Your best dark suit and your best dark t-shirt are now best friends.
James Franco’s style might be all loose and DGAF but his younger brother, Dave Franco, leans the opposite way. The 32-year-old’s style is so streamlined, it borders on military, and when the dress code is flexible, he’s usually the guy who opts for a suit. (Style lesson: this is a very good guy to be.) But thanks to preference for dark colors, great leather jackets, and—let’s face it—natural good looks, he never looks like a stiff or a square. Even if you’re more like James, and favor hoodies to tailoring, you can still learn something from the littlest Franco when it does come time to dress up. For example: the one simple move that makes a dark suit look cooler. All you need is a black T-shirt (and relatively un-squishy midsection).
At a screening of his new movie, The Disaster Artist (he co-stars with big brother and new wife, Alison Brie), Franco wore a slim, dark Givenchy suit along with a black cotton T-shirt by Save Khaki. Opting for a T-shirt instead of dress shirt was Franco’s first great decision, that the T-shirt was black was his second, and that he tucked it into his trousers was his third. And he brought the whole thing home by leaving the jacket unbuttoned, and accessorizing with nothing other than a pair of simple Christian Louboutin dress shoes. (For the record, he had a little help from his stylists, sister duo Wendi and Nicole Ferreira who look after the wardrobes of Shia LaBeouf, Channing Tatum, and Chris Pine, too.)
This simple styling choice ups the old-school charm of a dark suit—and, if we’re being honest, takes your look from “dude in a suit” to “dude in a suit who has seemingly unlocked the mysteries of personal style.” Just be sure to do it with the polish of Dave Franco, not the rumpled DGAF charm of his older brother. That means being the kind of guy who owns “good” T-shirts, and possibly breaking out the iron before putting them on. Looking this effortless requires just a little bit of effort.
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