred, a couple of things I would like to ask if I may, As I am newish to your blog I don’t know what you do for a living but would be intersted to know and secondly as a great people watcher when I see people that dress well I often wonder where they live and what their houses/apartments look like have you ever posted any pictures of your home ? It would be fun to see what style you have. Thanks

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 1:22 AM:

    Awesome picture Fred. You are Style!

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 7/13/2011 at 12:16 AM:

    FEC: “I’m thinking like a fashion designer her…thinking aspirationally…creating a character…ultimately, having fun with it.”

    Exactly. And that’s why you’re going to make it and outlast the others who lack your vision. Well done, ol’ chap.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 11:19 PM:

    @Sleeve Length—Let’s be clear: J.Crew doesn’t have a version of the St. James tee, they simply stock them. That being said, it is long sleeved; although, the sleeve still falls shy of your wrist though…by design.

    Sleeve Length left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 11:15 PM:

    Is the J Crew version of the St. James tee 3/4th sleeve or full length sleeve?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 11:09 PM:

    @Bing G.—The belt is from Polo and the khakis are Gant by Michael Bastian.

    Bing G. left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 11:00 PM:

    Great look all around - where did you pick up the belt from? And the khakis are fantastic.

    Hunter left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 10:44 PM:

    @Mr. Castleberry, thanks a lot and I agree love the Tretorns I have had a pair for a long time and they need replacing but they have lost that glaring white they started out, and I am not looking forward to wearing another pair in.

    Hunter left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 7:53 PM:

    FEC or anyone who owns one,  how is the fit on the Saint James tee?  I saw an earlier comment about the size but didn’t see a response.  Just trying to get an idea on what size to order, used to have one but don’t remember the sizing.

    Defying the Current left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 7:10 PM:

    Oh Mr. Castleberry…fantastic shot!!!!

    I believe you may have started something. I’m bringing out my dusty fabric paints, unused since the early 90’s and taking to make khakis. I’m certain to be the only one in all of D.C. with this look. The “navy suits” will love me! Thank you!!

    -J. Flores

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 5:44 PM:

    Lookin’ good, sailor!

    Joey Dee left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 5:24 PM:

    Whats lacking from this post is a vespa and a roman holiday! Great inspiration, love the fact that you painted the pants yourself, not sure I could pull it off, but is inspiring. If this shot was black and white, i would be hard to pinpoint a timeperiod .

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 5:12 PM:

    @Daniel—Art (of all media, including oil) has had a significant place throughout my childhood.

    Daniel left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 5:09 PM:

    Do you paint? (Other than on your pants)

    bimmer left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 3:05 PM:

    Cool shot Fred.

    Kory left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 2:34 PM:

    How is the fit for the Saint James? Thinking of ordering one for myself.

    Paul left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 1:25 PM:

    One of your best shots ever. Love the Tretorns. The painted pants remind me of some of the excellent hand “paint-splattered” t-shirts by Rogues Gallery.

    Andy M. left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 12:54 PM:

    Great photo.  I initially doubted the “prep-ness” of the painter’s khaki but I like the Warhol tie-in. 

    I may need to pick up a Saint James tee soon.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 12:21 PM:

    @AEV—Further explanation will be provided later in the week but in short, this is an aspirational look inspired by the likes of Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and Pablo Picasso.  Pollock spent summers in East Hampton painting in a converted barn—this is what I imagined a pair of his chinos looking like at the end of a summer. The bandana, well, that’s to wipe the summer sweat from your forehead, of course.

    AEV left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 12:14 PM:

    Interesting shot for sure. What are “painter’s khakis”? Will you please explain the red bandana in your rear pocket?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 11:47 AM:

    @alyriclifestyle—Thank you. I painted the khakis myself.

    Tito left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 11:46 AM:

    This is a cool shot!
    I was skeptical about getting pair of Tretorns, but know you convince me…

    alyriclifestyle left a comment on 7/12/2011 at 11:42 AM:

    Great pic. Can never go wrong with a Saint James tee. Are you responsible for enhancing the khaki?


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