How David Beckham makes easygoing look outstanding
I'm convinced, and have been for some time, that David Beckham can make anything look good. He alone, despite our resistance here on the Esquire style desk, is keeping the newsboy cap alive and out-shined the groom at last summer's Royal Wedding. Hell, even his worst looks somehow don't come across nearly as offensive as they would if, say, yours truly wore them.
I was reminded of this on Wednesday when a photo came across the wires of Becks stepping out with his wife, Victoria, in New York City, while wearing an outfit I've put on for a hungover bodega run almost every Saturday since 2014. The difference (other than the beautiful face, body, and ability to make neck tattoos look cool) is that when I assemble the T-shirt, hoodie, overcoat, jeans and boots together, the Captain Planet of easygoing style doesn't quite emerge. Rather, I mostly get side-eyed from passersby. "Do you think we should have given him change," they mutter to their significant other while I stumble toward a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich.
But I digress. Even the most hungover of men can make this work, neck tats or not. What Becks is showing us here is that, when done thoughtfully, keeping it simple always wins. The plain white T-shirt, the gray zip hoodie, the light-wash jeans, and the Doc Martins are all easily accessible to all of us civilians. His statement piece, the overcoat, is as well, but by the looks of it, I have to assume it's not something available at Urban Outfitters (where you can likely find the rest of his fit).
And so the biggest lesson in all of this perhaps, is the power of a great statement piece of outerwear. The best of them work in both Beckham's and my own scenario—great for a night out in the city and the cure to what ails you from it the next morning. And when it's really good, it can help even the basics look outstanding.