Tag Archives: Charles Tyrwhitt

Wimbledon Controversy, plus Pretty in Pink!

Hello-Hello!

There are so many different clearance sales and other promotions underway in the retail world we wanted to share some of the goodies available in our favorite color. (But only those at fiscally friendly prices, of course.)

To begin our Pretty in Pink extravaganza we turn to a Princess favorite, Charles Tyrwhitt, for their splendid Prism Pink Cotton Polo. Originally priced at $110, the shirt is now $39.

While the original cost might seem extreme, we can vouch for the quality and über-soft feel of the cotton against one’s skin, worth every penny. There are several of these floating about the walk-ins for both primary residents here at the Prepatorium, they last for. ever.

Sadly, we are required to make do with the men’s version as Tyrwhitt does not yet manufacture these for women. (‘Yet’, she says optimistically.)  We are forced to do the same with the firm’s sweaters.  Also on offer at a reduced price point, the Summer Pink Cotton V-Neck.

As with the polo shirts, we can vouch for the quality, top-rate, all of the products from this establishment wear extremely well.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Boden USA is doing one of their bigger sales, with some items discounted by as much as 50%, like the Knit Ruffle Jacket:

Originally $98, the cardigan/jacket is now $49.

If seeking something a little more casual for the Young Lady of the House, Boden’s Hotchpotch Sundress is only $24.

+++++++++++++++++++++

Bergdorf Goodman is touting an additional “25% – 50% off” with their continuing Designer Sale:

BergdorfGoodman.com

BergdorfGoodman.com

Our favorite item may well be the Ralph Lauren Black Label Trench Coat.

+++++++++++++++++++++

Tory Burch is offering an additional 25% off all sale items until July 1st; use promo code SALE25. We like the Sleeveless Denueve Top:

Originally selling at $185 the top is now $83.25.

+++++++++++++++++++++

Moving to events across the pond, we head to Wimbledon for a celebrity sighting of a Gossipy sort, Chace Crawford:

PHOTO: Julian Finney/Getty

PHOTO: Julian Finney/Getty

The Gossip Girl actor was spotted taking in the weekend action; almost all of the cast was back in the city today after a two-month hiatus, shooting for the upcoming season.

PHOTO: Just Jared

PHOTO: Just Jared

Our biggest concern: the Blake Lively footwear seen above. Among those hard at work, Ed Westwick, who was seen out on the town Saturday night celebrating his 22nd birthday with flame and co-star Jessica Szohr. Below, Mr. Westwick is looking very much in character this morning.

PHOTOS: Just Jared

PHOTOS: Just Jared

There you have it.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Having mentioned Mr. Crawford’s appearance at Wimbledon, we share news that the Daily Mail has a scathing column on who plays on what court,

“Babe, set and match: Why looks count for more than talent when Wimbledon decides which girls will play on Centre Court.”

Once again, our thanks to Rich at Down the Line Tennis for the tip on this story, one likely to prompt anger among many constituencies.  One quote in the story from a BBC Official:

‘Our preference would always be a Brit or a babe as this always delivers high viewing figures.’

Indeed.

The Journal also has an intriguing Wimbledon story with an equally provocative headline and sub-head:

Tennis Gets Hot and Heavy

Increase in Co-Ed Events Sparks More Love Matches; Federer as ‘Eye Candy’

Really. We had no idea.  And to think how this impacts everything related to the tournament!

“The bump in romance—and the possibility of romance affecting play—has put British bookmakers on guard. “If we heard that Roger or Andy were having relationship problems, we would factor it in,” says Rupert Adams of the London-based bookmaker William Hill.”

We had not thought about this particular consequence when considering the ramifications of romance at Wimbledon. Silly Princess.

+++++++++++++++++++++

A reminder about the ever-so-wonderful Preppy 101, (aka All Things Southern & Preppy): registration for her Red, White & Blue Giveaway ends tonight at midnight. If interested in winning a set of our Tradition Placemats

PreppyPrincess.com

PreppyPrincess.com

And coordinating tiny Flower Napkins….

PreppyPrincess.com

PreppyPrincess.com

Pop over to say hello!

With that it is time to fly out the door, as is so frequently the case, we are running behind!

13 Comments

Filed under Gossip Girl, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle, Pretty in Pink, Sales & Savings

Is That A Suit Or A Sack of Potatoes? Plus, Shine Good; Fire Bad!

Hello again, friends.  I hope you will forgive my being so forward but today I have asked The Princess to indulge me as I clear the air on some troubling issues.  As the Princess Consort I feel it is my obligation to use the bully pulpit you have entrusted to us.

