12 Styles of the American Man

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The Powerhouse

Also Known As: The master of the universe, the big swinging dick, the man.

Dress code: Power suits, seven-fold ties, black cap-toe oxfords. First known sighting: Drexel Burnham Lambert, 1984. Recent sighting: Testifying before Congress. Hall of Famers: Michael Milken, Gordon Gekko, Jack Donaghy. 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 preppy guy, 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.) Hall of Famers: William F. Buckley Jr., Alex P. Keaton, André Benjamin. 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.

Alan Clarke

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. Hall of Famers: Jackson Pollock, Jack Kerouac, Jean-Michel Basquiat. 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.

Alan Clarke

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. Hall of Famers: The British Royals, Ted Turner, Peter Beard. 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. Hall of Famers: JFK Jr., Lance Armstrong, Tom Brady. 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 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, Sundays at 10 (9 Central). Hall of Famers: Mies van der Rohe, Malcolm X, the Reservoir Dogs. 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.

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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. Hall of Famers: Miles Davis, George Plimpton, John Updike. 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. Hall of Famers: Jim Morrison, Lou Reed, Johnny Depp. 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. Hall of Famers: Errol Flynn, Richard Branson, Lapo Elkann. 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.

Alan Clarke
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March 5, 2010. March.

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