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The 12 Styles of American Men

The 12 Styles of the American Man – which one are you?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.

REFERENCES: Photography – Alan Clarke.


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