Threading the Needle ~ Behold The Rules Of Ivy
Over a decade has passed since I transcribed “The Rules Of Ivy” while asserting my role as co-curator for the Ivy Style Exhibit at The Fashion Institute of Technology Museum, experienced by over 50,000 onsite spectators.
Setting forth the Rules of Ivy, G. Bruce Boyer, my ongoing Fashion History Mentor (English Literature Professor former Fashion Editor at Town and Country, Esquire, GQ) penned the Foreword to my book Threading The Needle. “In 2011, Patricia Mears, deputy director of the Museum at FIT, asked Richard Press and me to assist her in curating an exhibit on Ivy Style,” he recalled, “we both jumped at it.”
In a squib from my recently released book Threading The Needle II, Patricia updates her enthusiasm of the memorable event, “How lucky was I to have Richard, along with G. Bruce Boyer, be my Ivy Style partner and guide?”
An enclosed note from a time past recalls my forbearance for rules of the game. Four balls a walk, three strikes you’re out. Here’s a further take from chapter 42 in my new book titled The Lucky Seven Ivy Essentials reworked for the current column:
GREY SUIT: If you don’t regularly wear a suit, make it grey. Blue is too formal for daytime wear. Keep it geared up for board meetings, funerals, if you get elected to Congress or appear in court as defendant or counsel.
BLUE BLAZER: Sorry, the old standby. Fake suit with Grey Dress Trousers or Country Club Chic with Tartans, Khakis, White Ducks or for JG Melon’s ragged bone Jeans.
OXFORD-CLOTH BUTTON DOWN: Historical precedent—President Jack Kennedy at Hyannis Port in rolled up OCBD quarterbacking touch football with Brothers Bobby, Teddy similarly attired.
Include: loafers, dirty white bucks, khaki trousers, repp ties, Oxford cloth boxer shorts, Camel Hair Polo Coat, Shaggy Dog Shetland sweaters, Harris Tweed Sport Coat— the whole shebang undying good taste from Yesterday for Today and Tomorrow.
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