Take Ivy is a collection of photographs captured on Ivy League campuses by a Japanese photographer and three Japanese writers. When published in Japan in 1965, it spurred a frenzy of demand for American "trad" style.
I love the idea that these photographs represent a time before madras/topsiders/rugby shirts were elements of mass-market fashion that could be found in most any mall store. Rather, they were just what everyone wore. And socks with shorts were de rigour. And madras shorts weren't baggy monstrosities from Abercrombie.
In the studied way of the Japanese, the authors wrote, that "Ivy Style" is "not simply about Madison Avenue, Brooks Brothers, modern jazz and folk songs. They do play a part in defining 'Ivy' as a whole, but each of them is only a peripheral component.... In order to understand the spirit of 'Ivy', you must appreciate and master all aspects of American East Coast culture."
I love the glimpses of slim, almost highwater khakis that you see in these photos. You can usually see a good bit of sock. And shorts must hit above the knee.
Penny loafters are a must for everyday wear. And I can't help but notice- not a flip flop in sight.
I'll need to add this to my Amazon wish list! Because if I can't go back to college, I can at least admire the clothes...