One suit, two outfits. Take note.
Check out our recent street-style roundups or runway coverage from the Fall 2018 menswear shows happening right now and you might walk away feeling more confused than inspired. But having great style isn’t just about wearing 12 ultra-hyped grails. Jeff Goldblum, silver fox and style legend, essentially wears the same thing every day. Kanye West, menswear’s super influencer, buys his coats from the mall. And Edgar Ramirez, the most elegant man in Hollywood, relies on styling moves that can be executed out of the trunk of your car.
Ramirez was promoting The Assassination of Gianni Versace in New York yesterday wearing a great green suit, checked shirt, and pair of brown Chelsea boots. When he was done and had to brave the cold again—even if, sure, it was probably for the briefest of moments—he slipped off the blazer and slipped on a shearling coat in its place. With that one simple move he created a second, equally excellent outfit. To reiterate, guys: He changed his jacket. That’s it. That’s all he did. And man, did he look splendid.
Now, Ramirez’s shearling coat might be a little strong for some people’s tastes. Bomber jackets this aggressive don’t appeal to everyone, and we get that. But, listen, the jacket itself is not the lesson here. It’s the simple act of letting a swaggier coat stand in for your blazer when you leave the office, or head to the after-party, or make some other transition from a formal to less formal environment. If your suit is black, make it a black motorcycle jacket. If your suit is navy, try a navy suede bomber. If your suit is gray, a gray wool jacket might look nice. The possibilities are endless. Just choose a jacket that’s similar in color to your suit (or not!) and isn’t as informal as, say, a Starter jacket (or is!), and you’re golden. Your friends will think you just got back from Pitti Uomo, even if you’re pretty sure that’s just the name of a font you never use.