The classic American sack jacket
Toots & the Maytals
Defunct New Orleans menswear labels
Classic Brooks Brothers made in the USA "Makers"
Gin & Tonics
Dark & Stormies
WWII uniforms & accessories
I’m pretty familiar with the WASP sources, university contexts, and class connotations of Ivy style (though not quite in their classic period)…and for that reason I absolutely hated these clothes until I was 35 years old. When I was growing up, I did not want to be associated with those “privileged twits” at all. Punk rock for me! But as I hit full adulthood and outgrew my subculture, I started looking for a more dignified, but still mannered look, and found that it’s now possible to wear a lot of classic American clothes just a tad ironically, as a foreigner would (though Weejuns remain off-limits to me). My chief inspirations have been the same as those the Brits have found — old movies and album covers, not the actual frat boys and golf dads who surround me here. In fact, it’s only the decline of real WASP hegemony here that makes the look attractive.
Frankly, I agree with the Brits: as a model (role and otherwise) Jean-Paul Belmondo is a heck of a lot more attractive than G.H.W. Bush.