Even for the most skilled dressers, assembling a killer outfit sometimes requires a little more inspiration than the average online shopping experience provides. Enter Roxana Altamirano, the genius behind Nerd Boyfriend, the style blog that offers step-by-step instructions for recreating ensembles worn by icons ranging from Ingmar Bergman to Willie Nelson. Now she's guest blogging on Details.com every week. Have a hero you want to see featured? Just leave a note in the comments, and we'll see what we can do.
How appropriate that Sir Ian McKellen, the preeminent classical actor of our time (perhaps best known for his Oscar-nominated portrayal of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy), is also a fearless master in personal presentation. In this undated photo, he wears mismatched colors and fabrics with effortless elegance and flair.
Lacoste Striped Poplin Shirt
American Apparel Velvet Tassel Loafer
The Hooligan woven snap cap from Brixton.
If you're going for a green jacket, the bolder the better, like this one by Tillmann Lauterbach.
Banana Republic is always stocked with classic wool trousers.
Topman also has reasonable black dress trousers in a variety of cuts.
McKellen complements his black pants with a brown leather belt. Find beautiful belts cut from "vegetable tanned English Bridle American leather" at Tanner Goods.