• Cream of the Crop

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    Photographed in New York, NY by Tommy Ton

    Noteworthy: narrow end of tie longer than wide end, the fact that she is doing menswear better than 98% of the men.

    Sep 25, 2012 | Permalink (10) View/Leave Comments

    Ann left a comment on 12/29/2012 at 7:37 AM:

    Pretty sure that’s Lauren, I remember her from school. She does look very put together, lovely.


    Liz and Lo left a comment on 10/25/2012 at 3:57 PM:

    Just so chic and classic.  Thank you for sharing! 
    xox Liz and Lo {celesteandpearl.blogspot.com}


    Respoken Trurths left a comment on 10/22/2012 at 1:25 PM:

    Wonderful photo. Elegant, sophisticated, and classy.

    I started my own blog to inspire and inform individuals on achieving a timeless sense of men’s style. Check it out:
    http://respokentruths.tumblr.com/
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    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/19/2012 at 10:00 AM:

    @LG—Nope, very straight. My fascination with androgyny is just that…a fascination with androgyny. Androgyny is kind of a thing in the preppy sub culture.


    LG left a comment on 10/19/2012 at 9:52 AM:

    Gotta ask, are you gay? You’re fascination with tomboys and women dressed as men is becoming a little…weird.


    Mike left a comment on 10/18/2012 at 9:29 PM:

    Noteworthy:  Great cheek bones!


    Diane left a comment on 10/18/2012 at 5:16 PM:

    Stunning!


    khordkutta left a comment on 10/18/2012 at 1:18 PM:

    WHOA


    Paul left a comment on 10/18/2012 at 9:13 AM:

    Another great photo. The pedestrian “walk” signal almost reads as her “thought bubble” as she ponders her outfit.


    Saturdays left a comment on 10/17/2012 at 11:22 PM:

    Lauren Remington Platt, if anyone was curious who she was.

    Was a big fan of her look last year, in case anyone was interested:

    http://citizencouture.com/2011/02/lauren-remington-platt-nyfwfw11/

    (hope its okay to link outside of your blog Fred, but I think your readers would enjoy last years f/w look just as much as this one)


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  • Mismatch Theory

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    Photographed in Oxford, England

    Noteworthy: mismatched red and blue socks, needlepoint Georgetown rowing belt hand-sewn by girlfriend, velvet Prince Albert slippers emblazoned with personal crest, cutaway collar oxford cloth shirt, impeccable fit.

    I met Jack a little over a year ago when he approached me to collaborate on a unique personal photography project. We've traveled the back roads of New England together, crashed (questionable) couches in Wisconsin together, wandered The Netherlands together, and drank in the oldest of English pubs together...and he's never not been in mismatched red and blue socks. It's his thing. I like that. My thing is tort shell glasses—I've been in some variation of them for more than 15 years now. What's your thing?

    Sep 11, 2012 | Permalink (32) View/Leave Comments

    Roger C. Russell II left a comment on 11/20/2013 at 6:09 PM:

    I wear a lot of traditional prep clothing and mix it with Western/Cowboy clothing. Think Stetson Open Road with Barbour. I sometimes think I look like I am from a Wes Anderson film.


    ROI left a comment on 2/23/2013 at 12:40 AM:

    Isn’t he precious!


    kathie left a comment on 10/18/2012 at 9:27 PM:

    Blunt 1940’s bob, cowboy boots, pearls and a red Chevy pickup.


    Meg left a comment on 10/9/2012 at 5:15 AM:

    A thick flannel and Bean boots in the winter!


    RHM left a comment on 10/8/2012 at 9:07 PM:

    @Danger—I have a tweed SC from Gieves & Hawkes in what looks to be the same cloth, and with very similar shoulder expression as well. That would be my guess.


    Danger left a comment on 10/7/2012 at 10:26 PM:

    Where did he get that fantastic jacket?

    I want.


    Ann left a comment on 10/7/2012 at 12:36 PM:

    I have known Jack for 7 years and can testify that he is a man of good taste and character.  Jack performed the duties of Best Man for my son, Eric, and maintained his sock tradition throughout the formal wedding!  :-).  His “Toast” rivaled the top stand-up comics.  He’s a man of many talents!!


    Nic left a comment on 10/7/2012 at 4:49 AM:

    Love the trousers.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/7/2012 at 12:22 AM:

    @Mike—The bag keeps the look youthful, it adds an unexpected twist. It says, “I’m still at university.”


    Maisy left a comment on 10/6/2012 at 8:58 AM:

    I should explain I am no longer at school and am far less often surrounded by the girls I once wished I was. Now I have lots of kicking rad friends that wear what they want, how they want and look blooming marvelous doing it.


