And frankly, we’re not mad about that.
GQ – You’d be hard pressed to find someone in the Western world (or in the GQ office, frankly) who’s not excited about the return of HBO’s Game of Thrones*. But the return of the vest, a sartorial minefield that menswear designers have been trying to negotiate for a few seasons now, has been a much harder sell for guys on the street.
So you can imagine how shocked and delighted we were to see actor Michiel Huisman, who plays Daario Naharis on GoT, wearing the hell out of a tweed-vest-and-leather-jacket combination at the show’s season six premiere party Sunday night. Huisman, who we’ve seen wear a lot of great suits, made a rakish departure from the straightforward tailoring most of his male costars wore when he chose these two key pieces from Polo Ralph Lauren’s fall 2016 collection.
The look works because both the vest and the jacket belong to the same color family (the beige tones of the vest get picked up in the jacket’s distressed shoulders and sleeves), and they also have the same spirit of rough, weather-beaten authenticity about them. If Huisman had paired this jacket with a vest from a refined navy three-piece—or put this vest underneath a fresh-looking black lambskin perfecto—this ensemble probably would have fallen on its face.
But instead, he used his celebrity to promote an idea that the designers at Ralph Lauren champion, which is that you can wear a vest without looking like a tryhard, so long as you make like Huisman and find a pairing that doesn’t look contrived. Confused about how to get it right? Click here for our guide on how to master the look.