It was recently announced that the Hollywood actor and Saint Laurent campaign star Keanu Reeves will be reuniting with co-star Carrie-Anne Moss and director Lana Wachowski for Matrix 4. This news comes on the back of Reeves's successful run in the John Wick franchise, a new instalment of the Bill & Ted series, as well as memorable stints in Ali Wong's Always Be My Maybe and Toy Story 4. It is official guys, we have hit peak Keanussance.
But more than just a celebrated thespian, Reeves is a certified style icon (that's not a term that we use loosely at Esquire). With all things 90s making a comeback in the fashion landscape, it makes sense to celebrate Reeves's inimitable style. Reeves is nothing, but a model of consistency—a testament to the notion of finding a style that works for you, and sticking to it.
The man has mastered the lexicon of dressing down, while still looking put together. Take for example Reeves's approach to suiting, opting for a relaxed fit that is more languid than slouchy. His take on casual wear deserves its own thesis—from the wearing leather and corduroy outerwear to small insouciant details like donning collarless shirts, it is all put together with a rugged sense of ease and elegance.
But what about dressing up? Reeves gives it his own spin. Case in point: the use of a leather biker jacket as a layering piece with a full khaki suit. And, in recent years, his go-to ensemble is all-black tailoring. While that look might be more nightclub bouncer than an action star, the key is wearing it with a good dose of gravitas.
For those who make the argument that the rise of streetwear is a rebellion against the rigours of menswear, give the sweatpants and hoodie a rest, and take a note from Reeves's playbook.