Author: Chris Hogan

The other day, I had an interesting question posed to me by one of my readers. He had recently purchased a pair of pleated trousers at Brooks Brothers and it…

Read More To Cuff Your Pants or Not?

This column grew out a discussion on my blog, Off The Cuff DC, on the relationship between classic and preppy styles. The subject quickly became an effort to identify the…

Read More The Roots of American Preppy

The polo collared sweater is an incredibly versatile piece of clothing. It provides the warmth and classic good looks of a crewneck sweater with the versatility of a shirt. These…

Read More One Thing: The Polo Collared Sweater

Today I want to broach an interesting subject – at least interesting to me. Some while back I ran across the following question: what is the difference between preppy style…

Read More Preppy Style v. Classic Style

In fashion, as in many global industries, certain cultural indicators are resoundingly obvious.  They are the things that clearly say “French,” like a Hermes briefcase, or “American,” like a Louisville Slugger baseball bat. Often, they are immutable, solid and stable examples of permanence in a fast changing global marketplace.

However, as the saying goes, the only constant thing in life is change. A classic of traditional American style is being exported. The single vented jacket is becoming quite popular overseas. In return, American men are fast becoming quite the devotees of the double vent. Only a short time ago it seems wearing one or the other put you in a clear camp; American or Anglophile. Not so much anymore. Read More To Vent or Not to Vent