• Sweating the Summer

    Style | Sports  

    Image via Chaloner Woods

    The 2010 IRA National Championship recently wrapped the pinnacle of the oldest intercollegiate sport in the United States. With inspiring performances by Washington and Princeton, it’s this linen/cotton sweater (circa 1954) that is inspiring me this summer. I’ll be pulling one on with a shawl collar for those cool summer nights.

    Jun 14, 2010 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    john left a comment on 6/15/2010 at 10:12 PM:

    great piece

    anthony left a comment on 6/15/2010 at 8:25 AM:

    Great piece Fred. I love wearing linen/cotton/silk sweaters in the summer if possible. The best part about these pieces is that they can often be worked into fall/early-spring lineups if they display the proper color palette.

    RL currently has a few fair isle sweaters that are perfect for either a preppy or bohemian look in the summer that could easily be worn in the fall if done properly.

    trip left a comment on 6/14/2010 at 9:13 PM:

    Wow, I always see light sweaters in spring and summer catalogs, and while they look great and I can get behind the idea, the possibility of wearing a sweater in Georgia won’t occur again until October.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/14/2010 at 6:34 PM:

    @Genevieve—I appreciate the fact that you folded a men’s inspired piece into your style.

    Genevieve left a comment on 6/14/2010 at 6:25 PM:

    On vacation last Summer I picked up one of these sweaters at a thrift store in a small town in Pennsylvania. I don’t think it has the same flair when worn by a girl, but I still keep it because I love looking at it.


  • Belt Shift

    Style | Sports  

    Great style should show no sign of effort. Within the prep uniform of chinos, oxfords and penny loafers, your style exists between the lines. It’s the very definition of sprezzatura—elements of your style that appear to be happy accidents. Anytime I consider folding small quirks into my style, I consider its authenticity—being cognizant of the half tucked polo’s origin, the American icons that owned the shorter inseam or in this case, the nonchalance of a shifted belt.

    “It takes a great deal of experience to become natural.” —Willa Cather

    Sure, Michael Bastian ran every model down the runway with his d-ring on his hip this season; but that’s not why it should occasionally be gracing your waist. Fay Vincent, Yale’s baseball captain, was sporting his belt shifted during his rivalries with Harvard as far back as 1963. It is not fashion that makes you well dressed, it is understanding. Your closet should be stocked with authenticity just as much as it is with pique polos.

    Image via ©Bettmann/CORBIS

    May 24, 2010 | Permalink (8) View/Leave Comments

    Bunsy left a comment on 10/15/2010 at 11:06 AM:

    The “belt on the side” thing was started (or used) by Elvis Presley and a whole bunch of blues guitar players… so they would not scratch up the guitar.

    Are there any preppy bluesmen?  (!)

    M.D. Cooley left a comment on 5/25/2010 at 1:15 PM:

    Ah! It is indeed wonderful, I have had the pleasure of living there this year, so I was just wondering if you lived here as well.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/25/2010 at 10:24 AM:

    @M.D. Cooley—I have traveled to Marina del Rey but do not live there. Lovely weather all the time.

    Robert left a comment on 5/24/2010 at 10:56 PM:

    My girlfriend does that with her belt and I always wondered why but never asked. I have a newfound appreciation for her style.

    Kristi left a comment on 5/24/2010 at 9:09 PM:

    Wow, what a fantastic photo. The line, the belt buckle over his slim hips.  Just a gorgeous look.

    M.D. Cooley left a comment on 5/24/2010 at 8:54 PM:

    F.E. Castleberry, I noticed in past “Dress Code” post that some were taken in Marina Del Rey, Do you live there?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/24/2010 at 5:35 PM:

    @V—“There’s no crying in baseball!” And as such, there is no consideration for functionality in sprezzatura.  It’s about the happy accidents (again)...it’s about being different in the details, slightly imperfect. You do it to express yourself in a plausible way that comes off with a sense of disregard.

    V left a comment on 5/24/2010 at 5:18 PM:

    I suppose my primary question lies in the functionality of the belt shift. Why do it in the first place? What statement is it making?


  • Yale Crew


    Yale varsity crew preparing for its annual race with Harvard. Yale is America's oldest college boat club, originating in 1843.

