Visible Influence: Blue Blazers, Cricket Sweaters, Side Parts

Blue blazers, critter pants, cricket sweaters with the colors around the V-neck... you can thank Ivy League students for making those the de facto style staples of blue-blooded Americans. Presidents like JFK pushed this style further into the mainstream, while books like Take Ivy turned it into the stuff of menswear nostalgia. You can thank the Japanese for subverting the style. In the mid-'60s, a group of kids known as the Miyuki-Zoku appropriated the look of oxford cloth button-downs, slim sportcoats, and madras plaid. Instead of studying, they spent most of their time loitering around the shopping district of Ginza.