Suit Up like Ryan GoslingBlack Lapel on Jan 17, 2013 • 10:30 am 23 Comments
Let’s face it. He’s come a long way since The Notebook. Ladies adore him and the reasons are plenty. If Ryan Gosling isn’t on a movie set roughing up gangsters or smooth talking some gorgeous chick at a bar, he’s probably roaming the streets helping perfect strangers, playing superhero and all the while being captured on camera by paparazzi and fashion photographers alike. And no matter how much your female co-worker/girlfriend/wife/mom/sister loves him, you can’t really hate on the guy because his latest string of movies have been pretty damned solid (most recent one notwithstanding). And as much as you may not want to admit it, the guy looks good on and off camera – particularly in a suit.
We’ve been itching to do a style profile on Gosling for quite some time now, and with the recent debut of Gangster Squad, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to explore and break down not just one, but three of Gosling’s looks in three different movies.
Without further ado, the suited Mr. Gosling:
Look #1: The Gangster (Gangster Squad)
So let’s start with Gosling’s latest movie, Gangster Squad. Set in the 1940s, the era was dominated by zoot suits with famously large lapels, large shoulders and large pants worn by gangsters with equally large personalities. While the film itself won’t be an Oscar contender, we know Mr. Gosling would not disappoint on the sartorial front. As is par for the course, his character is not lacking in confidence, making it possible to pull off those extra wide peak lapels without losing a step. Complete with a fedora and a tastefully patterned maroon tie, Gosling shows us how to wear a gray chalk stripe suit (thicker pinstripes) with that 1940’s gangster swagger. Add a Manhattan (the cocktail) and you got a little east coast meets-west coast combo that Biggie, Tupac and Lucky Luciano all would have agreed on.
- Black Lapel Gray Chalkstripe Pinstripe (three-piece) with extra wide peak lapels (available upon special request) and the Classic Fit (still much slimmer than a zoot suit!)
- Black Lapel Solid White Dress Shirt (with point collars)
- Paul Smith Bicycled-Patterend Woven-silk Tie
- Goorin Brothers Tony Knuckles Fedora
- Allen Edmonds Strand Dark Brown Cap-toe Lace-up Oxfords
- Murray’s Pomade (old school greasy men’s hair product to keep that dapper shine)
- Drink of choice while wearing this outfit: a Manhattan
Look #2: The Campaign Manager (Ides of March)
In “Ides of March”, Gosling plays Stephen Meyers, a junior presidential campaign manager for Mike Morris (George Clooney’s character), a presidential candidate in the Democratic primary. In a classic Capitol Hill combo of navy suit, light blue shirt and dotted blue tie, Gosling is dressed the way a smart, young campaign manager should be dressed – clean, sharp and somewhat conservative. If you’re looking for a Ryan Gosling inspired look for the office, you can’t go wrong with this one. While we can’t guarantee that you’ll get coverage in any style blogs (though you can email us and we promise to consider it), we can guarantee that you’ll make some serious headway in your personal campaign towards that next promotion.
- Black Lapel Solid Navy Suit
- Black Lapel Solid Blue Shirt
- Black Lapel Top Coat or Pea Coat (coming next winter!)
- Black Lapel Navy Dotted Tie
- Allen Edmonds Fifth Avenue Walnut Oxfords
- Drink of choice while wearing this outfit: A glass of your favorite whiskey, neat
Look #3: The Successful Bachelor (Crazy, Stupid, Love)
We saved the best for last. Never has anyone made a suit look so good while inhaling a slice of pizza. In Crazy, Stupid, Love, Gosling plays Jacob Palmer, a “professional bachelor” who is on a mission to save Cal (Steve Carrell) by giving him a complete style makeover and teaching him how to meet women. All, we repeat, every single one of his outfits in this film are incredibly well put together, yet deceptively simple. We’re not going to go into all of them but let’s just say they’re all worthy of their own GQ cover. Take this dark pinstripe suit—white shirt combo, for example. He takes a suit that’s otherwise reserved for the boardroom and shows us how to turn it into the archetype of cool with a crisp white button down worn with the top button open and a single statement piece of jewelry. (Impossibly cool pose not included.)
- Black Lapel Midnight Navy Pinstripe
- Black Lapel Solid White Shirt
- To Boot Double Monks
- Black Lapel Solid White Pocket Square
- David Yurman Onyx Signet Ring
- Uniform Series 150 Watch
- Drink of choice while wearing this outfit: Dirty Martini
We end off with a little disclaimer: Try these looks for yourself. Add your personal twists to the outfits. Splurge on an $80 haircut to go with it. Just don’t expect to have an entire pinterest board dedicated to your style overnight. That takes a little more time, patience and savvy. Then again, if you’re here reading this, you’re already a lot closer than you think.
Which look do you like best? Did we leave out your favorite Gosling suited up look? Tell us in the comments below!
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