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.
In his breakout role in the 1970s TV cop drama The Streets of San Francisco, Michael Douglas mixes investigative smarts with rugged masculinity. You can emulate the Ivy League-cowboy look with just a handful of items:
1. Wide neckties. In the 1970s ties were up to four-and-a-half inches wide; nowadays it's hard to find oneswider than three and a half inches. Knit ties are especially narrow, though Lands' End has a nice, solid, two-and-three-quarter inch knit.
2. A subtly patterned collared shirt. My favorite is the Oxford tattersall from Gitman Vintage.
3. Snug pants (but definitely not hip-huggers). Life/After/Denim slim black chinos and cords, available at Revolve Clothing.
4. Jacket (wide or narrow lapels). Hong Kong retailer YesStyle always has a variety of retro styles to choose from.