Swiss Sartorialist

In love with all things sartorial
Trying out some stuff from the new #ralphlauren collection. Too much or just right? #preppy #poloralphlauren #polo #varsity #sweater #menswear

Trying out some stuff from the new #ralphlauren collection. Too much or just right? #preppy #poloralphlauren #polo #varsity #sweater #menswear

Birthday Outfit part 2 #preppy m#menswear #poloralphlauren #prl #quiltedjacket #gant #cableknit #sweater #luxire #ocbd #birthday #birthdayboy #17

Birthday Outfit part 2 #preppy m#menswear #poloralphlauren #prl #quiltedjacket #gant #cableknit #sweater #luxire #ocbd #birthday #birthdayboy #17

Birthday outfit part 1 #preppy #menswear #gant #cableknit #sweater #luxire #ocbd #equusleather #belt #hackett #chinos #birthday #birthdayboy #17

Birthday outfit part 1 #preppy #menswear #gant #cableknit #sweater #luxire #ocbd #equusleather #belt #hackett #chinos #birthday #birthdayboy #17

Shorts in March? #wtfweather #preppy #poloralphlauren #polo #bananarepublic #shorts #hilfiger #belt #menswear #warm

Shorts in March? #wtfweather #preppy #poloralphlauren #polo #bananarepublic #shorts #hilfiger #belt #menswear #warm

Anonymous asked: No problem and nice look.

Thanks, might actually wear it out sometime.

Anonymous asked: The movie is actually called Making the Grade.

You’re absolutely right, not sure where “Saving the Grade” came from. Fixed it now, thanks for letting me know!

Making the Grade inspired layering and thoughts on preppy style

By no means do I claim to be a true prep, or to have any extensive knowledge of preppy style and culture beyond the few articles read on various websites, but I do have a few thoughts I would like to share.

After watching the 1984 comedy Making the Grade, set in a prep school, I was inspired by a few outfits. One of those that stood out for me was the layering of a polo shirt under an OCBD, in a rather casual look, as seen above right, This unusual layering is also mentioned in the cult ‘Official Preppy Handbook’: "Layering means a tweed jacket over a Norwegian sweater over an oxford cloth shirt over a Lacoste. And a down parka over everything. And rubber foul-weather gear over that." Here, the Lacoste is instead a Ralph Lauren (the collar kept down, as it should be unless on a boat or if the sun is beating down on one’s neck), and the down parka a quilted jacket, but the principle is the same. 

This brings me to my next point about preppy style: it should be function-driven. Collars are popped when the sun is beating down on the back of your neck and you want to avoid a sunburn. If the collar is popped in a situation where it serves no apparent practical purpose, e.g indoors, then one will appear to be “trying too hard”. Why is that? Simply because they are doing something out of context, without understanding why it was originally done but rather doing it because “it’s fashionable”. Similarly, those wearing bold pants and Bean boots because “it’s fashionable”, and without understanding and appreciating the origins and the history behind these pieces risk being labelled as “tryhards”. Wearing a preppy item of clothing despite having no preppy affiliations whatsoever is perfectly acceptable if the wearer knows, understands, and accepts to endorse the story behind said item. Otherwise, they will be a fashion victim, and what a horrible fate that is.

JacketRalph Lauren

Shirt: Luxire

Polo: Ralph Lauren

Keep Styling,

Mirko

Items for Sale

Here are a few items I have for sale, along with the measurements. Feel free to message me with questions or for more pictures. Shipping is $25 flat, feel free to contact me if interested.

Vintage Tweed Blazer 36R $80

Pit to Pit (At widest point, when buttoned): 18.75”

Shoulder to Shoulder: 17” (at back, seam to seam)

Waist: 17.25”

Sleeve: 25”

Length: 29.75” (bottom of collar to bottom, back)

Very good condition, small hole on left sleeve as shown in last two photos, barely noticeable when worn.

Lightweight Zara Jacket S $40

Pit to Pit (At widest point, when buttoned): 20”

Waist: 18.5”

Sleeve (From seam): 25.5”

Shoulder to shoulder (At back, seam to seam):15.5”

Length (Bottom of collar to bottom, back): 27.5”


Black and White Padded Varsity Jacket S $60

Pit to Pit (At widest point, when buttoned): 22”

Waist: 21”

Bottom: 17”

Sleeve (From seam): 25”

Shoulder to shoulder (At back, seam to seam”: 20”

Length (At the back): 29”


Ralph Lauren Sweater M $30

Pit to Pit: 23”

Waist: 21”

Bottom: 16.5”

Sleeve (From seam): 25”

Shoulder to shoulder (At back, seam to seam: 19”

Length (Back): 26.75”

Keep Styling,

Mirko

Fair Isle and Oxford Shirt

A fair isle sweater, blue striped OCBD, and cream chinos make for a classic and timeless preppy outfit. All that’s missing to truly complete this outfit are Bass Weejuns and thick wool socks. Cream chinos aren’t the easiest to wear in Winter, but when paired with sturdy boots and a fair isle sweater, they work quite well, and stand out from the crowds of dark clothing ever-so-popular in the colder months. In order to mix patterns effectively, the scale and nature of the patterns (university stripe and fair isle) must be different enough to clearly distinguish one item of clothing from the other. In fact, this rule applies to all outfits. If all pieces are clearly distinguishable, then it is a good start. However, if it becomes hard to tell when your shirt ends and your sweater starts, then perhaps one of the items should be changed. Contrast creates a harmonious look, as opposed to a shapeless form.

Shirt: Luxire http://luxire.com/products/blue-university-stripes-oxford

Sweater: Madison

Chinos: Ralph Lauren

Boots: Massimo Dutti

Keep Styling,

Mirko

Anonymous asked: I wish you would publish links for each item in your outfit, keep up the good work!

I’ll try to do my best, though some items are no longer available since they were part of last season’s collection. Thanks for the kind words.

Mirko