Ryan Gosling's Film Style
By Matt Ayres, 10 April 2015
Who doesn’t want to be R-Gos? Possibly the most lusted after man in Hollywood, his understated smoulder leaves many a fella wondering how to achieve the same combination of gentlemanly chic and effortless, roguish charm. Having successfully pulled off a variety of looks throughout his career in film, and with his directorial debut, Lost River, hitting British screens this weekend, we’re taking a trawl through some of his most memorable cinematic styles.
Back when he was a fresh-faced young ‘un, hanging from moving Ferris wheels to woo Rachel McAdams, Ryan showed some serious headwear game by rocking a newsboy cap well enough to improve on his already respectable blonde sweep. But it was during his “Imma grow a beard and build you a house to show you how much I care” phase where The Notebook really put the rest of us to shame. Damn it, Gosling. Your infinite supply of nostalgic 1940s chivalry is making us all look like chumps.
We get another glimpse at Ryan’s ability to turn neutral tones awesome in Blue Valentine, where a flashback narrative reveals his younger self to be a devilish rocker of the all-black leather, hoodie and denim trinity. Take note, though: we do not endorse taking style inspiration from the receding, chain-smoking incarnation of Gosling seen during the film’s more tragic sequences.
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Acting as the debonair foil to Steve Carell’s post-40 Year Old Virgin loser, Ryan goes alpha male in Crazy, Stupid, Love and proves that no one can resist a man in good clothes. Many of his custom-made suits were designed by The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. and LA style queen Ilaria Urbinati and are pretty special. Smart accessorising is his secret to nailing the casual-in-a-suit look, with designer sunglasses, a brown leather-strap watch and that super-slick haircut.
Do not, repeat DO NOT, buy a movie-prop replica of the scorpion jacket from Drive and assume you will instantly achieve Gosling levels of cool. Ryan only pulls off an item this garish because he spends the first half of the film demonstrating how much of a badass he is. You’ll have much more success with a characterful vintage denim shirt, like the one he wears while fixing up cars and scoring points with Carey Mulligan.
The Place Beyond The Pines
While his most common looks range from ridiculously suave to rough around the edges, Ryan proved he wasn’t afraid to up the punx with his stuntman get-up in The Place Beyond The Pines. His bottle blonde, heavily tattooed character Luke is by far the most memorable in the film, personified by tough biker boots, bleach-splattered denim and classic metal-band tees. It takes a level of restraint to pull off a combo like this – so hold off on the spikes and chains to avoid going full nu-metal.