Courtesy AP Photo

Courtesy AP Photo

These are perilous times.  We’re watching the economy implode as decent people are thrown out of their jobs and houses.  In many cases that turmoil is a direct result of knuckleheaded, greedy executives who should know better than to make some of the decisions they’ve been making.  If you are one of the unfortunate thousands who soon will be polishing up the resume and honing those interview skills then it might be a good time to review how you can look your best even when you’re in the middle of a ****storm.  This post is directed to the males; The Princess is better skilled at addressing the females who find themselves in this same unfortunate situation.  We’ll make this short and to the point.

Let’s start with the business suit.  Here is a succinct explanation from Esquire magazine of how your suit should fit.  Your tailor (and you should at least have a passing acquaintance with one) can work wonders for you.

1. Shoulder pads end with your shoulders.

2. Your flat hand should slip easily into your suit under the lapels when the top (or middle) button is fastened. If you put a fist in, the suit should pull at the button.

3. The top button of a two-button suit — or the middle button of a three-button suit — should not fall below your navel.

4. With your arms at your sides, your knuckles should be even with the bottom of your jacket.

5. Jacket sleeves should fall where the base of your thumb meets your wrist.

6. Between a quarter and a half inch of shirt cuff should be visible.

7. One inch of break.

Suit and photo by Ermenegildo Zegna.

Give your tailor a halfway decent suit with which to work.  You can’t go too far wrong in an interview situation while wearing suits from Brooks Brothers or Hickey Freeman.

I have to confess I have a weakness for well-made dress shirts.  I’ve made no secret of my fondness for Charles Tyrwhitt in London.  But a good tailor again can give you a custom look with an off-the-rack shirt.  When I read these tips I shook my head and marveled at the simplicity of it all.  I think you will too.

Lastly, shine your shoes.  I know it’s a cliche but a shoe polished to a mirror finish will make a lasting impression.  Someone once told me the only way to achieve a high gloss was using fire.  Not necessarily so.  You’ll have to work at it but after reading this step-by-step guide from our friends at the BBC you’ll be willing and able to put the finishing touches on your overall look.

You’ll look great.  Anybody would be fortunate to have someone as well put together as you join their firm.  Soon you’ll be facing the decision of whether or not they deserve you.

Thank you for your time and attention.  Now please enjoy the musical stylings of The Troggs and remember we have two-for-one drink specials until 9pm.

3 Comments

Filed under preppy

The Upscale Preppy Sale Tale (Bean, Brooks, Marie-Chantal, Kate Spade, Boden)

Earlier today we absolutely had to race flying out the door, but promised there were so many silly sales going on at retailers that we would pop back in and highlight just a few we were aware of… like LL Bean for heaven’s sake! When trying to pick up some of those little gifts and goodies for the cottage sometimes I forget how easy it can be to simply check out LL Bean’s website, especially when they have some things at 40% and 50% off their original price.

Long ago it became evident here at the Prepatorium that The Princess Consort could go through dress shirts at a pretty good clip. Yes I know, of course it is the tailor, the cleaners, the household staff, the Invisible Man… the result however, remains the same and *does* present a challenge. Not only does Charles Tyrwhitt make a fine dress shirt, they also understand one’s desire to economize without sacrificing quality or the impeccable service for which they are known.

Below left, their Julian Navy Mini-Check Spread Collar Classic Dress Shirt normally retailing at a respectable $110, now selling at a most economical $45. On the right a Tyrwhitt Women’s Black & Pink Multi Stripe Dress shirt with their fabulous stretch built right in to the fabric. These are oh-so-wonderful ladies, trust TP on this one!

Tyrwhitt also has polo shirts (ideal for Logophobics like you-know-who), suits, separates for men and women, and great cashmere as well. Investigating their sale prices on these items could prove worth the investment of time depending upon your needs.

Marie-Chantal is a delightful line by Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, who coincidentally, just gave birth to her fifth child with her husband Prince Pavlos last month. The collection for newborns and children is carried by upscale boutiques around the world, as well as six company stores; the seventh opens this fall in Beverly Hills. Below we show the Baby Girl Dress and Bloomers in a purple Liberty print for Sizes 3 Months-24 Months (originally $132, now $66). In the middle, the Pascal Boys Basic Button Down Shirt (now $52.50 from $105) and the Peers White Denim Pant (at $54 from $108). To see a listing of stores in the States carrying this exquisite line, click here.

The good folks at BodenUSA are on board with the economizing while still acquiring plan.

