By Gabriella Blunsen
Nowadays if you see a man in a suit it can only mean two things; he’s coming from work or has an important event. If you ask any girl what a man looks best in I guarantee you the response will most likely be “in a suit”. A suit reflects power, importance and elegance, so why don’t more guys wear them? It’s our loss, but we’ll always have films. Movies are the best way to reflect the fashion of a certain time period; whether it be classical three piece suits, an iconic look that creates a new lifestyle brand or introducing people to a new style of suiting, movies have paved the way for the evolution of suits.
The Thomas Crown Affair set the style of the 60s not only because of its leading star, Steve McQueen, but because it perfectly fused business and leisure looks for men. The lead actor is always clean cut and well put together whether he’s playing golf, relaxing or robbing a bank. He can be seen in classic three pieces suits during the day, even if he is not working, shocking, I know. His athletic clothing, which consists of quarter zip sweaters and perfectly pressed trousers, is considered “dressed up” in our day and age. Steve McQueen’s style is what every girl dreams to see her boyfriend wearing while on a date.
When most people hear the term gigolo they don’t automatically think classy or elegant, but the movie American Gigolo definitely puts up a good fight. Richard Gere is stunning all on his own, but add a spectacular Armani wardrobe and you’ve got the perfect match. The deconstructed cuts of Armani suits and trousers made in different colours and flowing fabrics helped revive the suit. This movie also helped the Armani brand become what they are today. Just imagine packing your suitcase with all Armani. Flashing the brand onscreen as obviously they did, really helped Armani create the lifestyle brand that is still popular today. Even though his profession wasn’t exactly ideal, Richard Gere and Armani made it look pretty good.
Numbers, money and the stock exchange are usually the first things that pop into your mind when you think of Wall Street, but what most people don’t realize is that it is also where some of the chicest trends have begun. I mean if you had all that money who wouldn’t spend it on clothes? The movie Wall Street made popular the stripped shirt with a white collar, also known as the Gekko shirt, which has been in style ever since. Power suits and red ties dominated the wardrobe as the characters fought for dominance in the stock room.
Suits elude power, elegance and help define a sophisticated man. They get their cue from the environment around them and can influence the time period. Movies help create classic styles as well as help reinvent something as simple as a shirt or a cut. Plus, who wouldn’t want casually wearing suits to make a comeback?
The Most Stylish Movie Ever Made: The Thomas Crown Affair. (2013, April 24). Retrieved from https://themonsieur.com/2013/04/24/the-most-stylish-movie-ever-made-the-thomas-crown-affair-1968/
D’Antonion, G(no date). Wall Street Style: The Gordon Gekko Look. Retrieved from http://www.deoveritas.com/blog/wall-street-style/
Laverty,C. (2012, May 5). American Gigolo: Armani Gere. Retrieved October 31, 2016, from http://clothesonfilm.com/american-gigolo-armani-gere/13314
Truhler,K. (2012, May 8). Cinema Style File- Steve McQueen Steals High Style. Retrieved from http://www.glamamor.com/2012/05/cinema-style-file-steve-mcqueen-steals.html