A slim-cut wool topcoat never gets old; nothing that’s flattering and classic ever will. But even with the finest topcoat out there is that making on look cool can be a challenge—especially in this time of baggy cargo pants and chunky sneakers. Mahershala Ali was born cool and naturally figured out a solve for the wardrobe icon that brings it up a level without seeming forced. Which is to say, he didn’t wear the coat like a ‘90s dad. Here’s what he did do:
For starters, he did a smart thing with color. Not only is forest green a departure from the standard black or camel, but Ali paired it with pants in almost the same color, which made his outfit look a little bit like a breezy suit (monochromatic dressing: still very cool. Because his coat and pants match, the whole thing feels more intentional and confident.
The extra details that complete Mahershala Ali’s look are likewise cooler than the norm. Yes, he’s wearing an office-friendly button-down, but it’s got a band collar and he wore it with a pendant necklace. Yes, he’s wearing dress shoes, but they’re lace-up boots with a slightly elongated toe. And that Marvin Gaye-style beanie and those equally ‘70s-tastic glasses are not your typical guy-going-to-work finishing touches.
All in all this is a flex your dad, your grandfather, and that guy standing in line at the bank would probably never make. At the same time, it doesn’t require you to embrace Jean Claude van Damme pants in the name of looking hip. It’s the perfect style medium. Stylish but smart, and flattering. Here’s how to make the whole thing yours: