Spotlight: Gaspard Ulliel

French actor/model Gaspard Ulliel has one of those faces, like Cillian Murphy, that can be innocent and boyish or quite sinister looking, but always remarkably handsome. This of course has to do with the fact that he is an amazingly talented actor (and the scar on his cheek that can look like a dimple). Most of his work is French and may not reach wider audiences, but he is worth reading subtitles for if you have to. And if you haven’t seen Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles (or A Very Long Engagement in English) you should do yourself a favor and go rent it; it is a beautiful film with amazing performances by Gaspard and Audrey Tautou.

Gaspard’s style is pretty classic, so he is great example for wardrobe basics. (He is also a step back from the patterned and brightly colored outfits WAMSW has been sending your way lately.) He wears a lot of neutrals and darker or muted colors. Gaspard UllielHis wardrobe is full of pieces that every man should own, like a peacoat, a leather jacket, blazers, button ups in various colors, casual undershirts and well-fitting jeans. Both his glasses and sunglasses in the picture above are rounded to balance out his angular face.

Gaspard Ulliel is another great example of how much different haircuts and facial hair change a man’s looks. (If you don’t believe me, just check out his look from Hannibal Rising. Clearly no one’s hair should be that slicked back.) When his hair is longer and he has some scruff he looks far older and more rugged than when he is clean-shaven. It’s true that he has grown up a lot since some of these images, but his styling still changes his appearance significantly.French actor/model Gaspard Ulliel

Gaspard is evidence that you can have a lot of versatility even with the most basic wardrobe and color palate. Also that your haircut does not have to look the exact same every day.

Models often take a lot of risks with their looks because they are in the high fashion world, but they are also a reliable source for good, basic looks.

Oh and if you are wondering where you’ve seen him lately, you’ve probably seen him on ads for Bleu de Chanel. Also he is starring as Yves Saint Laurent in the upcoming biopic Saint Laurent. So, you know, he is obviously at least somewhat aware of fashion.

Easter Suits

As a little girl, one of my favorite parts of Easter was getting a new springy dress and I vaguely remember my brother often getting a new dress shirt or tie that was a little bit brighter or more colorful than usual. But shouldn’t you do the same now that you’re an adult? And why not really go for it and invest in a suit that says spring?

You could go for a pastel shirt (like those we talked about in Lightness of Spring) with one of your regular suits, but just this once go all out. It’s totally on trend.

Just like colored jeans get huge a couple of years ago, today we are seeing unexpected colors in everything. While some are better than others, we applaud this risk that has permeated the runways, if not the sidewalks just yet.

pastel easter suitsPastel suits are a preppy look, but need to fit perfectly to avoid veering into Dumb and Dumber territory. These are also a fairly seasonal look, so know that before investing too much. You can probably wear them throughout spring and summer and you will make an impact when you do. Coordinate your accessories with the same color in darker hues to keep the look more subtle, or take a risk and really stand out by donning the opposite color on the color wheel.

more neutral easter suitsIf you don’t think you would get enough wear out of a colored suit to make it worth your money, which is totally understandable, you can go for a more neutral option.

White suits, and the very, very light blue above, are also probably restricted to the spring/summer seasons, but they are perfect for any summer weddings or formal work retreats that you are planning on attending.

The light grey suit is a great option for any time of year, as is a brighter than navy blue suit. Punch up these suits with fun pops of bright color, like the pink on Idris Elba to make them springy and fun.

Whatever your choice, make sure you embrace this freedom from the winter darkness (which has its own perks, I’ll admit) and have fun with your wardrobe.

The Wardrobe of Youth

WAMSW often focuses on the younger half of the adult male spectrum. We know this. But that does not, in any way, mean that fashion is only a young man’s game.

First of all, we would like to point out that our tips are always for all ages, regardless of how old the models and celebrities are that are demonstrating the looks.

Next, let’s discuss a few ways to keep your wardrobe looking young, but not too young. We don’t want you to be anything but sophisticated.

This post was largely inspired by the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, starring Ben Stiller. The story begins with a man who has been working the same job for the last 16 years. While there is nothing wrong with job stability, his life has become very dull and his look reflects it.

His white button-ups are short-sleeved and paired with a plain tie and khaki windbreaker. It’s not bad per se, but it is boring. There is nothing visually interesting about it and it doesn’t do any favors for his body.

Walter Mitty

As the film continues, spoiler alert, his life gets a little more exciting. With that excitement he dons fisherman’s sweaters (literally), slim fit jeans, scruff, and some nice man jewelry. Basically he does a complete 180 by letting his wardrobe express his youthful, adventurous inner self.

In my research, I’ve noticed the best thing to keep a man looking young is to not look too stuffy. In other words: undo that top button, take a break from that tie, switch out your suit jacket for a modern cardigan. Also regularly invest in new pieces; this will help keep your look modern and fresh.

Keeping it freshThings that will definitely age you:

– Tucking your t-shirt into your gym shorts.

– Tucking in any t-shirt.

– Wearing clothes you owned a decade ago.

– Shaving your head.

– Doing something overly young (i.e. the Harrison Ford earring, too many logos, wearing your pants around your knees (no one should do that)).

– Inappropriate shorts:

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