Welcome to The Ivy League Look

This blog presents a historical view through articles, photographs, reminiscences, and advertisements, of an American style of men's fashion of the mid-20th century known as "The Ivy League Look" or "The Ivy Look."

This blog will not present modern-day iterations of this "look"; it will be shown in its original context as an American style worn during this specific era. Author commentary will be kept to a minimum.

This is not a commercial site and links to commercial sites will not be posted.

April 24, 2009

Shoulder Shifts

"Hip," natural-looking shoulders and an easier fit have come to imply sartorial independence and a certain patrician carelessness. Then again, they may signify nothing more than another swing of fashion's pendulum. The rise and fall of men's shoulders, after all, can be seen as the equivalent of women's soaring and dipping hemlines.

A cursory look at the styles of the past several decades confirms the point. Natural-shoulder suits sold by Brooks Brothers, J. Press and other standard-bearers of American style in the 1950's were fine for many men, but unfortunately rendered others pear-shaped.


NYT - Men's Style: Shoulder Shifts - 2/3/91

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