Hold all my calls. I'll be reading Seven Sisters Style: The All-American Preppy Look ($35) by Rebecca C. Tuite for the rest of the day. It hit the book stores just this morning, and I'm quite certain it will be a classic style title for years to come. The author is a Vassar grad and fashion historian and we have been corresponding for years now on the subject of tomboys, American style, preppy culture, books, and countless other items. I can't say enough great things about Ms. Tuite who came to this project in such an honest and passionate way. In fact, in June of 2011, when her book was tentatively titled Vassar Style (a title still forthcoming!), she published one her interviews on Tomboy Style, and I've been anxiously awaiting her book ever since. The final result of her research is a thorough definition and celebration of a truly iconic American style, from saddle shoes to Shetland sweaters to the inherent spirit of the Seven Sister student. Each page is a journey through time.
"...A new epitome of the American Girl emerged. She was sharp as a tack, au courant, and brimming with youthful athleticism and vigor, and no women were bringing this ideal to life more than the Seven Sisters students, who gradually discovered an emerging sartorial freedom, a passionate interest in sports, and a penchant for masculine, athletic details in their trailblazing college attire." —Rebecca C. Tuite in an excerpt from Seven Sisters Style: The All-American Preppy Look.
Trivia question: Can you name all of the Seven Sister schools? Answer listed below the last photo.
The Seven Sister Schools: Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Radcliffe, Smith, Vassar, Wellesley.