By Liza Corsillo.
If you're looking to straight-up steal someone else's style for your own sartorial gain (a move we're not entirely against), Raf Simons is a good place to start in 2017. The creative mind behind the new Calvin Klein is a poster boy for uniform style that's hardly boring (it's also, often, Prada).
Like many other famous designers (Nicholas Ghesquiere, Riccardo Tisci, Alexander Wang), Simons's personal style doesn't always align with the forward-looking garments he puts on the runway. Instead the designer favors minimal (but still luxe) pieces like black trousers and blue collared shirts, and investment-level shoes, usually punctuated by one bold piece of outerwear.
It's how Simons dressed when he turned up at Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People Gala (he's one of them), in a simple fit anchored by one graphic check patterned mac-style coat that checked all of our spring outerwear boxes (get it?). The style is seasonally appropriate: lightweight, water resistant, and good in the wind. Spring coats like this look damn good with both formal and casual clothes, taking the former out of snoozy territory and making the latter look more impressive. And wearing a bold patterned spring coat makes any day-to-day uniform look fresher, no matter how long it's gone unchanged. And the good news right now is that there are a ton of great options available (Our advice: stick to classic menswear patterns and colors like Simons).
This story originally appeared on GQ.
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