Tom Cruise in Top Gun

When the weekends releases don’t exactly inspire a lot of style, we switch back to the past and pull out some classic looks from films gone by.  Now, that’s not to say there aren’t good movies coming out this week – Madagascar 2 will make tens of millions and Role Models is in my top five movies of the year, with lots of smart laughs and even more crass ones. But neither of these is really ground breaking in the style department, so we head to 1986 and the machismo masterpiece that is Top Gun.

Classic American

There isn’t much more American when it comes to style than blue jeans and a T-Shirt.  It’s a strong, classic look that never gets old.  You can wear it to the bar if you’ve got a dark t-shirt on or just to pass football around in the yard.  The jeans can be normal fit, relaxed, or ripped, but the closer to normal the better for the classic look.  Really trendy jeans need not apply.  As for the shirt, a Hanes Pocket T is what I recommend.  White should generally be avoided, as it appears to be an undershirt, but gray and black are both perfect.

Bombs Away

You can’t be a hot shot pilot or a real man with out at least one leather jacket in your closet.  While slapping on the US Wings Series Goatskin G1, complete with fur liner, may be a little bit too costume and not enough functionality, a good leather jacket is both stylish and warm.  Other styles of bomber jackets are acceptable, but anything that looks nice and fits well in black or brown is a safe choice.


I’ve talked about how awesome aviator style sunglasses are and they show no signs of stopping.  They’ve appeared in Top Gun, Iron Man, Tropic Thunder, and countless other movies.  When going for the Top Gun look, they’re absolutely essential.  If these aren’t already in your wardrobe, you’re doing something wrong.

Dressing the part of the All-American flyboy is easy and relatively cheap and a smart look.  Avoid appearing as if you’re in costume and you’ll instead channel the inner, rugged American in us all.  Happy hunting.

Do you have a Top Gun look stored in your closet?

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