Learn a Thing or Two From: David Gandy

First, he was Dolce & Gabanna’s breakthrough model. Then, he later evolved from modeling for Vogue and Telegraph men, to designing his own menswear collection with multi-national British retailer Marks and Spencer. And yes, you guessed it, his collection rapidly became one of the company’s best selling clothes lines.

David Gandy is effortlessly cool and the epitome of charmed masculinity combined with refined elegance. But what makes his spotlight so significant is his natural talent and draw towards menswear in his own personal life. His career as a model did not dictate his preferences and likeness towards style and fashion, rather it is the other way around! Gandy constructs his own realm of style, and thus indirectly influences menswear enthusiasts and higher-fashion visionaries around the world.

Take a look at what our most Kipper-ish members pointed out that accentuates Gandy’s personal style, and may his style deviants guide you towards your own.

                                                    David Gandy for Marks and Spencer

                                                    David Gandy for Marks and Spencer

                    David Gandy // Focus: His suede bomber, t-shirt, and chinos combo!

                    David Gandy // Focus: His suede bomber, t-shirt, and chinos combo!

1.) David Gandy reformed dailywear for men by integrating confidence and commitment to presenting himself in the best way possible: casually and elegantly. Mr. Gandy doesn’t need a special event or reason to wear suits and sartorial bombers on the regular; he has made a ritual out of an otherwise circumstantial activity, and successfully embedded it into his lifestyle. Which, in all honesty, doesn’t take much more than a commitment to self-expression, despite everyone’s tendency to think of everyday style as a concern of the privileged or carefree. Mr. Gandy perfects smart casuals by pairing a simple, white collared shirt with a flattering, mustard brown cardigan, or by amplifying his  gentlemen’s flair with a suede bomber and tapered chino combo. He’s not coy and ultimately, he’s honest. Most importantly he gives his best by dressing his best, for himself and no one else. Mr. Gandy isn’t seeking to impress, he just is impressive.

         David Gandy in the streets of Milan // Focus: His simple, yet impeccable suit scheme!

         David Gandy in the streets of Milan // Focus: His simple, yet impeccable suit scheme!

Focus: David Gandy skips the tie and embraces his high-peak lapels, double-breasted                                      suit in a pair of chelsea boots! 

Focus: David Gandy skips the tie and embraces his high-peak lapels, double-breasted                                      suit in a pair of chelsea boots! 

       David Gandy // Focus: His window-pane suit with a rich, desert brown background.

       David Gandy // Focus: His window-pane suit with a rich, desert brown background.

2.) Mr. Gandy’s suit schemes are: artful, personal, self-aware, and unapologetically merciless. His suit tastes range from a wide variety of patterns, color palettes, and silhouettes that are otherwise unconventional to contemporary menswear. In an industry where the thin are romanticized, Gandy instead lionizes his bulkier, more muscular frame by finding charms in his own body shape and choosing to work with his strengths rather than pining over what is traditionally accepted. He chooses colors that are aged, yet lively. Patterns that are intricate, yet subtle and chooses suits with high peak lapels and double-breasted vests to embrace his thicker torso openly all the while slimming down only in the taper towards his shoes. Mr. Gandy proves to suited individuals everywhere that one need only a suit that agrees with the shape of his or her body and all the charms of color and pattern will merely follow suit (pun intended).

            David Gandy's love for cars influences his laid-back, steadfast demeanor.

            David Gandy's love for cars influences his laid-back, steadfast demeanor.

Even on weekends, The Gandy sports a waffle-knit with light-washed jeans next to a vintage car.                                          Lifestyle enhancements done right. 

Even on weekends, The Gandy sports a waffle-knit with light-washed jeans next to a vintage car.                                          Lifestyle enhancements done right. 

3.) Choose something to be passionate about, and passionately make it a part of your life. It may seem obvious to everyone, especially the young and reckless, to pursue a romanticized passion of noble intentions, but sometimes passions become adamant hobbies that resemble our passions, and according to Mr. Gandy, that’s more than enough. Whatever makes you happy, and exemplifies your truest self.

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Hoisum Nguyen

Berkeley, CA