• 1924 Oxford University Boat Race Crew


    While in Oxford, England recently, I had the honor and pleasure of spending some time with a handful of this year’s Olympiads and gold medalists in rowing—Andrew Triggs Hodge being one of them. He took gold for England (for the second time) in the coxless four just a few months ago. While visiting, I noticed an old rowing illustration in the spirit of the popular Vanity Fair rowing portraits hanging in his living room. It’s an 88 year-old sketch of the 1924 Oxford University Boat Race Crew.

    1924 Oxford University Boat Race Crew

    The Boat Race is an annual rowing race between the Oxford University Boat Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club, rowed between competing eights on the River Thames in London. The two have been at it every year since 1829. I learn that it holds some significance because Hodge rowed at Oxford. Though what appears to be a strapping (and very stylish—notice the variations in which to wear a scarf) young group of men, that 1924 crew didn’t win. Perhaps Hodge had it hanging for motivation, having stroked Oxford to victory in the 2005 Boat Race.

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    The Stig left a comment on 9/30/2012 at 7:02 PM:

    J.E. Pedder looks like Jeremy Clarkson

    makaga left a comment on 9/28/2012 at 10:20 AM:

    Great illustration, thanks for sharing it.


  • A.S.R. Nereus


    For the past six months I’ve been meandering around New England photographing prominent rowers for a coffee table book I’m honored and privileged to be a part of. World class athletes, Olympic gold medalists, and world record holders...a true elite gathering of rowers to celebrate the sport of crew by way of the storied rowing blazer. Although I can’t reveal any of the final photographs I’ve created until publication, I do feel it is some of my best portrait work to date. I do want to share these snapshots I captured of the Amsterdam Student Rowing Club Nereus while at the Head of the Charles Regatta this past fall. Their blazers were beautiful, with some wearing the sweat and tears by which they earned them literally on their sleeves. A couple of the jackets were at least 40 years old. The student rowing club was founded in 1885 and produces a substantial part of the of the national team as well as Olympic medal winning athletes.

    Photographed in Cambridge, MA

    Feb 27, 2012 | Permalink (13) View/Leave Comments

    Richard left a comment on 7/3/2012 at 12:52 PM:

    There’s a Meander river in Turkey, Australia, Canada and Ireland, but not, I think, in New England ;-)

    Hunter left a comment on 3/16/2012 at 10:35 PM:

    I saw these guys at the Charles this year, great group of guys who seemed to be having a lot of fun at the races.

    @FEC any chance you got some pics for your book while at the Kent School last fall? They were the first American prep school to race at Henley Royal Regatta (an excellent place to photograph blazers, especially Abingdon’s which are pink and white striped).  Having a Kent School Boat Club (KSBC) blazer would be an excellent addition to the book.

    Kelsey left a comment on 3/7/2012 at 4:11 PM:

    Consider photographing the Williams College Crew - the women have won the last six national championships, three of the last four years at the Charles and also hold a Charles course record. A rustic boathouse, rural campus and plenty of stripes, blazers and loafers could make for a few nice shots.

    Nich left a comment on 3/2/2012 at 5:00 AM:

    FEC - Having rowed at university and afterwards, I positively love this picture. If you have the opportunity can I heartily recommend you attending HRR (Henley) in the UK. Having rowed here and attended many other years, it is truly a one of a kind event. I would posit you’d get loads of fantastic pictures and inspiration!

    Kasha left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 9:19 PM:

    The Dutch do Europreppy well, don’t they?  Always such fun socks.  Please get in touch if you do any rowing shots in Philly!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 10:11 AM:

    @Crimson—That was probably me…come say hello next time.

    Crimson left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 2:02 AM:

    A friend and I thought we spotted you in Cambridge with the Winklevi - can’t wait for the book!

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 2/28/2012 at 1:30 AM:

    Really looking forward to this. Rowed at university.

    M Arthur left a comment on 2/27/2012 at 11:20 PM:

    Third guy from the right has got it going on.  Love the kicks!

    Stockto Andrews II left a comment on 2/27/2012 at 10:15 PM:

    That’s a terrific photo. Classic look.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/27/2012 at 8:49 PM:

    @Al—No firm date yet as I am still currently shooting for it.

