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How formal is an outfit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Cantabrigian, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Senior member

    Apr 27, 2011
    My mistake. I should not be so obtuse.

    When I give a nod to "prep school style" I am combining the cliches associated with places like Choate, Exeter, Milton, etc. (read: any of the schools that are regularly name-dropped in publications like The Preppy Handbook), and the universities most associated with a prep school feeder-base (read: Ivies and elite liberal art schools). The majority of my observations are pulled from photographs taken or literature written between the 1960s and 1980s, though there are examples I have seen from the 1950s.

    I think of this era, book-ended by Mod in the early years and "power dressing" in the later years, as the golden years of a classic American dress. It is the point in which American "trad" (as it is loosely defined) began nailing down European influences and making them distinctly American.

    My specific anecdote above is shaped from what I have read in the past as well as my own (albeit much more recent) experiences. I won't claim to be an expert on the historic implications of the style, but draw conclusions from a number of examples I've seen.

    Doc, as you are far more of an expert in this arena, feel free to correct me.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2013

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