• Submariner

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    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: Rolex Submariner, Glen Urquhart plaid linen/silk/wool sportcoat, colorful sock, perfect jean length (accentuates height in avoiding a break).

    Jun 1, 2012 | Permalink (18) View/Leave Comments

    chris crabill left a comment on 8/31/2012 at 1:21 PM:

    I had the same watch. I bought it for $1200.00 new and sold it used for about $2900.00. I purchased a Omega seamaster for $200.00 .It keeps better time and when I dive I use a seiko diver from 1966.

    Jon left a comment on 7/18/2012 at 10:45 AM:

    Very classy, HarrsionK.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/16/2012 at 10:05 PM:

    This gentleman’s watch is a Submariner (check the updated link above in ‘Noteworthy’). When I go through the effort of highlighting a specific piece, it is what I say it is. There is no debate. There is no second-guessing.

    HarrisonK left a comment on 7/16/2012 at 6:36 PM:

    @AEV -  his watch looks to be a two tone submariner with black dial and bezel, I have the same one.

    Elizabeth left a comment on 7/16/2012 at 3:18 PM:

    Those white pants look so crisp and comfortable for what sounds like a pretty warm day in the city.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/14/2012 at 2:07 PM:

    @AEV—I’m not even going to acknowledge that farcical remark with a proper response.

    AEV left a comment on 7/14/2012 at 9:24 AM:

    His watch doesn’t appear to be a Submariner. C’mon Fred.

    Hot Texan left a comment on 7/13/2012 at 11:12 PM:

    Why is his blazer collar turned up?

    Paris left a comment on 7/12/2012 at 10:35 AM:

    Andrew always looks amazing. It’s about time he’s on this site.

    Russell left a comment on 7/11/2012 at 9:39 PM:

    What would you say is the perfect length of a jean. If I am typically a 32 Inseam, where should the pants end? I am 6’1 and I typically like having trousers finished at the top of the of the shoe’s tongue.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/11/2012 at 9:14 PM:

    @Michael—I photographed this gentleman recently. I’m pretty sure this guy works in an air conditioned office for the majority of the day. On this particular day, it was like 79 degrees or so…which is prime temperatures for a linen jacket.

    Michael left a comment on 7/11/2012 at 9:09 PM:

    When was this photo taken? It’s been to hot to wear an outfit like this.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/11/2012 at 2:29 PM:

    @Wait, What—I believe these are Ralph Lauren Purple Label suede wingtips.

    JONG PARK left a comment on 7/11/2012 at 1:54 PM:


    TTG left a comment on 7/11/2012 at 12:26 PM:

    Thats a very nice looking blazer! Very nice outfit.

    Jennifer left a comment on 7/11/2012 at 10:42 AM:

    I wish my boyfriend dressed like this!

    James left a comment on 7/11/2012 at 10:10 AM:

    Not gonna lie… the socks were unexpected. Was sort of picturing this look w/out socks.

    The look is on point.

    Wait, What left a comment on 7/11/2012 at 9:57 AM:

    Nice look. AE Players’ shoe?


  • Easy Rider

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    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: short sleeve oxford cloth button down, canvas riding pant. This young lady owns somewhere in the neighborhood of 17 oxford shirts. That's unabashedly prep.

    May 22, 2012 | Permalink (15) View/Leave Comments

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 6/13/2012 at 10:36 PM:

    Who is this?!

    She’s cute.

    Red Tag Chic Los Angeles left a comment on 6/10/2012 at 1:16 PM:

    love your cool style….lovely blog too!


    Robin left a comment on 6/9/2012 at 2:22 PM:

    Effortless! Love it!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/6/2012 at 10:51 PM:

    @Cam—That jacket is a varsity jacket with leather sleeves and a wool body, not a baseball jacket.

    Reginald IV left a comment on 6/6/2012 at 10:25 PM:

    The square face watch is classic American style.

    cam left a comment on 6/5/2012 at 10:03 PM:

    @fec - what about the baseball jacket u wore in front of that jukebox?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/5/2012 at 9:52 PM:

    @AEV—Baseball attire isn’t preppy.

    AEV left a comment on 6/5/2012 at 6:57 PM:

    I’m gonna start wearing baseball uniform leggings with loafers….

    Jack left a comment on 6/5/2012 at 5:53 PM:

    A predilection for ‘riding pants’

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/5/2012 at 4:51 PM:

    @Desmond K—The Range Rover was serendipitous.

    ANH Style left a comment on 6/5/2012 at 10:46 AM:

    One can never have too many oxfords, in my opinion. Great bag.

    Desmond K left a comment on 6/5/2012 at 7:52 AM:

    ....And I love the early model Range Rover in the background. Did you walk her over to that spot or was she already there?

