At this point in menswear, it looks like anything happens. That means there are endless possibilities when it comes to wearing a blazer. Would you like to wear one made of shiny leather? Just give it a try. Or perhaps one of the highest lapels of the 1970s you can find is your speed. Maybe you just want to wear your simplest blazer with some giant chinos. Earlier this week, at a seaside film festival in France, actor Jesse Eisenberg took a very American approach to the blazer, rocking it in a Ralph Lauren-inspired look. And no, we’re not talking about the brand, but about the legendary cabinet itself.
Now, without a doubt, Ralph Lauren wore a lot of the right suits of his day. But especially in the last decade, the designer has gravitated towards a classic version with light makeup. Time and time again, Lauren has paired a chic blazer with casual blue jeans and completed the look with technical-looking sneakers. (Sometimes it’s future hikers, other times it’s classic basketball kicks.)
This is exactly what Eisenberg did, and he completely nailed it. Eisenberg’s version of the outfit opted for a minimalist navy blazer with a plain black t-shirt, worn with blue skinny jeans and gray sneakers. Each piece is relatively masterful on its own, but when combined it creates a unique look: undeniably pure style. And fear not: when he showed up at the more formal ceremony later that day, he changed into a more suitable suit.
There is a saying that good artists copy and great artists steal. The same is true when it comes to getting dressed. This proves that wearing a blazer doesn’t always have to be so formal and you can break some rules and look amazing wearing it. And also a rule of thumb when it comes to dressing: if Ralph Lauren himself did it, it’s probably a style worth stealing.
https://www.gq.com/story/jesse-eisenberg-blazer Jesse Eisenberg Wears a Blazer the Ralph Lauren Way