    Image via ©Bettmann/CORBIS

    Apr 26, 2010 | Permalink (11) View/Leave Comments

    Simon left a comment on 10/19/2011 at 3:37 PM:

    this is a great article, i think you should do one on eton rowing aswell.

    David Lee Saurer left a comment on 5/13/2010 at 5:29 AM:

    Does anyone recall the Blue Room Association of 1927? The Blue Room was a large otherwise unused space in the building where non-rowing Yale student volunteers stayed during the Y-H Regatta on the Thames. We all painted our names in that room in blue, of course.

    Although I rowed lightweight freshman year, I was asked to become Varsity Manager of Crew. My chief job was to drive Coach Jim Rasmussen’s launch during our practice rows up and down the Housatonic from the old boathouse at Derby.

    I can still fit into my letter sweater featuring a large Y with crossed oars.

    I was class of 1970, so this was all long ago.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/2/2010 at 4:24 PM:

    @Jim—It just didn’t work out for me. Life had other plans.

    jim beam left a comment on 4/27/2010 at 12:51 PM:

    Forgive me if I’m misinterpreting your reply, but what happened with Dartmouth?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/26/2010 at 6:19 PM:

    Jim Beam—Neither. I had my sights set on Dartmouth.

    jim beam left a comment on 4/26/2010 at 6:11 PM:

    F.E. which ivy league did you attend? Yale or Harvard?

    Heavy Tweed Jacket left a comment on 4/26/2010 at 6:07 PM:

    Great image. Classic sport.

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 4/26/2010 at 11:24 AM:

    What a great picture. It is full of history and tradition.

    Dillon left a comment on 4/26/2010 at 10:16 AM:

    great picture, might have to make a trip from providence soon.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/26/2010 at 8:49 AM:

    James—I drove by the Harvard boat house while in Cambridge last week…the water was glass. So serene.

    James left a comment on 4/26/2010 at 8:43 AM:

    I am making a point to watch them this year.  In the winter I was driving through the back roads of CT and got lost.  But happened upon the Yale boat house.  The water and house looked magical. I can’t wait…


  • US Open Polo Championship


    Image via Ralph Lauren

    In honor of the matches currently underway at the US Open Polo Championship. Established in 1904, the tournament has always been the grand prize of polo in North America.

    Apr 8, 2010 | Permalink (6) View/Leave Comments

    Vega left a comment on 11/22/2010 at 2:46 PM:

    Does anybody know what years ad campaign that photo is from?

    BunnyBelle left a comment on 4/27/2010 at 12:14 PM:

    After spending four days at the Miami Beach Polo World Cup, I have to agree with Alexander. Definitely something sexy about the post-game polo player.

    Cat@perpetualperfection.blogspot.com left a comment on 4/8/2010 at 11:50 PM:

    My boyfriend is a Polo player! You should feature him!

    Alexander left a comment on 4/8/2010 at 12:18 PM:

    Great photo, fantastic sport. No better way to show up at bar than in your dirty whites and jersey.

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 4/8/2010 at 11:26 AM:

    Simple and elegant. Almost minimalist.

    Sunday Ibok left a comment on 4/8/2010 at 11:00 AM:

    May I dress like this everyday. So simple.


  • Invictus

    Culture | Sports  

    I’m a sucker for sports films that exhibit, at their very core, winning against all odds. It makes me feel alive—trekking that emotional journey so critical in the human experience. Invictus’ premise is bedded in the events shortly after Nelson Mandela emerged from 27 years in prison and became president of South Africa in 1994. He seized upon using a rugby World Cup the following year as an opportunity to rally the entire nation—blacks and whites—behind the far-fetched prospect of the home team winning it all. The rugby matches are well filmed and the period-replicate jerseys are a joy to take in visually. Eastwood has done it again. Invictus is a very good true story very well told.

    Dec 15, 2009 | Permalink (3) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/21/2009 at 6:01 PM:


    jay Reilly left a comment on 12/21/2009 at 5:50 PM:

    go springboks!

    Ashlyn left a comment on 12/15/2009 at 2:18 PM:

    After hearing the review on the Today Show this morning, I am even more pumped to see this. Thanks for the review! This looks fabulous. Morgan Freeman was born for this.


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