Alden of New England

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Let’s see how much of the Trad&Prep Encyclopedia you’ve mastered with a Pop Quiz. Question: Who is the DEFINITIVE American shoemaker? Answer: Alden. Explanation: That should’ve been easy, no? Of that iconic list of shoe manufacturers – each quite innovative to the evolution of American fashion in their own right – only one satisfies all … Continue reading Alden of New England

Spring & Summer, 2015

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Calling on me like a young OG. I’m a classic man. Selected outfits from late Spring to early August ’15. Continuing a major theme of CollegeTrad, this article includes examples of Rule #10 (proving that nice clothes can be affordable if you know how to shop!) Café lunch with lady friend. One of my favorite … Continue reading Spring & Summer, 2015

Filson Bags

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In preparation for last October’s weekend excursion, I bought my first (and probably my last) “Weekender” – a dressed down bag meant for elective quick turnarounds or as a carry-on for exotic outbounds. Something sturdy that can be easily thrown in the trunk of a Harvard Boy‘s vintage Mercedes station wagon. Enough volume to house … Continue reading Filson Bags

Wardrobe Maintenance

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I had a few inquires about my own clothing collection, specifically how I take care of my garments. As such – for when the masquerade ball bids adieu and yours truly departs to his solemn dark cave; the cape hung, the walking stick mounted, and the mask shed to reveal a beastly hideousness kept self-imposingly … Continue reading Wardrobe Maintenance

Joys of Hunting, Part II

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First posted a few years ago, this updated editorial celebrates our continuous sartorial Hunt of Patience & Virtue, in the endearing fortitude of Rule #10. Looking good does not have to cost an arm and a leg and a kidney and half your soul. When you want a particular item, no matter how rare and … Continue reading Joys of Hunting, Part II

The Engine-Turned Plaque Belt

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One of the most headache-inducing themes that I see from clansmen who are unknowingly part of the Brainless Masses Tribe (a proud native people who make up a sizable population, where common behavior includes cultural propensities for loving guns, eating burgers, and watch adult males in tights and helmets take out human aggression on a … Continue reading The Engine-Turned Plaque Belt

All in the Name: Glossary

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As I have stumbled upon developing my own Tolkien-esque epic universe with this blog, which started with a big bang four years ago, and has now expanded and cooled to a twisted, dangerous, and black hole-filled mess that it is today; I wanted to make things easier for you in reading my postings by offering … Continue reading All in the Name: Glossary

Vintage Campus USA

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Jeebus. Impossibly Cool, eh? These strapping young gentlemen pictured above represent our forefathers who paved the way to our present rendition of traditional American dress. Before Fratty. Before Preppy. There was only Trad. TNSIL. The Princetonian. The Ivy League Look. The photos above were taken from TinTin’s uploads of his copy of the original Take … Continue reading Vintage Campus USA

Spring & Summer, 2014

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Official party anthem of Summer ’14 I apologize for the absence of updated porn stash pics (…completely disregarded Winter ’13…), so finally here are a few select outfits I have worn in the later parts of spring through the current first half of summer for your inspiration. Keeping to the mission statement of CollegeTrad, I … Continue reading Spring & Summer, 2014

Swim Trunks

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I had received a few messages from you guys asking for swimwear ideas for the upcoming summer season. Unfortunately, I am too late catching you before heading out with the Brothers on your Spring Break road trip from Columbia to that coastal SEC stronghold that is the one and only Gulf Shores. But we’ll have … Continue reading Swim Trunks

Ode to a Mad, Mad Man: Don Draper’s Final Season

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Beautifully sung by pre-Girls actress and my future wife, Allison Williams Nearly seven years ago, AMC – then, a struggling network known more for showing your grandma’s favorite classic films than for the nuanced, game changing entertainment we know today, with the likes of a meth-dealing former high school teacher, survivalists living in a dystopian … Continue reading Ode to a Mad, Mad Man: Don Draper’s Final Season