Digging Through the Archives: Revisiting Favorite Touchstones

One of the things I’ve most enjoyed about my new column at Ivy Style is all the research I now have the excuse to undertake! I’ve loved the opportunity to revisit some of the writing and photography that once inspired me and continues to today. I almost want to start a Pinterest board for all of the images I’ve rediscovered. My Instagram “saved photos” section is getting unwieldy, and I miss the old-school aspect of Pinterest.

Below, I’m compiling a list of some of my favorite style touchstones. Please feel free to add your favorites in the comments section! I’ll keep adding to this list as well.

Seven Sisters Style, by Rebecca C. Tuite

I Love Your Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style*, by Amanda Brooks

The Kingdom of Prep: The Inside Story of the Rise and (Near) Fall of J. Crew*, by Maggie Bullock


J. Crewing

Tomboy Style blog

Amy Stone’s website and Instagram

Muffy Aldrich’s blog

Tom Samet‘s Instagram

Outfit Dissecting’s website and Instagram

Marina Rust’s Instagram

Lucy Cuneo’s website and Instagram

Ann Mashburn’s You Need This, I Promise

Where do you find your inspiration?

4 thoughts on “Digging Through the Archives: Revisiting Favorite Touchstones

  1. Off the top of my head, and in no particular order: Gentlemen: A Timeless Fashion by Bernhard Roetzel; the Ivy Style, Saltwater New England, and Byron Tully’s Old Money Book blogs (much across all three resonates with my own upbringing and worldview ; the guidance and advice (implicit and explicit) given the to young me by parents, grandparents, and extended family on dressing well and a whole lot else in life. While I haven’t opened Mr. Roetzel’s book in several years, I come back to the other “touchstones” mentioned again and again. Especially the training and education from/by family members during my formative years.

    Kind Regards,


    1. I will need to check out the ones you mentioned that I haven’t viewed yet! Obviously Muffy’s blog is a forever favorite of mine as well; I’ve been reading since shortly after she started and it’s remained consistently a wonderful part of my day! Thank you for sharing your touchstones, Heinz-Ulrich!

  2. What a shame that the Seven Sisters book is out of print! I read about it on Ivy Style when it came out and should have ordered it when I had the chance.

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