At times, modern American style can be tricky to define. On one hand, you can have American designers like Thom Browne making great pieces and putting out shows so brilliant I can’t even really tell what is going on. And on the other hand, there’s Mike “The Situation” Sorentino’s line of prom ready tuxedos, which is also brilliant, but in a completely different way.
One thing American style definitely does is acknowledge past times and vintage looks that have gradually become iconic. Looks inspired by large bearded mountain men and their blue oxen chopping down unpatriotic trees. Looks that have led to current trends, like mouton (that’s mountain lingo for sheep-like) collared jackets, are being shown by this student here. Some men aren’t into scarves, either for their noose-like qualities or their often-itchy fabrics, so a good alternative is a jacket with a little fur on the collar like this one. And with all the synthetic “fur” alternatives out there, one doesn’t really have to worry about taking the fur from small animals/getting red paint thrown all over you. The rest of this student’s look is grounded in a dark palette, giving the collar of his jacket a chance to pop a bit while simultaneously complimenting his desert boots and shawl collar sweater. And with a good pair of skinny black chinos, the heritage look gets more of a modern lift. The only other thing missing here is the ax. Which should by all means remain missing. Because bringing an ax with you to class probably isn’t the best idea.
Hint: Although black chinos hold a special place in my heart, a pair of raw selvedge denim will compliment the heritage look even more.