LeBron James and Jake Gyllenhaal Do the Dressed-Way-Down Suit
LeBron James and Jake Gyllenhaal have their own personal tastes but they share in common a unwavering loyalty to the suit. With tailoring beginning to reinvent itself for our cozy times (every star deserves a comeback), their dedication is paying off. But instead of noisily embracing the suit like that guy at every wedding—or worse, wearing it exactly as they did in the early 2000s, compression-tight and with 15 or more “furnishings”—they’ve got just the right, relaxed attitude. Which is to say: they're keeping the suits simple, the styling fun, and the accessories minimal. They're also going fully untucked.
That they wore their dressed-way-down suits to two of the most casual winter events—James at Staples Center before a Lakers game and Gyllenhaal (in Acne Studios) at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah—further proves their talent with modern-era tailoring. It’s not that you can’t wear a suit to work or a wedding anymore. You can! But if you feel like wearing a matching jacket and pants is confined to formal occasions, you’re taking it too seriously. Treat the suit just like any pair of pants and jacket in your closet and you’re moving in the right direction.
One point on the untucked shirt: This is a great way to make a basic suit look more chill. It also happens to feel great. The print on Gyllenhaal’s Loewe shirt is exceptionally NSFW, which is another easy way to avoid the corporate stress-ball association. James is walking a finer line with his white shirt but his bossy suit and loud Converse sneakers keep it in the right zone.