How to Dress Like Jake Ryan From Sixteen Candles

Guest blogger Roxana Altamirano, the genius behind Nerd Boyfriend, shows you how to get the actor's look.

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For scores of eighties schoolgirls, Sixteen Candles dreamboat Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) was the gold standard—a jock with a sensitive side. This ideal mixture of masculinity and endearment is also seen in his wardrobe. In perhaps his most memorable look, Jake rocks a Fair Isle knit vest with jeans and distressed work boots. The look is collegiate but not stuffy. The fit is relaxed but not sloppy. No wonder Jake Ryan is now a term used to describe the perfect boyfriend. Check out NEastStyle for more Jake Ryan looks.

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Get your Fair Isle knit vest at Drake's London, Jos. A. Bank, or Rugby

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Gitman Bros. Overdye Oxford Shirt in Olive or Navy

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J.Crew Straight Denim in Indigo Medium Worn Wash

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Chipewa Lace-up Work Boots in Dark Brown or Tan

About the author: 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 re-creating ensembles worn by icons ranging from Michael Caine to Richard Gere (see full list here). Now she's guest blogging on Details.com every week. Have a hero you want to see featured? Leave a note in the comments and we'll see what we can do.

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