Ivy style primer part 1

Ivy style primer

Ivy style primer part 1

For most people, the Ivy, Prep, and Trad styles tend to blend together in a way that makes it difficult to differentiate them from one another. Ivy style is actually a style of its own, separate and apart from Prep and Trad styles. Of course, there are many similarities, but in most cases, it is not so much the clothing, but how they are worn. The Prep look, for example, is far more nautical in appearance, more beach appropriate and an ideal style for the Hamptons and Cape Cod. Ivy style is a dressier version of Prep style that is ideal for the historic chambers in the hallowed halls of America’s Ivy League schools like Harvard, Princeton, and Yale.

History of Ivy style, number 1:

The Ivy style began to flourish in the early to mid-1950s on the grounds of the top universities and colleges in America. Just as Prep style influenced many designers, Ivy style took its fair share of the credit leading us to use the terms Prep, Ivy, and Trad as synonyms of one another. Blended over the years, Ivy style was born out of an interest in appearing more elegant and well dressed than the casual undertones of the Prep style. While Prep style was reserved for garden parties, sailing, Ivy style was for more formal, casual occasions such as attending class at Harvard Law, going on a late dinner date with the young lady you met or an event your parents insisted you attend with them at the country club after giving you a warning to leave the boat shoes and anchor bracelets at home.

History of Ivy style, number 2:

The style was a direct reflection of college life at the campuses only the most affluent and well-versed students could attend.  It separated the men of Harvard and Yale from the common youth at other colleges.