Ryan Gosling’s character in the darker-than-you-think-it’s-going-to-be Drive seems to have similar philosophies when it comes to changing clothes and talking. He only does it when he feels it’s necessary.
And to him, covered in blood doesn’t always necessitate changing clothes.
This isn’t a look that everyone can pull off. There’s a lot of 80s influence to this movie. From the synth-pop music, to the font of the titles, to the wardrobe (complete with gold necklace) of co-star Carey Mulligan. It’s nowhere near the awesome blue shawl collar tux Gosling wore to the premier. Here’s how to steal it. Try to keep it blood free.
The Watch: Skagen 958XLSL Steel Matte Case Silver Dial – $100 – $115
To many of us, it’s the most wanted piece of the Driver’s wardrobe. His is a Patek Philippe, and specifically a model that doesn’t really exist. The silver dial with just one sub-dial is surprisingly difficult to replicate. This recently released Skagen is close, but will need a new lighter in shade leather band with some texture. If you want a more affordable dark dial version of the one in the movie, try ESQ’s Chronicle.
The Denim Jacket: Levi’s Slim Fit Trucker – $68.00 – $78.00
The jacket fits him so close in the movie that you can forget about layering. Be prepared to find something that’s intentionally slim like these, or have something tailored if you go with a cheaper option (like this one from LEC)
The Henley: J. Crew Jaspe Short Sleeve Henley – $39.50
Because a t-shirt would be too easy and long sleeves would be too warm for Los Angeles (which is where the movie takes place). Keep it slim and keep it close to the body. Check your local Target for cheaper versions.
The Jeans: Levi’s 511 Skinny in Black Stretch- $44.00
The only person wearing tighter pants in Drive is Christina Hendricks. And God knows how they shoe-horned her figure into those jeggings. But watching her work those heels was a treat. 514s are as slim as most of us want to get. 511s are one step closer to a second skin. 1% spandex mixed in for stretch.
The Sunglasses: DKNY Tortoise Acetate Aviators – $89.00
This style of plastic aviator is like the rest of this outfit. They’re not for everyone. They can bury the skeezy needle on many a face. On others, they’re right. A few price ranges here: The DKNY are in the middle, with the KW Aviator from Nordstrom ($10) and the Ray Ban Cats 5000 providing the book ends.
The Boots: Stacy Adams Madison in Taupe – $71.50
Gosling’s boots look like the Stacy Adams Madison because they actually are Stacy Adams. They’ve been beat to death by the costume designer, but for the color, it’s most likely the taupe. Which also happens to be tough to find. Backup would be the grey with new matching laces.
The Driving Gloves: All Gloves Brown Drivers – $84.00
Steep in price but the right color. Also available in a richer “BritishTan” color. If you’re okay with a subtle two toned look, Lord & Taylor has a house brand glove for under $50.
The Jacket: Member’s Only Vintage Racer? Jack and Jones Quilted?
Somethings just can’t be replicated easily. Especially when it’s an original piece for the film inspired by “Korean Souvenir Jackets from the 50’s” Right. Quilted white satin bomber/racing jackets just don’t fall out of the sky. Your suggestions for this jacket (scorpion embroidery on the back not necessary) go in the comments below…
UPDATE: Looks like these are now available on Amazon for about $100? Hat tip to Alex E. for the find.
Drive was released on Friday September 16th. Rated R for violence and nudity. Just 100 minutes long.