    @Jacob—Yes. Meandering, to take a winding course, is the verb that best conveys the experience I’m relating here.

    Al left a comment on 2/27/2012 at 8:38 PM:

    @FEC Any knowledge on when the book will go public?

    Jacob left a comment on 2/27/2012 at 7:51 PM:

    Are you sure ‘meandering’ is the accurate verb here, Fred?


  • 27th Annual Harriman Cup

    Top Drawer | Culture | Sports  

    It’s not even noon, and yet, half of the Long Island bound LIRR train is already lashed on mimosas and John Dalys. I’m getting there. We’re all hopping off at Old Westbury for the 27th Annual Harriman Cup, the alumni polo match between Yale and the University of Virginia. Founded in 1984 as a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of polo and supporting the collegiate polo programs of Yale and UVA, the event has raised over $600,000 for the schools’ undergrad teams.

    The match has since served as a last ditch effort for Yale and UVA alum alike—and any family and friends really—to celebrate summer’s end in patchwork madras, pastels, and penny loafers. The after party alone is worth the trip. A live band and dancing breaks out on the tented dance floor amidst hopes of meeting Mr. or Mrs. Right (now). Awards for best dressed, best hat, and best tailgate are doled out with tongue-in-cheek while UVA hoisted up the cup for the second year in a row, edging out Yale 6-5.

    Photographed in Old Westbury, NY

    *As always, most of these images can be shared via Tumblr at Collection by F.E. Castleberry.

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    Ann left a comment on 11/23/2011 at 9:48 AM:

    Takes me back to college when I had time to play more and things were carefree, so fun!

    Trailer Trad left a comment on 11/1/2011 at 6:46 PM:

    Makes a Virginian proud.

    Rhon left a comment on 10/28/2011 at 8:01 PM:

    This looks like a picture-perfect time.

    ian left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 10:01 PM:

    Love the Bernese Mountain Dog. wonderful dogs, but very short lived due to horrendous health issues. Such a shame.

    Lee Anne left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 4:37 PM:

    This post is top notch. Such a lively, fun collection of photos that definitely captures the nature of sport. Keep up the excellent work!

    Amy left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 9:45 AM:

    The pretty lady in the yellow striped dress is just DARLING!

    scaleworm left a comment on 10/26/2011 at 2:18 AM:

    Great images, Really, just Great shots here! Well done!

    ian left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 6:03 PM:

    the woman with the dog has a heart-melting smile.

    Max left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 5:44 PM:

    Awesome set of pics.  As a general aside and correct me if I’m wrong - true prep style is casual, uncalculated, and effortless (i.e. “to the manor born, it’s just what you are”  and NOT studied… IMHO the aesthetic idea is very similar to the Italian notion of “sprezzatura”

    The girls…WOW.  Keep up the good work Fred, your blog rocks!

    A.U.G. left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 2:00 PM:

    I was here but unfortunately my means of chronicling (cell phone was not charged the night before).  -auniversitygent.blogspot.com

    Andy M. left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 10:36 AM:

    Phenomenal group of pictures Fred!  This is probably my favorite post of all time on here.

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 10/25/2011 at 9:13 AM:

    Superb collection of photos, FEC.

    I particularly like the shot of the blonde in the white trousers. Holy s*&$!! Please inform her that I’m single and strikingly good-looking. And, I live on the beach. ;-)

    Are you aspiring to be the Slim of our (decaying) times…?

    Tripp left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 8:45 PM:

    this looks like the best time ever. i want to be there. you really really captured the moment. i am so jealous

    Obadiah left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 8:02 PM:

    Richard of Wasp 101 informed us that Rugby has now provided you with a private plane and pilot. How was your luncheon at the cafe? Shall we look for their skull-and-bones logo on the dorsal fin?

    CHC left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 4:15 PM:

    I mean the blonde girls with the peace sign….

    CHC left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 4:13 PM:

    Nice pictures! I like this a lot! Especially the girls in floral print dresses…

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    JIm Kelleth left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 1:30 PM:

    Re: The lady in the white trousers….  I’ll second that.

    cam left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 1:17 PM:

    now THIS is unabashedly prep!

    trip left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 1:00 PM:

    Wow, this may be one of the best series that you’ve done, Fred.

