Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali returns to the big screen this month in Green Book, which hit theaters on Thanksgiving. And the celebrated actor is winning as much praise for his latest portrayal as he is for his personal style. The actor teamed up with e-commerce site MR PORTER for a festive fashion feature and intimate editorial where he opens up on the 16 years he worked as an actor, only to become an overnight sensation with Moonlight.
In the feature—photographed by Max Farago and styled by Nicholas Klam—Ali gets plenty of dope fits off, dropping jewels on how guys can perfect their winter style—and guess what? The rules are pretty simple. Check them out below and visit MR PORTER’s The Journal for the full interview.
1. Get A Classic Overcoat
Invest in a proper overcoat that’s dressy enough to rock with a suit but pairs just as well with casual basics. Opt for a warm wool or cashmere option that lands just above the knee.
2. Layer Up
Dress up your denim with a cozy blazer in textured wool plaid. The checked design shown here has added patch pockets and an updated silhouette that’ll allow you to layer up with ease.
3. Rock Stylish Knits
Technology—and fashion—have come a long way: there are tons of sweaters that will keep you toasty without sacrificing style. But nothing combats a cold, gray day like a colorful Fair Isle knit that’ll keep you toasty without adding any bulk.
4. Top It Off
Preserving body heat is a must when the temperature dips. A proper knit hat is a must, but like Ali, keep it clean—no logos.
5. Go Monochrome
When you wear one hue from head to toe, you stand out from the hordes of guys wearing combinations of multiple shades. The trick is to vary each piece’s texture within a range of neutrals.
6. Break Out Your Shades
Just because the sun isn’t scorching hot, it doesn’t mean that you don’t need to protect your eyes. UV rays can be extra harmful in the winter. Also, sun blindness is a real thing. Wearing shades cuts down on glare off the snow. Plus, you’ll look cool as hell.