Hollywood has produced movies that have defined style for generations to come, characters who have embodied the coolest fashions and the most sophisticated dress sense. We have always said to our followers that style inspiration is everywhere and nowhere is this more true than in our favourite films. Many have impacted us so much that our style have actively shifted around them and become more focused on ideas and themes that are used within the movie itself. We’ve put together 5 timelessly stylish movies that offer a wide variety of style inspiration, as well as entertainment, for you to check out next time you have a quiet evening in.
Leo Di Caprio’s rendition of fictional character Howard Hughes has consistently been hailed as one of the top performances of his career. The high-flying (no pun intended) entrepreneur loves all things trendy and stylish during that era including Hollywood, aviation and leading ladies in his movies. His character deals with his inner torments throughout the movie and his style often reflects this with beautiful eccentricity and tailoring used to hide his inner fears. It’s a great source of inspiration for young men everywhere with plenty of style elements to adopt into your future wardrobes.
Rebel Without A Cause
James Dean’s iconic role in the classic 1955 film has always been cited as a defining character in terms of men’s style. The red jacket and white tee became an instantly recognisable symbol of teenage rebellion that marked a generation apart from their elders. This rebellious 1950s style is one that has remained timeless and constantly affects the fashion of young men even to this day. For those among you who prefer tanned leather over tailoring, this is likely to be a great source of inspiration for you.
Bond is, without a doubt, renowned for his command of the suit and his iconic tuxedos. However, there is so much more inspiration on offer in all of the Bond movies beyond his tailoring talents. Bond’s casual outfits offer a look into timeless British elegance and masculinity that can easily be incorporated into your wardrobe. Whether it’s Daniel Craig’s use of chunky knitwear and dark polos in Casino Royale, Pierce Brosnan’s collection of casual shirts and chinos during his stint as the charismatic agent or Sean Connery’s classic repertoire of 1960s stylings; you’re sure to find a fair few looks to adopt.
The Talented Mr Ripley
This dark and intense thriller sees Tom Ripley, played by Matt Damon, journey to the Italy to find and befriend Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law). Emotional, twisted, enthralling and edgy the film ensure you are always on the edge of your seat with subtle plot devices and clever twists. Both Damon and Law offer brilliant style inspiration as well as fantastically eccentric fashion from Phillip Seymour Hoffman. While Greenleaf is a playboy by nature with a beautiful and expensive wardrobe that evokes Italian masculinity, Ripley’s combines Italian and American themes to create an amalgamation of both. As the movie goes on you see Ripley’s style change with his persona and it continues through to its fantastic conclusion.
There was no way that movie starring Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong was not going to make it into this list. A strong favourite here at The Male Stylist and, when you watch it, you’ll see why. Based around the imminent marriage of Grace Kelly and her recent ex-partner Bing Crosby, the story follows the build-up to the wedding and the various dramas going on behind closed doors. With Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm poking around as magazine journalists and Louis Armstrong providing the music, you’ll find plenty to love about the styles and themes of the film. Crosby’s upper class eccentricity is sharply contrasted by Sinatra’s New York journalist fashion meaning that many men will have plenty to take away (not just the catchy tunes).
That covers our round-up of the best men’s style inspiration from movies that you can live your life by. As always, feel free to comment, like and share with your friends if you’ve enjoyed the article. Be sure to subscribe for future updates from The Male Stylist and keep an eye out for future competitions.
By Adam Walker