They understand one’s children continue growing, one’s own size inexplicably changes regardless of one’s efforts to guide it in one direction or the other, things do not seem to wear as well as they did in The Princess’s day, no, this is not about conspicuous consumption for most, is it? Indeed not. And because so many are in search of something new for the office, here is Boden’s Long Printed Cotton Skirt, available in three different colors and patterns. Also shown, Boden’s outstanding Milano Knitted Jacket, available in three solid colors, originally $124, now $49.

Of course Brooks Brothers doesn’t disappoint… especially if the gentleman of the house is able to take his eye off the tee for just a moment and allow himself the luxury, nay, the necessity of fast-forwarding six months in an effort to determine just how much longer his existing winter wardrobe of sport coats shall retain their… well, let’s just call it their ‘holiday charm.’ In other words, if he, or the individual responsible for selecting his attire for the family’s annual New Year’s Open House and other holiday gatherings could consider Brooks’ offerings from Christmas Past, as it were, and as shown below, the cost-effectiveness of such a plan could well outweigh any imagined blow to one’s ego for purchasing last season’s style… excuse us just one moment – this is Brooks Brothers! And the primary characteristics distinguishing “last season’s style” Brooks’ plaid wool sport coat from any other “season” are…? Of course. (BTW, we don’t need to broadcast this, but in our circle, ‘buying ahead’ was often considered a wise method for stretching those trust fund dollars.)

To that end, we show the Red Brodie Plaid Wool Sport Coat on the left, originally priced at $498, currently $199 and with a decent range of sizes remaining. The same philosophical reasoning is applied to our presentation of another past season (but soon to be present season) jacket, in this instance we show the Wool and Cashmere Blazer in red at $259, originally $648.

Of course they have loads for the Ladies as well, including a sizable number of dress shirts, like the Three-Quarter Sleeve Fitted Stretch Solid Herringbone Shirt that we’re showing in pink, also available in blue and white, on sale at $39.75 from $79.50. Some Boys’ merchandise also reflects a savings opportunity, like this great Classic Argyle Half-Zip Sweater originally $79.50, now at $39.75.

Before we say ta’ for the night we must quickly take a peek at a few Kate Spade treasures. On the lower left, the Emily shoe is simply *so* Princess it’s amazing it’s not currently in the shoe closet. In every possible combination. This beauty originally sold at $275 and is now priced at $138. On the lower right, the Dandy Classic moccasin that was $225, reduced to $113.

If you need a bag of any kind and you need to economize a bit, you are in luck. If it’s a handbag, diaper bag, tote, clutch, there is a substantial selection at reduced prices. We’ll try to show more when we have a bit more time, but we’ll leave you with the Angaaga Island Janna, now only $239, reduced from $465.

Happy hunting, and may you find super savings!


3 Comments

Filed under preppy

Hottest Bachelors: Preppy Gossip Guys, James Blake, SATC and Patricia Field on HSN

Yesterday’s blog readers were subjected to the most dreadful discussion of Paris Hilton’s hair extensions and their ‘hotness.’ The conversation then took a turn for the worse, degenerating to the The Princess’s ‘unhotness.’ Let us just say that if you were waffling between reading the rest of this or heading out to the Nantucket Film Festival (now through the 22nd), we would strongly urge you to attend the Festival. A choice between the Phillip Lim store opening in West Hollywood or plodding through this? Not even a conversation; Lim, hands down. Trust TP when she tells you this is gonna’ go south in a hurry.

You were warned. We now turn to Hottest Bachelors 2008 as determined by People magazine. More accurately, we glance at the ‘preppy’ elements in the ‘Hottest’ group, commencing with this unfortunate trio from Gossip Girls.

The stars of Gossip Girl  Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick and Chace Crawford

BTW, if you would like to cast your vote in an online poll at the People magazine website on which of the three Gossip Guys you would like to date, here’s where you need to be. And if that feels good, you can do the same thing for Hills heartthrobs (we cannot believe we just wrote that) Stephen Colletti and Brody Jenner.

James Blake

Another preppy on People’s oh-so-hot list is tennis star James Blake (IV), whose story is really more like a made-for-TV movie. Blake went to high school in Fairfield (CT) and attended Harvard before joining the tennis circuit, and did he run into some rugged times. In an effort to raise the tone of today’s post, we point out that Blake co-authored a biography that is supposed to be very, very good. And we do know his journey has been nothing short of remarkable.

James Blake Book

Moving away from the tennis court and into the retail world, we offer a reminder:

Charles Tyrwhitt Sale

As you may recall reading here in a previous post, The Princess and The Princess Consort (aka The Spousal Unit) are both *huge* fans of British shirtmaker Charles Tyrwhitt for their incredible fabrics, fine designs and outstanding attention to detail. They too are having a semi-annual sale of some kind and it is well worth your time should you choose to pop in.

