YALE vs HARVARD: How to Dress for the Prepster Olympics

The Essential Style Guide For Ivy League Mayhem. By Joey A.X
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Ahhhh, it’s that time again in the north east. 

The weekend before Thanksgiving is a holiday in it’s own right in either New Haven. CT or Boston, MA. You see, the Cambridge Crimson and Old Blue & White will again meet in the oldest and most storied rivalry in American sport lore, and the insanity will ensue.

It’s been a thing since programs looked like World War 1 recruitment posters. See: Below.

It’s the College Game Of The Week, and a few years back, on ESPN’s College Gameday Show, this now famous sign Sharpie-ed it’s way into history on live TV.

The Harvard football team plays against Yale in the 131st playing of “The Game” at Harvard Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elan Kawesch/Harvard University)

Yale pranked Harvard back in 04 with the now classic “Faux Pep Squad” prank as seen in the below video.

Nothing is uphill from there at all, with both sides continuously stooping to epic new lows to bully and one up, rather intelligently, the other school. This is Red Sox-Yankees. This is Ohio State-Michigan (without the myriad of first round NFL draft picks). This is Bill Clinton vs JFK, Bush vs. Obama. The color blue vs the color (dark) red. 

Me and Drew McCarver vs. Greg and Dina Selkoe.  (Drew and I didn’t go top Yale, we’re just from New Haven and crashed their Hogwarts parties.)

Anderson Cooper vs. Bill O’Reilly. 

O’Reilly’s old crab apple looking ass went to Harvard.

You my boy, A-Coops.

The tailgating is absolute insanity, with prep-school pricks from the Lower East Side to Kennebunkport trailer-hitching full Yachts to party on, and it rivals, if not bests, many of the SEC and Big 10 Tailgating atmospheres.

Over 100,000 People tailgate outside of Yale Bowl for “The Game” in 2015.

The one thing, however, that is most distinguishing about “The Game” – is the fashion. This is not your typical college game day bullshit. Embracing Northeastern heritage, vintage traditionalism, and Ivy League aesthetic is everything. If you’re going to get shit canned and do blow with the congressman’s kid, you’re doing it in a beautifully knit sweater and slim fit Khakis. The more vintage and luxury the better. 

It’s a bit beyond Vineyard Vines and Polo. It’s old Burberry, Louie, Brioni, GANT and Enson’s. Lately, at the last few matches, it’s a compendium of street-luxe brands from Europe and Manhattan.

These dudes F alot.

It is in that spirit that I’ve put together the pieces you should be rocking on days like tomorrow.

Boola-Boola, Bulldogs. For God, Country & Yale. Let’s go blue. 



GRAND VOYAGE Belmondo Leather Hightops

Handmade by a master shoe maker in Milano, these Camel and calf leather hightops are stellar, and match both blue and crimson well.


FAIRPLAY Wentz Ballpark T

Don’t worry Harvard, they make various color shoulders. Just click on the one that says “Maroon”.


PUBLISH DENIM “Stavros Jean”

 Heavy and well worn, these well tailored slim fit jeans from Publish repel the New England autumn wind, and ricochet off the Grand Voyage kicks.


ALPS + METERS Shawl Collar Jacket

Might be the coolest American shit since winning World War 2.



The ideal overlayer for this capsule.


JACK MASON WATCHES “Aviator Chrono” Timepiece

For the flex.

Joey A.X is a recording artist, producer, and creative entrepreneur who hails from New Haven CT who has always had an eye for fashion and culture and art. He joins The Set as the voice for "Wander". He digs vintage black leather jackets, crude humor, thin crust pizza, speakeasys, film noir, Liverpool Football Club, and doing hood rat stuff with his friends.

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