Donald Glover’s ‘Lion King’ Press Tour Style Is Downright Flawless
There are plenty of men in Hollywood who can put together a solid red carpet look. But few approach both their red carpet and their off duty style with as much boldness, individuality, and unflappable cool as Donald Glover. From retro-inspired fits, to bold-patterned suits, to low-key basics, to, as we saw more recently, floral silk pajamas, Glover can run the style gamut without looking like he’s trying too hard. Even when his fits are on the more adventurous side, he never looks over the top. It’s a testament to both his eye for great style, and to the power of a little swagger.
As we’ve said many times before in the pages of Esquire, a bold patterned suit can be a great way to break up your tailoring monotony. And Glover pretty much obliterates monotony in this ‘70s-esque Gucci double-breasted guy. It’s a style move that certainly isn’t for the faint of heart. But when worn with supreme confidence, as the Childish Gambino does here with an open-neck shirt and a subtle white neck scarf, it’s what we in the business like to call a slam dunk.
Floral print silk pajamas and alligator skin loafers. That phrase is basically the epitome of sartorial decadence. But that doesn’t mean you can’t look incredible while wearing it. This may not be the fit you wear to your job as a data analyst, but when you’re cruising to your next talk show to plug your multi-million dollar tent pole extravaganza that’s about to hit theaters, you’d be a fool not to wear it.
Mixing patterns well is a great way to show off your pro style skills. In this case, Glover matches a wide pinstripe jacket with narrow pinstripe vest and trousers, and then sends the look into overdrive with a red argyle sweater. And, since it's a relatively skinny fit suit, he mixes in the perfect rock 'n' roll footwear with oxblood harness boots.
It's tough to wear all white without looking like a 1950s milkman, but Glover pulls it off thanks in large part to the fit. Everything he is wearing here is tailored to perfection. Plus, he mixes shades of white, as well as fabrics, with the trousers and the dinner jacket to add some visual texture. And then he caps it all off with a perfectly contrasting pair of black velvet Belgian loafers.
Proof that you don't need to do much to look put together. Simple navy chinos, a grey crew sweatshirt, and minimalist white sneaks. This should be your automatic go-to for any low-key casual occasion. Gold chains optional.
This is basically swagger incarnate. Not everyone can pull off the suit/no shirt look, but even with a T-shirt underneath, this would be an A+ example of modern tailoring. The Kim Jones Dior cut is loose and slouchy, but still with plenty of polish. And it shows you how you can go the tailored route without looking like you work at a bank.
If you feel like you're getting bogged down in a boring casual routine of tees and jeans, let Glover show you how to liven things up. Ditch the jeans for a slouchy pair of earth-tone linen trousers, and then go big on the color with your tee. Cap it off with a pair of loafers rather than sneakers, and you're good to go.
Glover has pretty much perfected the art of eye catching formal wear. No staid black tux for this guy, he needs something with more character. This pinstripe number with a decidedly '70s fit might be tough to pull off for most guys, but D. Glovs has the confidence to back it up. Which is a lesson on how to pull off anything that strays into adventurous sartorial territory: Confidence is key.
Yes, you can pull off a bigger jacket, like this suede one from Ermenegildo Zegna Couture. Follow Glover's lead here, and make sure the rest of your outfit is streamlined. If too many pieces are flowing, there's little room to actually see the outfit and let that bold jacket do its thing. Slim pants, a tight white tee, and sleek leather boots make a great base layer.
Glover is always pushing the bounds of what a suit should look like. This Gucci one in a light brown color with a slightly larger lapel is just the right amount of retro. And Glover leans into the look with Gucci loafers and a tonal sweater, rather than your standard dress shirt. This makes it much more relatable—plus, you can ditch the jacket if you feel too dressed up.
This Bottega Veneta outfit is cool, put-together style in a nutshell. The slim pants look polished, but not too stuffy. The cashmere collared sweater blends two familiar shapes—a sweater and a polo neckline—into one standout piece.
Monochrome can be formal, too. The key here is opting for this silk shirt rather than a standard white dress shirt. It gives the entire 'fit a laid-back feel, instead of having it feel too earnest. Leaving an extra button popped helps, too.
A powder blue suit is a very difficult piece to pull off. But this is Donald Glover, so it's cool. A takeaway from Glover: Lean into the nostalgia. An oversized collar and white dress shoes do the trick.
Very much yes to this unstuffy tucked-in polo—a normally impossible feat. The key here is that the polo itself is fun, not stodgy. Both the print and the light fabric make it feel just the right amount of beachy.
It's not just dressed-up looks that Glover pulls off, either. Here he is, in the airport, making heather gray sweats look like a god-level move. (This particular set is from Spiritual Gangster.) How to follow: Get sweats that actually fit and purposefully match. Wear real shoes. Have great accessories (shades, headphones, and backpack included). Done.
A great jacket can be part of your outfit, or it can be basically your entire outfit when it looks this good.
Some very bold graphics help, too. It's also a refreshing change to see a leather jacket (from Dolce & Gabbana) paired with dress pants.
Colorful suits (tuxes, even) don't have to feel gaudy. This mauve-ish hue is clearly a good quality, and fitted to him perfectly—both of which help it look smooth instead of flashy.
A tip from Glover: Stick to simple colors and a single statement piece. That way even a retro '70s vibe feels palatable and easy to wear.
Like we said, colorful formalwear can go real wrong, real fast. But time and time again, Glover has shown he can do it with grace. A polished purple goes with his boundary-pushing style without veering away from the vibe of the night.
If you want to add some pop to your look, you don't have to go nuts with 18 different layers. As Glover shows you, all you need is one bold-colored (and/or patterned) piece to throw over your otherwise low-key outfit.
For guys, summer can be a tricky season to look stylish. But this is a good strategy. Simply go big with your patterned shirt (this summer's biggest trend), and match it with some simple cotton shorts and a killer pair of white sneaks. Hat optional.
A floral-patterned dinner jacket is how you separate yourself from the herd at your next black tie event.
Witness the power of a great coat. Even over a T-shirt and faded jeans, it immediately elevates your look.
Glover pretty much owned the red carpet at this year's Golden Globes in his velvet Gucci tux.
A well-tailored suit with a printed shirt is a great look. It's a little bit trickier to pull off when the suit is a three-piece, but Glover nails it.
This is an excellent example of the current suiting trend—which is to go with something a lot more adventurous. This claret color looks just as great with the matching shirt and brown cap-toes as it would with a white tee and minimalist sneakers. Think of it as the suit 2.0.
Here's maybe the best example of Glover's ability to look good while keeping things simple. Trousers, oxfords, and a button-up sound a little boring, but Glover totally ups the style quotient thanks to making the trousers a crisp corduroy, and the shirt a killer looking knit.
We've already talked about how double-breasted suits are a great tailoring power move. Here's the proof.
Remember last winter when the turtleneck became the go-to cold-weather move for the stylish set? This winter will be no different.
Again, simplicity. By focusing on fit (and switching things up with some seriously elegant velvet slippers) Glover can wear something as uncomplicated as black trousers and a white sweater, and still look better than 90 percent of the male population.
Of course, if you're going to have a cool pair of velvet slippers, you should also have a perfectly tailored tuxedo to go with them.
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