Ivy Returns to Prime Time

Put aside political views for a moment: Tucker Carlson is a truly compelling watch. His lettuce (hair), his uncanny ability to find a way to disagree with virtually every guest, and most importantly, his clothes, are all awesome. Being that I have an affinity for all of the above, especially clothing, he peaks my interest to…

Hello Herringbone

Even though I live in a warm climate, I’m always delighted by fall and winter which together connote the emergence of the best pieces from our closets. Autumn may entail a visible evolution into winter with foliage changing colors and the sky growing evermore dreary – for better or for worse – but wardrobes rarely change too egregiously; there is…

Coming Up Short

Depending on where you live, shorts have a truly short life span. Like Madras pieces, shorts are being stored deep within many closets until Spring arrives, soon to be replaced by an arsenal of hearty pants and trousers to accommodate the cold. Most people enjoy the shift from summer to fall as it gives them the opportunity to bring out tweeds and…

“The King”

In a day already marked by tragedy with the death of the budding MLB star Jose Fernandez, Arnold Palmer, one of the greatest golfers to have ever lived, has also passed away. Palmer was a golfer’s golfer, an everyman who displayed an unbridled charisma rarely seen in such a buttoned-up sport like golf. There was no mystique surrounding him…

Chinos Are Cool

It seems like a silly thing to say, “chinos are cool” – but is it? I exhaust myself recounting the sheer number of times I’ve seen inept, antiquated, or otherwise malicious fictional characters wearing horrible looking chinos: from the hapless dad, to the nerdy virgin, to the old, shrewd businessman who sits in the corner of a prestigious country club,…

Political Shirts

A few days ago while watching baseball, I caught a political ad I hadn’t seen from Hillary Clinton. I perceived it to be another vapid TV spot, so I completely zoned it out and got up to get a drink; though, I heard the words “New England Shirt Company” and my eyes immediately snapped back to the screen like lightning. The ad…

The End of Madras Season

Labor Day’s imminent arrival for those of us in the United States signals summer’s inevitable end. Gone are the outdoor parties with friends, the aromas of the stoked grill, and the luminous sun lightly toasting our skin, and soon upon us are months of gloomy weather and the frigid cold. Our wardrobes will change too as we bring out the tweed jackets and…

THE FILM AND THE CLOTHES: THE GRADUATE (1967)

In this series I will offer a summary and analysis of a film and then highlight the clothing of a certain male character (or characters), elaborating on the cultural and historical significance of the attire while also discussing how certain styles are still relevant and/or wearable today.  THE FILM The Graduate, adapted from the Charles Webb…

STYLE ICON: William F. Buckley Jr.

My eyes felt over-saturated by the languorous crowds of red, white, and blue and the glaring stage lights as I watched the Republican National Convention; its lack of profundity – something the DNC also boasted – emanated from my TV screen. During the pundits’ closing remarks regarding the night’s events, I couldn’t help but recall the late, great…

THE FILM AND THE CLOTHES: Rosemary’s Baby (1968) PART 2

Check out Part 1 for a full analysis and summary of Rosemary’s Baby, including a discussion of the suits of John Cassavetes as Guy Woodhouse. I cannot say this enough: Guy Woodhouse has a wardrobe that runs the American sartorial gamut; from flannel suits to levis and sweatshirts, he absolutely has everything that a respectable man should own….