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Spring Footwear

As our Chief Editor, WHolley, and I have blogged before, prep school campuses are loaded with Sperry Topsiders, and we hate it. While the classic boat shoe may be a staple for all prep schoolers to own and wear from time to time, the driving moccasin is a much more stylish and versatile option. Dress them up with your khakis and your favorite blazer or wear them casually with your shorts or swimming trunks.

Peter Millar is currently having a sale on their Tie-Drivers. Some of our other favorite brands for Driving Mocs include Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Cole Haan, and Tod’s. Driving moccasins are great investments. The more you wear them, the more comfortable they get. You can wear them with  almost every outfit within dress code. Girls love guys in Gucci. Et cetera, et cetera 

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RIP Lilly Pulizter

Ms. Pulitzer passed away earlier today at the age of 81 in her Palm Beach home.  Ms. Pulitzer attended Miss Porter’s before she began her infamous career as a dress designer for her namesake brand in 1959.  The entire staff here at Twines & Vines sends our thoughts and prayers out to the entire Pulitzer family.  This writer will be bringing out his Lilly menswear tomorrow in memory. 

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Easter Sunday Style Guide

I like to consider Easter the biggest indicator of what trends will be popular in the upcoming Spring, and this year, the holiday is coming up faster than ever.  Luckily, you have this style guide to help you dress for any event that comes your way.  Regardless of your plans this Sunday, T&V wishes all of its readers a Happy Easter!
egg dyeing

Graphic Tee | Tennies | Chino Shorts | Satchell | Hair Ties

Dress | Blazer | Watch | Pearls | Bag | Kitten Heels

egg hunting

Dress | Sun Hat | Sandals | Bag




Dress | Lip Shine | Belt | Tote | Cuff | Kitten Heels | Sunnies

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The Etta

It seems that lately everyone has been obsessing over J. Crew’s new shoe, The Etta.  With so many styles to choose from, there’s no questioning why.  This J. Crew On Film video just makes my obsession grow even more.

289 pairs?!  If only we were all so fortunate.  Here are my top picks for J. Crew shoes!

Etta glitter-heel pumps in hummingbird floral


Etta cap toe leather pumps


Etta canvas stripe pumps


Comment below with your favorites!

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Prep School Fashion Blogs

We were surfing along Google trying to find a new cover photo for the Facebook page when we stumbled upon The Exeter Dress Code, a student run blog focused on “street style” found on the Exeter campus.  You would expect to see this kind of blog focused on NYFW, not New England prep schools, but alas with some further digging we were able to find a number of these blogs.  Without further adieu here is a list of prep school fashion blogs.  If you run one, or your school runs one which is not featured on our list, please comment so we can add you to the list!

With no given bias, the men of St. Paul’s really seem to be stepping up their fashion this winter.  Keep it up; we are impressed.

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With Spring Formals and Proms right around the corner, a lot of preps are looking to spice up the traditional cufflink game.  Seeing as all proper tuxedo shirts make use of French cuffs, cufflinks are a must. 

Lanvin Knot Brass Cufflinks

$226 – Purchase Here

Paul Smith Bugs [Wasp] Metal Cufflinks

$160 – Purchase Here

Burberry Gold-Tone Dog Head Cufflinks

$275 – Purchase Here

Miansai Knotted Cufflinks

$19 – Purchase Here

Salvatore Ferragamo Double Ganici Cufflinks

$250 – Purchase Here

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St. Patrick’s Day Style Guide

Irish Linen Regular Fit Sport Shirt — Brooks Brothers ($98.50)


Striped Flex Cap — Borsalino ($109-179)


Embroidered Shamrock Pants — Orvis ($59)

Clover Needlepoint Belt — Smathers and Branson ($165)

Driver Mocassin with Gancio Bit — Salvatore Ferragamo ($595)

Kokkari Ascot Tie — Ceravelo ($120)


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Prep Basics for Him and Her

Spring is quickly approaching, which, as we all know, means it’s time for a wardrobe update.  As we all head off on our shopping sprees for the upcoming season, remember that one can never have too many of the following items. Yes mother, I really do need a fourth pair of TB flats!


