David Gandy is one of the world’s most famous male models, and he is a man with a truly enviable sense of style. The word dapper could have been invented for him, because he truly dresses like a modern day gentlemen.
David Gandy emerged onto the fashion scene in 2007, when he was chosen as the face (and body) of Dolce and Gabanna Light Blue. Since then he has fronted high profile campaigns for Lucky Brand Jeans, Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Jaguar, and British heritage store, Marks and Spencer. He also has his own underwear line.
If you’d like to steal David Gandy’s style and turn heads when you get dressed then here are some top tips:
Commit to Sharp Tailoring
One of David Gandy’s signature styles is the ultra-sharp tailored suit. In fact, it’s hard to think of Gandy without thinking of him in a suit! When he commits to tailoring, he does it exceptionally well. His go-to tailored combo is the three piece suit, and one of Gandy’s great skills is his ability to choose the perfect fabrics and pattern combinations.
To recreate this look invest in a well fitting, single breasted slim grey suit, and then wear this with a double breasted waistcoat in a contrasting pattern. Always opt for a suit jacket with a single button closure that nips in at the waist, as this will look best when worn with a waistcoat.
Gandy frequently chooses hounds tooth and Prince of Wales check waistcoats to inject depth and drama into his outfits, and these are easy to find on the high street.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match existing tailored pieces in your wardrobe to create a style that is uniquely your own. And don’t shy away from adding another colour to your outfit by choosing a complimentary tie. Here are some great examples of Gandy experimenting with colour and texture:
Say Hello to Headwear
David Gandy is a man who embraces the hat. He doesn’t shy away from experimenting with accessories, and that means that he can often be spotted sporting a hat during his down time.
When it comes to his head wear, Gandy sticks to the classics. Choose either a soft newsboy cap or a felt fedora to recreate this look.
The best thing about accessorising with a hat is that they can be incredibly versatile: add a hat to elevate formal tailoring, or throw one on with jeans and your favourite leather or denim jacket. Simply pull the hat low over one eye, cocked at an angle, and immediately exude super model cool.
If you’ve never experimented with wearing hats before then start with a fedora or a trilby. These incredibly versatile hats suits almost anyone, are lightweight and affordable, and are a great way to hide that you’re having a bad hair day! If you wake up late then simply throw on your favourite hat and go!
Buy Brown Leather
Conventional wisdom suggests that the stylish modern man invests in a beautiful black leather jacket. However if you want to recreate David Gandy’s style then a brown leather jacket would be a much better choice!
David Gandy knows that buttery soft leather in warm shades of tan, beige and brown not only looks fantastic, it is also a great way to stand out from the crowd. In a sea of black leather jackets, why not be the guy that stands out in warm brown?
Brown is also a great colour to warm the skin tone, emphasise a holiday tan, and it looks great with denim, making it the perfect piece to wear with jeans. The brown leather jacket is the gentleman’s leather jacket, and this is the perfect choice if you want to add a vintage edge to your style.
Gandy owns a wardrobe full of brown leather jackets, and he wears them over and over again. What he clearly demonstrates is that a brown leather jacket can be just as versatile as its black cousin: wear with jeans for casual wear, dress up with chinos for more formal occasions, and wear with a plain black or white tee to add a cool urban feel.
Here are some great options for you to choose one of your own:
Focus on Grooming
David Gandy is an unashamedly well-groomed man, and his career as a model means that he devotes plenty of time to ensuring that his hair and skin are kept in great condition.
Gandy keeps his hair longer on top to increase its versatility: the more hair you have to play with the more styles you can recreate. His two favoured look are to slick his hair back with product in a typically Italian style, or to pull it to one side in a style more common in his English home-country. David Gandy has naturally curly hair, and he works with this texture when styling it.
When asked in interview what the best piece of grooming advice he had received was, Gandy replied: “Use a skin exfoliator scrub once a month and then a good moisturiser. I also know from experience that that the condition of your hair and skin relates heavily to what we eat and drink.”
This is great advice, and whilst following it won’t give you the good looks of a supermodel it could almost certainly help you to recreate his smooth and clear skin! Here are some of the exfoliators that we swear by, depending on your budget:
David Gandy is one of the most famous male models in the world, and he has a very distinctive and stylish look. There are very few photographs of David Gandy not looking well put together, because he dedicates time and effort to ensuring that every outfit is on point.
Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your formal wear to the office, or want to inject some old-fashioned cool into your weekend style, David Gandy is the perfect style icon to aspire to.