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So The Gosling is back, which makes it the perfect time to remember the style lessons we can all learn from Canada's most fashionable and brooding export.
Published in Esquire UK.
Never understimate the power of a solid pair of work boots, slim black jeans and a crisp white-t-shirt. It's worked for Brando, Dean and Gosling, so you'll certainly be in good company.
A quality blazer can take you effortlessly from work to weekend and should be the first item you reach for in the mornings, but that doesn't mean you have to stick to just navy (although you can't really go wrong if you do).
As exhibited here, a tweed jacket isn't solely for country estate agents and chinless men in red trousers.
While most of us probably aren't quite in the market for a satin scorpion bomber jacket like the one sported by Ryan Gosling's cooly psychopathic protagonist in Drive, statement bombers are set to be big this spring (Gucci if you're feeling flash) and are the ideal piece to add some panache to any casual look.
Maybe leave the hammer and murderous gaze at home, though.
If a satin bomber with a giant insect etched across the back is perhaps a bit much for your weekend getup, keep it simple with a grey, navy or black bomber paired with a plain t-shirt or crewneck jumper.
Some might asscociate a white tuxedo with cocky 16-year-olds and awkward school proms, but a well-fitted ivory dinner jacket is a long-standing part of menswear history - see Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca - and possesses the ability to elevate your evening wear above the ubiquitous sea of black polyester and clip-on bow ties that make up most formal events.
One of Ryan Gosling's biggest sartorial gifts is to show men that there's more to formal life than strictly muted colours.
Grey, black and blue are all well and good, but don't be scared to inject some flair into your suiting options by opting for something a little bit more daring.
Dark green and burgundy are both Gosling go-tos on the red carpet, adding a dash of flamboyance without verging into dreaded peacock territory.
Apart from the occasional flirtation with longer locks, Gosling tends to play it safe with his hair style.
Follow his lead and find a barber you can trust, making sure you're visiting regularly enough that it never really looks like you've visited at all.
If you're in doubt as to which style is for you, you can't go far wrong with the classics.
It is a fine and difficult line to tread between being well-versed on the latest trends and blindly following them.
A shacket (a shirt jacket), for example, is one such trend that should be in the lexicon of all fashion-forward men as the weather milds; offering an ideal finishing layer without adding excessive bulk.
Drop-crotch trousers? not so much...
It might sound obvious, but even the most expensive, well-made item of clothing is going to look sloppy if you're still carrying the evidence of festive excess around your midriff.
Part of the reason that Gosling looks so sharp is that he's in undeniably good shape, which in turn breeds confidence (being a movie star might also help) and means that his clothes fit impeccably.
Remember, it's never too late to start.
While he might now be known as one of the most stylish men on the planet, there was once a time when Ryan Gosling matched chimney sweep trousers with a leather jacket and tie.
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