A dress code doesn’t sideline a discerning fashion sense. At prep school Deerfield Academy, located in the western Massachusetts town of Deerfield, the daily coat-and-tie requirement means plenty of young guys graduate (as they’ve done recently) knowing their way around a hand-knotted bow tie and pocket square.
For girls, it’s the “two-layer” rule of top (shirt plus sweater), with an at-the-knee skirt or tailored pants. School motto? “Be worthy of your heritage,” which dates to the school’s founding in 1797. Along with an unabashedly preppy fashion sense (lots of seersucker and madras), this school of a little more than 600 students balances top academics against a truly rabid rivalry with Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn.
Famous alums run the gamut — from Matthew Fox from TV’s “Lost” to King Abdullah II of Jordan, who resided with his bodyguards in his own house during his school days. During the Deerfield school year, students get the run of 90-plus acres, attend three sit-down dinners a week in dress code and turn out for two formals.
WWD asked junior Mackenzie Swirbul to photograph some of her well-dressed male friends on campus as they finished out their prep school careers. They graduated May 28 in the school standard of navy blazer and green-and-white school tie for guys.
Chase Weidner ’10
Attending next year: Dartmouth
Style m.o.: “I’m not afraid to look superpreppy, but I have fun with it. About one-third of my closet is really outrageous and colorful, and the rest is more classic,” he says.
Favorite labels: Ralph Lauren, Rugby, J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, Lilly Pulitzer, Vineyard Vines, J. McLaughlin, Johnston & Murphy
Shops: Rugby, Latham House on Long Island
Cracks the code: With color, like a raspberry blazer by Latham House. He’s also got a penchant for wild socks. It started as a family joke about simply getting “a nice pair of socks” for Christmas, but it struck Weidner — who has worn school dress code since kindergarten — as an unexpected way to get color into the uniform. He loves these wild argyles with the matching Lilly Pulitzer pants (pictured).
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Ipod: Allman Brothers, Phoenix, Rage Against the Machine, Muse, classical for studying