Finally, for those unable to find enough goodies from Sex and the City designer Patricia Field, stand by for more. The has made a deal with HSN (the Home Shopping Network), for a collection of sportswear, dresses, denim and accessories. A *very* big launch is expected; the line will sell for five days straight, starting on Sept. 23. New York Fashion Week will be used as a springboard to showcase merchandise that week just prior to the the launch. Word is that Field’s famous Flower Dress will be available to HSN shoppers along with many new designs.

Flower Dress


Patricia Field Coke Bottles

Above you see the limited edition colorful Coke bottles designed by Field, below, a few looks from the upcoming HSN group.

HSN Patricia Field DressHSN Patricia Field Dress

The Princess may be a bit out of touch the next day or two. It is more than likely time to say goodbye to the family pet, a thought we’re struggling to get our minds around as her deterioration was extraordinarily rapid. Tomorrow brings with it the potential for a big, bad, owie.

3 Comments

Filed under preppy

Is the Princess on Task? We think not.

Tyrwhitt sale

Okay, it is a Friday in ever so many ways today, so we will blast through some fab finds as we attempt to remain focused task-oriented and results driven. Hah! How’s that for corporate speak today?! If the man in your life has not yet found Charles Tyrwhitt dress shirts, do send him this so he experiences the rush from handmade shirts done to order. Do tell him to check out their other merchandise as well, as you should too! The goods stocked for us are equally divine; they even border on being Prepalicious. Natch, they are also on sale – at these prices, who can resist?
CT Shirts

Leave a comment

Filed under Prepalicious, preppy, Preppy Fashion

Spring is Sprung

At last…..bright bouncy days alive with green shoots from optimism. Oh puh-leeze; that is so not happening at the moment. At least not in the great Midwest, most of the south and a good portion of the rest of the country. So here comes Peter Cottontail? I think not. In reality, Mother Nature is in utter hysterics like a girl at her first frat house party who has just experienced the joys of grain alcohol served straight out of what would normally be considered a trash can. “Easter egg hunt? Now? In the snow? Oh yeahhhhhhh.” Are you nuts?”

However, all is not lost: we can still enjoy a few fresh thoughts in recognition of the change of season. Instead of staring at the snow piling up (or whatever your particular misery may be), let’s start at Charles Tyrwhitt, fab friends from the UK with a shop or two in midtown (I think – do send us a note if we’re wrong on the location):

CT Women’s Pink Stripe ShirtTyrwhitt Black BlazerCharles Tyrwhitt Sky Stripe shirt

The striped beauty on the far left is marked down from $120 to a mere $75. Who can resist that price? This black jacket is simply a must have, in a to-die-for linen and cotton blend, and quite the bargain at only $295, marked down from $450. Coming in at third place is the sky blue stripe shirt on the far right at $65.  Here is a link to the US Home page for CT; you know we *live* to make your life easier. Of course, if you can repeatedly spell the name without any trouble, then by all means, put yourselves on the Headmaster’s List for the semester.

Moving on, we are pleasantly surprised to find ourselves favorably impressed by this delightful find suggested by FirstBlush.com, billing itself as “The Shopping Site for Women.” Hhhmmm…we are not convinced of that, but do stop by and take a peek if so inclined. (Do disregard their little typing error indicating the bag is from ‘piperline’, when they in fact mean to say “Piperlime.”) Better yet, pop on over to Piperlime and see the bag from every possible angle. BTW, any guidance you can give the Princess on the derivation of the name would be ever-so-appreciated. More importantly, is it a preppy purse in your opinion? Do tell.

We can’t toddle off without showing these divine, dreamy looks for your little one from Best and Company. And before you ask, yes, it’s the ‘new’ Best, the one Susie Hilfiger bought a few years back. What a fabulous job she has done with the company – we are so thrilled to see things going well. If you can’t get to Greenwich or Bergdorf’s (it’s on 7) then give them a call; I think they are still doing trunk shows. Makes us wish they did grown-up girls, or that we were petite and sweet once again. Sigh.

Best & Company Whale SweaterBest Pink Seersucker Smocked DressBest & Comapny Navy Sweater

Well, it’s been divine dolls, but we simply must fly. Time to haul out the snowblower in an effort to unearth the eggs we hid on the lawn. Silly us. Can you say Judy Garland in Easter Parade? (Too young to have a clue? Rent it, buy it, or look it up at IMDB.com.)

Leave a comment

Filed under preppy, Preppy Fashion, Uncategorized