Wall Street Style: Can You Really Dress Like Gordon Gekko Men's Style Question & Answer Hi! I'm Carl Centeno, the founder of this style blog.
Today I'm going to be answering the question, Carl, what do you think of Gordon Gekko's style from the movie Wall Street? This was a question posed to me by a viewer, and so I'm going to be taking a few minutes today and I'm going to give you my opinion. Now, before I get started, did you know that all those costumes and everything developed on the set, actually Alan Flusser did that? If you're not familiar with Alan Flusser, he's one of the best writers ever on Men's Wear, published a lot of great books.
I've never had the chance to go to his costume shop in, I believe, New York City but I would think that my premium sponsor, Kirby Allison's Hanger Project, that's a great job of innocence bringing something like that to the web. Now, Kirby, he's down in Dallas, Texas and I brought him on as a premium sponsor because I was really impressed with his offer.
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I like it. Okay. As I talked about before, Alan Flusser actually designed all of those outfits for the movie and when he did that, before that stuff really didn't exist in reality. In fact, I've seen the number of I've seen pictures of men imitating this. It's one of those things reality copying Hollywood; Hollywood copying reality whereas the circle. But when I look that, what I see and the feeling, the emotion that I got from this clothing is that of aggressiveness, of strength. It's very memorable. It's almost overpowering. So if that is the message that you want to send, then go for it. What made Gordon Gekko's clothing so striking, so strong? 1. Strong Contrast The gentleman talked about in there but he would use, let's say, a blue shirt and then he would have a white collar with white contrast and cuffs. Now, this could exist and in some cases, I've even heard of this existing quite a few years ago whenever, well, let's just say, where do you think the blue collar came? The blue collar came from because women got tired of washing their husbands' white collar stuff all the time because it stained easily.
And so if you work in the fields, you wore darker clothing that was colored by indigo, but white colors were very hard and they used to be interchangeable. It was very possible to actually have a light-colored shirt with interchangeable collars and cuffs and just change those out. You have to get that custom-made to get that nowadays but that's a little bit of history. But I think and when I see that contrast, to me it's very sharp and it draws attention. 2. Accessories If you go look in the movie, you're going to see pocket squares, the cufflinks, other little details that these guys are using, very high end, very well made and those were sending a very clear message whenever the man puts his hand on the table and you can see his multi-thousand dollar cufflinks that, Yeah, I'm here to intimidate you. 3. Clean Lines The fit was immaculate on almost all the clothing, not so much on Wall Street 2. Wall Street, the first one, yes, the fit was down and all the details that went into the lines. You could see from when Michael Douglas would take off his jacket and you could see the suspenders to the fit of his shirts, to the fit of his trousers, the break on the trousers, Alan Flusser did a really good job with that clothing. That right there says this man pays attention to detail. 4.
Colors A lot of bold colors, not just the contrast but the use of gold, the use of very strong blues, so very good use of colors. What is my opinion? Well, that clothing was a costume so my opinion is if you dress like this, to me it's a little bit too much. I think it's a costume. That's where I think it should be left. Now, some men, they want to send the message that I don't care what you think. I'm going to dress how I want. He's one of my inspiration, one of my heroes. But I think Gordon Gekko wasn't he based off of wasn't this stuff based off of the 1980 tycoons and all of the stuff that was going on at Wall Street which is still going on today? I think Michael Milken had a little bit of influence on them. If you don't know who Michael Milken is, you can do a little bit of research. But I don't know if that's who I want to draw inspiration from. But to each his own and I wish you the best. If you want to learn more about men's style, gentleman, I've got my A Man's Guide To Style, my amazing self-study course.
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