    Desmond K left a comment on 6/5/2012 at 7:50 AM:

    Fabulous look and she pulls it off effortlessly…


    Miss Margarita left a comment on 6/5/2012 at 6:29 AM:

    love her sandals!!

    morganvsmorgan left a comment on 6/5/2012 at 4:16 AM:

    Haha, your comment form is amazing! Love it. Aside from that, I like how her entire bottom half matches exactly, the pants, the shoes, the bag - and then she sets it off with an oxford shirt in a beautiful shade of lavender.


  • Hacking 101

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    Photographed in New York, NY (Columbia University)

    Noteworthy: I appreciate everything about this young lady's look down to her round eye glasses but these few things specifically—vintage Prince Albert slippers, tweed hacking jacket, pleated trouser.

    Feb 17, 2012 | Permalink (18) View/Leave Comments

    Agemetto left a comment on 5/9/2012 at 6:23 PM:

    And I fundamentally disagree with the comment that true prep is completely unisex.  That’s too uniform and constrictive, thank you.

    Agametto left a comment on 5/9/2012 at 6:21 PM:

    Appreciate everything except the velvet slippers.  It’s the one piece that topples the look into costume territory.

    Michael E Campbell, Esq left a comment on 5/7/2012 at 7:31 PM:

    I could find myself easily falling for a woman dressed like this…

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    Ann left a comment on 2/21/2012 at 8:48 PM:

    Love the recent photos on campus. I don’t remember it being that stylish when I was there. :)

    Miss Margarita left a comment on 2/21/2012 at 2:39 AM:

    Love the colours!

    Paul left a comment on 2/20/2012 at 4:17 PM:

    Another beautiful photo!

    Sophie left a comment on 2/19/2012 at 12:54 PM:

    I love this lady’s style! I wonder if she has considered a sharper bob hairstyle - would accentuate the look further.

    Trailer Trad left a comment on 2/18/2012 at 7:00 PM:

    Annie Hall, call your office. Brilliant!

    agw left a comment on 2/18/2012 at 6:24 PM:

    anyone else having trouble finding women’s white bucks? i’ve found the cole haan alisa oxford line and like the color combos. which of the colors would you ladies opt for my first order of this style?

    MGM left a comment on 2/18/2012 at 11:06 AM:

    The true prep aesthetic is, and will continue to be, fundamentally UNISEX.  This picture is the perfect example.  That is what distinguished the prep look from every other look, IMHO.  Girls and Boys can both rock it in exactly the same way.

    Amanda left a comment on 2/18/2012 at 2:22 AM:

    Love it! Very similar to how I dress. I go to school at a private, Baptist college in south Georgia (perfect place to be unabashedly prep, right?) and have been appalled by how other students dress there.
    I personally rock wingtips, dark jeans for casual or Brooke Bros skirts with OCBDs, pearls and herringbone, cord or navy blazers. For eyewear, I’m loyal to either small RB aviators, tort/ yellow Wayfarers or tort/ green Personal wayfarers.
    It’s already getting hot in Georgia; I can’t wait to break out my red or cobalt go-to-hell pants during our (mandatory) weekly Chapel!
    Thanks for bringing the prep movement back into the forefront, FEC! Whenever wearing wingtips without socks I refer to the look at “unabashedly Castleberry”!

    Elizabeth left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 9:58 PM:

    She looks wonderful. This is the sort of look I prefer myself, but I can never manage to carry off the velvet slippers, too.

    M Arthur left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 9:35 PM:

    Very well put together.  The jacket fits beautifully, fab pants color!  She has a sophistIcated look about her that not everyone can pull off.  Bravo.

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 8:47 PM:

    My goodness, she’s exceedingly cute…!

    I didn’t know Harlem could look so good. ;-)

    john left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 7:58 PM:

    I would have to agree with you on all points. Very attractive as well.

    finn left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 3:49 PM:

    random, but where did you go to college/ high school?

    George left a comment on 2/17/2012 at 3:46 PM:

    I agree…it’s the total package. If there is an archetype for a preppy lady, this has to be her.


  • Allen Edmonds Long Wingtip

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    It's a chilly November night in the Empire City and I'm walking into a hotel bar in midtown...Lex bar, I think. The heads of Allen Edmonds have set up shop on the pool table—an impressive spread of their 2012 spring collection of chukkas, brogues, and loafers in new color ways, burnished leathers, and refined silhouettes. I take a couple BBQ sliders in hand. They're good. I don't recall eating lunch—or breakfast for that matter—so they're better than good. They're on the verge of great.

