The year’s biggest accessory is…holding your jeans?
If you checked out our shoot with Oscar Isaac in the newest issue of GQ Style you know this already: the guy can wear a suit. As it always is when it comes to personal style, it’s all about confidence: he wears tailoring with the “Oh, this?” comfort most men reserve for denim and sweats. Earlier this week, while out promoting his new movie Annihilation in New York City, Isaac wore a checked suit and striped shirt from Italian luxury brand Isaia with the nonchalance reserved for rocking a bathrobe. Isaac’s glasses were tucked into his unbuttoned shirt, his hair was less than perfectly groomed, and he was wearing soft gray ribbed socks; the sort you might wear on cold mornings in your apartment. In his hand, he held not a briefcase or a laptop or a wallet, but what appeared to be his phone and…some rolled up jeans? This is not how most 38-year-old men wearing $4,000 suits tend to accessorize. But we’ll say this: it worked. Whether the guy was hungover, tired, or just bringing some chill to traditional Italian tailoring, he looked like the best-dressed mess in town.
Now, it isn’t easy to emulate most of Oscar Isaac is putting out into the world here. Wavy gray hair is tough to fake and $4,000 suits are, for most people, even more difficult to procure. But you can follow the actor’s lead in one important way: dress down your suits when the occasion allows. Whether it’s an outdoor wedding or your niece’s dance recital, there are times when tailoring is the right choice—and not being precious about it is the right choice, too. Think of casual Friday, for instance. Most guys reach for chinos and polos and Stan Smiths, which is respectable enough. But why not be the guy who wears his Monday morning suit with some real Sunday morning attitude? That’s a move you don’t see nearly often enough. Thank god we have Isaac—and, okay, maybe one or two other guys.