The other night I watched the 1984 movie "Making the Grade." I rented this movie per a recommendation from the the Ralph Lauren Rugby blog. Wow, I have to say that this movie was quite abysmal. It features subpar acting and an awful story. It also features Judd Nelson as the only actor that I remotely recognized. The only redeeming quality of this movie, and it is quite the redeemer, is that the movie plays like a film version of the Official Preppy Handbook. Frankly, it was pretty amazing. While parts of it definitely fall into the category of "over the top" prep, the rest of it is simply khakis, shetland sweater, boat shoes, penny loafers, and tweed jackets. I won't really waste time by going into details about the movie (because it doesn't deserve it) other than stating that the movie takes place at a Northeastern prep school during the 80s, instead I will just let the pictures speak for themselves.
The scene when Judd Nelson's character arrives at Hoover Academy.
That's a lot of polo shirts.
Note the ribbon belt.
Guys in this movie wore sweaters around their shoulders so often that it almost appeared normal. The guy with green sweater is the typical preppy antagonist, unoriginally named "Biff."
Although pants were not actually worn this short during the movie, it was interesting that they included this shot when Judd Nelson's character (not originally a prep) was getting a lesson on what to wear to fit in.
Note the awesome lacrosse poster on the wall.
Nice selection of footwear. Also the directors seem to be under the impression that prep students love to smoke pipes.
Judd Nelson is wearing Chuck Taylors in this scene.
The girls from a nearby girls prep school.
A nice selection of ties.
Too much madras? Impossible.
I'm not sure which I like more: the girls in tartan or the guy in the patch madras pants.
The girls while watching the lacrosse game.
After watching the lacrosse scene, I'm pretty sure that the filmmakers had never actually seen a lacrosse game.
Awesome Bean Boots.
Nice looks shetland sweater.
The oxford over the polo shirt was pretty prevalent in the movie.
Note the Bean Norwegian sweater.
Judd Nelson and his love interest in a sweet down vest.
One thing I noted was how prevalent kelly green was in this movie, either in sweater or corduroy pants form. It made me really want to add some to my own wardrobe.
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