1. On fashion and shopping...

    • IS: What about the rumpled aspect of the Old Money Look? Aldrich is ultimately just one man’s opinion, but in his Atlantic Monthly story, he says the great secret about the WASP upper class is the tremendous effort and anxiety goes that goes into appearing nonchalant.
    • BB: Originally I think that nonchalance comes from a couple of different places. One certainly is quality. It’s better to have one good pair of shoes than a half dozen cheap ones, because the cheap ones look cheap even when they’re new, but the new ones look good even when they’re old. Quality by definition is the best you can get for your money. If you buy a pair of shoes for $500 and they last you 10 years, that’s $50 per year. If you buy a pair for $100 and they last you six months, which was the more expensive? I think the Old Money WASP guys were just cheap, so they always bought the best.
    • IS: Sure: Yankee frugality.
    • BB: Yes, that’s what I think it’s about. And the best always is the cheapest, if you have the money to buy it in the first place. The way we do it today is ask how much it costs. Nobody asks how much it costs over its lifetime — it’s just the initial price. And if you only look at the initial price, you’re going to get screwed every time. I think that’s what the Old Money guys thought, and I think they’re right.
  2. "It’s better to have one good pair of shoes than a half dozen cheap ones, because the cheap ones look cheap even when they’re new, but the good ones look new even when they’re old."
    Bruce Boyer as quoted in Ivy Style
  3. On fashion in politics...

    • IS: It seems there’s hardly anyone in the public eye — in politics, business or media — with the classic Brooks/Press look. Peter Jennings, Obama, Donald Trump — they all look the same.
    • BB: They’re all wearing Oxxford suits in the Midwestern grain-salesman model, a plain shirt and a “discrete” tie, but probably by Hermes.
  4. On fashion...

    • IS: We live in an inauthentic world.
    • BB: That’s exactly it. There’s a lot of style and no substance, and that’s what we’ve come to. The clothing doesn’t reflect what it used to.
  5. Out of the closet: World Traveling Shoes
See these beat up old kicks? These are mine and they’re one of the best purchases I ever made. The slip-on craze had climaxed and begun its decline when I got these from Aéropostale. At the time they were unlike anything I’d seen in the area. The plaid design wasn’t all bright and colorful like some of the Converses you’d see around, and the heightened flaps on the side with accent holes confused everyone (and I still hear to this day, “Where are the shoelaces?”). Since I bought mine I’ve noticed a couple of other companies selling shoes with similar designs and I have even bought a pair (Tretorn off of Zappos’) but the Tretorns were much cleaner and streamlined in design. These are my get up and go with almost everything shoes, and I only got them for $8! No one was buying them! Aéropostale doesn’t even sell them anymore… They also have more emotional value for me because on every major trip I’ve been on in the last 2 years (France [stayed in Caen, visited Paris], Amsterdam, New York City, Washington DC, Boston) they have been with me whether by accident or design.

    Out of the closet: World Traveling Shoes

    See these beat up old kicks? These are mine and they’re one of the best purchases I ever made. The slip-on craze had climaxed and begun its decline when I got these from Aéropostale. At the time they were unlike anything I’d seen in the area. The plaid design wasn’t all bright and colorful like some of the Converses you’d see around, and the heightened flaps on the side with accent holes confused everyone (and I still hear to this day, “Where are the shoelaces?”). Since I bought mine I’ve noticed a couple of other companies selling shoes with similar designs and I have even bought a pair (Tretorn off of Zappos’) but the Tretorns were much cleaner and streamlined in design. These are my get up and go with almost everything shoes, and I only got them for $8! No one was buying them! Aéropostale doesn’t even sell them anymore… They also have more emotional value for me because on every major trip I’ve been on in the last 2 years (France [stayed in Caen, visited Paris], Amsterdam, New York City, Washington DC, Boston) they have been with me whether by accident or design.

  6. Dear Diary,
Every religion needs a holy book, this is my first chapter. It’s a reference book; it lists fashion/style bloggers and some tidbits about them while giving their best looks a chance to impress the reader. The book does not focus on one style, gender, body type, or geographical region. The fact that the book is so widespread in its collection of fashion/style bloggers leaves the audience open to exposure from many backgrounds and ideas about the beauty behind clothes and the body.
This book is the reason I have begun Spiked On White. I want my ideas of style to be out there and heard like those in the book. It’s not impossible, it just takes sitting down and examining, writing, reexamining, editing, and posting. These are skills I will hone and train by myself until I can begin studying under another for the refining of my art.
For all my heroes and anyone who will listen,
Thank you

    Dear Diary,

    Every religion needs a holy book, this is my first chapter. It’s a reference book; it lists fashion/style bloggers and some tidbits about them while giving their best looks a chance to impress the reader. The book does not focus on one style, gender, body type, or geographical region. The fact that the book is so widespread in its collection of fashion/style bloggers leaves the audience open to exposure from many backgrounds and ideas about the beauty behind clothes and the body.

    This book is the reason I have begun Spiked On White. I want my ideas of style to be out there and heard like those in the book. It’s not impossible, it just takes sitting down and examining, writing, reexamining, editing, and posting. These are skills I will hone and train by myself until I can begin studying under another for the refining of my art.

    For all my heroes and anyone who will listen,

    Thank you

About me

My heroes include Lady Gaga, Alexander McQueen, Marcia Tucker, Diana Vreeland, Dr. Sam Howell (my art history professor at FMU), Bill Cunningham, and many others. These people have helped to shape my ideas about style, art, and fashion; creating a mélange which draws upon every period, from antiquity to modern day pop culture. Here and now I will attempt to add my voice to all the others and in doing so I begin training my eye and mind to be more discerning and expressive on the subject of fashion as art and vice-versa art as fashion. Fashion is a way of living, therefore art is a way of life too.

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