I just saw Zodiac, which was pretty much the greatest movie ever. But more importantly, sweet mother of jesus did Robert Downey Jr. look hot in those 70's clothes. All of the pictures that support my case seem to be vehemently copyrighted, so I have to just show you this one (the one scene where he's dressed fairly boring, of course) and hope you've either seen the movie or that you're very trusting and will just take my word for it.
His smartass reporter wardrobe (I've always had a thing for smartass reporters) consisted of incredible coats, vests, button-up shirts, slim slacks, Beatles boots, and patterned scarves tied at the neck (and he certainly did not look like an English teacher).
If you're a guy who loves vintage, a girl who wants to dress like a guy who loves vintage, a girl who wants to dress her guy like a guy who loves vintage, or any combination thereof, here's how to get his look:
(Most of the clothes featured here are one-of-a-kind vintage, so if you like what you see, get your ass to that link and buy it before someone else does!)
First, you'll need a jacket, like this one:
Bulky and kinda ugly, sure, but you're cool enough to make it look hot.
Vintage, $52, here.
This one would totally work too:
Vintage, $60, here.
Add a collared shirt with a bit of kitchsy detail:
Vintage Levi's, $22, here.
Or, hell, maybe a lot of kitchsy detail:
Vintage, $27, here.
Then, you'll need some awesome slacks, and don't worry about clashing patterns (heellllooo you're Robert Downey Jr.! The rules don't apply to you!). These would be great:
Fink Glen Plaid 5 Pocket Pant, $44, urbn.com
But some broken-in 1970's Levi's would be even greater:
Just $9.99 on ebay right now, bid here.
And remember, serious vests look good with everything:
'Jonsi' Vest, $145, nordstrom.com
Kenneth Cole Reaction velvet vest, on sale for $49.99 at macys.com. Sweet vest, but good god I want to punch that guy in the face.
Now, time for accessories.
To finish the look, you'll need some badass boots:
Or maybe these:
Vintage Gucci, $20.50(!) on ebay, only twelve hours left! bid here.
And some mega-nerdy glasses:
God I want these. $6.99, bid here.
Tie a crazy silk scarf around your neck:
$3.50, bid here.
To answer your question, yes, Mr. Downey Jr. could totally pull this off. Oscar De La Renta, $6.99, bid here.
And finally, top it off, literally, with a grimy hat:
Ooh I want this too. Ten bucks as of now, bid here.
Ta-da! You're a smartass reporter from a different era! Maybe people will look at you funny on the street, but you'll get one blogger's loins tingling, and that's what really matters.