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12 Styles of American Men

The 12 Styles Of American Men

The 12 Styles of the American Man – which one are you?
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The Powerhouse
Also Known As: The master of the universe.
Dress code: Power suits, seven-fold ties, black cap-toe oxfords.
First known sighting: Drexel Burnham Lambert, 1984.
Recent sighting: Testifying before Congress.
Signature accessory: Deborah, his longtime personal assistant.
Bragging rights: Record profits in 2009.
Cause for stress: Barney F–king Frank.
Pickup line: “We’ve got ten minutes until Asia opens.”
Favorite book: Atlas Shrugged.
On his iPod: Radiohead.
In his driveway: Cadillac Escalade (with driver).
In his closet: Double-breasted wool suit ($7,495), cotton shirt ($595), and silk tie ($215) by Brioni; silk pocket square ($90) by Ermenegildo Zegna; stainless-steel Serena garbo Gent watch ($4,850) by Bertolucci.
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The Wasp
Also Known As: The collegiate, the man in the go-to-hell pants.
Dress code: Double-breasted blazers, pressed trousers, bucks.
First known sighting: White Anglo-Saxon Protestants in 1920s Harvard Yard.
Recent sighting: Non-Wasps everywhere. (The name stuck.)
Signature accessory: Repp ties. Bragging rights: Killer squash game.
Cause for stress: Grass stains.
Pickup line: “Your collar looks like it could use some popping.”
On his iPod: Vampire Weekend.
In his driveway: BMW 7-Series.
In his closet: Double-breasted wool-and-cashmere blazer ($3,995) and cotton shirt ($425) by Ralph Lauren Purple Label; silk tie ($250) by Cesare Attolini; cotton trousers ($250) by Burberry; leather shoes ($198) by Cole Haan.
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The Professional
Also Known As: The company man, the shark.
Dress code: Lightweight suits, slim-fit shirts, dark neckties.
First known sighting: The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, 1956.
Recent sighting: Up in the Air, 2009.
Signature accessory: BlackBerry.
Bragging rights: Got a bonus last year.
Cause for stress: The size of that bonus.
Favorite book: The 48 Laws of Power.
On his iPod: Jay-Z.
In his driveway: Audi A6.
In his closet: One-button wool-silk-and-linen blazer ($1,895), cotton shirt ($395), and wool trousers ($325) by Armani Collezioni; silk tie ($180) by Giorgio Armani; leather shoes ($760) by Church’s.
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The Workman
Also Known As: The blue-collar guy, Joe Six-Pack.
Dress code: Canvas or wool jackets, denim jeans, work boots.
First known sighting: The Industrial Revolution.
Recent sighting: Steel mills in Pittsburgh, artists’ studios in Brooklyn.
Signature accessory: Rips and/or paint splashes.
Bragging rights: Earned every one of those rips and paint splashes.
Pickup line: “Would you like to feel my calluses?”
Favorite book: The Grapes of Wrath.
On his iPod: Johnny Cash.
In his driveway: Vintage Ford pickup.
In his closet: Two-button cotton blazer ($1,500) by Etro; cotton jacket ($425) by Woolrich Woolen Mills; cotton shirt ($98) and cotton T-shirt ($27) by J. Crew; cotton jeans ($98) by Levi’s.
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The Italiano
Also Known As: The sprezzatura man, the American who looks vaguely European.
Dress code: Soft-shouldered tailoring, colorful accessories, driving shoes.
First known sighting: Naples, Italy, early twentieth century.
Recent sighting: Corner table at Cipriani.
Signature accessory: Billowing pocket square.
Bragging rights: Headed to South Africa for the World Cup.
Cause for stress: Not really sure how soccer works.
Hobby: Practicing his rolling r’s.
Pickup line: “Can I buy you a drrrrrrink?”
On his iPod: David Bowie.
In his driveway: Vespa scooter.
In his closet: Two-button cotton blazer ($795) by Prada; cotton shirt ($395) by Ermenegildo Zegna; silk tie ($205) by Ermenegildo Zegna Couture; silk pocket square ($75) by Robert Talbott; cotton-and-linen trousers ($395) by Loro Piana; suede moccasins ($350) by Fratelli Rossetti; leather belt ($275) by Giorgio Armani; titanium Thoroughbred Belmont chronograph ($5,400) by David Yurman; comb by Mason Pearson.
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The Woodsman
Also Known As: The hunter, the outdoorsman.
Dress code: Waxed-cotton jackets, corduroy pants, all manner of tweed.
First known sighting: English hunting lodges, 1920s.
Recent sighting: In line for a Wes Anderson movie.
Hobbies: Hunting, shooting, fishing.
Signature accessory: Dangerous weapon.
Bragging rights: Once hooked a fish the size of Wichita.
Cause for stress: Had to cut it loose.
Favorite book: Hemingway on Hunting.
On his iPod: Lynyrd Skynyrd. In his driveway: Land Rover Defender.
In his closet: Waxed-cotton jacket ($379) by Barbour; linen-and-cashmere vest ($185), Polo by Ralph Lauren; cotton shirt ($465) by Paul Smith; silk tie ($175) by Ralph Lauren Purple Label; cotton corduroy trousers ($100) by Save Khaki; canvas-and-leather belt ($58) by Cole Haan.
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The Sportsman
Also Known As: The jock, the running man.
Dress code: Technical sportswear mixed with jeans and T-shirts.
First known sighting: Northeastern prep schools, 1960s.
Recent sighting: The express line at Whole Foods.
Signature accessory: Sigg bottle.
Bragging rights: Training for marathon number seven.
Cause for stress: Trick knee.
Pickup line: “Didn’t we meet at the Ironman last year?”
Favorite book: The Call of the Wild.
On his iPod: Phish.
In his driveway: 1973 Ford Bronco.
In his closet: Nylon jacket ($695) by Burberry; nylon vest ($450) by Moncler; cotton sweater ($245) by Stone Island; cotton jeans ($165) by J Brand; steel-and-PVD 007 watch ($880) by Red8World; Cordura backpack ($225) by Jack Spade; carabiners by Omega Pacific; water bottles by Sigg.
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The Rake
Also Known As: The playboy, the ladies’ man.
Dress code: Tailored blazers, dress shirts (top three buttons undone), big watches.
First known sighting: Las Vegas, 1960s.
Recent sighting: The after-after-after party.
Signature accessory: Chest hair.
Bragging rights: Bitchin’ apartment.
Cause for stress: Psycho ex-girlfriend.
Pickup line: “Hello there.”
Favorite book: The Complete Kamasutra.
On his iPod: MGMT.
In his driveway: Jaguar XJ8.
In his closet: Two-button mohair-silk-and-cotton jacket ($3,400), cotton shirt ($495), and silk pocket square ($140) by Tom Ford; cotton jeans ($1,450) by Dolce & Gabbana; leather belt ($995) by Brunello Cucinelli; white-gold Big Pilot watch ($26,500) by IWC; bracelets, from left, ($225) by Tod’s, ($375) by Luis Morais, ($125) Giles & Brother by Philip Crangi; gold cuff links ($3,650) by David Yurman.
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The Minimalist
Also Known As: The Puritan, the man who never wears color.
Dress code: Gray or black suits, white shirts, basic ties.
First known sighting: Plymouth Rock, 1620.
Recent sighting: Mad Men.
Signature accessory: N/A.
Pickup line: “You’re wearing my favorite shade of black.”
Favorite book: The Big Sleep.
On his iPod: Explosions in the Sky.
In his driveway: Lexus LS Hybrid. In black, obviously.
In his closet: One-button wool suit ($1,295) and cotton shirt ($275) by Calvin Klein Collection; silk tie ($125) by Hugo Boss; leather shoes ($530) by Prada.

