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Six style tips to steal from Matt Damon's Nineties wardrobe

One quick scroll through the Matt Damon archive proves he was a Nineties menswear master. We all love a bit of retro style inspiration, so as we prepare our wardrobes for autumn, here are six of his greatest tips...

When GQ gathered Matt Damon and Christian Bale together for our November issue cover shoot, we knew it would be a breeze. One simple reason? Both men know the meaning of style. There's two words we can ascribe to each of their wardrobes: simple and uniform. They're both winning philosophies to follow when it comes to menswear and we can bet that both look back on their attire with pretty smug expressions. Frankly, we wouldn't blame them.

For now we want to focus our spotlight on Damon, who turns 49 today, so we went looking back through his wardrobe evolution. We do love any chance to embrace some authentic retro style so we've sourced the standout moments that look just as stylish in 2019.

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1. Ditch the tie

Heading to an event but not wanting to look too formal? Damon's hack is simple: embrace the shirt; forget the tie. Sure, they tend to be seen as a conventional finishing touch, but when you're sporting a slim silhouette of bright white pieces (and topping them with a double-breasted navy jacket), it's not a bad idea to let the front panel of your shirt speak for itself.

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2. Ground your denim shirt with a white T-shirt

Looks like Damon loves layering almost as much as us. His favoured transitional piece? The white T-shirt. Timeless, cool and effective in pretty much any outfit, it's a top point of call for autumn – especially when it's styled under a denim shirt. Opt for an oversized take like Damon for that carefree Nineties appeal. What can we say? Easy just does it.

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3. And your knit, for that matter

Another case in point for the white T-shirt. Damon looks as relaxed as ever here, but we're all for it. Who says you can't style a black v-neck jumper over a tee and, dare we say, baggy chinos? It might be a good idea to trade in those billowing trousers for a straighter and sharper cut, but the top half still stands. As for the shoes? Black. Stomper. Boots. Enough said.

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4. Go hellbent for houndstooth

When Celine, Fendi and Gucci all dropped takes on the houndstooth blazer for Autumn/Winter 2019, Matt Damon surely felt a bit smug. The reason? He was 20 years ahead of the game. Styling print can be a bit daunting, but a contrasting duotone is an easy (and elegant) way in. Wear it over a black layer and some straight-cut denim jeans.

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5. Coolness? It starts with a leather blazer

You can't deny how cool Damon looks here. It's all achieved through one piece: the leather jacket. Bold, we know, but this is one piece every man should have in his wardrobe. There's rules to which styles you should wear; shearling ones are good for guys in their twenties, button-up shirts might suit men in their thirties more, but as for the blazer? Works at any age. Get yourself a single-breasted design à la Damon.

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6. A dinner suit never goes out of style

Christmas is just around the corner, so there's a higher likelihood you might be about to attend a black-tie event. Next time you need suiting inspiration, turn your attention Damon at the Golden Globe Awards, circa 1998. He has mastered the anatomy of the dinner suit here, opting for a correctly proportioned set of satin-peak lapels to top off his jacket. As for his finishing touch? You can't go wrong with a bow tie.

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