sunday inspiration: take ivy

Collegiate fashion, vintage varsity jackets, Letterman sweaters, and Ivy League prep – Take Ivy documents it all. This book, published in Japan in 1965, is famed for starting the trend of “Ivy Style” dressing among students of the Ginza district in Tokyo. It also presents, quite nicely might I add, a romanticised portrayal of college life. Once hard to source, this book is being translated and republished for a United States release on August 31. I’d love to get my hands on a copy.



Images via: The Trad

32 Comments

  1. Kate Maggie August 22, 2010

    gosh, everything is perfect. I want a varsity jacket more than anything. Thanks for sharing this slice of inspiration! πŸ™‚ Hope you're having a great weekend!! x

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  2. Little Sparrow August 22, 2010

    Ohhh I want!

    Your blog is so wonderful! Always so beautifully put together.

    x

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  3. Call Us Mesdemoiselles August 22, 2010

    love college sweaters! there are just the most comfortable thing in the world. great photos

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  4. Eilish August 22, 2010

    lovely post. love all these sweaters and jackets πŸ™‚

    http://faialofa.blogspot.com

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  5. Briana Le & Merissa Ren August 22, 2010

    i've been looking for a copy forever!

    xxmerissa
    merbri.blogspot.com

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  6. Aimee August 22, 2010

    Ah preppy boys at college! The pictures might romanticize things a little…but I still see those boys around every semester!

    In Class, En Vogue

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  7. Amie August 22, 2010

    ah love the college prep look, but i'm always so surprised when i see guys sport this style here! especially when the norm is trackies at uni πŸ™

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  8. libys11 August 22, 2010

    awesome photos!! πŸ˜€ i hope guys would dress up more.. πŸ™‚

    Animated Confessions

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  9. Jess Loves Fred August 22, 2010

    VARSITY JACKETS ALL THE WAY. I want one just so I can square my shoulders, widen the width between my legs and chew gum while staring people down.

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  10. notjustmedical August 22, 2010

    Are these pictures actually from the 60s?

    I'm a bit on the fence about varsity prep look, but this is a great editorial!

    S
    http://notjustmedical.wordpress.com

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  11. soph (owl vs. dove) August 22, 2010

    @KateMaggie: Have you seen the Lover varsity jackets (from their Sacred Hearts collection)? They are pretty excellent. Although probably hard to find + exxy.

    @LittleSparrow: thank you!

    @Amie: Me too! Although in Brisbane it is quite a rarity indeed.

    @JessLovesFred: and have an excuse to tackle people without any repercussions? or is that taking it too far? haha

    @notjustmedical: yep, taken in the 60s. All candid shots of Ivy League college students. I love the fact that this is what people actually wore.

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  12. ViCreative August 22, 2010

    woow. love these pictures! your bloog is so nice!

    Vicky
    (new post: Red Heels & follow me)

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  13. Lianne August 22, 2010

    Wow thats so amazing!I love th photographs they are beautiful, id love a copy of that too but i somehow doubt there is any in Ireland:)http://justthrowntogether.blogspot.com/

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  14. Christina August 22, 2010

    really nice photos!! πŸ™‚

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  15. Kate Bickmore August 22, 2010

    Those photos have won my heart! I must remember to get the book!

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  16. owl and peacock : melina August 22, 2010

    Ok, this makes me seriously excited. I may have to blog about this. Not to mention obviously buy the book…

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  17. Jess August 22, 2010

    I've actually been eye-ing some varsity inspired cardigans and jackets lately. Great photos πŸ™‚

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  18. what a great photographs!

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  19. Nubia August 22, 2010

    Such cool varsity style! Love it

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  20. aubrey August 22, 2010

    classy vintage πŸ™‚

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  21. kittycat August 22, 2010

    lovely

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  22. SMASH August 23, 2010

    This is what I think of when I think of the band Vampire Weekend!

    xx
    MILK TEETHS

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  23. Kate August 23, 2010

    Looks like such a neat book – great photographs!
    xx

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  24. evie apples August 23, 2010

    gah, have been stalking the release of this book like nobody's business! fingers crossed for a borders order soon, huh? x

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  25. Kaya August 23, 2010

    Today it's raining so much and I like the first pictures:) The campus life looks so pretty.

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  26. Jada C. August 23, 2010

    ooh! I love to find this book. The ivy league style is perfect!

    http://www.teenvegetariansoul.blogspot.com

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  27. soph (owl vs. dove) August 23, 2010

    @Lianne: I've seen that the Book Depository are carrying it/taking orders/they have a countdown to it anyway, so I'm guessing it might be a bit easier to get than most people thing!

    @melina: go for it!

    @SMASH: haha, very VW indeed.

    @evieapples: here's hoping!

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  28. Fashion is a Playground August 23, 2010

    Love the pics, inspiring… πŸ™‚

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  29. emily August 25, 2010

    wow, i love these pictures! πŸ™‚

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  30. keekee August 26, 2010

    makes me super excited for fall and back to school season

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  31. Shanen Arantza Kurniawan August 30, 2010

    like this post so much! πŸ˜€

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  32. Every Little Counts August 31, 2010

    ah, i love the whole ivy league/ collegiate look.

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