January 8, 2015


How does one know if his sweater is preppy or schleppy?  There are easy rules for all woolly pullovers:

1.  The sweater should generally be designed for collegiate lifestyle activity such as tennis, golf, crew, skiing, or a college tailgate party;
2.  It must be made of natural fabrics such as wool, cotton or cashmere and not the dreaded polyester or rayon blend;
3.  The shape must be tailored and traditional - crewneck, turtleneck, cardigan, shawl collar or v neck - no hoodies or baggy sweaters;
4.  Pulls should be limited to leather buttons or toggles or other understated fasteners - no shiny chunky zippers, metallic buttons, or oversized buttons;
4.  Logos must be normal sized.  No humungous polo ponies, overfed alligators or giant Le Tigre's (yes, they still make these!);
5.  Patterns should be limited to nordic, argyle, stripes or possibly critters but nothing trendy like ombre or metallics or the notorious Ralph Lauren 2014 USA Olympic Sweater.

                                                               Dale of Norway
                                                                 Polo Ralph Lauren

Polo Ralph Lauren


                                                                   Polo Ralph Lauren


                                                          Yale University Crew Team

And, of course, every urbanite needs a ring spun 100% cotton shirt with a preppy dog and car on it to wear under his sweater and for that, we'd suggest none other than Chatham Ivy.  

1 comment:

  1. Who are the models in the 2nd and 5th picture from the top? I've seen the Ralph Lauren model also model for Vineyard Vines. Thank you!