The Trad
Also Known As: The New Englander, the professor.
Dress code: Tweed blazers, button-down oxford-cloth shirts, rumpled khaki chinos.
First known sighting: The original J. Press shop in New Haven, Connecticut, 1902.
Recent sighting: Hipster coffee shop near you.
Signature accessory: Knit tie.
Bragging rights: Wearing the same pair of khakis for fifteen years.
Cause for stress: Hole in the crotch of said khakis.
Pickup line: “I like your cardigan.”
Favorite book: The Stories of John Cheever.
On his iPod: Talking Heads.
In his driveway: 1983 Mercedes Benz S-Series. In his closet: Three-button wool herringbone blazer ($265) by J. Crew; cotton shirt ($30) by L.L. Bean; cotton tie ($95) by Gant; cotton trousers ($98) by Dockers; leather belt ($45) by J. Press; leather loafers ($495) by Prada; glasses ($405) by Tom Ford.
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The Rocker
Also Known As: The friend of the band.
Dress code: Leather mixed with denim and tailoring.
First known sighting: The Sunset Strip, early 1960s.
Recent sighting: The VIP area at Bonnaroo.
Signature accessory: Sunglasses.
Cause for stress: Receding hairline.
Pickup line: “Want to go backstage?”
Favorite book: Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung.
On his iPod: “Which one? I’ve got twelve.” In his driveway: 1969 Ford Mustang. In his closet: Leather jacket ($2,920) by Dior Homme; cotton-and-linen vest ($498) by John Varvatos; cotton shirt ($165) by John Varvatos Star USA; cotton jeans ($189) by 7 for All Mankind
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The Roller
Also Known As: The man of leisure, the easy rider.
Dress code: Unstructured blazers, cashmere sweaters, white jeans.
First known sighting: The French Riviera, early 1920s.
Recent sighting: The San Diego Yacht Club.
Signature accessory: Beaded bracelet.
Bragging rights: Hasn’t sat at a desk since the late eighties.
Pickup line: “I’m free all day tomorrow. And the next day. How about you?”
Favorite book: A Moveable Feast.
On his iPod: James Brown.
In his driveway: 1957 Porsche Speedster. (Google it.)
In his closet: Three-button linen blazer ($2,295), cashmere polo ($1,320), and suede boots ($745) by Brunello Cucinelli; cotton T-shirt ($98) by John Varvatos Star USA; cashmere sweater ($695) by Loro Piana; cotton jeans ($70) by DKNY Jeans; bracelet ($70) by Miracle Icons; stainless-steel Thoroughbred Belmont chronograph ($4,050) and bead necklace ($350) by David Yurman. Surfboard courtesy of Saturdays Surf NYC, 212-966-7875.
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Photography – Alan Clarke.

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