Zac Efron is not someone who is typically seen as a style icon; most of us still associate his name with the annoying teenage lead in the ever popular teen films ‘High School Musical’. He is becoming known for his sense of style and has the ability to look good in virtually any brand. He has been spotted wearing the likes of American Apparel, Diesel, Marc Jacobs and Dior Homme, as well as many others. In recent years he has not only proven himself in the style stakes but he has proven himself as a fully fledged actor in films such as ‘Charlie St. Cloud’, ‘The Lucky One’ and most recently ‘The Paper Boy’.
‘The Paper Boy’ is a sexually and racially charged film noir from Oscar nominated director Lee Daniels (Monster’s Ball, Shadow Boxer, and Precious). The film takes a look into the backwards society of 1960s South Florida, as investigative reporter Ward Jansen (Matthew McConaughey) and his partner Yardley Acheman (David Oyelowo) chase the story of a lifetime and potentially career changing opportunity. With the help of Ward’s younger brother Jack (Zac Efron) and dark, sultry death row groupie Charlotte Bless (Nicole Kidman) they try to prove the innocence of the violent Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack) who was framed for the murder of a corrupt local sheriff. The film is based on the book of the same name by author Pete Dexter, the film looks into the darker side of a sleepy town and removes the facade of southern hospitality and well bred appearance. Looking to be one of the films of the summer, it may put Zac into the big leagues of movie stardom as he appears alongside a host of huge names already stars in the business.
Get The Look
With the attention that this film is generating, it is hard not to take notice of the influx of paparazzi shots of Efron going about his day to day business. It is a constant pressure for celebrities to look good, due to the constant scrutiny of the public gaze. So with Zac’s buff body and impeccable yet easy style, he gives a lot of us a wakeup call in stylish masculine maintenance. Zac is very good at balancing his outfits, when he wears something casual it is still put together well and is a more relaxed style we all wish we could pull off. Smart casual is a style where Zac really suits what he wears; mixing quirky blazers with chinos and boots really gives him top marks when it comes to style. His red carpet looks are beyond impeccable, each suit pristine in nature and tailored to perfection really shows the world how Efron has matured as an actor but also as a style icon.
A casual look is quite a difficult look to do right, you don’t want to be so casual that you become borderline messy. Perfecting this easy cool guy style is simple to do if you follow these simple guidelines. Don’t think to hard about this outfit, it should appear effortless. Don’t clash too many colours, keep the colour palette subtle. Do pair your look with a cool pair of sunglasses and maybe a beanie. These are great for hiding tell tale signs from the heavy night before. This look works best with a simple printed tee, jeans or chinos, a cool casual cardigan and really simple easy pumps or shoes. There really isn’t an awful lot to think about which makes this style so great, as most guys don’t like to think to hard about what to wear during the day.
This kind of outfit is perfect if you don’t want to get too dressed up, but at the same time you are keen to make an impression. Chino’s come into play yet again, but this time they are given a smarter vibe with the inclusion of smarter shoes and a good tailored blazer or jacket. Worn with a casually undone shirt suggests that the wearer doesn’t take himself too seriously but can still be sophisticated and cool at the same time. The colour palette focus in these images of Zac dictates the use of blues, beiges and greys. These colours are perfect for this time of year, as they aren’t to dark and boring yet they still have a sense of spring lightness to them. These are a good idea on how to create the perfect transitional outfits from winter to spring.
This is a look that is a must have for every gentleman’s style repertoire. The importance of formality is obvious, and dapper clothes are the true way to portray a refined gentleman. Zac shows us how he translates the smart look to his own style, a simple tailored look can be brought to life with personal touches such as silk scarves draped over the neck. This kind of accessory reins true for gentleman of days past, and should not be sniffed at. It’s the subtle touches of a scarf or pocket square that can really bring life to an outfit.
Zac Efron has a clear direction in which he chooses to take his style; he can alter his fashion choices to suit a number of different occasions. He also shows our younger readers that the transition from basic boy to sophisticated gent is a relatively easy one once you have worked out or chosen your personal style. Zac was originally a very unlikely style icon, but this article shows that even the most unsuspected individual can transform themselves into quite the trend setter. Do you remember trying to be fashionable when you were a teen, or how did you overcome the transition from boy to man? Fancy sharing your story, then let us known in the comments below.