David Beckham's style
By Gavin Jewkes, 2 December 2013
Case in point, this weekend, Becks arrived at the premier of The Class of '92, a documentary film that profiles the fresh-faced Manchester United players that rose to sporting fame during the nineties, looking more than enviably debonair. And, as anticipated, he brutally outshone ex-teammates/cast members Ryan Giggs, the Nevilles, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes in the style stakes.
Here are 5 things we can all learn from Britain's smartest sportsman:
Never underestimate the power of the plain white t-shirt
Simple, classic and clean, the plain white crewneck is a wardrobe staple no self-respecting man-about-town should be without. The fact that Beckham wears one on his downtime and looks that good is no coincidence - keeping an outfit fuss-free is the easiest way of looking fresh and letting people know how cool you are without really trying.
It’s debatable whether David Beckham or Mad Men is responsible for the powerful re-emergence of the side parting. All we know is, we're spending half an hour in the mirror every morning, grappling with a comb in one hand and a tub of wax in the other, trying to recreate his Barnet.
If you're reading this and you were born before 1990, you're probably old enough to have made several near irredeemable fashion mistakes by now. Beckham is no stranger to a sartorial misstep himself. Remember the sarong? His and Victoria's matching leather biker jackets? Yeah, so does he! But rather than shy away from them, he's embraced them - and it's made his fashion game all the stronger for it.
In case you've been living under a rock for the past decade, let's remind you that Beckham is also dad to sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz. The sight of him and his kids dressed in coordinated threads is what makes your girlfriend go weak at the knees. So, when you're lucky enough to have a sprog of your own, try dressing them in your image for maximum 'naaaw, ain't he cute' points.
If you have to get a tattoo, please spend a bit of money on it
Contemplating a sleeve or a portrait of your nan across your chest? Remember, unless you want to look like a toddler’s sketchpad, tattoos are worth spending a bit of money on a la Becks. A good tattoo artist is worth his weight in gold.