Inspiration is Where You Find It: Dan from Roseanne


“Good style” is the sum total of a number of elements, not just the clothes one wears. That’s why we herald the Agnelli’s, Redford’s and Lauren’s of the world, for their ability to put together outfits that both meet and alter our expectations. And, it’s also by this accord that we can declare Dan Conner, John Goodman’s character from the sitcom Roseanne, a paragon of “good style” as well. Now before you balk at the assertion that a schlubby, fictional father of three is a style icon, consider each component of Goodman’s look. Firstly, there are the clothes: true workwear. Lumberjack flannels and chambray work shirts. Worn denim, not “dad jeans,” but characteristically faded, staying true to his working class background (Conner was a drywall contractor, after all). Then there are the details. From his leather-banded circular watch, to his camp-soled ranger mocs, to his Woolrich-style outerwear – everything perfectly reflected his character. And lastly, there’s the fit. Conner was a great example of how a bigger man can dress – not overly baggy, but not unflatteringly tight either. The fit always worked for his shape. Add all that together, and you have one unexpectedly stylish guy.

A classic Dan Connor outfit:


Crate Plaid McKennon Shirt
Bluer Denim Selvedge Jeans
Sierra Designs 60/40 Short Parka
Orion Double Hole Belt
Rancourt & Co. Clymer 2.0 Shoes


Jake Gallagher is a writer currently living in Manhattan. He focuses on back stories and the historical side of menswear at his site Wax-Wane.com. You can also follow him on Twitter.

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/hamiltonjockeyclub Russell

    Got to hand it to y’all, I really liked this post! :)

  • Topher

    Thanks for lauding a fashion hero of mine and recognizing bigger active guys like to look good too.

  • Sonny

    When I read the post title, I figured you were pulling our legs but I must admit that I jumped the gun. Great post!

  • http://elitistforthemasses.blogspot.com/ Jake

    I admit, when I read the headline, I thought this was nuts, but you make a real case. And who doesn’t love Dan? Except for Rosanne in the end, I mean.

    Oh, spoiler alert.

  • Gus

    I always do my ironing for the week on Sundays in front of the TV Land super block of Roseanne re-runs. My wife first made the connection that my off-hours kit looked eerily similar to Dan’s, and I’m OK with that.

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  • http://ingephotography.wordpress.com Jeb

    Awesome post. The world can never have enough Dan Conner.