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The Best-Dressed Men Of March 2019
From Mr Oscar Isaac to Tyler, The Creator – our pick of the most stylish guys of the past month
March was a fashion feast this year. There seemed to be more award shows, more premieres and more all-round peacocking than ever before. In fact, there was so much of the stuff that it has taken us until now to decide who to laud as best dressed of the month.
The men you’re about to see were nominated to our best-dressed list because they exhibited a sense of style that does not have a sell-by date and will be just as relevant in a month’s time or even a year’s time as it is right now. Without further ado, then, here are the month’s best-dressed men.
Mr Colin Farrell
Mr Colin Farrell at the Dumbo premiere, London, 21 March. Photograph by Mr David Fisher/Shutterstock
The red carpet is where many of the best suits are seen these days, actors being such excellent high-profile billboards for designer brands and all. Even so, there’s something incongruous about this photograph, which was taken at last month’s London premiere of the new Dumbo movie. It captures Mr Colin Farrell, who plays the titular flying elephant’s caretaker, in perfect poise on the red (and white) carpet. His suit – a Brunello Cucinelli number in an oversized check pattern, with a defined shoulder and mildly suppressed waist – just seems too elegant, too timeless, to be worn by an actor fulfilling contractual obligations on a Disney promotional tour. Mr Farrell looks like he should be in Rome sipping a martini, instead. Top marks for the burnished-leather Chelsea boots, too.
MR PETE DAVIDSON
Mr Pete Davidson in New York, 30 March. Photograph by Backgrid
For all the column inches dedicated to Mr Pete Davidson’s fledgling romance with Ms Kate Beckinsale, there has been little mention at all in the press of a topic that we, at MR PORTER, happen to find a great deal more interesting than the fact that he’s dating an older woman: his style. Allow us, then, to redress the scales a little by drawing your attention to this photograph, in which the 25-year-old comedian can be seen out and about in New York towards the end of last month. This is a masterclass in the subtle but effective application of bold colour; his bright-red shoes and paint-splattered T-shirt are offset by the sleek lines and subdued colour palette of the rest of his outfit. (There’s also a good tonal coordination here between his camel coat and his paper shopping bags, but we’re not sure that was entirely intentional.)
MR EDDIE REDMAYNE
Mr Eddie Redmayne at the Into Film Awards, London, 4 March. Photograph by Mr Scott Garfitt/Press Association Images
If you’ve been keeping track of Mr Eddie Redmayne’s acting career, you’ll know that he’s a fan of making a bit of a statement on the red carpet. And, why not? When you walk as many as he does, it’s one way of keeping things interesting. And so to London for a celebration of young filmmaking talent hosted by Into Film, a charity for which Mr Redmayne is an ambassador. It was a casual affair but that didn’t stop him from deploying a little of his trademark personal style in the form of a blue Burberry argyle V-neck sweater vest – how very retro – and an overcoat lined with shortbread-tin tartan. Feel like trying this one at home? Beware the neckline, which doesn’t favour guys with aggressive chest hair.
MR MARK STRONG
Mr Mark Strong at the Shazam! World Exclusive Fan Experience, Toronto, 14 March. Photograph by GP Images/Getty Images for Warner Brothers Canada
Another month, another superhero movie, another step in Mr Dwayne Johnson’s inexorable march towards complete domination of the global film industry. The actor, producer and tequila entrepreneur formerly known as The Rock doesn’t actually appear in Shazam!; he was slated to appear as the villain, Black Adam, but apparently managed to score his own spin-off movie after suggesting the idea to Warner Bros chairman Mr Toby Emmerich, a move which left the position of bald-headed villain vacant for Mr Mark Strong. Speaking of whom, here he is at a fan experience in Toronto last month, wearing… is that our own brand, Mr P.? It’s a classy, understated monochrome look from the veteran English actor, with just a hint of texture and pattern from that Prince of Wales-checked bomber jacket.
TYLER, THE CREATOR
Tyler, The Creator in Los Angeles, 14 March. Photograph by Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images
Are boiler suits and bucket hats the next big thing? That’s not for us to say, but if Tyler, The Creator’s doing it, there’s a good chance that the answer is “yes”. The multi-talented rapper, producer and director has helmed his own fashion brand since 2011, a kooky, colourful collection of clothes that goes by the name of Golf Wang. (It’s a spoonerism of Wolf Gang, taken from the full name of his rap collective, OFWGKTA, or Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All.) If you’re looking for a distillation of the Golf Wang aesthetic, you’ll find it in the personal style of the man behind the brand: brash, fun and totally original. Do you have to be a creative in your twenties to get away with it? Probably, but neither a criticism of Golf Wang nor of Tyler himself. If anything, it’s just our jealousy talking.
MR LAKEITH STANFIELD
Mr Lakeith Stanfield, New York, 25 March. Photograph by Splash News
You might recognise Mr Lakeith Stanfield from his turn in Get Out, in which he plays the guy who says “get out”. One of Hollywood’s most exciting breakthrough talents, Mr Stanfield is also pretty good at holding lots of things in his hands at once, as illustrated by this shot, which captures him on the set of his latest movie, The Photograph. It’s an impressive ability, but he should really invest in a satchel or cross-body bag of some description. It’d go well with his smartly layered outfit, too, which already has an outdoorsy kind of functionality to it thanks to the Red Wing Shoes and technical rain jacket.
MR OSCAR ISAAC
Mr Oscar Isaac at SXSW, Austin, Texas, 11 March. Photograph by Backgrid
All black everything is never a bad approach to getting dressed. Its allure lies in its simplicity: by default, everything in your outfit goes with everything else, so it’s almost impossible to get it wrong. It is vulnerable to accusations of being a bit unadventurous, though, so it pays to mix it up a little bit and add extra dimensions where possible. Mr Oscar Isaac, seen here at last month’s SXSW, did so on the bottom half with a pair of tan leather shoes, and on the top half with a suede trucker jacket from Mr P. The textural interplay between the suede jacket and the cotton T-shirt is what keeps this outfit interesting.
MR STEVEN YEUN
Mr Steven Yeun at the 2019 PaleyFest, Los Angeles, 24 March. Photograph by Ms Faye Sadou/Capital Pictures
There was a time not too long ago, certainly within the memory of this particular writer, when the idea of wearing a suit with sneakers was deemed rather radical. It’s funny how quaint things can seem in hindsight. Here’s Mr Steven Yeun, formerly of The Walking Dead, reminding us of just how wrong we were. If it wasn’t already clear from his sneakers, the relaxed cut of his suit – and, of course, the fact he’s wearing it over a T-shirt – reinforces that this is a casual outfit. Note the patch pockets on his jacket, too, a sporty detail that you wouldn’t typically find on formal tailoring.
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