The Kiltie Loafer

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Old Fashioned renewed Ah yes, those weird looking shoes that your retired investment banker Uncle Bobby wears to cocktail hour at the country club bar overlooking the putter’s green. The Kiltie Loafer – one of the last untouched frontiers of preppy resurgence! Everyone had to get the penny loafer, then the tassel loafer, sure why … Continue reading The Kiltie Loafer

Blackwatch Pants

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A longtime reader recently emailed me asking for advice on an ensemble for an upcoming holiday get-together of close friends of which he was graciously hosting. He wanted something fun and engaging, yet classy and upscale. Somewhere less than full-out-GTH but above boring and stiffy to add cadence to a relaxed and upbeat atmosphere. Something … Continue reading Blackwatch Pants

Autumn, 2013

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“…The Orvis Adventures Canoe makes this picture..” I’ve stated numerously that Autumn and Winter are my favorite clothing seasons. It’s the thesis of combination: layers, fabrics, colors. I like to sprinkle in a dash of flavor that compliment the season to serve as an appetizer. Here, for an early Fall Saturday, I partnered earthy tones … Continue reading Autumn, 2013

What is “Fratty”?

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Around this time of year, soon-to-be college students all across the country depart from their mediocre high school existence and prepare to enter a beautiful rite of passage known as Freshman Year…just as supposedly-wisdomed and matured Seniors graduate with their Bachelors Degree and a beer pot belly. Some of you who are from the sunny … Continue reading What is “Fratty”?

Tech Prep

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A recent email from a reader asked for my advice on a particular embarkation he was gearing up for: A week long backpacking adventure through the Colorado Rockies. He was looking for an outdoor kit that could be be both preppy and practical at the same time. I commended him for wanting to kill two … Continue reading Tech Prep

New Balance & Athletic Shoes

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You’d think as a Tradster, I walk the life of an old mundane gentry while balking at today’s youth and all of their jibber-jabbery. Say, with their iTelephones, Youtelevision, and Twatter. That I wear a prized Oxford Cloth Button Down, made only in America because anything less is equal to toilet paper, and hard soled … Continue reading New Balance & Athletic Shoes

Croakies

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Ah Croakies….the bastion of fratdaddies every where. What’s my take on it? Enjoy it while it lasts. When you’re an undergraduate party-all-night-to-hell-with-my-9am-lecture student, you are afforded guaranteed mistakes that must be avoidedwhen you get into Van Wilder’s age. I’m referring to all of that dorm room flair: Untucked OCBDs and backwards fitted caps. Boat shoes … Continue reading Croakies

Sunglasses

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Clockwise from top right: 1) American Optical Original Pilots with Bayonet Temples and Polarized Lens. These are the sunglasses that your trad daddy grandfather wore if he was in the service. American Optical and competitor Randolph Engineering both have had the contract for the US Military. The “bayonet” temples are streamlined in a way to … Continue reading Sunglasses

Weekend in Charleston, SC – Part I: The College of Charleston

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South Carolina’s State Flag: A Crescent Moon and Palmetto Tree The Lady and I took a road trip to Charleston, South Carolina to visit her old college town and to attend the annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) for Valentine’s Weekend this past February. We had an amazing time, and since the Lady considers Charleston as … Continue reading Weekend in Charleston, SC – Part I: The College of Charleston

“Stop Trying So Hard”

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The following is a burriful rage by an elder Fraternity Brother and Senior. I can add more to the topic later, but this deserves it’s own post and sums up everything I agree with. Main takeaway: The key to keeping college debauchery classy is to not look like a damn poster child for Douchebags Anonymous. … Continue reading “Stop Trying So Hard”

J.Press York Street

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It’s arrived. Another newcomer to the forward fashion group think of runway preppy youth. Debuting the Ovadia designed collection at the Manhattan Yale Club (as such, Mr. Press is synonymous with the university), York Street opened it’s doors with a new home front on Bleeker Street this past February. You already know my sentiments in … Continue reading J.Press York Street

Barbour

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Ok, so you’ve started tucking your shirt. Then maybe you have went from flip flops to Sperrys, and then from boat shoes at your first fraternity formal in your frosh year to hard soled captoes your senior year. A few Golden Fleece polos to replace those crappy American Eagles you used to wear in high … Continue reading Barbour