5 Style Lessons to Take From Jeff Winger on ‘Community’

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After years of being the Internet’s favorite sick old underdog, Community has finally crawled under the house in the middle of the night to quietly die in peace. In an interview with Metro Weekly this week, professionally handsome funny-man Joel McHale announced that Community is officially finished.  For once, however, the ever-struggling sitcom wasn’t cancelled; McHale explained that Yahoo! wanted to do another season, but actors’ salaries got in the way:

“All the actors on the show, almost without exception — their stock has risen significantly and it’s out of the pay rate that is affordable to make the show. So you’re not going to be able to get Alison Brie or Gillian Jacobs at a normal television salary anymore. There is just not enough money to be able to pay for the show.”

Any casual fan can tell you that a lot changed for Community between its first season on NBC and the most recent outing on Yahoo! Screens (most noticeably the gradual exits of Donald Glover, Chevy Chase, and Yvette Nicole Brown). Joel McHale’s character Jeff Winger, however, remained a constant: a permanent embodiment of the show’s spirit and direction.

A lot of things made the series memorable — Annie’s “aw’s”, Abed’s Asperger’s, Britta’s ability to ruin any given social situation — but Jeff Winger was the stylish life raft that kept Community afloat. Winger was the petulant insecure child inside all of us, dressed in a six thousand dollar suit that presumably reeked of whiskey and tears. Immature, manipulative, and downright sociopathic, he used his meticulously manicured, expertly dressed veneer to distract from his darker sensibilities, and became a hilariously complex character in the process.

In order to honor “The Little Show That Could (and then couldn’t…)” — let’s look back on some of the best style tips that Jeff Winger had to offer. Just don’t use them to stymie all your emotions like Jeff….

1. Whiskey Goes With Anything

Jeff Winger's Best Accessory: Scotch
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Like Carrie Bradshaw Manolo Blahnik’s or Don Draper’s fedoras, Jeff Winger knows that no outfit is complete without a glass of scotch and a surly demeanor. It’s the accessory that goes with anything, but pairs particularly well with a dapper suit and periodic bouts of depression.

2. You Can Wear Anything You Want When You Play Pool, As Long As You’re Really Good At Pool

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Source: NBC / Universal

If you want to play pool naked, however, you have to be really good. Like, crazy good. Like, you have to be able take a shot of bourbon, close your eyes, call the hole, make the shot, and look totally unsurprised when it lands. Then when the crowd bursts into applause you have to be all like, “Yeah, I’m awesome, I know. Calm down you guys.” That’s the Jeff Winger way.

3. Sunglasses Are The Fastest Way To Build An Air Of Mystery

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Source: NBC / Universal

Sure, he look ridiculous wearing those things inside, day and night, but the fact that he doesn’t care that he looks like a total jerk is what makes him so cool in the first place, right? Who gives a damn if literally every other person in the world thinks it’s the stupidest look ever?

4. When In Doubt, Wear A $6,000 Suit

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Source: NBC/Universal

Oh, you don’t have one? What are you, a peasant? Get your act together. So speaketh Jeff Winger!

5. Don’t Compare Yourself To Chris Pratt

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This is less of a what-to-wear tip and more like advice on how to build your self image (which is half the battle of looking stylish, anyway). It may not be a lesson that Jeff Winger knew for himself, per se, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t learn from his failures. In fact, try to avoid the whole vanity complex thing in general. Although, in Winger’s defense he is correct that Chris Pratt’s sudden transformation makes no sense. (How!? How did he do it!?! Why not me?!)

Oh, Jeff Winger, how we’ll miss your narcissistic shenanigans. Here’s hoping that #6seasonsandamovie comes true! Make it so, Internets!

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