I know, I know. Months go by without so much as a mini-post and suddenly there’s a best and worst of the year? What’s that all about? Lack of free time is what it’s all about, dear friends of the ‘ox blood’ loafer. This year I’ve had so little of it. Now, that midway point… Continue reading The Weejun’s Best and Worst of 2012
(Updated with new photos of O’Connells’ Surcingles below) Back in the early 80s, anyone dressing in the American style, whether a vintage ivy league look or in the then current preppy style would have been familiar with and almost certainly owned at least one surcingle belt. What exactly is a surcingle belt? Well Wikipedia has… Continue reading Whatever Happened to the Surcingle Belt? Update
Like most American movies Divorce American Style shows menswear that would have been woefully out of date and unfashionable by 1967. But we don’t care do we? Any chance to see how Boom Years Ivy was worn in the flesh, rather than rely on dodgy retro recreationists (the like of which have turned modernist style… Continue reading Dick Van Dyke in Full Boom Ivy Mode 1967
A few shirt arrivals in the last few days (like I needed any more shirts, but you know how it is!): A vintage Lion of Troy popover raglan sleeve number, identical in every way to one that guest poster The Woolster found last year. Unfortunately, this one is too big for me even if I… Continue reading A Few Deadstock Shirts Just Arrived: Brooks Unlined Collar, Southwick Popover, Lion of Troy Raglan Popover
Over the years one of the things I’ve found it hardest to source have been ivy sports jackets, especially jackets that can be worn in a non-ironic sense for everyday work amongst the great unwashed of non-converts. I’ve had dozens of sports jackets going back to around 1981, but almost without exception the sizing has… Continue reading J Keydge, Slack Jackets – Get them whilst you still can.
Whilst I have been in retirement due to real life workload combined with an inevitable compounded sense of being a kid in a sweetshop with toothache from the last few years intensive ebay/JSA buying sprees, I received this guest post from The Woolster in Finland, one of the farther reaches of ivy outposts but a… Continue reading Guest Blogger: The Woolster – Deadstock 1950s Baseball Jacket
Finally started wearing/breaking in these Church’s Chapel that I’ve had for a couple of years. This model is effectively the Shannon Plain Toe Blucher but made for Italy in French Calf instead of the appalling plastic coated ‘bookbinder’ that Church has long pretended is some kind of quality leather. Here the ‘shine’ is simply daylight… Continue reading Church’s Chapel Plain Toe Blucher
Peter Yates Director of Robbery and Bullitt, looking very modern. This transatlantic style became almost a uniform for Brits working in Hollywood. John Rushton wore a similar ‘hacking jacket ivy’ cross around that time. Cavalry twills, button down shirts, suede chukkas. McQueen of course looking spot on in the usual playboys.
Sears 1957 Christmas Catalogue. It’s that kind of weather here today.
Lincoln Nebraska, 1963. No reason really, except the nice colours and the Penney’s store.