Ryan Gosling’s character in Drive is the darker than some of his other leading roles and also seems to have similar dark style when it comes to his outfits and fashion style in the film. . He only does it when he feels it’s necessary. Ryan’s character Drive Style still looks good when covered in blood in some scenes in the film.
This isn’t a look that everyone can pull off. There’s a lot of 80s influence to this movie. From the synth-pop music, to the font of the titles, to the wardrobe (complete with gold necklace) of co-star Carey Mulligan. It’s nowhere near the awesome blue shawl collar tux Gosling wore to the premier. Here’s how to steal it. Try to keep it blood free.
Film will always be a medium that people will look to for fashion advice. Whether it’s the effortless cool of protagonists completing monumental tasks to save mankind, or more understated heroes just looking to beat back everyday life – to even still the adversaries who make being bad look oh so good – these characters ultimately become the template for cool.
Nicolas Winding Refn’s genre-bending film, Drive, was released almost five years ago to the day and left audiences completely gobsmacked.
While most assumed it would be another car-centric film like Gone in 60 Seconds or The Fast and the Furious, instead, audiences were treated to a violent love letter to Los Angeles that came packaged in a format that was light on dialogue and heavy on style.
Ryan Gosling’s portrayal of “The Driver” not only rewrote the book on what it meant to be heroic, but people also couldn’t get over just how stylish he was. He wasn’t debonair like James Bond, but he also wasn’t some stock grease monkey. In fact, the fashion choices for Gosling’s character had relevance both to the film itself and even predicted several sartorial trends that would follow in the years following the film’s release.
If you needed any further proof that Drive is one of the most stylish films in the last 25 years, look no further than these examples.
To many of us, it’s the most wanted piece of the Driver’s wardrobe. His watch is a Patek Philippe, and specifically a model that doesn’t really exist. The silver dial with just one sub-dial is surprisingly difficult to replicate. This recently released Skagen is close, but will need a new lighter in shade leather band with some texture. If you want a more affordable dark dial version of the one in the movie, try ESQ’s Chronicle.
As with most heist movies, time plays a big role – as illustrated by The Driver’s own five-minute rule which dictates “you give me a time and a place, I give you a five minute window. Anything happens in that five minutes and I’m yours. No matter what. Anything happens a minute either side of that and you’re on your own.”
For the film, Gosling’s character opts for a one-of-a-kind Patek Philippe chronometer with white, luminous face and brown leather band that he would strap to the steering wheel of his getaway car.
The watch is so cool that we actually wrote a whole peice on our blog about the Ryan Gosling Drive Watch.
While we’ve noted that a watch like a Patek Philippe is “normally reserved for oil tycoons or drug barons,” due to its high price, the ownership of the Swiss timepiece is a reflection of his character as described in the original source material.
The jacket fits him so close in the movie that you can forget about layering. Be prepared to find something that’s intentionally slim like these, or have something tailored for you.
Because a t-shirt would be too obvious and long sleeves would be too warm for Los Angeles (which is where the movie is set). Keep it the shirt slim and keep it close and fitted to the body. Check out some similar options here.
The Jeans: Levi’s 511 Skinny in Indigo Stretch
The only person wearing tighter pants in Drive is Christina Hendricks. And God knows how they shoe-horned her figure into those jeggings. But watching her work those heels was a treat. 514s are as slim as most of us want to get. 511s are one step closer to a second skin. 1% spandex mixed in for stretch.
This style of plastic aviator is like the rest of this outfit. They’re not for everyone. They can bury the skeezy needle on many a face. On others, they’re right. A few price ranges here: The DKNY are in the middle, with the KW Aviator from Nordstrom ($10) and the Ray Ban Cats 5000 providing the book ends.
Much in the same way his scorpion jacket served as his armor, The Driver’s sunglasses are also a strong reflection of how his character interprets the world.
Produced by Selima Optics, the Auburn Tortoise silhouette of the Money 2 frames gives a wearer a timeless but updated appearance that fits all face shapes.
Gosling’s boots look like the Stacy Adams Madison because they actually are Stacy Adams. They’ve been beat to death by the costume designer, but for the color, it’s most likely the taupe. Which also happens to be tough to find. Backup would be the grey with new matching laces.
While they may not be as iconic in cinema or television as Marty McFly’s Nike Air MAG from Back to the Future II, Stacy Adams’s Madison Boots have been a tried-and-true silhouette whether in a period drama or in a more contemporary context.
Seen on the feet on Dr. John Thackery in The Knick, Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire and Django Freeman in Django Unchained, Ryan Gosling’s character in Drive also favored the cap toe boots with genuine Goodyear welt construction and leather soles.
When the duo of Gosling and Winding Refn reunited for the 2013 film, Only God Forgives, his character was once again clad in Madison boots.
Not too expensive and the right color. Also available in a richer “BritishTan” color.
If you’re okay with a subtle two toned look, Lord & Taylor has a house brand glove for under $50.
The Jacket: Member’s Only Vintage Racer
Somethings just can’t be replicated easily. Especially when it’s an original piece for the film inspired by “Korean Souvenir Jackets from the 50’s” Right. Quilted white satin bomber/racing jackets just don’t fall out of the sky. Your suggestions for this jacket (scorpion embroidery on the back not necessary) go in the comments below…
Looks like these are now available on Amazon for about $100?
Drive jacket without scorpion.
The first and the foremost thing in this outfit is this standout jacket. Fjackets made this jacket in true colors and quality. The scorpion at the back looks like it’s just about to come to life. Such vivacious interpretation of the original jacket is eye catching and eye pleasing. The make and material of the jacket are unquestionable, and you would have no shame in spending your honest day pay on this scorpion clad jacket.
The outfit caught the eye because of its uniqueness and difference from our regular day racing costumes.The following infographic gives you a pictorial briefing about the Drive costume.
“Ryan had been really inspired by these 1950s Korean souvenir jackets,” said Drive costume designer, Erin Benach. “He had bought one on his own and was wearing it around. So we started to think, wow, that might be really cool. But the style and shape of them was definitely very fifties and slouchy. We felt like Driver was really buttoned-up, clean and streamlined and we didn’t want there to be much billowiness to him. So we built it piece by piece. We knew the collar had to be able to pop up, we wanted the knit around the wrists and waist to be 100 percent wool as opposed to stretchy nylon. We wanted every element to be perfect. We went through 15 or 20 iterations until we got it right. Which was down to the wire — about an hour before shooting!”
Drive was released on Friday September 16th 2011.
Rated R for violence and nudity. Just 100 minutes long.