Friday, September 19, 2008
Photo Credit: Ralph Lauren Ad
As I still struggle to return to good health, I sincerely hope to be posting regularly soon. That be said, I thought I would post a photo from Ralph Lauren to demonstrate a cream trouser and tweed jacket combination. I many of the preppy/trad world does not approve, and many do not approve of Ralph but I still like and enjoy the look. The tweed jacket in this photograph isn't bad either.
Monday, September 15, 2008
First, I apologize for my lack of posting, but I have been very sick the last week or so, and I am still recovering. That being said, I will try to get back to a regular schedule as soon as possible.
As fall comes, our clothing and color choices begin to change. Actually, it is my opinion that many struggle with thoughts of indecision about colors and appropriate attire for the changing season. White is one of the colors that one might ponder, and most follow the rule that white cannot be worn after Labor Day. Personally, I agree that pure white cannot be worn after Labor Day, but I believe cream or winter white is perfectly appropriate.
As you may have noticed, I love cream trouser, and I have them in various shades, weights, and fabrics. In the cooler months, I wear cream trousers in heavy flannel and corduroy. An example of this can be seen in the featured vintage Esquire magazine cover with the mascot wearing a tweed jacket and cream trousers.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Credit: The Sartorialist
The photo above is of course Wes Anderson, and this is also one of my favorite shots from the Sartorialist. This photo displays a suit that is not common today, but is very elegant in my opinion. Corduroy is the perfect fall fabric, and I love everything about this shot.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
The last few days I have been viewing vintage Esquire magazines, and they are without a doubt some of the best sartorial visuals one can find. However, the cover featured in this post brought a question to my mind. The classic mascot is wearing a tweed herringbone suit, tweed driving cap, and white bucks. Now, one usually thinks of white bucks as summer shoes, and I am one of those people. However, is it possible to wear white bucks with a fall/winter tweed suit and cap? For a moment, I considered the possibility that the suit could be a silk and linen version for warm weather, but the tweed hat dispelled that thought. In addition, a few years ago I saw a chap wearing a blue blazer, gray flannels, red tie, and white bucks in a fall edition of Esquire featuring Ivy League Style. Is it possible? I don't favor the look, but what do you think? Plus, I know it is random, but I wish Esquire would revisit using their famous mascot on occasion. I think it would add life to the magazine, and if they revisited their 1930s/1940s appeal, I would subscribe.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
The navy suit is arguably the foundation of any suit wardrobe. Some may prefer a medium or charcoal gray as their base, but regardless, one cannot go wrong with navy. The suit itself can stand alone with a conservative tie and white pocket square, but as one grows their sartorial chi, other accessories may be added. This vintage Esquire magazine cover is a great example of how to add a little extra to the navy suit. The famous mascot has added a tattersall vest, bow tie, white collar shirt, watch chain, and brown shoes to give exuberant life to the suit. Should an individual attempt this look the first time they don a navy suit? No! However, like I said earlier, it is a good option as your sartorial mastery grows.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Apparently, a Japanese man in the 1960s comprised photos of the students on Ivy League Campuses, and he entitled the book Take Ivy. I know very little about the history of this book, but I know I would love to have a copy. However, the book seems difficult to locate. Anyone know where to find one?
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
For me, the toggle coat has always invoked images of cool crisp fall afternoons at collegiate football stadiums. The LL bean coat above is a great example of the classic toggle, and there are several companies offering them in their fall collections this year. My favorite is Rugby's version which is now available on their website, but I guess I will not purchase it since I just bought one for a steal at Brooks Brothers for $75. I can't wait for cooler days and football games to try it out.