I read a while ago on the (quite excellent) OkCupid Blog that men and women who are more polarizing receive more messages than those who are attractive in a non-controversial manner. Essentially, the more we end up disagreeing about someone’s looks the more inbox love they get. The same lesson seems to stand true for clothing as well. It’s comfortable to fit in completely. As a young guy, I had the same issue. I wanted to wear the exact same thing as everyone else to prevent wandering eyes from straying in my direction, essentially nullifying any chance of a negative comment.
Decades of prep tradition bucks the notion of blending in. From sockless loafers to seersucker suits, “go-to-hell” pants to bow-ties, preps and trads alike have built a fashion foundation that looks to separate itself from all others. With the resurgence of this style in the last few years, we’ve seen the classic looks of the JFK years updated with a modern fit that lends itself to bars and offices alike.
This week we took to the streets of Cambridge to seek out a few locations that lent themselves to this tradition. We stumbled into Raven Used Books, an endearingly small used book store steps from Harvard Yard. Housing about 15,000 pre-owned books, Raven is a treasure-trove of yellow-paged classics owned by college students and Cambridge locals for decades. Amidst the tight corridors and dusty shelves we exhibited our modern take on the traditional preppy look. What you’ll see above and below are looks that you could easily wear out for a date night, on a laid-back Friday at the office, or even to peruse the books at your local bookstore on a quiet Sunday.
As one admiring onlooker said, we didn’t seem to get too much reading done, but looked pretty good doing it. We hope you think so too. A special thanks to Gabi Anderson for her beautiful photos and Raven Books for hosting us.