You don’t have to be a Kennedy to wear white ducks these days. Former Brown University football teammates Reiley Higgins and Alex Quoyesar continued bonding @latimes in white ducks en route to Keeneland as part owners of Hot Rod Charlie, second-place finisher in the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and winner of the Louisville Derby.
In the 1930s, Joe Kennedy Sr. with sons Joe Jr. and Jack glossed Palm Beach correct sporting white ducks with Spectator shoes. Classic footwear, Oxford full brogue constructed from two contrasting colors—typically having the toe and heel cap in a darker color the white main body of the shoe.
J. Press selections of Alden Cordovan Tassels or Leisure Handsewn Loafers present a more realistic version of the old-time style. Our 21st Century white duck is rendered with 100% cotton washed twill matched for rustic simplicity with no-sox in Rancourt Brown Camp Moccasins. For informal scrumming utilize our wide choice of authentic Rugby Shirts—100% heavyweight cotton jersey fabric, the real thing. Dress up the white twill ducks with our Murray’s Toggery Blazer over OCBD.
Perhaps get literary, citing T.S. Eliot’s classic poem, J. Alfred Prufrock with a pair of White Flannel Trousers or Gabardine Twills made specially in our Tailored To Individual Order Department:
I have looked thru the ads and could not find the Ducks Trousers, where are they or what is the product number?
When I entered college at Chapel Hill in 1955, nobody I knew or saw was wearing white ducks, but I decided I wanted a pair. They were not to be had in the college shops there or in department stores in nearby cities. One summer I went to a bargain store in my small home town and bought a pair of white cotton “milkman” pants and began wearing them with madras shirts or Lacoste polos. By the following spring the college shops were stocking white ducks. I take credit for reviving the look, at least in the South.
As I remember, the jackets were often suit coats rather than “sports jackets” which had not yet come into popularity.
can I buy the white bucks on line?
I love this look.
White linen with a bold blue and white madras jacket work well also.
So J. ALFRED PRUFROCK continues and concludes:“I have seen them riding seaward on the waves Combing the white hair of waves blown back When the wind blows the water white and black. “We have lingered in the chambers of the sea By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown Till human voices wake us, and we drown.”
Did Joe Kennedy “duck” public scrutiny when he stole the 1960 Presidential election for his son in Illinois and Texas? A “quack” perhaps—
But if the trousers are not made of white duck canvas, they are not really “white ducks” are they? The proper fabric is explicit in the name of the trousers. These are white chinos. Real white ducks are nearly impossible to find; it would be great if J. Press made them available!
I am reminded of Hubert Humphrey’s observation that he lost the West Virginia primary in 1960 because Jack Kennedy was able to travel the state by private airplane while he (Humphrey) had to get around by motor car.