8 Style Rules You Can Learn From Idris Elba
The right way to go after 6, the overcoat you need in your life, and a whole lot more.
Be Confident Enough To Break The Rules
In the hands of a less confident man, a black jacket, shirt, and tie would be fashion heresy, but Elba’s self-assuredness and charisma steer him safely away from night-out-at-a-terrible-club territory. The key thing here is that the cut and quality of every piece is immaculate, which widens the margin for error and allows Elba—and you!—to experiment outside standard fashion boundaries.
Don’t Overthink Formal Wear
Color and flair are great, but it’s equally important to know when to reign it in. When selecting formal wear, you really can’t go wrong with a well-fitting black or midnight blue dinner jacket, a pristine white dress shirt, and a black bow tie—as perfectly demonstrated here by the man who might be Bond.
Invest In A Statement Coat
An overcoat is a sartorial stalwart that deserves a spot in all mens’ wardrobes, and while black, gray, and navy rightly rule the color palette most of the time, 2016 is the year of the bold statement coat (like this petrol blue number). Just remember: the louder your jacket, the quieter you should keep the rest of your outfit.
Dress For Your Body Shape
Downtime dressing is an art in itself, and Elba has clearly mastered it. He’s 6’3″ and muscular, so it’s vital doesn’t go too big on sizing and risk looking sloppy, or too tight and risk looking like a meathead—something he’s expertly avoided with this long-sleeve polo. The lesson? Understand your shape and size, and wear the brands and styles that best suit your build.
Don’t Fear The Three-Piece
It’s all too easy to fall into costume territory when trying to pull off a three-piece suit, and no grown man wants to look like Bugsy Malone. But as long as you pay particular attention to the fit, avoid anything shiny, and refrain from finishing your look off with old-timey accessories like a newsboy cap or watch fob, then the three-piece is something to embrace, not fear.
Find A Timeless Denim Jacket
If a leather biker jacket is a little too much for you, look to a denim trucker in a mild blue for something equally versatile and timeless. Avoid anything overly distressed, and unless you’re a master of the double-denim look, try pairing it with dark blue or black jeans to maintain the right amount of contrast in colors.
Sneakers and Suits Are a Winning Combination
It used to be treacherous style ground, but nowadays, wearing a pair of sneakers with your suit is one of the best moves you can make. The trick is picking the right sneakers. Minimal leather kicks with clean lines and an understated hue? Go for it. Running shoes with logos and colors galore? Save ’em for the weekend (or the gym).
Learn From Your Mistakes
Even a man of Elba’s style pedigree can get it (spectacularly) wrong. You probably shouldn’t ever wear a cream-colored sweater vest, but particularly not on the red carpet and especially not matched with flowing white pantaloons. The silver lining here, though, is that even a guy like Idris Elba gets it wrong from time to time, just like the rest of us. What really matters is bouncing back and getting it right the next go around. So don’t fret on those regrettable old outfits too much.