Like spotting a whale coming up for air off the coast of the Jersey Shore, catching a glimpse of an A-List Celebrity in a truly affordable fit is a beautiful, rare sight worth beholding. Not only does it attach a sense of comfort and approachability to an otherwise untouchable figure, it also provides hopeful inspiration and confidence to a wide population of civilians who love to get dressed.
Michael Fassbender, majestic in his own right, came up for air Wednesday at the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers 2019 Event. The shirt he is wearing costs $79.50. The shoes he is wearing cost $95. The moment he has graced us with is priceless.
What’s so admirable is not just that Fassbender dressed affordably for an event—it’s that he dressed affordably for this event, and still managed to look the part of someone attending an event honoring such high levels of fashion brilliance. On the surface, his look is subdued and chic. Underneath, he’s wearing workwear and Allbirds sneakers. It is inspiring. It is a high-low masterpiece.
The shirt is from Madwell’s relatively new menswear line, and it’s one of the brand’s top sellers. Its textural cotton twill and double pockets say Blue Collar. Its crisp white collar says…White Collar. The streamlined shirt is a high-low mix in its own right. It’s the kind of shirt you can wear however you want. Keep it unbuttoned with a graphic tee underneath. Roll up the sleeves, or leave them down. Beat it up—wash it as much as you want and watch as it wears into perfection. Button it all the way up with a pair of chinos. Hell, slap a tie on this bad boy and wear it with one of your more rugged looking suits.
The shoes are from Allbirds’ follow-up to its widely popular runners, endorsed by Esquire and Barack Freakin’ Obama. Allbirds’ calls their Tree Loungers a breathable co-pilot. I call them Michael Fassbender’s DGAF flex of the century.
The entire fit is wholly inspiring to any and every person looking to put together a solid outfit. You can wear this look anywhere—yes, even a capital-F Fashion event. Michael Fassbender, as we wears it, exudes eternal cool—he is Michael Fassbender, after all. But get yourself a full enough mustache and a solid pair of black sunglasses, and maybe—just maybe—you might walk with the swagger of a thousand suns, too.