Roger Sterling

ANNIVERSARY SALE CONTINUES. Don’t wait too long, though—prices go up August 5. Previously, we showed what inspired the Expert Picks of creative director Andy Comer. Today, get to know tailored clothing buy planner Ryan Sharp, a man who’s as into Gucci loafers as he is video games. Shop Ryan’s picks here, and read more about him below.


[L: David Beckham—a baller in more ways than one.
R: The view from Bandits Bar, a Seattle spot famous for tamales.]

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[L: Ryan’s loafer game is strong. | R: John Slattery, aka Roger Sterling of Mad Men.
Not wearing his signature three-piece suit…but still.]


[How Ryan kicks up his Guccis and blows off some steam.]

MEN’S SHOP DAILY: Who’s your top style icon?
RYAN SHARP:
“I’d say David Beckham. From being casual courtside to formal on the red carpet, he’s always looking sharp. I’m not sure how much Posh has to do with it, but the looks he puts together are generally on point.”

MSD: Like many guys, you occasionally unwind at the end of the day with the Xbox. What are your current favorite games?
RYAN SHARP:
“Right now, I’m pretty into Borderlands 2. I rotate in Skyrim, Call of Duty, Dishonored and am always down for a round of FIFA. I’m looking forward to attending PAX Prime this summer, and I’ll hopefully get a chance to try out the Xbox One, PS4 and some upcoming games.”

MSD: What trends are you most excited about for fall?
RYAN SHARP: “I really like all the different patterns and textures for fall, the tweeds, corduroys, Fair Isle sweaters, etc. All the vested looks are really nice, too. Three-piece suits are very Roger Sterling—they’re definitely dressier and make a statement.”

MSD: How do you refuel in your time off?
RYAN SHARP: “When the weather is nice, I enjoy exploring the city, trying out new restaurants and bars. It does have a tendency to rain up here, so I also enjoy reading or playing Xbox at home (when can I get my Xbox One?).”

MSD: What brought you to the Seattle area?
RYAN SHARP: “I grew up in Orange County, California. My girlfriend moved up here for work; after I visited once, it was an easy decision to move up here, too.”

MSD: How would you describe your personal style?
RYAN SHARP: “Smart casual? I’ll wear a suit or a sportcoat with jeans to the office. Lately on the weekends, it’s normally my A.P.C.s and maybe a Todd Snyder shirt.”


A few of our favorites from Ryan’s Anniversary Sale picks (from left):
Joseph Abboud sportcoat | Santoni double-monk | Dockers slim chinos | Hugo Boss dress shirt

 

FOR MORE, SHOP:
ALL OF RYAN SHARP’S PICKS
ALL EXPERT PICKS
ALL MEN’S ANNIVERSARY SALE

 
 

[Interview by Laura Oxford. Instagram photos by Ryan Sharp. David Beckham photo via Esquire UK; John Slattery photo via GQ. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

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The season-five finale of Mad Men a few nights ago ended with a brief chain of events that threatened to decimate the central premise of the entire season—namely, a new Don Draper: less work-obsessed, more monogamous, and less haunted (literally) by demons from his past.

Despite the revelatory plot twist, it was hardly shocking to see classic Draper reemerge—and beguile the best-looking ’60s mod-era minx in the bar, and her friend, without even trying.

What was unexpected, though, was this season’s occasional loosening-up of the definitive Mad Men uniform  (trim suit + white shirt + narrow tie). Secondary characters came into their own, style-wise, and even Draper and Roger Sterling relaxed a little. Read on for our top five less-buttoned-up looks of the season.


1. Off-Duty Don. He wore this timeless, casual-yet-polished combo to the office—on a Sunday. Take a cue and make an effort, even when you don’t have to. Shop V-Neck Sweaters.
Shown: Etro | Kenzo | Dockers

 


2. “Dinner-Party” Roger. Couldn’t resist including this scene of Sterling, in the bath with his quasi-estranged second wife, hallucinating that he’s at Yankee Stadium. Directly prior, he was talked into trying LSD by a group of hippie intellectuals—while wearing a perfect navy blazer and power tie (Sterling’s version of ‘casual,’ as opposed to his standard three-piece suit). Shop Navy Blazers.
Shown: Hickey Freeman | Psycho Bunny | Hugo

 


3. Stan Rizzo’s Stripes. Mad Men nails all the differences—in personality and attire—between account men and creative types. Rizzo, an art director, makes casual-staple polo shirts look office-ready on a daily basis, thanks to a trim fit and clean lines. Shop Polo Shirts.
Shown: Rag & Bone | Gant Rugger | Boss Orange

 


4. Harry Crane’s Adventurous Side. We decided to pass up the vibrant, prep-staple plaid dinner jackets donned by Draper, Cosgrove and Campbell early in the season, and instead focus on the subtler, but still statement-making patterns that TV-exec-schmoozing Crane has caught on to. Shop Plaid Sportcoats.
Shown: Hart Schaffner Marx | Psycho Bunny | Hart Schaffner Marx

 


5. Ginsberg’s Creative Streak.
The new guys’ clothes are like his thoughts: scattered, a little messy, but inevitably a glimpse of brilliance shines through. His pattern-mixing here is a travesty, but his printed shirt is as on-point in 2012 as it was in 1967. Shop Novelty-Print Shirts.
Shown: Etro | Eton | Kenzo

 

In Closing: We’re sad to see Mad Men go—but at least the new season of True Blood premiered the same night. Which means less Megan, but more of this guy. Fair enough.

 

 [Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom or products shown. Images courtesy of AMC and Lionsgate. Don, Stan and Harry via GQ.com; Roger and Ginsberg via polentical.com.]

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