    Maisy left a comment on 10/6/2012 at 8:56 AM:

    Wild, curly red hair and my Barbour. You can spot me in any crowd and pick me out of even the grainiest pictures. I used to wish I would blend in with my friends at school but now I’m just me (cliché that it is) and feel more comfortable than I ever would with straight blonde hair, pearls and a cardigan.


    christina, Esq left a comment on 10/6/2012 at 6:38 AM:

    Love the red pants and blazer. My thing is wearing my mother’s solid gold bangle alongside my husband’s Rolex (that I gave him as a wedding present). Gives me a powerful feeling and makes me happy to have a piece of each of them with me all day!


    Mike left a comment on 10/5/2012 at 9:25 PM:

    All top drawer!  Only tweak, the bag undermines his look.


    Rose left a comment on 10/5/2012 at 8:42 PM:

    I live roughly 20 feet from the University of Wisconsin boathouse.  This fellow has impeccable style!


    PSP left a comment on 10/5/2012 at 8:41 PM:

    Ray ban Wayfarers and navy blue Paul & Shark sweaters


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/5/2012 at 4:20 PM:

    @Sam VanRyzin—We were in and around the University of Wisconsin…boathouse, etc.


    WMM left a comment on 10/5/2012 at 8:26 AM:

    @FEC I would have to guess he thinks about purposely mismatching his socks together when he’s doing his laundry…


    Sam VanRyzin left a comment on 10/4/2012 at 11:38 PM:

    Where were you in Wisconsin? I live here and there are only a handful of locations with any sort of “preppy- ness”. Also, I love the glasses in his breast pocket, I am rarely seen without my glasses or sunglasses dangling out of mine.


    ladybleu1920 left a comment on 10/4/2012 at 8:46 PM:

    my cardigans and stud pearls….always :)


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/4/2012 at 5:37 PM:

    @SomeDude—That would be your cure to educate a woman on the simple premise that you never touch a man’s tie ;)

    @TT—He probably thinks about it as much as I think about wearing tort shell glasses…which is hardly at all. It’s a style choice I made once so that it would be one less thing to think about when getting dressed. It’s part of his/my uniform.


    SomeDude left a comment on 10/4/2012 at 4:00 PM:

    I’m rather fond of accentuating the curve of my tie by using a tie bar to push it a little more. Additionally, wearing my tie a little off - too many pics of Agnelli, or from Pitti. my current squeeze, as well as too many generally fussy girls have the horrible habit of trying to fix it. I guess it gives me an excuse to flirt I guess.


    TT left a comment on 10/4/2012 at 3:22 PM:

    “@Desmond K—It doesn’t matter what Jack is wearing: blue sock on right foot, red sock on left foot. He doesn’t even think about it.”

    This is where you lose me, FEC. He doesn’t think about it? Bollocks.


    Matt left a comment on 10/4/2012 at 9:17 AM:

    Fray. I like things to be a bit worn and lived-in looking. When things are too perfect it makes me feel stuffy.


    Orgastic Future left a comment on 10/4/2012 at 2:13 AM:

    A mountain of sweater vests…every season,every color, every day.


    C.L. Young left a comment on 10/4/2012 at 12:38 AM:

    Give me plenty argyle socks and I am a happy man! I can’t go without them. I guess that’s “my thing”.

    On the gentleman’s outfit, I will say that for me, the pants are a glaring distraction from the awesome jacket. My eyes are drawn to the pants and I have to force myself to “see” the other items, which are all great! I suppose THIS is the reason they call it G.T.H.  Love the mismatched socks!


    Scot Meacham Wood left a comment on 10/3/2012 at 11:39 PM:

    Stubbs and Wootton, and a little tartan.


    canvas left a comment on 10/3/2012 at 11:12 PM:

    something that ive made

    i love when im able to tell someone theyre not going to be able to buy what im wearing


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/3/2012 at 9:08 PM:

    @Al—Yes, that is his J.Press oar tie bar.

    @Desmond K—It doesn’t matter what Jack is wearing: blue sock on right foot, red sock on left foot. He doesn’t even think about it.


    Al left a comment on 10/3/2012 at 9:04 PM:

    @FEC is he wearing a J. Press oar tie bar? If so (or regardless) I tip my hat to him—from one style-minded rower to another. Very solid look.


    Desmond K left a comment on 10/3/2012 at 9:04 PM:

    I must admit, it works. So does he typically keep a neutral color palate with his shirt/pants/blazer? Blue socks are universal, but I would think there are a few things that red would clash with. Btw, my “thing” is that I’m almost always either in a pair of desert boots or loafers.

