Ivy Prepster makes great vintage inspired neckwear and is committed to making ties for the preppy wardrobe. As I’ve posted about this brand in the past, I continue to be impressed by the quality of the products in the portfolio of this Massachusetts company. Above, I’m wearing the Altschul Stripe tie and the Anchor tie bar. The tie is 100% cotton and holds a good dimple. Nautical and stripes are a classic combination and one that will be a constant in my wardrobe.
A pair of monk strap shoes is great to have in your wardrobe. Monk Strap is a style of shoe with no lacing and is closed with either a buckle or strap. It’s a style that originated in the monasteries of Europe, hence the name “monk”. This pair was made and designed by BARED Footwear, a company based in Australia. I’m normally not a fan of shoes without laces but the tasteful use of buckles now attracts my attention and these mahogany colored shoes have added a valuable layer to my wardrobe. Crafted from leather, these shoes overtime, will mold to my feet giving me an even more comfortable stride. These shoes were boxed with an extra pair of shoe sole and toe pads, allowing cushioning for upcoming seasons. This is an additional bit of customer service, which I appreciate. I look forward to wearing my BARED monk strap shoes for many years to come.
A comfortable gray sweater is a staple for every man’s closet. The Stewart James one I am sporting works well for a summer day out by the water and is a great layering piece as the weather starts to get cooler in the fall. To live up to the brand’s nautical, all-American aesthetic, I paired it with some other American classics like this pair of slim fitting shorts I bought from J.Crew and a pair of blue gold cup boat shoes from Sperry Topsider. I like my shorts to cut right above the knee and would suggest between a 7-9 inch inseam, otherwise they look too short or too baggy. The boat shoe is comfortable, affordable, and stylish to wear in the warmer months. They come in a variety of colors and styles and I highly suggest you buy them from the original creator. Finally to finish off the look I added my Timex Weekender for a simple flash that works with formal and non formal clothing. It’s always great to rock quality American brands like Stewart James. Great story and a great product I’ll be wearing for the years to come.