Friday, February 22, 2013

Sharp Stylings #63: Ryan Gosling (Oh, the humanity...)

We can learn so much from yesterday’s fashion icons.  And living in a post-Mad Men world means we can even enjoy aspects of current male fashions! Every Friday, I’d like to start your weekend off right with a little style inspiration from either then or now. Hopefully, my fellow Mod enthusiasts will find the whole or some detail of the whole to appreciate and maybe even adopt.

Look, I don't know the guy. I don't think I've ever seen any of his movies (does Green Lantern count?). Hell, I don't even think he registers on my wife's radar (she's more of a Cillian Murphy kinda gal... to my chagrin). So, slow down before you start raving, "Mod Male, this guy isn't a Mod!" I know that, but bear with me.

Now, despite my Gosling ignorance, there's one thing I can't deny and that's the fact that this is a pretty sweet-looking suit:
Taken from Yahoo!
Okay, okay, let's be honest here... this guy was probably dressed up by a stylist. I mean, do any of these fat-cat celebrities dress themselves for red carpet-walking? Probably not. That said, Gosling's stylist does deserve some kudos for picking out a well-fitted 3-piece suit with a 2-button front that wouldn't normally interest me but does work well with the waistcoat underneath. The trousers fit narrow, but not too narrow, and lack any hideous pleats. For a modern style of suit, this ain't so bad!

But the main thing that attracted my eye was the suit's beautiful shade of rust brown. A vibrant color that you don't see around too often. Unfortunately, the stylist must have fallen too much in love with that suit, losing focus on everything else. The tie is way too boring for the outfit, there's no pocket square, and seriously, what is up with those rhinestone shoes?

It's a good thing Gosling's date is outstylin' him and rockin' that floral-patterned overcoat! Take it away Mama Gosling! (And Gosling earns some points for knowing how to show his mom some love.)



  1. Hey ModMale, is there any chance you could do an article on pocket squares? I don't have any, but I've seen how good they can look... I have a few patterned handkerchiefs, got any tips on folding them to be used as a pocket square?



    1. Titch, that is actually one I started working on a while back but got sidetracked. I LOVE pocket squares! I was trying to research the origin of a specific way many mods (and skinheads) like wearing them (usually held in place by a tie pin). Give me some time, and I'll get it together.

    2. Haha, great! Your blog is doing wonders for my fashion sense! Not so nice for my wallet though...

  2. I was a professional stylist for many years. It was mod fashions that got me into it int he first place. That background helped my clients (not as a-list as Gosling) trust my judgement. So remember: next time you see a celebrity walking down a red carpet, the person who styled them could be the same as you ;)

    1. Whoa! Professional stylist? From a layman's viewpoint, I always thought that was interesting in that celebrities, etc. are trusting others to create their own styles. Sometimes, the looks completely go over my head in that I don't see anything that different or interesting. But some people, obviously, go for the more outrageous in which I can see how a stylist would be important.

      Sounds like a good gig though... Must have been hard not dressing everyone up like a Mod!