Rob Lowe showed up in the '80s, nabbing the title of the prettiest Brat Packer (apologies, Molly Ringwald), and has stuck around for 30 years, logging solid cameos on the big screen, showing off his acting chops in The West Wing and making you "lit-rally" laugh your ass off on Parks and Recreation. If that's not enough—he's done it all without losing his matinee idol looks and always-on-point style. Scoff all you want—there's a reason why your mother and your girlfriend both swoon over this guy, who looks a little too good to be 52 years old.So as Comedy Central prepares to hold a celebrity roast of the one-and-only Rob Lowe (airing on September 5th), we're taking a page out of Lowe's style playbook. Pay close attention and maybe you'll look almost this good in 20 years.
We know that a lot of fashion atrocities were committed in the '80s, and while Rob Lowe wasn’t immune to them, he avoided them better than most. If you want to look like a badass guy that a girl could still take home to her parents, take note of this ensemble from his early Hollywood days. (Black Slim Jeans: $175, Buck Mason, Broken-in T-Shirt: $25, J. Crew, JKT LTHR Clash: $650, Roland Sands Design)
Nearly every role Lowe has played since his Brat Pack days required him to wear a suit, and there are very few actors out there who can make formal Mondays look so damn good. (Wiley Sunglasses: $135, Raen, Lazio Wool Suit: $599, Suit Supply, Ruler Tie Bar: $75, Hook & Albert, Crew Knit Stripe Tie: $25, The Tie Bar, Solid Patrol Pocket Square: $10, The Tie Bar, Danish Blue Dress Shirt: $30, Men’s Wearhouse)
Lowe’s age-defying physique may or may not have to do with his surfer lifestyle (and probably the fact that he’s been sober for over 25 years), but you don’t have to ride the waves to look classic and casual like he does here. (John Chino Pants: $145, Saturdays NYC, Jersey Beach Polo: $75, Faherty Brand, Converse Chuck Taylor Low-Tops: $55, Converse, ISAIA Saracino Tiger’s Eye Bracelet: $250, Mr. Porter, Ray-Ban Way-Farers: $150, Ray-Ban)
Lowe may have eschewed college in favor of TV movies, but if he can pull off the professorial look (shawl-collar sweaters with leather elbow patches and brown ties just smack of academia), so can you. (Shawl Cardigan Sweater: $179, Orvis, Canali Button-Down Shirt: $240, Mr. Porter, Brown Wool Tie: $65, Hook & Albert, Twill Pants: $30, H&M)
Looking good in the winter requires you to accessorize the shit out of your outfit, like Lowe does here. A heavy, classic wool peacoat pairs well with a long scarf and knit beanie, keeping you warm without making you look like the Abominable Snowman. (The Boss Jeans: $175, Buck Mason, Folk Double-Breasted Peacoat: $700, Mr. Porter, Royal Blue Scarf: $48, Woolovers, Fisherman Beanie: $34, Finisterre)