Since a lot of you are either heading back to school or are already there, I’ll keep that the theme of the week. For those of you not lucky enough (and a lot of you who are lucky enough) to have your school represented in the Collegiate Collection by Brooks Brothers, you can still find preppy ways to support your school. Filling that gap is The Coach’s Shirt by Pennington & Bailes ($85).
Started in 2005 to fill the preppy niche in collegiate sportswear, Pennington & Bailes offers a complete line of products featuring the logo of 45 different schools. With more than triple the options from Brooks Brothers, there’s a better chance you’ll find your school here. The main appeal of The Coach’s Shirt, though, is that it does not feature the logo of any one college. Instead, it features a combination of team colors in a gingham pattern. So, while the orange and navy blue shirt was likely designed with Virginia in mind, it also works for the University of Illinois and any other school with those colors. Another advantage is that The Coach’s Shirt is also available for women.
If you do opt to go with something with a logo on it, you’re going to find a lot more go-to-hell flavor over here. I’m talking about team color pants, shorts and skirts with embroidered logos. It’s classic preppy style with a gameday twist. Now if only they had something for Butler.