From Bond to Belfort, the silver screen has always inspired men’s style. With the Oscars nearly upon us, menswear editor Ian Wright reveals the five suits you need in your armoury, as worn by his favourite fashionable protagonists
Steve McQueen’s sense of style was finely tuned – no more so than in heist movie The Thomas Crown Affair, where his three-piece suit and sunglasses perfectly reflected his character’s sportsman/businessman persona. Keep things modern with a one- or two- button jacket that fastens to allow a hint of waistcoat to peek above – steal McQueen’s tonal colour combination for a particularly suave outfit.
His character played second fiddle to the vivacious Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but George Peppard still brushed up well throughout. One of his best looks was the simplest – a pin-sharp grey single-breasted suit and slim tie is a look that endures over half a century on.
Pinstripes have been synonymous with trading floors since the 1930s when your stripe signified which finance firm you worked for. So it’s no surprise the likes of Jordan Belfort (brought to life by Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street) donned the pattern. Navy with a white stripe is the most familiar option, although grey makes an interesting alternative if you’re joining the men in suits.Shop pinstriped suits
Robert De Niro’s look may be from the Scorsese-directed Casino, but there’s absolutely no gamble in putting your chips on checked tailoring. A refined Prince of Wales check is a safe bet as it’s a classic, evergreen pattern fit for mobsters and managers alike. Look for a more subtle colour combination than De Niro’s to leave a sharp but sophisticated impression.Shop checked suits
Somehow Bond always manages to look sharp, even when he’s running, shooting, driving and fighting his way around the world. While our tech-packed performance suits would definitely help in the field, one reason he’s always sartorially sound is down to his love of the classics – a pristine two-button single-breasted suit will never go out of style for double agents or directors.
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