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.

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February 11, 2010

Yale, Through the Years

Skull and Bones 1861

Crew, Freshmen, Class of 1907

Crew, 1907

Crew, 1910

[Notice the change in collar style from 1907 to 1910]

Golf team, 1929




Whiffenpoofs, 1949

Debate Association officers, 1949-1950

Pierson College, 1950


Berkeley College, 1957




Amy Solomon, the first woman to register at Yale, 1969

Yale Chauvinist Pig, tie for the 30th reunion of the Class of 1940 in 1970



Yale University Library - The Manuscripts and Archives Digital Images Database (MADID)


Isaac Buie said...

Absolutely brilliant, thanks.

OCBD said...

It was all downhill after 1971.

Silk Ties said...

This is the best blog, I love the old school feel, bow ties et al!

Richard M said...

No, OCBD-after 1969. The mutants were already there in '71.

E. Digby said...

Recognize Bozell and Wm. Buckley in the debate photo. So very young.

Anonymous said...


Alexandra said...

Gee, I never knew I was considered a mutant by virtue of being born female. One would almost think that males of our species could reproduce without the aid of females! Let me point out the obvious: before 1969, men only had to compete with other men for admission to Yale, with a class size of approximately 1300 students. After 1969, men had to compete with women for the same number of spots in each class. My class at Yale, the class of 1978, was approximately 40% female. The inference is obvious ... 40% of Yale men in the classes of 1969 and earlier would not have made the cut in my days at Yale. So, we females may be mutants but as Darwin could tell you, mutation = evolution! - Alexandra Fiona Dixon, SY 1978, proud to be a member of the only graduating class in Yale's 309 year history whose diplomas were signed by a female president!