Inside Track: June 23rd – June 29th Edition

Here are our hand-selected favorites from eBay for this week, plus heads-up on recommended sales. If you’re a member of the Inside Track, log in with your CrateJoy username and password. If you’re not a member, you can join now for just $5 a month. You’ll get access to one of these members-only lists every week, and […]

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Japan’s Shoeshine Champions Explain Proper Shoe Care

Last year, nearly fifty people, amateurs and professionals included, gathered into a room to compete for the title of being the best shoeshiner in Japan. The rules were simple. After the field was narrowed through a series of eliminations, the finalists were given twenty minutes to shine up identical pairs of shoes using the same […]

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How Forecasters Predict Fashion Trends

The other week, I got an email from Suitsupply, hepping me to their new “mint” collection of blazers, sweaters, and tees. Ordinarily, I would have been surprised to see this more pastel tone be so prominently pushed, especially in an era where olive is still the reigning shade of green. However, months ago, I was […]

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Inside Track: June 16th – June 22nd Edition

Here are our hand-selected favorites from eBay for this week, plus heads-up on recommended sales. If you’re a member of the Inside Track, log in with your CrateJoy username and password. If you’re not a member, you can join now for just $5 a month. You’ll get access to one of these members-only lists every week, and […]

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Prep’s Perps: A Look At Prep’s Issues With Authenticity

Authenticity, the holy grail of today’s marketing departments, is a slippery concept in menswear. Sometimes it refers to a brand’s heritage, sometimes it’s about design, and sometimes it’s about how things are worn. The readers at Ivy Style have always been quick to point out transgressions. Every deviation from the most authentic era of 1950s […]

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Thrashin’: The Case For One Sneaker All Summer Long

When you’re young, authenticity can be everything. Probably before Holden Caulfield whined about phonies, and certainly since, we judge people by their trueness to themselves, until experience softens that stance — both because life sands down the sharper edges of our judgment and because we get cynical. Authenticity goes from an expectation to be met […]

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Inside Track: June 9th – June 15th Edition

Here are our hand-selected favorites from eBay for this week, plus heads-up on recommended sales. If you’re a member of the Inside Track, log in with your CrateJoy username and password. If you’re not a member, you can join now for just $5 a month. You’ll get access to one of these members-only lists every week, and […]

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Shakedown Feet: Sandals For Summer And Beyond

The Ringer’s Amanda Dobbins recently said men’s fashion is in it’s “woman repeller” phase — that men seem to be dressing for each other, mostly. It’s a riff on the long-standing women’s fashion site Man Repeller, which takes it as a given that women interested in fashion aren’t dressing to attract men, and in effect, […]

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A Guide To Summer Shirts

When it comes to dressing well for summer, the central problem is almost always the same: how do you look good when there are few opportunities for layering? For most of the year, shirts and trousers play in the background of an outfit. They’re the supports for outerwear, or a jacket and tie combination if […]

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Real People: Homing In On Your Personal Style

Building good wardrobe is like making a good sitcom. You assemble elements you think have the right chemistry, refine the vibe over seasons, and see how it all plays out in different situations. Over time, the characters (stay with me here) become familiar; you know what works together and what doesn’t, and your audience knows […]

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