    Dan from England left a comment on 10/24/2011 at 12:43 PM:

    The rear view of the lady in the white trousers is very nice, could we also see a front view please ?


  • Samberg vs. McEnroe, Connors, Borg & More


    On the cusp of this year’s US Open, The New York Times Magazine asked Walter Iooss Jr. (legendary sports photographer) and comedian Andy Samberg to look back at several iconic men’s tennis rivalries. Andre Agassi vs. Pete Sampras, John McEnroe vs. Bjorn Borg, and Jimmy Connors vs. McEnroe are all done comedic justice. Not only was the level of play to be admired, the on court style was too (ignore Agassi for all intents and purposes). The New York Times meticulously dug into the archives of Nike, Fila, and Tacchini for the authentic tennis whites. The result fiercely rivals the best Will Ferrell sports comedies—save Semi-Pro, that was just bad. The piéce de résistance? Pistol Pete’s carpet of a chest.

    Game, set, match.

    Images via Walter Iooss Jr.

    Aug 26, 2011 | Permalink (6) View/Leave Comments

    Todd left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 1:02 PM:

    Love “McEnroe’s” classic Nike’s…  had a pair just like’em back in the day - couldn’t play tennis worth a damn - still can’t play tennis worth a damn!

    Carlos left a comment on 9/7/2011 at 1:43 AM:

    Can someone please tell me how do you put pictures in sequence like this?

    GBourgeaiseau left a comment on 9/3/2011 at 7:32 PM:

    Nice post. All the best!

    Andy M. left a comment on 8/31/2011 at 11:11 AM:

    Samberg can do no wrong.  Genius!

    Clay left a comment on 8/31/2011 at 10:02 AM:

    That is AMAZING.  The poses are smack-on.  He does McEnroe better than McEnroe.  Thanks F.E. for a big laugh!

    David left a comment on 8/31/2011 at 9:47 AM:

    Bring back wooden tennis rackets! The game would be so much better.


  • US Open Tennis Championships 2011

    Style | Dress Code | Sports  

    The 130th US Open is upon us. More than 600 professional tennis players from around the world will descend upon New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium over the next few days (hurricane permitting)—the winners take home a cool 1.8 million in cash. Novak Djokovic is the overwhelming favorite. At 57-2 on the year, he is the force to be reckoned with.

    I’m pulling for Mardy Fish. What?—I’m patriotic.

    Sporting events have a dogged reputation for being sartorially handicapped until Ralph Lauren decides to outfit them (i.e. Wimbledon, the Olympics, PGA Tour). The US Open is Lauren’s most recent proselyte. Since I’ll be at The Harriman Cup polo match during the final, I’m pulling on my lucky cable-knit cricket vest in hopes Fish goes deep. And the go-to-hell blazer? I plan on taking ‘best outfit’ at the match this year. Yes, it’s louder than Sharapova’s primal screams, but, that’s the point.

    Noteworthy: patchwork madras blazer, cordovan tassel loafer, cotton/linen square by Pochette Square, Polo Tennis cotton-cashmere cricket vest.

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    Michelle S left a comment on 12/17/2012 at 5:58 PM:

    Tim.  I NEVER watch polo.  I am too busy catching up with everyone under the sponsors pavilion.  Polo is much less boring when you bring friends and tailgate.  Start simple and soon, you too will have your own engraved flask and a story about the time James and Beckett were over served and ended up behind the barn.

    paolo left a comment on 4/12/2012 at 7:03 AM:

    what is the make of the patchwork madras blazer?

    fashionstyle left a comment on 9/21/2011 at 9:55 PM:

    the designs are very beautiful, very stylish.

    Jon left a comment on 9/1/2011 at 11:34 PM:

    The writing in this post is strikingly adroit.  Kudos!

    Nic left a comment on 8/31/2011 at 9:14 AM:

    @Desmond - Quite correct.

    @FEC Regarding the outfit, I do not take issue with any single piece contained therein. What I do take issue with in my initial comment was the “trying to hard” impression given off by pairing the cricket jumper and madras blazer together. But to each their own.

