I got caught up at work today...like that's a big accomplishment.
Like most of you, I read a lot of preppy clothing and Trad clothing blogs. My late father sold Trad clothing for many years, so I've always been familiar with the style and the brands. I have never been afraid to admit that I am a brand person. I have never had the knack for looking at or feeling a garment to determine the quality (or lack thereof). I go by brands. Reading these blogs makes me miss the brands that I use to trust. Remember Carroll Reed and Eagles' Eye? I think they were sister companies. I still have several turtlenecks and jackets that I bought at Carroll Reed and at the Eagles' Eye outlet and they still look good. I think that says a lot about the quality. My favorite brand for OCBD's was Ms. Sero. I think it was the ladies division of Sero, maker of men's shirts. I had Ms. Sero blouses in every color, stripe and collar style. I used to wear Tanner blouses. For those of you too young or unfamiliar, Tanner blouses were white cotton blouses with a peter pan collar. The collar and sleeves were piped in either red, navy, kelly green or khaki. A lot of my friends had Tanner sweaters, but I was not a big fan. I owned plent of Dean's sweaters and Garland sweaters. I don't think either company is still around. Remember Bobbie Brooks and College Town? Those were the top companies for polyester double knit ensembles. They were sold in medium priced stores. Now, I think Bobbie Brooks is sold at WalMart. Back in the day, most preppy clothing came from the Pappagallo Shop, The Talbots, The Tog Shop or LL Bean. Does anyone remember Peter Popovitch? The skirts were loud prints worn with white tees that had a swatch of the skirt fabric on the chest. This outfit was worn with a pair of Tretorns that had a gullwing that was the color of the skirt. Of course, when I wasn't wearing Tretorns, I was wearing my Bass Weejuns with the bow/tassel. I miss my old preppy clothes. And it's hard to find substitutes. Does anyone feel that way, but me?
I guess every once in a while, we need a walk down memory lane.
I hope everyone has a good Friday.