Steal the Style is an all too infrequent series on finding affordable alternatives to the styles seen on the big or small screen. If you’ve seen a movie or a TV show that you think is ripe for a Steal the Style attempt, send those suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ray Donovan is a “fixer.” He works for the rich and famous, making problems go away. He’s part detective & part con man. A bit like a modern day Travis McGee, only with a family, and all of the problems that can come with having a home life. Made by Showtime, Season 5 is in the books with a 6th on the way. For those without a subscription, you can purchase and stream Seasons 1-5 via Amazon.
The Jacket: Spier & Mackay Gray Super 120s Wool Hopsack Sportcoat in Slim or Contemporary Fit – $278. First, a note. Not everyone is gonna dig Ray Donovan’s Style. So there’s that. Second, he seems to wear orphaned suit jackets a lot as sportcoats. This new Super 120s Italian Wool option from Spier & Mackay has patch pockets up front, and that should help keep the menswear snobs at bay, being that it’ll look more like a sportcoat (because it is) than a suit jacket.
The Shirt: Nordstrom Trim Fit Non-Iron Solid Dress Shirt in Blackrock – $39. He wears a lot of dark, monochromatic stuff. You think that’d get hot in LA, but, maybe the man never sweats. Sure the photo at the top of the post shows a dark blue shirt, but he wears grey shirts a ton as well. Not so much white, unless he’s in a suit (more on that tomorrow).
The Beard Trimmer: Panasonic ER-GB40-S Cordless Beard Trimmer – $40.99. Doesn’t look like Ray belongs to Dollar Shave Club or Harry’s.
The Negotiating Tool: Louisville Slugger – $29.95. “The bag or the bat.” Maximum… persuasion for a minimal price.
The Scotch: Balvenie 12 Yr Double Wood – $46.99. Ray’s choice by most accounts seems to be Highland Park 25. Which is more than half a grand. And he slugs it like it’s tap water. During other parts of the series he indulges in a fictional scotch that looks a LOT like the Balvenie 12 year double wood, which is a hell of a lot more affordable. And still plenty tasty.
The Belt: GAP Basic Leather Belt – $39.95. Gets the job done effectively without getting noticed.
The Socks: Nordstrom Over the Calf Wool Socks in Navy – $14.50. Yes. These again. They’re that good. And I just don’t see this character going sockless.
The Watch: Orient Mako USA II – $262.50 w/ DAPPERED30 ($375). A simple diver with a robust automatic movement, and a Sapphire crystal that should be able to handle most of the abuse someone like Ray Donovan would dish out. Note that the Mako USA II is almost always excluded from any codes that are more generous than 30% off.
The Shoes: Allen Edmonds Dainite Sole McAllister Wingtips – $325 ($425). Again, he doesn’t like to stand out much, so shoes in a flashy color like walnut are gonna be a no-go. Seems like he favors brown wingtips with his jeans/sportcoats, and the Dainite sole provides cushioning and grip on all types of surfaces. Whether they’re covered in blood or not. Too spendy? Understood. Try these Harrison Grand wingtips from Cole Haan. On sale and ships and returns free via Nordstrom.
The Jeans: Banana Republic Straight Rapid Movement Denim Dark Wash Jean – $118. Or, wait for it, whatever your favorite pair of dark denim happens to be. These offer lots of ease of movement though. In case he has to swing the bat.