True Sundance style.
Shia LaBeouf’s wardrobe is built on practical, canonical clothing: gray sweatpants, tan military boots, and fleece pullovers. You know, regular-guy stuff, only worn with his inimitable flair. But it’s LaBeouf’s penchant for the dramatic that’s inspired the Instagram accounts and Reddit threads dedicated to his personal style. This unique streak surfaces in a variety of ways. Sometimes it’s just the way he puts himself together, like wearing his sweatpants almost to his nipples. Sometimes it’s a grooming move, like sporting a braided rattail.
But sometimes it’s a single, unexpected flex that falls outside of his usual normcore-adjacent, military surplus-enhanced stylings: neon running tights, a ‘90s windbreaker, a paper-bag protest hood. These dramatic moves are really what separate LaBeouf from every other guy in Dickies and Carhartt and Patagonia, and what draws them to him, too. He is a Tyler Durden for men who want to dress weirdly, daring men to double down on their cutoff shorts with two Missy Elliott thigh tattoos.
The leather coat LaBeouf wore at Sundance Film Festival this weekend, with its gigantic shoulder pads and all-over fringe, and is the actor’s latest act of style theatrics, his latest dare for the common gray sweatshirt lover. Armie Hammer, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michael B. Jordan are also in town for the festival. They are wearing practical, upscale parkas. They are wearing topcoats over their crewnecks. And they look excellent!
But LaBeouf has a different proposition with his ‘90s Boot Barn coat, and it has an indisputable pull of its own. It suggests this: only do what everyone else is doing some of the time. Occasionally, whether in the name of art or comfort or both, do something with your style that’s deeply personal or just completely unique. And when you look at it like that, LaBeouf’s philosophy is honestly pretty hard to argue against, whether or not you’re a fan of oversized tasseled outerwear.
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