Tag Archives: Preppy

4 Chambray Must-Haves and How to Wear Them

Chambray transcends seasons. In the fall and winter, a chambray button-down perfectly complemented your navy cords or burgundy chinos, and an effortless element of chic. And now in the spring and summer, the light-weight linen finished garments, add style and versatility to both casual wear and sophisticated ensembles.

1. The classic chambray button-down. Pair it with your favorite salmon chino shorts, and a pair of boat shoes and you have the perfect casual, ‘weekend at the beach,’ look.

JWills
Jack Wills $89.50

2. The chambray short. Great for dressing up or down. For a daytime casual look, pair with a light-weight cotton v-neck tee in solid or stripe pattern and a pair of leather sandals. At night pair with a navy or white button-down and nice clean tennis shoes for a causal look, or a pair of leather loafers for a nicer look.

JCrewSHort
J.Crew $75.00

3. The essential chambray blazer. This item takes any casual summertime look and makes it sophisticated. Pair with a tee, shorts, sandals, and a fedora for a super trendy weekend outfit, or put it over a silk blend button-down and your favorite khakis for an outdoor evening party ensemble.

ScotchSoda
Scotch & Soda $215.00

4. The printed chambray tie. I love this tie paired with a white, salmon, or light blue button-down, tucked into a pair of chino style shorts or pants in a complementary color. Nothing says spring like a floral chambray tie.

JCrewTie
J.Crew $69.50

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Urban Meets Preppy in Mark McNairy’s Collection

Veteran menswear designer Mark McNairy, under the New Amsterdam label, has created a wicked collection that juxtaposes traditional, preppier menswear styles with trendy, urban elements inspired by the streets. The combination is totally refreshing, screams excitement, and is so in touch with millennial tastes.

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Here are some of my favorite elements:

1. Banded bottoms – inspired by the ultra-trendy, and very urban, sweats and joggers.

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2. Pattern play– placing preppy patterns on urban styles (and vice versa) to crush expectation.

 

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(All images from NY Times Runway Collections)

 

 

 

 

 

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Post-Grad Preppy

If you are currently enrolled or just graduated from a college or university in the Northeastern or Southern region of the United States, it’s likely that you walked onto campus with a J.Crew button-down, chino shorts, and Sperry’s, and almost guaranteed that regardless of what you wore that first day,  you graduated in a pastel Vineyard Vines ensemble fastened with a bow-tie and a fresh pair or Sperry’s. As a guy it is pretty hard to resist succumbing to the preppy style as a co-ed, especially if you join a fraternity as there is a certain expectation of conformity inherent in joining any sort of brotherhood, and fraternities are notorious for their conservative, preppy attire. Even if you’re not in a fraternity, with the exception of hipsters and metro or European styles, most college guys fall into the preppy spectrum of style.

…but what happens when you walk off the college campus and into the real world…

While the preppy look is done to an extreme on college campuses, the preppy look is something that has been around forever, transcends age, and can be executed in a variety of ways and at a variety of levels.When you’re out and about in your new post-grad life, you probably don’t want people to mistake you for an under-grad or assume you’re one your way to/from a mixer or social. You want to be taken seriously, and not as some caricature dressed like an Easter egg. While your first instinct may be to get rid of your current wardrobe, don’t!  Hold onto your button-downs, polos, chubbies, and boat shoes, because you can easily take these pieces, rearrange them or style them differently, and create a sophisticated post-grad preppy look. By adding a few darker colored pieces, classic patterns, varied shoe types, and styling, you upgrade your current wardrobe to suit the working world while retaining your personal style and preppy taste.

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It’s a Short Story

While the frigid temperatures and repetitive snow storms make it seem premature to start talking about spring trends and style advice, I think it’s only fair that I share this coming trend in advance as it may require some prep work. This spring it is not just women whose hemlines and shrinking and revealing more skin; men’s shorts are getting shorter as well.

For decades men’s shorts were cut at the knee or just above the knee, but this season shorts are getting a trim, being cut 3-7 inches shorter than what most of us are used to. If you were born in the 60’s or 70’s in which case this trend is just a throwback to the days of the jogger short, but if you were born in the more recent decades and fall under the growing “millennial” generation, this is going to be a major change, but definitely one to embrace.

shortshorts(Michael Bastian, Scotch & Soda, J.Crew)

Before you go out to a store and grab the shortest shorts you can find, take an honest look in the mirror and ask yourself if your thighs are ready for all the eyes they will inevitably catch. If the answer is no, it’s time to hit the squatting rack at the gym. Just a few short weeks of squats, lunges, and/or leg presses will have your legs looking more defined and certainly more ready for this season’s trend. If color is your problem (ie you’re pasty or have a distinct tan line left over from last summer) hold off on the short shorts until you have a chance to get some sun on those thighs.

Once you’re physically and mentally ready to embrace the trend, go for it. The great thing about this trend is that it is not restrictive to any one particular style. What I mean by this is that they come in a variety of styles and cuts and can be found at a variety of retailers and brands.

Here are some great ways to style short shorts…

shortsoutfit1Shorts, Top, Fedora all from Scotch & Soda, Shoes by Toms

shortsoutfit2Shorts from JCrew, Shoes by Sperry, Top by Wolf Vs. Goat

shortsoutfit3Shorts by Michael Bastian, Shirt by Peter Millar, Bow Tie from Beau Ties Ltd, and Belt by Salvatore Ferragamo

 
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