    Chens left a comment on 8/30/2011 at 6:30 PM:

    Tom Wolfe is the one who coined the term “go to hell” to describe the clothes of Boston WASPs gathering on Martha’s Vineyard. While it’s impossible to know precisely what he was thinking when he coined that phrase, knowing his literary style I think that basically what he was trying to convey is “garish.”

    As the phrase caught on in the digital menswear realm, it’s meaning has gotten murkier, causing people to think that flamboyant items are worn as an arrogant effront to others.

    The attitude behind go-to-hell clothing isn’t one of telling others who belong to some sort of “social norm” to go to hell (i.e. “screw you”). The clothes were originally worn by WASP tribe members among their own kind in social settings (golf course, country club, school dance); they were not something a guy wore alone to distinguish himself from the masses.

    Fred is right to wear such an outfit at a festive occasion such as a polo match. But the idea of donning patch madras to “push back against social norms” is nuts, according to the context of go-to-hell clothes Wolfe originally described.

    No group of people is more conformist than WASPs and preppies, no matter what they’re wearing.

    Hannah left a comment on 8/30/2011 at 2:06 PM:

    Love your madras blazer! I just bought a madras skirt, and I wish I could wear it every day. You can see how I styled it here: chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/30/2011 at 12:22 PM:

    @IgnaciO—You’re understanding of “go-to-hell” is incorrect. It’s correct meaning is in fact what you stated yourself below. “I am wearing this patchwork madras blazer because I like it—if you don’t, go-to-hell.” The attitude is about not caring what others think when pushing back against a social norm.

    tony left a comment on 8/30/2011 at 10:16 AM:

    The outfit fits the situation. It looks fine. What’s worse, this outfit or someone dressing like their match is next, wristbands and all?

    IgnaciO left a comment on 8/30/2011 at 9:44 AM:

    I despise the whole “go to hell” label because it infers that I am wearing something to tell someone to go to hell. I am wearing those red cords or bright blazer because I love the colors, not because I am trying to make a statement.

    AEV left a comment on 8/29/2011 at 10:05 PM:

    @FEC - As you just spelled out, you, many times, dress to be different - and, you spend a lot of time considering how to put your outfits together. You continued, if others wore this sort of look, you wouldn’t….because, it would no longer be different or garner as much attention.

    If that’s how you prefer to dress, so be it. But, it certainly proves @cam’s point.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/29/2011 at 9:37 PM:

    @Cam—Thank you for your sentiment.  I will take a moment to explain myself.  I am always myself.  I put forth a considerable amount of effort in the decisions I make in regards to what I walk out the door in.  Sporting go-to-hell looks isn’t for everyone.  If it was, I’d be sporting something else.  It is in my nature to be different.  Some days I dress to garner attention…some days I dress to be invisible—it depends on my mood.  Any affectedness you perceive is likely a figment of your imagination.

    And for what it’s worth, I never said I was going to “try” and win the Best Outfit award at The Harriman Cup. I said I “plan” to.

    Bumby left a comment on 8/29/2011 at 6:55 PM:

    Love the Jacket!!! it is a winner.

    cam left a comment on 8/29/2011 at 4:19 PM:

    @fec..i really like the outfit. why, however, would you put together a look to “try” and take the best outfit award? i think that’s where some see the affectedness of this. you should just be yourself and see what happens. all the best!

    Joey Dee left a comment on 8/29/2011 at 12:47 PM:

    I agree. FEC does things only he can get away with, and that is why we read, at least that’s why I read. That face is priceless!  I love that belt too.

    StacyfrPgh left a comment on 8/29/2011 at 11:37 AM:

    My daughter had the pleasure of attending the qualifying matches last week since a family friend was trying for the main draw. She reported that too many people looked as if they just got off the court and went right to Flushing Meadows. Her outfit was a white sun hat, gingham shirt and Bermuda shorts. In case you were wondering, our friend made it into the main draw!

    Caroline Fontenot left a comment on 8/29/2011 at 10:39 AM:

    This is why I love this blog.

    Glenn left a comment on 8/29/2011 at 10:38 AM:

    Fred less is more! Have fun at the Polo match!

