This morning I have to point you to a conversation taking place elsewhere in the blogosphere. I’m going to assume that many of you read Muffy Aldrich’s blog, The Daily Prep,. It may be new to others.
Muffy started posting in 2010, in reaction to the co-opting of the term, “Preppy.” She herself fits the profile of a classic New England “Prep,” lives in (I think) Maine, sails, wears Norwegian-style sweaters, and descends from American public figures. She is also trying to reassociate certain values, headlined on the blog as, Authenticity• Stewardship•Graciousness, with the “Prep”construct, all the while while jettisoning mall-induced “Preppy” baggage.
I understand the agenda, as I began to use the term “High WASP,” as a way to deconstruct and tease out my family culture from the same cheerful maelstrom. My opinions and sentiments don’t line up with Muffy’s, exactly, but she is who she says she is and she’s honorable.
She’s also consistent, focused, disciplined, opinionated, hard-working, and takes cool pictures of a lifestyle with iconic implications. I have discovered several interesting New England craftsman brands via A Daily Prep.
Most notably I’ve also recently noticed Muffy’s comment threads, quite apart from her posts, bubble like a social crucible. I thought you might be interested. Those fascinated by discussions of social class, and live demonstrations of how people react when class is implied or denied, go here.
What To Wear With Nantucket Reds morphs into something akin to theater. Oh, and I also discover that I’ve been guilty of my culture’s worst trait, Passive Aggressive Dismissal Of Others. Please come back and tell me what you think of the post, if you could be so kind. No need to address my particular self-discovery; we spend enough time on that around here, do we not?.
Otherwise, for all of you interested primarily, or additionally, in matters sartorial, look how Muffy wears said Nantucket Reds. Cute, right? A little pattern mixing, a nice menswear feel, some light blues against a verging-on-coral red. Like J. Crew in an imaginary, innocent era.
The thing is, wholly apart from the cultural reference, on a completely different trajectory from culture, class, and heritage, I’m feeling colored chinos for spring myself. Felt that way last year too. But imagine the cultural realities of Nantucket Reds, with a ribbon belt, even sans lacrosse sticks, in Northern California. Right? See my point? So, moving on.
From Current/Elliot, via net-a-porter. 100% cotton. How great is that! And, sure, they’re an actual coral shade, as opposed to verging-on, but hey, humans live to derive. The pants come in blue, too. I did mention that they’re 100% cotton?
We can almost always find a complex path running right alongside the simple one. Here’s to joy in the choosing, as well as in walking both at once.
Have a wonderful weekend.