The actor’s lifelong style commitment is still paying off.
At Comic Con in New York City last week, Keanu Reeves was on hand to drum up excitement about his new flick Replicas and, we assume, answer a lot of John Wick-related questions. And he did it all wearing the same outfit he’s worn for the better part of the last two decades.
Reeves’ personal style, not to mention Reeves himself, is especially relevant in 2017 thanks to a massive upswing in fashion world appreciation for all things ’90s. For the rest of the world, that’s meant guys getting excited about riffs on that era’s menswear staples (see: anything from Vêtements, stonewashed jeans, graphic patterned merch!). For Reeves it’s meant sticking with his uniform: relaxed tailoring worn with a black T-shirt and brown boots. He’s worn the same look on countless red carpets, on late night TV interviews, through airports, walking around city streets, sitting on benches while looking sad, all with the same just-rolled-out-of-bed effortlessness that makes the look appealing as opposed to just sloppy. The man owns other clothes—jeans for example, a tan suit from last year, the suede trucker jacket he wore to the premiere of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure—but the vast majority of his closet is just variations of this one outfit. And despite the fit of it barely changing for decades it still looks damn good.
The takeaway from Reeves’ commitment to a single ‘fit is that the actor found something he loved wearing and then just stuck with it. It’s a strategy we respect and one that you don’t have to be famous in any way to pull off. The Keanu sweet spot is, after all, somewhere between dirt bike and movie premiere attire. A relaxed fit suit and tee can easily transition from casual to casual Friday, so find tailoring that feels good (not too tight, not too loose) and then buy your go-to T-shirt in bulk. A beat up pair of chukkas, like Keanu’s, serve to toughen up an otherwise simple set of basics. The secret to successful repeat dressing is the knowledge that nobody is actually going to call you out (except us, but that’s our job). If you feel good, you’ll look better every time. And Reeves’ decades long outfit run is some pretty convincing proof that wearing the same thing everyday (as long as it’s clean) can definitely look just as cool as any current trend. That or, if you just wait long enough, the very thing you’re wearing will come back around as menswear’s must-have trend.