Monday, May 05, 2008

Mastering the College Professor Look.

[W]hat exactly is the “college professor” look and why is it so interesting? First off, this classic Ivy League look can be more accurately described as a 1930s prep school teacher look. It combines two unique elements: a timeless, idealized version of the privileged life and the intellectualness of an exclusive liberal arts education. Though it may sound a little esoteric, this is a very emotional and evocative style of dress. Just saying “tweed” or “leather dispatch case” does not capture the unique connection many people have to this look.

Think of the outfits worn in such films as “Dead Poets Society,” “A Beautiful Mind,” and any “Harry Potter” movie. The clothes themselves provide an emotional touchstone that quickly defines where you are and who you are. It is a sort of intellectual uniform, a symbol of belonging that is timeless and appealing.

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