Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Old School Gifts





As I was thinking about my own Christmas list yesterday, it provided the next entry for the “My Favorite Things” series on my blog. I’ve been in an old-school kind of mood lately, so for lack of a better title, here are some suggestions for the Old School Preppy in your life (I’m sure I’m leaving several items out, so for the die-hard preppies out there, feel free to expand upon my list).

  • Duck Boots – I could use a new pair of snow boots, but why not get something that’s good for the rain, too? I haven’t had a pair of L.L. Bean Duck Boots since college, so perhaps it’s time to bring back an old favorite. Shearling-lined definitely, but the boot or the gumshoe – what do you think?
  • A. Tierney Watch with grosgrain ribbon band – You can’t get much preppier than grosgrain. Wear it on your wrist with a pretty watch face and you’re sporting a classic, never-goes-out-of-style look. These days, with cell phones, Blackberries and such, watch sales are down. So, boost the economy old-school style with this timeless (ha, ha) favorite.
  • Aviator Sunglasses – I had a pair of Ray Ban military aviators in high school and college. Damn, wish I still had those bad boys. They’re back in style and I need (okay, want) to get a pair. Be it Ray Ban or the cool Ft. Knox shades available at J. Peterman, you can’t go wrong with this look.
  • Norwegian Sweater – I guess I should just include a link to the L.L. Bean catalog here and call it quits, as far as preppy clothing is concerned. I still have my gray and red Norwegian cardigan from the late 1980s. It has silver snowflake buttons. (Cheers to me, it still fits!) If you’re a guy, you’re in luck, the navy and white version is still available. I couldn’t locate a women’s version, so ladies, just order a size smaller.
  • Barbour Jackets – I gave the Barbour Liddesdale jacket to Hubby for our anniversary this year and he loves it. I love looking at it. It’s quilted moleskin with a tartan liner. These classic jackets will never go out of style. Barbour makes a gorgeous women’s line as well. Visit Barbour of England’s site directly or see what’s available through Orvis.

I’ll refrain from suggesting Bermuda bags, add-a-bead necklaces, shrimp rings/earrings and such. I have yet to see these items come back with gusto, but you never know!
Images courtesy of L.L. Bean, A. Tierney and Orvis.

12 comments:

Rhonda said...

This blog is so fun! I found you from another one....Have a blessed old school day!

Seersucker Scrapper said...

I just love my duck boots! Love the shearling lined ones though. May need another pair!

Rhonda said...

Hi again! Thanks for the compliment... it is "Matilda Jane." Love their stuff. Google them. They have trunk shows, and a few adult pieces as well. I buy tons from them....it's quickly becoming a sickness that I can't get over. ;)

QueenBeeSwain said...

my dad's life might just fall apart if it wasn't for his Barbour!

kHm

EntertainingMom said...

I did a similar post over the summer after sorting through my closet at my parents house... I recently bought a pair of Aviators at Target. $12... Not Ray Ban but damn close... and I looked pretty cute in them too ;)

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

I am in LOVE with that jacket..what a winner...

kary

Jo said...

Oh yes ~ I had everything on your list. I wish I had saved these goodies as I'm about to repurchase several of the items

Jo

teresa-bug said...

I was recently invited to a gold party and considered bringing my add-a-bead necklace. I didn't with the thought that they might come back in style. Maybe someday!

thepreppyprincess said...

What a wonderful post, each and every item is one we love, all of them classics. And good for you on the sweater still fitting!

Great post!
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Beth Dunn said...

LOVE love love your list! xoxo

SC

LindsB said...

Duck boots from Bean are the best!! I would have frostbite in the winters here without them- such a great buy!

prashant said...

Love the shearling lined ones though. May need another pair!
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