Edward Cullen, who? I'm talking about the real relationship killer--Ryan Gosling. And while my wife will tell you I've chosen Ryan as this post's Man of Inspiration because I was once told I looked like the dashing heartthrob by a near-sighted, college freshman girl, my actual reason for choosing Mr. Gosling is simple: the man is absolutely unstoppable. With over a dozen films under his belt, ranging from box office giants like Remember the Titans and Fracture to greats such as Blue Valentine and Lars and the Real Girl, which provide him with some serious indie cred, Gosling has become one of our generation's best leading men at barely 30 years old. Add to that, his eery, folk indie band Dead Man's Bones and his uncanny ability to grace the best dressed list of any awards show in the universe with his impeccable style and you truly begin to see why I've had a completely heterosexual Man Crush on this guy for a great while.
But with all that said, let's break down one of my absolute favorite looks from the epically suave Mr. Gosling, pictured here with his Blue Valentine co-star Michelle Williams:
1. The Rugged, Wicked Cool Leather Jacket
If you've got the cash, invest in a quality leather bomber jacket that'll last long enough to pass on to your grand kids. Gosling masters the look here by pairing it with a much more "dressed-up" ensemble rather than the usual AC/DC shirt and chaps. If you're like me and it's perhaps a bit out of the budget range, you can also go with the much less expensive, and still very cool beat-to-heck jean jacket in a dark wash like this one from Levi's.
2. The Endlessly Versatile Cardigan
Urban Outfitters, Hawkings McGill Classic Cardigan, $39
3. The Scarf
Without a doubt, Gosling's scarf is what makes this look exceptional. While many men would surely steer clear of one this....elegant, the confident cool and rugged good-looks of the dapper Crazy Stupid Love star somehow lets him pull it off with unbelievable swagger. But if you're a little apprehensive, try a more "manly" (although less punchy) option.
4. The Kicks
|*Consulted Source: The GQ Eye|
Stacy Adams, Men's Madison Cap-Toe Spat Boot, $116
Or the cheat: White Spats - Adult Size, $16