John F. Kennedy in SI, 1960

I was going through the garage of an estate sale this morning, and happened upon this old issue of Sports Illustrated. It’s from 1960 (the ad on the back references NBC’s coverage of “The NFL Championship Game”), and then-President-Elect John F. Kennedy on the ocean at Hyannisport.

For you prep fetishists, it’s close to perfection, but it’s a lovely lesson for the rest of us, too. Not much more than a blue polo, khakis, some canvas topsiders and a cotton sweater (or a tweedy sportcoat) are enough for the future president to look stunning.

Know What You Like, and What You Don’t
Apparently, John F. Kennedy’s suit preferences were set in stone by the time he was elected President, as demonstrated in this letter to one G.H. Cook from Kennedy’s press secretary, Pierre Salinger. It’s true that outside of photos of Kennedy in uniform you don’t see depictions of him in anything other than single-breasted jackets. I don’t know what Cook was suggesting, exactly, but it’s good to know that not all suggestions on what to wear (from constituents or girlfriends or sales associates) are right for you, and that advice on the subject can be gracefully declined.
-Pete

Know What You Like, and What You Don’t

Apparently, John F. Kennedy’s suit preferences were set in stone by the time he was elected President, as demonstrated in this letter to one G.H. Cook from Kennedy’s press secretary, Pierre Salinger. It’s true that outside of photos of Kennedy in uniform you don’t see depictions of him in anything other than single-breasted jackets. I don’t know what Cook was suggesting, exactly, but it’s good to know that not all suggestions on what to wear (from constituents or girlfriends or sales associates) are right for you, and that advice on the subject can be gracefully declined.

-Pete

Style Gods
John F. Kennedy: greatest practitioner of Rich Kid Style of all time?
I SAY YES.

Style Gods

John F. Kennedy: greatest practitioner of Rich Kid Style of all time?

I SAY YES.