1. Vineyard Vines Polo

HisFrom Classic to Slim-Fit, from Solid to Striped, from Cotton-Piqué to Jersey, Shep and Ian have all of their bases covered when it comes to their polos.

HersWith the Classic and Shoreline cuts in just about every color imaginable, picking out the perfect polo is easier than picking out what sweetener to put in your iced tea.  Which has less calories: Splenda or Equal?

2. Monograms

HisWhile girls like to monogram just about everything they own, these cuff links are a simple and subtle way to integrate the monogramming trend into any closet.

HersI consider myself a monogramoholic, living my the words of Reese Witherspoon: “If it ain’t moving, monogram it.” I’ve put my monogram on everything from totes, to cardigans, to pockets on pants… even my car! This bracelet is the perfect starting point.

3. Boat Shoes


I cannot stress enough the importance of a good boat shoe.  Sperry has mostly resorted to outsourcing the manufacturing of the majority of their shoes; however, their “Handcrafted Original Boat Shoe by Made in Maine” (which is available for both men and women) could be the best quality boat shoe I have ever seen.  I can’t imagine walking on the bow of the boat without a pair on–they really do grip to slick surfaces.  Plus, have you seen anything more adorable than a Sperry ad?  But Daddy, I need a golden retriever to go with my new shoes!

4. Beautiful Bows

HisI hope that any prep, when confronted with the decision to choose between a neck tie and a bow tie, would choose the bow tie every time.  I always recommend an American brand that’s proud of their fun patterns–Southern Proper, Vineyard Vines, and High Cotton all make high quality bows for bros.

HersWe all love Kiel James Patrick and seriously envy Sarah Vickers.  Since she released her “Vicker’s Bow Collection” (which I also wrote about here), it has become easier to be just like our adored idol. This “Scarlett O’Hara” bow is one of my favorites.

5. The Frat Collection Frocket

His | Hers

The Frat Collection could be one of my favorite brands of all time.  If you don’t have one of their shirts yet, I highly suggest purchasing one!  Basically, you pick out a pocket (they have a ton of patterns!), the color of your shirt, and whether you want it to be long sleeve or short sleeve.  They’ve also now come out with sweatshirts, tanks, and men’s sport shirts. My favorite part?  They donate 10% of each purchase to the charity of your choice!

6. Sweet Sunnies

His | The Ray-Ban “Wayfarer” shape is probably the most iconic in sunglass history.  There is no basic more necessary, especially as the weather gets warmer.

HersAviators are great for any face shape and any outfit.  This gold color works great for blondes, like me, but if you’re looking for something darker, Ray-Ban also makes them with dark brown and black frames as well.

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Goodees Clothing Hat Giveaway!

Goodees Turtle Hat (Light Blue)

A few months back, we ran a giveaway with our friends from Goodees Clothing. We got another sweet hat to giveaway just in time for Spring Break!

To enter, gather points from the box below. The contest will open for entries at 12am, February 28th and end at 12am, March 14th. A winner will be randomly selected at the contest’s end. 

*Hint: gain extra points by tweeting at us once a day*

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Lilly’s Newest Line

Lilly Pulitzer has released their newest Spring 2013 Line!  Here in Southern California, it’s somewhat tough to pull off all of the adorable patterns Lilly provides, but that doesn’t stop me from wearing the best southern prep brand on the market.  Here are my favorite pieces from the Spring Collection that can be rocked without getting wear looks from the girls in Brandy Melville (ew).

Rylan Dress
Sandrine Dress
How cute would this be for V-Day with a pink cardi?
Delia Dress
Cassie Dress
Pair with a floppy hat, and you have the perfect outfit for an afternoon out on the boat.
What are your favorite pieces from the Spring Collection? Comment below!

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