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Three Quintessentially American Fashion Archetypes

A country this big is bound to embrace multiple looks. Here's your field guide to prep, blue collar, and beach boy styles.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Polos ($75 each) by polo ralph lauren, ralphlauren.com.

A country this big is bound to embrace multiple looks. Heres your field guide to prep, blue collar, and beach boy styles.

The Launch
Started by three friends from Santa Barbara, Riviera Club is a new collection of surf clothes that feel decadent. From double-faced cotton hoodies to jersey-lined shorts and trim garment-dyed henleys, it's everything you need to add some jet-set chic to your beach wardrobe—without the risk of wiping out. (available at Bloomingdale's)

The Essential
Apolis Activism nails swim-trunk proportions with Kanvas by Katin, a collaboration with the legendary California board-shorts maker Katin. The Los Angeles men's label enlisted Katin's original 82-year-old tailor, Sato Hughes, to ensure an authentic silhouette, then added contemporary touches like softer nylon. ($99; apolisactivism.com)

shirt: courtesy of riviera club; shorts: courtesy of apolis activism
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