Kinowear Lookbook: #3

Here’s the list of similar pieces to replicate this look:

1. Beige cardigan

2. Dark blue plaid shirt

3. Dark grey silk narrow tie

4. Medium fade bootcut jeans

5. Dark brown buckled leather boots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Impression:

The always stylish David Beckham conveys a look here that is both refined and rugged, keeping it classically masculine, while showing off his fashion prowess with his treatment of the details.

The Breakdown:

There are several things to notice in this look. For one, there is nothing particularly special about the individual pieces he’s wearing. What makes this look exceptional is his focus on the details and how he wears each piece.

The first thing I noticed was the half-tuck of the shirt. The half-tuck is usually difficult to pull off without looking accidentally messy. This is one of those examples of someone seemingly “breaking a rule” but making it work. In this case, the technique works well to dress down the neat look of the cardigan/shirt/tie. More importantly, it reveals the belt buckle and a part of the belt leather. He supports this by leaving the last two buttons of the cardigan open.

One of the most common areas that men neglect when it comes to their fashion is the seemingly insignificant details. Next time you’re putting together a new look, remember that even one little detail–whether your jeans are distressed or not, a necklace shiny or matte, a shirt deliberately tucked in or not– can undermine or make an entire look.

Let’s go through those other elements:

Notice not so much the style of the cardigan, but how it’s worn. Not only are the last two buttons left open to reveal his belt, but his sleeves are pulled up 1 inch to reveal the pattern of his plaid shirt underneath. Sometimes you may see such accents in the form of folding up a blazer sleeve to reveal an interesting lining, but this is another great example of how you can accent your second layer with your first.

The subtle argyle pattern works extremely well here to add that classy touch without being overwhelming. Remember how we mentioned the importance of buttons in one the previous articles? Notice how even the color and style of the buttons on the cardigans matches the color scheme (which is limited to 3 colors) of the outfit.

Note the slim/skinny tie which keeps the look casual. Also note how the tie knot is very small.  A wider tie would look pretty awkward and out of place here.  Also, his solid skinny tie breaks the pattern of the shirt. Whenever you have a pattern on a pattern, it helps to throw in a solid to prevent things from getting too busy.

As for the jeans, notice how he uses the slight brown fade of his jeans to match the color scheme. The bootcut is also extremely functional here allowing the huge leather boots to hide under his jeans.

Also, Notice how he matches the color and texture of the boots to that of his belt. Everything from the waist down seems to carry the common “distressed” look.

Lastly, note his slight facial hair that carries the rugged, yet refined theme. Everything is used towards his complete look, even the details of his grooming.

Like an excellent film is marked by an uncompromising attention to the smallest of details–the angle of a shot, the lighting of a scene, the slight undertone of emotion in an actor’s voice, or the subtle dynamic between two actors–so it is with style. Everything matters. Everything communicates. Style is in the details, and this look is proof.

Hope this has been helpful and inspirational! I’d love to hear your thoughts about this look in the comments!

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  • Thomas

    WOW! I love this look, ive seen it already a couple of times. the lookbook is awesome and plz continue it, i love reading it. you guys are fantastic

  • TitoNY

    “Wear it like Beckham”

    Cheers mate !

  • TC

    Loving these blogs. I thought the first one was brilliant, i always liked the look but couldn’t get it right!

  • Tiffany

    Great analysis. Especially with the 2 buttons on the cardigan

    You’re fucking awesome.

  • speakeasy

    This is exactly the look I am going for. Lovin’ it.

  • Himmler

    Wow. I never would’ve noticed all the little things going on in that one picture! DB is one really cool dude and I am DEFINATELY doing this. Any guy can! It’s the only lookbook I feel comfortable emulating.

  • Francis

    Loving this look the most out of the 3 so far!

    David Beckham is always one to watch for Smart and casual. Love how he pulls of the look with the cardigan and plaid shirt with the tie. Excellent!

    I need to get me some boots!

  • http://relativestrengthadvantage.com Yavor

    Ben, a very thorough analysis of a seemingly random picture/outfit. Most people don’t have the eye to notice the details when it comes to dressing themselves.

    However, almost everybody notices the overall effect. The outfit just works and conveys the right message even though folks wouldn’t be able to understand WHY exactly it speaks to them in this way.

    Yavor

  • TimK

    Keep the lookbook going!

    I think once a week is fine.

  • Casual

    Love this look. David Beckham is definitely one of my style role models. He always has a look that effortlessly conveys a sense of casual, yet rugged masculinity. Thanks for the breakdown!

  • Jimmy

    The lookbook posts have become something I look forward to each morning…so much more helpful than reading through a magazine full of ads.

  • Koom

    This one and the second one are the best in my opinion. You guys are awesome for this.

  • John T.

    PERFECT! I LOVE THESE!

  • Andrew

    Great post Ben – the breakdown was great!

  • Dior

    Great analysis and I love this look!

  • Robert

    I’m really enjoying the lookbook series. I also love this look, but the hanging shirt tail looks too contrived, imo. The cardigan is short enough to see the shirt and belt without the shirt hanging out and I think it would look better that way.

    Thanks!

  • Rich

    These entries looks have been really helpful for me. The last one was a little too much for me, but this one is perfect for my taste.

  • Joey

    Beckham is one stylish mofo. haha

  • Karim

    This blog has quickly become one of my new favorite blogs all thanks to the look book series! Keep up the great work!

  • Adam

    Yeah, I have to agree with everyone here – this website is amazing, and the addition of these Lookbook posts is only serving to strenghten it!

    With regards to this look, does anyone have any ideas on different elements that could be substituted in this look – in particular I’m talking about perhaps a different coloured cardigan or the absence of the skinny tie?

    Cheers guys!

  • Brent

    Very insightful. Though I would guess someone like David Beckham has a stylist that does this for him, right?

  • Cruz

    love all the looks.. seems like i have most of the items but one to complete each look… you guys are great… thanks

  • Virtus

    Awesome! Pure inspiration

    Just randomly dropped the blog, and it’s bookmarked :)

    Keep it up!

  • Aaron

    Definitely my favorite part of your blog… why not include websites to find the clothes?

  • Steve

    Good stuff

  • b

    where can i buy the cardigan from? does anyone know what brand it is?