Bringing Class to School feat. Brady Pyfer

April 22nd, 2013

Brady Pyfer, long time Articles of Style reader and active commenter, is an elementary school teacher in Bloomington Indiana. Recently he cleared out his entire wardrobe and started from scratch by investing in affordable prep staples.

“I have always been into clothes, especially shoes, and from a young age I collected sneakers. But as I got older, my style needed to mature… I found Articles of Style when searching for men’s wardrobe essentials and I came across their “25 essential items post.” After looking through it I knew I hit the jackpot. I literally got rid of everything in my closet and started over again, taking Articles of Style’s advice. That was probably the best idea I’ve ever had.

Here’ s three examples of Brady’s new “dressed-up casual” look.

1. Sporty Layering

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“I am an elementary school teacher and work in a very casually dressed environment. I gravitate towards the prep style because of the dressed-with-purpose yet still laid-back vibe.”

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“The TAG heritage collection was my first real time piece. It was a gift from my father and one day I hope to pass it down to my son. Dan is always saying invest in quality items that will last a lifetime…it’s nice being on the receiving end of that investment.”

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“Desert boots are so versatile and I love how the waxed leather sort of evolves with you. I have always tried to keep my shoes pristine [a carry-over from my Jordan collecting days], so it was tough to see every mark standing out, but it adds a personal touch. Now they have years of wear and are one of a kind.”

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2. Grandpa Ivy

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“I got this cardigan years ago from American Eagle, of all places. It was a bit too ballsy for me at the time and sat in my closet for years. Glad I didn’t part with it, now its one of my favorite items.”

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The adventurous pattern-mixing brings this age-old look to life.

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“Cant do prep without a pair of penny loafers. This is my first pair of Weejuns and I cant wait for the weather to warm up a bit so I can lose the socks. Talk about timeless, these are it.”

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3. Professor Tweedy

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“The prep look can be stiff or stuffy sometimes, but with the right fabrics it’s easy to give it a more casual feel, which is more work appropriate for me. Tweed, denim, oxford cloth, silk knit, sporty sweater…”

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“I love the classic feel of the cricket sweater. Layering it under a jacket or with some worn-in denim tones it down a little. Definitely a prep staple.”

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“This Swiss Army watch was also a gift from my father. He wore this for 15 years before he passed it down to me. I threw a new strap on it and now I wear it everyday.”

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Thanks, as always, for reading and special thanks to Brady for participating.

 

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

 

Photography by Katheryne Leslie.