Style evolution: Ryan Gosling
By Sarah Kershaw, 12 November 2015
It’s Ryan Gosling’s birthday, guys! At the grand old age of 35, he’s been in more movies than you’ve had hot dinners and broken more hearts than anyone’s had hot dinners, but has he dressed well? The answer is, not always, so here’s how he’s progressed from scruffy duckling to extremely handsome sartorial swan.
In 2003, as he was building a reputation for himself in indie films after a career as a Mickey Mouse Club member, it seemed like R-Gos actively didn’t care about style. Still, his battered boots, drab brown trews and checked shirt had a sort of ramshackle charm all of their own, especially paired with an expression of ‘I’m definitely not a Disney star anymore’ ennui.
After his woman-wooing performance in The Notebook, Ryan used his newfound fame to promote political causes via his clothes. An outspoken supporter of the refugees in Darfur, he wore this T-shirt and variations of it for most of 2005, but was starting to show a preference for quirky accessories like this snake belt (as well as those boots – two years older, still going strong).
By 2007, he was settling into his public role as a critically acclaimed actor after Lars And The Real Girl and Half Nelson and his private role as a fan of interesting red-carpet suiting options. We’re not sure about this pinstripe and chunky tie look, but the pea coat is a perennial classic.
Gosling had a three-year filming hiatus from 2007-2010 during which we suspect he went to fashion university and got a first in stylishness. He roared back onto the red-carpet scene wearing classics with a twist – like this double-breasted suit worn and black tie – like an absolute boss. A smart new hairdo and a shave helped, too.
And then Drive happened, and the Gos blew up. Luckily, he was prepared for all the attention with looks like this yacht-ready getup at Cannes in 2011. Riviera chic and spats (spats!) were equalled on the red carpet with velvet suits, sharply cut tuxes and international heartthrob status. Amazing what an iconic souvenir jacket can do for you, eh?
Nowadays, while juggling being a new dad and a director, Ryan likes to mix it up between hoodies, jeans and beanies while out and about, and relaxed-but-sharp looks for public appearances. Perfectly pressed trousers, a revere collar and greige Derbies are all subtly forward-looking, plus this check nails AW15’s 70s vibe. HBD R-Gos, you are now crazy, stupid, stylish.