Inspired by the most effortlessly cool-cat style of all: The Ivy League look, which started on the campuses (at the time) all-male American universities, such as Harvard, Yale and Princeton, quickly filtering down to become the dominant American male style of the ‘60s.
Everyone from President Kennedy, Woody Allen, to John Coltrane and the ordinary working man, wore it.
It’s Miles Davis in a green Oxford cloth button- down shirt;
it’s Steve McQueen in a pair of brown-suede crepe-soled boots;
it’s Paul Newman displaying Ivy style simply by virtue of his khaki trouser jacket combination. It’s these men, who elevated the Ivy look, known as Preppy nowadays, to the height of “confident carefree simplicity” a male dress code for a next generation.