Posts Tagged 'preppy'

Suit Saturday: The Shawl Collar

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Designers go through periods where they mostly begin to run out of ideas. This happened in the 70’s when they just made everything big (big lapels, big heels, big hair) and more severly with the 90’s (grundge and a terrible sequel to the 80’s) so would I say we’re entering in such a period? Not exactly. You see, when economic times are tough, all designers try and go “classic.”

What does classic mean? That is a whole other discussion, but for the purposes of today, it simply means that using more traditional styles and forms. Topman and J. Crew are currently pushing the shawl-collared jacket, like the one above (from J. Crew).

Beware, this jacket is complex and not a simple blazer, and if you try and wear it like J. Crew says, you’re screwed. Here’s why:

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“Look, Muffy, a book for us.”

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It’s 1980. Daddy got a promotion and a bonus. You know what that means. You’re moving to the land of cuffed pants and docksides, aka the general Northern East Coast. This book, I presume, would’ve served as your Rosetta stone for suburban acclimatization. Below is a diatribe on the only 11 pairs of shoes any burgeoning prepster. Seems pretty correct if you ask me.

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Paul Smith White Oxfords

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Warm weather is coming. That means brick-red pants, little animals on ties, and–of course–white shoes. Before you get nightmares of white bucks, check out the pair of Paul Smiths above.

They are quite subdued (compared to most of Smith’s work) and as per usual of Sir Paul, they are well-made.

You can check out a pair at Paul Smith’s online store here.

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Preppy from Boston

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Check out a way to bring some light colors into your wardrobe despite it being cold outside. Of course, it would have to be from Boston. Not an earth-shattering look, but, definitely worth a look.

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Preppy Spring Preview, London

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Preppy style has some negative connotations. Americans are usually the ones painted as “preps,” but like many things that are traditionally “American,” they find their roots in England.

This gentleman from London, illustrates this point quite well. While this may be from last year, it goes to show the power of color that spring time brings and how the Brits do it with American elements.

Osama Eisa

Americana, Japanese Style

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Full credit to altamira, this guy truly shows what personal style is. If someone just told you what this guy was wearing, he would just sound like he was wearing typical American preppy clothing. However, the colors, the combination, and just the way he wears the clothes say so much more.

I like images like this because I think it defeats the idea that there is no American style, or that Americans feel the need to “dress European,” as that would be the only saving grace they have. Americans should realize that they have strong design and culturally influence, if not the strongest. The funny thing is, people call Americans arrogant, but of all people in the world, they talk about how much they hate themselves more than anyone.

Anyways, enjoy a different take on American style, courtesy of yet another stylish Japanese gentleman.

If you doubt the Japanese love affair with all things Americana check this out.

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