    Chinos & Cheesecake


    C left a comment on 10/3/2012 at 8:52 PM:

    Look at my fucking red trousers


    Jen left a comment on 10/3/2012 at 8:51 PM:

    Cardigans w/double strand pearls.


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  • Go Monastic

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    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: comes homes to this lovely lady every evening. In all seriousness, I don't want to list everything here as noteworthy, but it really is. Pay attention to the details here. The wingtip monks, the lack of break in the white jean, the spread collar, the vintage wristwatch...etc, etc. Great southern sensibility. In fact, I first met this gentleman when he was working at Sid Mashburn's shop.

    Aug 2, 2012 | Permalink (9) View/Leave Comments

    Big Jon left a comment on 9/4/2012 at 8:59 PM:

    This is a cool look. It’s definitly something I would wear. By the way, what does that say on his arm?


    Derek Shiekhi left a comment on 8/17/2012 at 12:44 PM:

    Gingham shirt and monk straps?  A man after my own heart.  Bonus points for a proper umbrella and rainboots.


    JRenee left a comment on 8/14/2012 at 5:45 PM:

    Great shot, FE.


    NJGlenn left a comment on 8/13/2012 at 6:51 PM:

    Perfect Summer outfit.  I may be biased though, I was wearing a very similar rig today. (RL driving loafers instead of monks).


    Paul left a comment on 8/13/2012 at 11:30 AM:

    What an adorable couple. I admire thier floors.


    J left a comment on 8/10/2012 at 5:32 PM:

    Funny title.


    Daniel left a comment on 8/10/2012 at 10:37 AM:

    Thanks for showcasing understated, tasteful style. Great profiles, FEC!


    DBCC left a comment on 8/10/2012 at 9:07 AM:

    Awesome work, Fred.  They seem like a great couple.  Love the denim.  I would have thrown some Wurkin Stiffs in or gone with a non-spread collar when sans tie, but I understand the effortlessness.  What does his tattoo read?


    Desmond K left a comment on 8/10/2012 at 6:17 AM:

    Nothing like a happy home. It makes coming home on the bus, train, or in traffic a little less unpleasant. They look to be an awesome couple that would provide great company on a double date.


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  • Breton Stripes

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    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: vintage Gucci surcingle belt (snaffle bit hardware on back), Breton stripe dress.

    Jul 26, 2012 | Permalink (17) View/Leave Comments

    Fabio left a comment on 10/5/2012 at 7:50 AM:

    She’s hot!

    Great work. I mentioned you on my blog among the sites worth to see.

    Fabio,
    The Bespoke Dudes


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/18/2012 at 3:02 PM:

    @Rosie—No, no, she is someone else’s wife.


    Rosie left a comment on 8/28/2012 at 2:18 PM:

    Lovely! Is she your Wife?! ; )


    G .Pearson left a comment on 8/9/2012 at 12:58 AM:

    I love seeing a young women in pearls! Perfect


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/7/2012 at 9:02 PM:

    @AEV—If you go back and read comments where I’ve spoken on the matter, I list specific items whenever I’m featured or pieces of my wardrobe are. I do this simply because if I didn’t, I’d be emailing the many people who would be asking about it. In regards to when other people are featured, I typically do not get into specific brands save when it is noteworthy. Here, a vintage Gucci surcingle belt is certainly noteworthy in my opinion.


    Kat left a comment on 8/7/2012 at 8:18 PM:

    Wow.  She is simply stunning.  What a classic look.


    Shep left a comment on 8/7/2012 at 7:49 PM:

    Wow!  Stunning…


    gbourgeaiseau left a comment on 8/7/2012 at 1:59 PM:

    Very, very pretty.


    ALYRICLIFESTYLE left a comment on 8/6/2012 at 3:22 PM:

    Natural, understated and truly elegant. Great shot. #hardwoodfloorenvy

    Twitter: @alyriclifestyle & @weareamore


    Kendra left a comment on 8/6/2012 at 2:32 PM:

    Lovely outfit.  I’d wear that on a casual Friday in a heart beat!  And the vintage belt adds just the right touch.

    Closet Confections


    Angel left a comment on 8/6/2012 at 2:01 PM:

    Beautiful! Nothing else worth saying. Well done.

    Angel’s Point of View


    Paul left a comment on 8/6/2012 at 1:15 PM:

    One of the best, Fred. Totally classy.


    CHK left a comment on 8/6/2012 at 12:05 PM:

    AEV - New challenge: make a genuine compliment, without following it with snotty remark.


    AEV left a comment on 8/6/2012 at 11:00 AM:

    Classic, restrained, stylish, seemingly honest.

