It’s an open secret that I have a soft spot for the British sense of style. To put it more accurately, that’s British celebrities’ style because I have never been to England so saying I love what I haven’t properly seen would be a bit of a stretch. However, British menswear icons such as David Beckham and Eddie Redmayne connote the ideas of attitude, fashion and unique individual style without overkill so well. And that, in my humble opinion, is an art in and of itself. In today’s installment of style inspiration, let’s track down the style of inarguably the most successful male model Britain has ever trotted out: David Gandy.
David has been modeling for the bigger part of his life, but only truly secured his status as a bona fide international male supermodel after the Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue fragrance campaign. Let’s just take a moment and acknowledge that it’s one of the best fragrance ad campaigns of all times, shall we? With that face and that body, many would argue that he could put on garbage bags and still look better than the vast majority of the population. There’s a solid gem of truth in that argument, I’d happily concede. There’s more to the story than that, though because at 6-foot-2 with broad shoulders and a-slightly-bigger-than-models’ standard-waist if he didn’t play his sartorial cards right, he’d easily turn into one of those oversized ball players we see on red-carpets.
His personal style epitomizes masculinity, refinement and timelessness. Having easy access to top designers certainly helps, but what’s been the key to his success? Uncompromising dedication to tailoring. So, other than paying periodic visit to your tailors, there are several other ways you can channel your own inner David Gandy.
Lesson #1- Mix and match: I have a feeling that putting two separates together must be a quintessential British thing because on the other side of the Atlantic, we don’t get to see it happen frequently enough. When it comes to effortless mixing and matching, David has it down to a science. Next time you decide to go formal, spice it up a bit by wearing your blazer or tailored jacket over a pair of pants that isn’t part of the original package. It’s refreshing and stylish.
Lesson #2- Blazer with jeans is tres chic: The blazer-worn-over-jeans trend has been on the rage in both womenswear and menswear landscape over the years, so you can be assured that it’s more than just a passing fad. In fact, it’s here to stay. If you notice, David has done it better and better as time went by. Now, both his jackets and jeans are more fitted, thus bringing the ensemble to a whole new level of chicness.
Lesson #3- Don’t forget your waistcoats: Waistcoats used to be essential in a man’s wardrobe. Nowadays, a lot of men skip on waistcoats on the pretext that they are too formal. They do have a point. As David shows us below, wear them under your blazer and pair with jeans for a more relax, casual aesthetic. And if the waistcoat is part of a 3-piece suit, make it double-breasted for an interesting twist. Lesson #4- Double-breasted blazers is a must: Double-breasted blazers is such a menswear mainstay these days that rarely can we browse any street style blog without seeing at least one or two of them on display. They are popular for good reasons. They are classic, classy, manly, stylish and versatile. Whether you dress it up with a crisp white shirt and tie underneath or dress it down with a crew neck or v-neck sweater underneath, you’re still likely the best-dressed man in the room. The final conclusion is to get (a fitted) one now. As usual, here are my favorite David Gandy sartorial moments. He truly dresses to impress.