    Preston left a comment on 8/29/2011 at 12:10 AM:

    Your swagger is, if I may, literally off-the-charts. Nice work.

    John left a comment on 8/28/2011 at 11:46 PM:

    I think Nic is taking it way too serious. Nic, the point is, not to be too serious. FE, as someone who attends polo matches, I agree with your comment, bring more booze and women.

    tim left a comment on 8/28/2011 at 10:42 PM:

    @ F.E.

    too shay

    Andrew left a comment on 8/28/2011 at 8:01 PM:

    I personally loved your ensemble.  If I may ask, which frames are you wearing? Thanks in advance!

    Trailer Trad left a comment on 8/28/2011 at 7:36 PM:

    Hardcore prep and proud of it! Probably your best self portrait. GO FISH!

    MGM left a comment on 8/28/2011 at 4:22 PM:

    This is a great outfit, although I am not crazy about the tie and the shirt.  I don’t think the blue tie “pops” in the right way, and I think the look would be improved with a solid colored shirt.  But the jacket, the sweater, the belt, the shorts, and the shoes all work wonderfully together.

    Richard Ross left a comment on 8/27/2011 at 7:18 PM:

    I believe the unbearable heat many of us are experiencing is because you sent us all to hell with this outfit.

    I dig the frames.

    khordkutta left a comment on 8/27/2011 at 5:04 PM:

    Ahhh, I like how the pocket square is almost camo’d in the jacket.  Didnt catch it until I enlarged the pic.

    Julien left a comment on 8/27/2011 at 4:07 PM:

    Comme le dit Christian : “Bravo Fred” !

    Joy left a comment on 8/27/2011 at 3:10 PM:

    LOL at Daniel’s comment. What if the hurricane hits?

    Daniel left a comment on 8/27/2011 at 2:13 PM:

    LOL that sneer! What happened to having fun with the clothes? Why leave all the smiling to KJP?

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 8/27/2011 at 11:46 AM:

    EPIC! This picture shows what preppy is! Bravo Fred!

    Pedro left a comment on 8/27/2011 at 11:34 AM:

    Don´t get out Nadal too soon, he as Jimmy Connors is the type of warrior makes the US open the grand slam of sweat and blood

    Desmond K left a comment on 8/27/2011 at 11:28 AM:

    @Tim- U was probably at a “low goal” match which can move along a little slower since the players are average.  However, the “high goal” matches produce non stop run and gun action. U should try checking out one of those.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/27/2011 at 10:54 AM:

    @Paul—I don’t know if you have to shave your legs if you start wearing tassel loafers. I’ve never practiced that.

    @Nic—“Far too much going on” is what I’m banking on to grab the Best Outfit nod at the Cup. These social events are about having fun with clothes and each other all while enjoying the display of sport.  Two of the precepts of prep style are layering and outlandish colors/patterns. The former being no more evident in the Northeast while the latter in resort towns like Palm Beach.

    A patchwork madras blazer can come off a bit loud (an inherent trait of such a garment) if you don’t give the eye anything else to digest. Pair it with just solid color pieces and your eye is in shock—potentially disgust because it has no where else to go after ingesting the stark contrast; however, lead the eye from the large madras pattern to a another pattern of a different scale and color and the eye has somewhere to transition to while maintaining interest. Madras to chevron stripe to cable knit to club pattern to striped shirt to striped belt to solid short etc. I kept the waist down grounded in navy and brown. The accusation of “far too much going on” would certainly ring clearer had this anchor not been provided. 

    @Tim—Only two chukkas? Bring more women and booze to the tailgate.

    Paul left a comment on 8/27/2011 at 10:40 AM:

    Do I have to start shaving my legs if I start wearing those shoes?

    Nic left a comment on 8/27/2011 at 9:22 AM:

    I feel there is far too much going on. While some of the outfits on here I like, this screams trying too hard which is decidedly not preppy in the least.

    tim left a comment on 8/27/2011 at 7:37 AM:

    dope shoes! can’t beat the tassel loafers.  But seriously..who watches polo.  I could only handle two chukkas and I was out because it was SO boring.

    Braddock left a comment on 8/27/2011 at 7:25 AM:

    wow, i love it! in my opinion this is your best outfit EVER!


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