Jeremy Piven is a man attracted to a stylish role. With seven years playing the inimitable Ari Gold on hit show Entourage and a more recent jaunt portraying the titular role in ITV’s Mr Selfridge, the 48 year-old plays the brash, sharp tongue and suited man exceptionally well.
Of course, for those who know and love Entourage, it’s incredibly difficult to separate Mr Piven and Mr Gold. Although it’s unfair to typecast, he’s almost fused into one imaginatively insulting, f-bomb dropping, well-dressed gent, who remains wholly likeable.
Jeremey Piven Style Profile
Personal vs. Celluloid
Mr Piven’s personal style is unlike that of the characters he depicts so well. Ari Gold is styled to fit his status so power suiting is a wardrobe staple, with imposing Windsor knots and perfected pocket squares supporting the exquisitely cut tailoring.
However, Ari’s true appeal stems from his inimitable gravitas and rock solid confidence, which is portrayed flawlessly by Piven. These personal traits, and not just the clothes, are what make a man truly stylish – after all, every sartorial-inclined gent already knows the merits of a good suit:
Personal Style Analysis
Away from the celluloid, Mr Piven’s personal lookbook is a master-class of sleek and sophisticated sartorial excellence.
With an almost continental flair for dressing a blazer up or down and perfectly sculpted facial hair, Piven’s more recent style exploits are up there with the very best:
Highlights from the lookbook above include his green hued suit, which was worn to the Novak Djokovic Foundation inaugural London Gala Dinner. Accessorised with a light blue pocket square and shirt and finished by a pair of artfully half undone double-monks, the outfit presents an excellent example of Piven’s stand-out approach to formal wear.
The London air certainly did something to inspire our icon as the Djokovic Foundation Gala wasn’t his only sartorial triumph whilst on our shores. Wimbledon provides memorable style moments annually, and Piven was on superb form this time around.
Firstly, there was the pale blue-grey suit complemented with criss-cross pattern grey tie and patterned pocket square, which epitomised both the occasion and the season.
Then, following this, there was a perfect smart-casual ensemble that demonstrated why he deserves his style icon status. Making use of bold coloured legwear (a key AW13 trend), Piven didn’t shy away from a pair of striking red trousers. In fact, he embraced them and executed with aplomb alongside a relaxed tee and navy blazer, before polishing off with a neat white pocket square, navy loafers and enviable eyewear.
Finally, whilst attending the ITV Summertime Party, Piven was once again on-point with his attire. Using a Lapo Elkann-esque light blue, double-breasted, peak lapel blazer as the focal point of the look, he anchored it perfectly with a white shirt, navy trousers and brown leather double monk-straps. It was an ensemble that wouldn’t have looked out of place at Pitti Uomo.
Inspired By Pieces
- Reiss Zinc Stretch Poplin White
- Canali Blue Gingham Double Twist Cotton Shirt
- J.crew Grey Ludlow Striped Cotton Suit Jacket
- He By Mango Slim-fit Striped Shirt
- Allsaints Track Leather Jacket
- Paul Smith Single-breasted Peak Lapel Jacket 156430
- Asos Slim Fit Blazer In Tweed
- Easy Essential Crew Neck T-shirt
- Allsaints Baxley V-neck T-shirt
- Sulka Textured Woven-silk Tie
- Reiss Hampton Micro Polka Dot Pocket Square Burgundy
- Turnbull & Asser Contrast Edge Handkerchief 155890
- Allsaints Conduct Shoe
- Alden Leather Derby Shoes
- Asos Tassel Loafers In Suede
Get the Look
Look One: Ari Gold Power Suiting
Few things say power suiting better than a three-piece. A plain navy number maintains maximum versatility and a timeless appeal – something traditional power suiting pinstripes lack.
A white shirt underneath is a classic choice. The semi cutaway collar on the shirt below helps subtly separate yours from standard point collars, yet it still looks equally good once the tie has been dispensed with.
The red, white and blue palette is one that never fails when it comes to tailoring, so complete the set with a dark red tie. The devil is absolutely in the detail; therefore a neatly folded handkerchief is a must – as is the tie dimple in the Windsor knot and the bottom button of both the waistcoat and blazer being left undone.
Finish this Ari Gold-inspired look with a pair of polished Derbies with minimal detailing – brown is preferred due to the presence of navy but black can also work:
- White Business Casual Slim Fit Shirt
- Reiss Bishopsgate W Mohair Wool Notch Lapel Waistcoat Bright Blue
- Reiss Bishopsgate Mohair Wool Notch Lapel Suit Bright Blue
- Emma Willis Woven-silk Tie
- Brooks Brothers Set-of-six Hand-rolled Cotton Handkerchiefs
- Campanile Ravenna Derby Shoes 172208
Look Two: Smart-Casual Sophistication
As previously highlighted, Piven’s smart-casual ensembles border on sensational. Recreate his Wimbledon outfit for a look that makes an effortless statement, whether for a daytime event or a night on the town.
Coloured legwear is a favourite here at FashionBeans, but red trousers may be a step too far for some. Scale it back with a darker shade such as burgundy, which is particularly appropriate during the dreary autumn/winter months.
Follow Piven’s lead for the rest of the outfit: a fitted white tee is an imperative part of the male wardrobe and this look really puts its sheer versatility on display.
Layer a navy blazer over the top of the tee, pop a pocket square in the breast pocket – opt for a patterned version for some added panache – and finish this elegant ensemble with some loafers.
Don’t aim to recreate the eyewear aspect of the ensemble unless you actually need glasses. Surely we’re all past the non-prescription, lens-less spectacles phase by now? Especially as our girls recently identified them as a male faux pas.
- Topman White V-neck T-shirt
- He By Mango Wool Premium Blazer
- Oliver Spencer Fishtail Wool Trousers 164878
- Okeeffe Vision Suede Tasseled Brogue Loafers
Piven may be somewhat of a rookie in the style game, but over the past twelve months he has really proven his credentials as he developed an almost Mediterranean-inspired approach to dressing.
His years spent as both Ari Gold and Mr. Selfridge have evidently taught him the power of a well cut suit, but it is his seemingly effortless ability to put together a wide range of chic, smart-casual looks that is truly commendable.
So, what do you think? Has Piven cemented himself as a style icon in your eyes? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below…