    Allen Edmonds Williams Long Wingtip (brown burnished calf, $445)

    Allen Edmonds call themselves The Great American Shoe Company. Perhaps that is fitting for the 90 year old shoe manufacturer out of Belgium, Wisconsin that was, until 1978, run solely by family. Elbert W. Allen built the company on his innovative manufacturing techniques that relied on Goodyear welting to make fashionable and durable shoes that were nail-less and shankless (meaning they had no uncomfortable metal bar under the instep).  Before you've taken your first step, Allen Edmonds has already taken 212 in each handcrafted pair. That, along with strong and steady leadership, set the precedent for long term success despite the hard times of the Great Depression, the rationing years of World War II, and the mounting pressures of foreign competition in the 1960s and '70s.

    Mark McNeill, Allen Edmonds' head designer, is walking me through his latest designs. We stop at The Independence Collection, a new line of higher-end shoes priced at $445. I finger the reworked long wingtip (named after Declaration of Independence signer William Williams)* for a solid five minutes before McNeill's discourse snaps back into my consciousness just in time to learn about wheeling, a sole detail that has been reintroduced for the first time in 30 years. Supple yet durable, the brown burnished leather is the finest Allen Edmonds can get their hands on. In fact, over 70% of the skins are rejected for The Independence Collection. As I polish off my last BBQ slider, I realize these longwings aren't just good, they're on the verge of great.

    *courtesy of Allen Edmonds

    Dec 14, 2011 | Permalink (15) View/Leave Comments

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    Mike left a comment on 12/23/2011 at 10:13 PM:

    If you have not worn a pair of AE’s I think you will switch from Alden to AE.  AE is like butter.

    emjkmj left a comment on 12/22/2011 at 2:32 PM:

    I don’t know if it’s a Ford vs. Chevy thing, but I find there is two camps in the American made shoe world.  The Allen Edmonds camp and the Alden camp.  Since I have been wearing Alden shoes for church since middle school, I find myself in the latter.

    Morty62 left a comment on 12/22/2011 at 10:28 AM:

    I bought a pair of brown AE wingtips earlier this year and absolutely love them. They look very elegant, fit to perfection and the detailing is very subtle.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/22/2011 at 10:07 AM:

    @LG—There is no such thing as a free lunch.

    LG left a comment on 12/22/2011 at 10:04 AM:

    Are you getting free stuff for these endorsements? If so, it would be ethical to bring that to everyone’s attention…

    Cheap adidas shoes left a comment on 12/22/2011 at 2:23 AM:

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    AEV left a comment on 12/21/2011 at 6:07 PM:

    Nice shoes - no doubt.

    Shoedog left a comment on 12/20/2011 at 3:30 PM:

    Wisco Kid… Allen Edmonds doesn’t make any shoes in MN.  Their factory is in Port Washington, Wisconsin.

    Ron left a comment on 12/20/2011 at 11:29 AM:

    Great shoes , we used to call longwings Royal Brogues back in the early 70’s , a timeless design .

    They should bring back the Cornell or another split toe monk !

    Mike left a comment on 12/19/2011 at 11:15 PM:

    I remember my first purchase of Allen Edmonds lace ups.  When the sales man tighten and tied the laces, it was a beautiful thing!  What quality and comfort!  The long wing is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship!  I intend to grab a pair!

    Wisco Kid left a comment on 12/19/2011 at 9:37 PM:

    As a Wisconsinite, I respect and wear Allen Edmonds.  Though they are generally now made in MN, they are still 100% USA - which explains the quality.  A little tip for those looking to not pay full price - check out the factory stores!

    MGM left a comment on 12/19/2011 at 7:11 PM:

    Yea, I love me some Allen Edmonds shoes.  In fact, I just love shoes generally.  That is the one item I will never get tired of perusing when I walk into men’s department stores.  Blazers, shirts, ties, etc. etc.—I have seen them all.  Nothing really to look forward to (it is just a matter of collecting everything I have seen).  But with shoes, the thrill (for me) never dies when I walk into a store to see all the lovely variations of various style of shoes.  And Allen Edmonds is certainly one of the best companies out there doing it.

    DNubbins left a comment on 12/19/2011 at 3:25 PM:

    Glad to see Allen Edmonds get in the game. Alden has stolen their thunder recently. I’ve been wearing their shoes for years.  I hope other blogs catch on.  I agree with Richard: their resoling program is excellent.

    Richard Ross left a comment on 12/19/2011 at 1:42 PM:

    Allen Edmonds is such an outstanding company. I have been wearing them for years but it is due to my father’s long term relationship with the company. I have several pairs of my father’s shoes that are over fifteen years old. Still kickin’. Their resoling program is top notch.


  • Navy Blue Blazer

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    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

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    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)


    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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