Gucci’s maximalist turn during the late 2010s catalyzed a tectonic shift in the fashion landscape, yielding a glut of instant wardrobe classics. None captures the brand’s more-is-more bent quite like its achingly beautiful silk button-ups, which weave its iconic interlocking “G” logo into a gossamer mix of tender masculinity. To fancy boys who can’t quit those genre-defining horsebit loafers, Gucci’s decadent, retro-sleazy menswear is a natural next step ($1,600, Buy Now at Gucci).
Wales Bonner Tracksuit
First released: 2015
What Yo-Yo Ma is to the cello, Grace Wales Bonner is to the tracksuit. The British designer is an absolute maestro of the sporty matching set, playing on its deep associations with the ’80s Jamaican dancehall culture she worships and the ’90s south London street style she grew up on. In Wales Bonner’s hands, a tracksuit is as tailored and flattering as a suit suit and employs colors, textures, and shapes that are indisputably sexy (top, $640, Buy Now at Mr Porter; and bottom, $540, Buy Now at Mr Porter).
A version of this story originally appeared in the September 2023 issue of GQ with the title “Menswear’s New Oddball Classics”