It happens every few months: I get sucked into a Gary Oldman worm-hole and resurface a week later totally dizzy and bleary eyed. Last week was this video, these pictures, and scouring the internet for all his recent television appearances promoting The Dark Knight Rises (thanks to Lauren for the tip about the Today Show). It would make my life a whole lot easier if he weren’t continuously photographed not only looking dapper and dreamy beyond belief, but also with his stunning and perfect wife/my mortal enemy. I realize that I’ve now posted about my crush on Gary Oldman more than I have about Boyfriend, but whatever, he understands. Or maybe he doesn’t, but he doesn’t read my blog so it’s his own fault. I regret nothing.
Anyway, I consider myself an expert on all things Oldman at this point, so I couldn’t help but notice that his style has evolved over the past few years and he’s really nailed it. Here are two recent pictures, and I hope it goes without saying that a man that can rock a scarf and glasses is high at the top of my list of requirements in a mate.
So it got me to thinking, as most things do, about shopping and how to incorporate that masculine, European-chic style into my own wardrobe. Because who doesn’t love an excuse to buy more stuff? I’m sorry, are you new here?
More after the jump, including a picture of Gary Oldman with a puppy! I KNOW.
First of all, if you don’t already have a boyfriend blazer in a neutral color like black or navy, I’m shocked. Pair it with an oxford to really let your inner-European-man shine. I had a pair of oxfords from Steve Madden that I wore so often I broke through the soles. Not classy, but I can attest to their comfort. That lightweight scarf is casual but refined, and it might be for men but that’s the point after all, isn’t it? I haven’t smelled that Hermès cologne but anything that is labeled “pamplemousse rose” can’t be overly masculine and is meant to be swiped by a girl. Same goes for that black tea lip balm as far as I’m concerned. Both might be marketed for men, but they’re not fooling me.
Last year I found out I finally needed glasses (apparently all that squinting I do in front of computer screens all day really caught up with me) and I went with the Huxley’s from Warby Parker. I have nothing but amazing things to say about the company and the glasses they sent me (I’m wearing them right now!) so I might get a second pair with clear frames. They look so good on Mr. Oldman! Plus they’d be a nice change from the dark tortoise frames I have now. I don’t know, though; is it crazy to buy a pair of glasses just because you want to look like your favorite celebrity? Maybe? A little?
I am completely obsessed with the vintage, camel leather Coach portfolio my dad passed down to me, but this envelope clutch from Russell and Hazel is really perfect, too. The leather looks so soft and worn. Clutches are a little impractical for everyday use, but this one really ties the whole look together, I think. Slap a Timex with a cognac leather strap on your wrist and you’re good to go. It doesn’t contrast too sharply with the oxfords or the clutch, and is still chic and masculine. Any of these pieces can be worn individually or together, depending on how much you want to look like a 54 year old British man.
And, because I promised, here is a picture of Gary snuggling a Boston Terrier puppy. SWEET JESUS.