Guest bloggers Seth Putnam, Cam Niederhauser, and Jeff Kieslich of The Midwestyle share fashion tips every week this month.
As Ryan Gosling fans know, the Gos delivered a triple threat this year with stellar performances in Drive, Ides of March, and Crazy, Stupid, Love. What's the common thread between the getaway driver, the swanky-suave Lothario, and the political blowhard? Amazing and inspiring wardrobes. We used these three flicks as the basis for a trio of (wearable) looks.
This outfit can be assembled pretty effortlessly. Grab the dirty henley shirt from the edge of your bed. You know, the one you've lived in all winter long. Throw on your favorite leather jacket and a pair of jeans. Top it off with shoes in an unexpected color, perhaps a pair that doesn't have a belt to match. If you want to take it to a quirky place, toss in some driving gloves—doesn't matter if you're not actually behind the wheel. Sling on a backpack to blend right in among the hipsters patrolling Wicker Park in Chicago.
(On Jeff: Denim by Acne; henley by Hanes; vintage leather moto jacket from Salvation Army; off-white wing tips by Frye; fingerless leather gloves by Urban Outfitters; vintage silver bracelet; railroad spike cuff by Giles & Brother.)
Ides of March:
Like business suits and ties? Cool. Gosling brings the politico heat in Ides of March. How to do this yourself? Keep it simple, keep it clean, and add a touch of personality where you can. There are ways to spruce up even the most conservative wardrobe. Match your socks and tie, or mix in variations of the same hue to break up the ensemble.
(On Jeff: Mad Men trench coat by Banana Republic; shrunken wool blazer by Billtornade; shirt by Rag & Bone; thrifted wool scarf by Pendleton; silk tie by Rag & Bone; thrifted trousers by American Apparel; socks by Urban Outfitters; thrifted black penny loafers by Allen Edmonds.)
Crazy, Stupid, Love:
Every guy needs a suit—a trim, mid-weight navy suit. What did I buy? A midnight navy that actually looks purple. But, hey, the tag said midnight, and it fit so damn well. And let's be honest: Would I want to go anywhere where I couldn't wear a plum suit? No one at the restaurant The Bedford—the site of these photos—seemed to mind.
Regardless, Gosling's character affirmed my decision to purchase an out-of-the-ordinary suit. With a plum one, you can wear neutrals underneath or kick it some pattern or texture. Knock yourself out.
(On Jeff: two-button suit by A.P.C.; shirt by Scotch & Soda; thrifted brown braided belt; Lexington wing tips sans laces by Florsheim.)
Photos by Anthony Barlich.
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