Would this look work in real life?
What is this style called?
I wear mostly hoodies and jeans. A lot of t-shirts during summer time and am sick of it. I am looking for a smarter casual look like pic related.
I will...but how is it called?
I think he is wearing mostly chinos, plain sweaters and shirts and some jackets. It seems absolutely basic but it's more formal than that, I can't put my finger on it.
It's called normcore, because it's a very normal style of clothing. The difference is that you think it's formal when the matter is that his clothing style represents his personality (like everyone should dress themselves), an exemplary student. It's just basic clothing, if you feel that you're a proper 'educated' or just not a troublemaker. Go for it.
hmm yes, Normcore is the most boring shit you can do but its clean. It's "minimalist" core or RAF core. Palewave is a subgenere of normcore.