The history of Franco-American relations is littered with co-opting from both sides: they borrow Ben Franklin and rap, and we make videos wrapping Croissandwiches in Ben Franklins. The latest episode of intercontinental swiping: A.P.C
The France-based clothing crew has injected its summer line with a liberal dose of '80s-style American preppydom, spanning from the collars of their Oxfords down past their shoulder-wrapped cardigans to the bottoms of their boat shoes, as if Stan Gable had re-emerged to torture nerds once more, just wearing Frencher khakis.
Options for your lower-half include narrow-cut, button-fly chinos (avail in navy, beige) with piped backpockets; straight-cut, zip-fly seersucker Bermuda shorts; a madras-checked swimsuit and an exposed crisscross drawstring on either side; and narrow-cut, faux-kneepatched "worker jeans", a term the French would casually look up after finishing their two hour lunch.
Highlights that'll encase your torso include naval insignia'd four-button polos, buttondowns ranging from lightweight broadcloath to thin-ribbed corduroy, or a hooded seersucker nautical jacket fronted with a kangaroo pocket, a smart choice seeing how wombats haven't been trendy since '07
If you'd just prefer some cute accessories, they've got '80s-esque shades, belts (satin, braided leather), kicks (boats, moccasins, tennies), as well as obscure French indie bands (Koko von Napoo, Housee de Rackett) splattered across some tees, because it might be okay to co-opt a genre, but swipe a US band and you're in for a straight-up foo fight.