Fashion has always been an indispensable element of the art of filmmaking, and Hollywood hits have often inspired menswear designers. Today, both men and women are taking inspiration from movie screens. Whether it’s bringing back the signature 70s look or experimenting with different materials, trends are making a comeback thanks to the movies. In this article, we take a look at some of the screen adaptations that can be inspiring suggestions for those looking for elegant styles
My Name is Dolemite (2019)
Going full throttle into 70s fashion, this movie will see Eddie Murphy and men in colorful suits and striped shirts. This film showcases these unfussy styles in classy and sensible doses, and you can admire them thanks to the work of designer Dapper Dan by Gucci. The image is filled with urban-chic styles in bright colors and sophisticated patterns paired with equally unfussy shirts and, of course, with fitted bell-bottom pants.
Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
The creators of Ocean’s Twelve can be fully considered guides to fashion trends. The characters played by George Clooney and Brad Pitt represent the styling of the Giorgio Armani era in a dignified way. The shirts and jackets seen in this film can be a great inspiration for men looking for fall/winter outfits. Both actors, together with the character played by Carl Reiner, present atmospheric outfits in which Hawaiian shirts are matched with aged pants.
A Single Man (2009)
Directed by Tom Ford, this adaptation of Christopher Isherwood’s novella centers on a homosexual English professor who mourns the death of his partner in Los Angeles. The styling presented in this film focuses on impeccable tailoring, which plays an important role there. The picture does not shy away from Tom Ford’s influence – white button-down shirts, La Dolce Vita suits and thick black-framed glasses. Released in 2009, “A Single Man” probably started a new fashion for thick-framed glasses, which began appearing in stores soon after the release. A coincidence? Certainly not.
James Bond – the complete series (1962-2020)
Few men (perfectly groomed and stylishly dressed) have saved the world as many as 24 times. Mere mortals may not be able to beat James Bond in the spy business, but it’s worth trying to match Agent 007 in style. From 1962 to today, James Bond has been an icon of sophisticated style. From tuxedos to polo shirts, 007 has always worn the best clothes and perfect styles. Movies that are definitely worth watching for their fashion inspiration are: “Greetings from Russia,” “Operation Lightning,” “In Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” “Live and Let Die,” “The World is Not Enough” and “Casino Royale.”
The Godfather, Part II (1974)
Spanning nearly 60 years, Part II of this incredible trilogy features so many different, timeless styles that it’s hard to describe them all. From Michael Corleone’s gray silk suits to Vito Corleone’s brown and cream checkered suits with tie and brown pinstripe suits. The Godfather impresses with a plethora of great fashion choices that you can look at for hours.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
This movie really has a lot to offer when it comes to fashion inspiration for men, which is why it made it onto our list. In particular, look out for Cliff Booth and his T-shirts and jeans. Brad Pitt plays the role of a tough and rough man, who for most of the movie is dressed in a yellow short-sleeved shirt, a white Champion T-shirt, classic blue jeans and a pair of brown moccasins
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