By Max Berlinger.
It's no big secret that Ryan Reynolds is one stylish guy. He's a master of making a big impact with limited means, which, frankly, is a lesson we could all benefit from. Especially as the temperature starts to rise (we swear, spring is on the way) and we hit that tricky season when layering becomes the sartorial default mode. Yesterday, Reynolds once again proved his expertise for dealing with this in-between time of year when he left The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in New York.
We're not going to outright lie to you and tell you this is some easy outfit: The man is wearing four—count 'em!—layers up top. Looks like we've got a base layer henley, an artfully undone button-up shirt, a cardigan, and a denim jacket all represented. Below the belt, he goes simple but still style-conscious with perfectly tailored pleated pants and some classic white Converse chucks.
Now, the outfit definitely reads as ready for spring, but, as we mentioned, the four layers help insulate him from the cold. And if he does start to feel a little warm, well, he has plenty to strip off before things get indecent. When broken down, though, it's not some crazy swerve that is impossible to pull off. The fact is, these are all pieces that most guys already have in their closet, and Reynolds makes it work by choosing ones in solid neutral colors so that when put together, there's no jarring, clashing elements at play. And the pleated pants are a nod to him knowing what's going on the fashion world, but the shoes are a nice way acknowledge that classics will always be the building blocks of a good look.
So, as you slowly start to phase that heavy jacket out of rotation, let this be a lesson that spring layers don't need to be complicated to be effective.
This story originally appeared on GQ.
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