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Sperry’s Big Move & The Return of Sloan Ranger Style?

Hello-Hello, happy middle of the week to everyone.

Today we are brief, just a few tidbits to share. We begin with word that longtime prep favorite, Sperry Top-Sider, is expanding. Women’s Wear Daily had the story today:

Over the past several years, the brand has branched into categories including swimwear, hats, gloves, scarves, sunglasses, socks and hosiery. “We envision it as a lifestyle brand, but we need apparel to complete the package and bring the brand to life,” [Craig] Rheingold said.

The collection will be unveiled to retailers at an event in New York on Thursday.

Two ensembles from the new line.

George Chinsee/Women's Wear Daily

George Chinsee/Women’s Wear Daily

To be honest, when first seeing the headline my reaction was, “I thought they already made clothing.” When looking at the “Women’s Apparel and Accessories” category on the the company’s website, there is clothing for sale.

Sperry Top-Sider

Sperry Top-Sider

But the pieces are from the brand’s Performance line, not the upcoming apparel collection.

More from the WWD.com story, this section references Paul Raffin, head of the company that is manufacturing the clothing

Raffin said he is “very respectful of the other preppy, traditional brands with nautical and seaside inspiration, but ours is a more-engineered approach. We want to be disruptive and break through with a line that is differentiated. Yes, there are preppy cues, but we’re infusing it with innovation.”

It is the technical aspects of the line that will separate it from competitors such as Nautica, Vineyard Vines and other brands that are aligned with the ocean or sailing.

More styles from the new collection, via Women’s Wear Daily.

George Chinsee/Women's Wear Daily

George Chinsee/Women’s Wear Daily

According to the story prices will run from $70 to $100  for tor clothing, with outerwear averaging about $100 to $300. But there will be higher-end items selling for as much as $600. In terms of competition the name that immediately comes to mind is Nautica.

Nautica.com

Nautica.com

Below you see some of Nautica’s outerwear styles for fall.

Nautica.com

Nautica.com

Nautica is already considered a “lifestyle” brand, with offerings in apparel, accessories, bath & body (fragrances, soap, etc.), and watches. The brand also has a home collection, below we see the ‘Winston’ bedding.

Nautica.com

Nautica.com

Other obvious competitors would be LL Bean and Lands’ End.

A final note from the Women’s Wear Daily story:

There will also be a luxe component, she added, including cashmere cable knits, wool yacht club blazers, waterproof toggle coats for men and silk tops rooted in nautical patterns for women.

Hmmmm. Like so many other new entries into the apparel market, this one will be interesting to watch.

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Also today,  our friends from the Far Side of the Pond at Grazia Daily take a look at Sloane Ranger style. For those unfamiliar with the term, Sloanes are generally considered the British counterpart to our ‘preps’. There was a Sloane Ranger Handbook, similar to the USA’s Preppy Handbook.

Unabashedly Prep

Unabashedly Prep

Sloanes had their heritage brands and iconic pieces. Wellies and regimental ties are just two elements of the look for men, while women share some of the same styles as American preps, primarily the pearls, the pearl studs and flats or low-heeled pumps.  It’s very much a town and country look. Below, an illustration from the Sloane Ranger Handbook.

Unabashedly Prep

Unabashedly Prep

The young Lady Diana Spencer could be considered the look’s poster child prior to her marriage to Prince Charles.

Grazia UK

Grazia Daily

The Grazia piece is titled “Knotted Jumpers? Tweed Suits? Scrunchies? Looks Like Sloane Ranger Style Is Back“.  There’s no shortage of tweed here in the US this fall, below we see several styles from Ralph Lauren, including a driving cap.

RalphLauren.com

RalphLauren.com

From the Grazia story:

The Ranger may not be channelled in it’s full former ‘80s glory – with a foppish Princess Diana ‘do – but elements of posh wardrobes in the SW1 post code are being slowly adopted.

According to the 1982 Harpers & Queen-produced ‘Official Sloane Ranger Handbook’, navy is very important. Lo and behold, navy is also rather important this season, too.

Following are some navy items we found Stateside.  From left to right: navy peacoat at Tommy Hilfiger, the Brooks Brothers pencil skirt and Ralph Lauren’s belted wool turtleneck dress.

Tommy Hilfiger/Brooks Brothers/Ralph Lauren

Tommy Hilfiger/Brooks Brothers/Ralph Lauren

A final word from the Grazia column:

The amount of loafers available is greater than ever, and in addition to that, we’re more than fond of a Hunter wellington boot and wax Barbour jacket when the autumn chill kicks in.