    Fred, I thought you refrained listing brands? Your last two posts seem particularly reliant on their specific promotion, no?


    y l hollander left a comment on 8/6/2012 at 8:50 AM:

    She looks like every college girl I fell in love with 30 years ago (when I was but a high school lad), right down to the Gucci belt. Timeless. Lovely.


    Nic left a comment on 8/5/2012 at 10:14 PM:

    She looks positively lovely, and I quite like the vintage skis on the wall behind her


    Desmond K left a comment on 8/5/2012 at 9:21 PM:

    You captured one heck of an image!! Love those hardwood floors too.

    Chinos & Cheesecake


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  • Bootstrapping

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    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: riding boots, over-sized hoof pick belt, hand block silk pocket square.

    Jun 26, 2012 | Permalink (20) View/Leave Comments

    Krystal Clark left a comment on 7/21/2012 at 8:36 AM:

    She looks great! Lovin’ the sistas on Unabashedly Prep! We like to prep it out too :).


    Elizabeth left a comment on 7/16/2012 at 3:21 PM:

    I especially like the color of the pocket square—it livens up the whole outfit.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/15/2012 at 11:52 AM:

    @Brad—Do I? You’d be hard pressed to find a post in which I list the specific brands a person is wearing (outside of a notable accessory,  piece of jewelry, or vintage). When someone asks in the comments where a particular piece is from, I make an effort to reach out to the subject and find out (if it didn’t previously come up in conversation when I shot them).


    Brad left a comment on 7/15/2012 at 7:50 AM:

    @FEC - you list the brands of items profiled all the time….many times following up with add’l brand names in the comments section.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/14/2012 at 2:08 PM:

    @AEV—I couldn’t tell you since I don’t ask the people I photograph what they are wearing head to toe.


    AEV left a comment on 7/14/2012 at 9:23 AM:

    @FEC—What pieces of clothing on this woman aren’t by Ralph Lauren?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/13/2012 at 11:30 AM:

    @Alba—I believe the riding boots are by Ralph Lauren. There aren’t too many outfits making this quality of fashion riding boot but Ralph Lauren is one of them.


    AEV left a comment on 7/13/2012 at 9:59 AM:

    @Alba - My educated guess is that the boots are by Ralph Lauren.


    Alba left a comment on 7/13/2012 at 12:26 AM:

    Love the look, thanks for sharing!

    The humour with Ralph Lauren aside, where did the lady in the picture get her boots?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/11/2012 at 2:27 PM:

    @AEV—For me, this look works. Had I thought about riding boots with chino shorts for women before? No, honestly. This inspired me. Do I think riding boots are meant to be paired with shorts? They were initially designed to be worn with Jodhpurs…but all the more reason to share this image with everyone here—because she makes it work with shorts.


    AEV left a comment on 7/11/2012 at 12:00 PM:

    @Fred—Are you suggesting that leather riding boots are a summer shoe? Do you think riding boots are meant to be paired with shorts?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/11/2012 at 11:53 AM:

    @AEV—This particular blazer isn’t cotton, but tropical wool. Even better in the summer.


    AEV left a comment on 7/11/2012 at 11:47 AM:

    Sure, a cotton blazer works fine in June.


    cam left a comment on 7/10/2012 at 10:58 PM:

    @Leo - where else but Ralph Lauren of course….....HA mr. castleberry, I beat you to the punch ;)


    Leo left a comment on 7/10/2012 at 9:19 PM:

    I love the picture!

    My girlfriend really likes those boots, can anyone point me in the right direction as to where she can find some?


    C.L. Young left a comment on 7/10/2012 at 6:54 PM:

    The look is very polished! I especially like the blazer/ocbd/pocket square combination. As a man, the upper half is what I would wear (but with bow tie). The boots are “too die for” and work well with the look. The shorts in place of skirt looks really good and the colors all work very well. Women can get away with so many things in fashion! Just let me try getting away with wearing cowboy boots with khaki shorts! She looks very serious but I agree with Desmond in saying that she most likely has an awesome smile.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/10/2012 at 2:22 PM:

    @Caroline—My best guess would be Ralph Lauren.

    @Margaret—I shot this photograph about a month ago. This young lady is in cotton shorts and a lightweight navy blazer…this seems to be perfectly suitable for early summer in the city on a weekday.


    Caroline | Back Down South left a comment on 7/10/2012 at 1:59 PM:

    Would love to know where the oversized hoof pick belt is from..


    Margaret left a comment on 7/10/2012 at 10:02 AM:

    When was this photo taken? Doesn’t strike me as comfortable in 80 degree+ June/July heat….


    Desmond K left a comment on 7/9/2012 at 10:14 PM:

    I love this look on ladies. I can never get enough of it. I bet she has an awesome smile too.

    Chinos & Cheesecake


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