Mark Ronson is 2015’s best-selling music artist. And he’s also the most stylish man in pop. With a hit single ‘Uptown Funk’, the forty-year-old – and his inches-high quiff towering above his six-foot frame – is a retro cool pastiche.
But with a successful sneaker collaboration with Gucci in his stride and a short stint as a Tommy Hilfiger model in the late Nineties, the London-born-New-York-raised DJ also runs to the active tune.
Marrying the French actress, singer and model Joséphine de La Baume in 2011, Ronson now lives in north London and spends a lot of time in Paris – which, like Ronson, is the perfect mélange of old and new school style.
Breaking It Down
Cool hair, cool attitude – Ronson has the inherent make up of a stylish dude. His retro charm is exemplified via tailoring: luxury tuxedos, classic double-breast suits and sports-inspired single-breast cuts – all made audacious by some serious pattern and fabric panache.
Off-duty, the star is Frank Sinatra-esque wearing crooner open-neck shirts with all-over prints and wide-leg trousers. Then, with the flip of a switch, it’s a jogger pant-bomber jacket moment, paired with comfort-savvy sneakers in monochrome.
Dressed up, dressed down Ronson is a self-confessed chameleon, taking on his surroundings – musical mostly – and then working them into a personal wardrobe. Sixties soul, Nineties hip-hop and Eighties post-punk. Why not wear it all?
First up – sartorial class. While Ronson is of-the-moment with his personal style, there’s something very nostalgic about his double-breast suit. The chalk-stripe – made famous by the mid-century James Bond – returns in rose streaked patterned over a cocoa super wool suit with mocha leather Oxford shoes.
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A modern version of Ronson’s other classic suit gives voice to the style weight of the grey suit. Still cut double-breasted, the day-time suit becomes nighttime ready with a molten black shirt and tie, which make the four-button closure pop. The finishing detail is the bi-coloured brogue, a signature dress shoe in chalk white and black, for the stay classy Ronson.
Suit ‘n’ Sneaker
Showing his sportsluxe side, Ronson knows how to mix white kicks with tailoring. Working off the clean, crispiness of the white sneaker, the musician opts for textured fleck in way of suiting. A single-breast monochrome tweed allows for expression in the shirting – by way or neo-tartan in cobalt blue and black (not red) evading any relations with a punk aesthetic.
Ronson’s penchant for black shirting (and leather briefcase and shades to match) under the flecky suit sees sophistication in colour and feel, doing away with the tie and lapel pin for a minimal, pared-back look that bounces along with the active sneaker.
The Psychadelic Tux
Any man can don a tux and scrub up ok. But Ronson ramps it up in luxury fabric and print. The feature piece is the statement dinner jacket. The jacket is always plush – a velour paisley floral with whips of salmon, olive and orange and a contrast black lapel which frames le smoking.
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Other times, a silk and wool-blend jacket – in golden beige jacquard, creates a tonal checkerboard pattern. Monochrome pieces are superior outlandish print accompaniments. And Ronson favours black, wearing the colourless hue from his shirting to his boutonniere; before crepe sole Derbies in polished leather seal the all-black style.
Ronson does eschew a suit and buttoned-up shirt to the neck, once in a while. A blue boy, the DJ favours retro print button-downs in silk or rayon, the vintage fabric worn open, usually displaying a canvas-to-the-pattern via a basic t-shirt.
For smarter errands, Ronson’s relaxed blazer in soft velour is a vintage dream over a Cuban shirt in pastel. Both looks require black chinos or jeans to quiet the top half. But that doesn’t persuade Ronson from spicing up the shoe game, with white canvas plimsols in varied animal or toy motifs, making their appearance.
Colour-blocking doesn’t stray far from Ronson, and serves as a vibrancy that is different from patterned suiting. Letting white be the counter-colour, a coral cotton suit over a violet crew-neck t-shirt are gardenia colours that match the mood of summertime. The bright hues evade the need for anything else but crisp white kicks, with Ronson’s quiff even taking a back seat to slicked down hair.
Other times, Ronson bases out his colour block in tonal white: cream cropped trousers-made-Eighties with a tangerine dream sweater and electric blue blazer. The complementary colour matching of the blue and orange is a brave but visually pleasing move, with the styling clean cut and minimal to reduce any chance of aesthetic confusion.
Key Ronson Fashion Items
Suits: Double-breasted (Giorgio Armani); coloured tuxedo (Saint Laurent or Tom Ford); and bespoke suit (Maison Lance).
Shoes: Sneakers (Gucci or Vans); lace-upes (Church’s or Dr Marten’s).
Shirts: Basic t-shirt (Allsaints or J.Crew); retro-print button down (Reiss or Marc Jacobs).
Trousers: Wide-leg trouser (Acne Studios or Lardini); jeans (Levi’s); jogger pants (Nike).
Accessories: Sunglasses (Maison Margiela X Mykita); leather document holder (Thom Browne).