How to style it out for the modern age? Well the key is to not wear the Sloane Ranger’s complete wardrobe all at once, but to cherry pick some favourite pieces for a little upper class flavour.

Here in the US one can easily locate wellies and Barbour at Orvis. We show the brand of boots worn by Kate Middleton (now the Duchess of Cambridge), Le Chameau. Oh, that item on the far left that we would call a vest? It’s a ‘gilet’ to Sloanes and other Brits.

Orvis

Orvis

To read Hannah Almassi’s Grazia story in its entirety, click here.

 

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A New Heel Height? We’re In. (Version 2.0)

Hello-Hello, welcome to a Wednesday. There is white matter falling from the sky and yours truly is perilously close to becoming Little Miss CrankyPants about the weather.  Harrumph.

We soldier on with a post we are completely flummoxed about, one that is shown as being in draft mode. Yet apparently it has been published at some point, somehow, as a dear friend has discussed it with The Consort, so confusion reigns here at the Prepatorium.  Please forgive the tedium if you have already seen this, my addled brain is beyond baffled at this point. (But if you do remember seeing the not-ready-for-primetime-post in all its ghastly horror of rampant typos, misspellings and other signs pointing to an illiterate Princess, don’t be shy about letting us know, it would be appreciated to the nth degree!)

Moving on.

Today we share news that made us smile when first reading it a few weekends back: according to an article in the Journal, we may be seeing the return of more sensible heel heights.

The age of the relatively sensible heel—about 3½ inches and under—is upon us. “After so many seasons of aggressive platform shoes, these new single-sole, lower-heel silhouettes are a palate cleanser,” said Anamaria Pimentel, accessories director for Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.

The piece, titled “Sweet and Low-Down Heels,” is written by Meenal Mistry, gives one hope we might finally be able to bid adieu to styles like these.

Refinery 29

Refinery 29

More from the story:

Even without punky hardware, low heels—despite their associations with more staid looks—have developed a cool cachet, simply by zigging while other shoes zag.

Obviously there’s many a flat we’re fond of, these are just a few from Tory Burch.

ToryBurch.com

ToryBurch.com

But the new trend isn’t limited to flats, far from it. There are kitten heels and chunky heels, like these from Stuart Weitzman, as seen at Zappos.

Stuart Weitzman

Nor does it mean goodbye to all platforms, below we show Stuart Weitzman’s Platswoon, a 3-1/2″ heel on a 1/2″ platform, making these more than manageable.

Stuart Weitzman Platswoon

The story does have some good reminders about switching to the lower height.

Switching to a lower heel partly requires a perception shift: The eye has to become accustomed to a different proportion. More concretely, the adjustment can mean hemming your trousers so they don’t drag, or opting for slimmer silhouettes that are still flattering without the boost of an extra 3 or 4 inches.

There are some darling little kitten heels this spring, like Manolo Blahnik’s Lisane Bow, as well as cute Manolo sandals, below right we see the Carolyne.

Manolo Blahnik at Neiman Marcus

Manolo Blahnik at Neiman Marcus

Not that we don’t love the venerable “Reva” by Tory Burch in a variety of finishes.

ToryBurch.com

ToryBurch.com

Or the vast array of Belgians available.

Belgians #1

Belgian Shoes

It’s just that it is nice to have options that fit between these:

Sperry

Sperry

And these, as seen on Eva Longoria.

Just Jared

Just Jared

More like these from Kate Spade. On the left we show the Paloma (heel height 3.5″) and the Karolina (heel is also 3.5″).

Kate Spade Paloma & Karolina

Kate Spade Paloma & Karolina

Or these from Gianvito Rossi and Valentino.

Gianvito Rossi & Valentino shoes via the Wall Street Journal

Gianvito Rossi & Valentino shoes via the Wall Street Journal

Or these by Jimmy Choo; on the left we see the Baxen Peeptoe Wedge, on the right, the Nova Glittered Platform Slingback.

Jimmy Choo at Neiman Marcus

Jimmy Choo at Neiman Marcus

I’m happy to see what I call “silly shoes” fading in popularity; I’ve long thought that when someone is struggling to walk in ridiculously high heels it detracts from the clothing and the person wearing the clothing. But then, I’ve been known to embrace my inner frump (heh-heh-heh), so clearly I’m not one to dispense style advice. :)

You can read the story in its entirety here.

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