It’s hard to disassociate Jon Hamm from the infamous Don Draper. Both are effortlessly cool, and ooze a certain charisma that insists even the most dapper gent could ramp it up a notch in the wardrobe.
“Mad Men has educated me in style. I’ve learnt how to appreciate clothes and to buy things that fit properly. I like well-made clothes that last and are comfortable,” Hamm told the Daily Mail in a recent interview.
With ‘Mad Men’ coming to an end this year the season, Hamm still holds a soft spot for the hardline boss. And a ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ win complements his solo style strength off-screen; keeping himself on par with Mr Draper – sans cigarette.
Breaking It Down
Hamm – like his ‘Mad Men’ alter ego – has a penchant for suits. Period. In a neutral colour and (often) a traditional print, Hamm carries himself dapperly where tailoring is required, pulling out a sheeny tux when the red carpet requires something lush.
‘Aggressively casual’ is how Hamm, 6ft 1in, describes his own style too; pared-back in timeless jackets, a pair of chinos and shirting for a ferocious look that doesn’t give – but in reality, the actor truly does.
In vero Italian style, Hamm masters the art of seasonal dressing, drawing on his unrelenting supply of suits. Not one for fanciful trends, the actor looks to tailoring in earthen neutrals ranging from blackish browns to taupe, as a reflection of day vs. night and summer vs. winter dressing.
An exceptionally well-tailored, single-breasted suit with a crisp white shirt is the common thread; opting for a thin pinstripe and patent leather shoes for cooler months or a light window pane check and metallic frames for summer airs. The pocket square and matching tie – often in stark colour contrast – fashion-up any overtly corporate aesthetic; without destroying the perfectly office-ready ensemble.
Hamm’s happiness isn’t dependent on smiles; more his reinvention of the European chap via timeless accessories. The important feature is the cap. Made from felt or linen, the flat driving headpiece crowns both a summer and winter look; the latter made up of a long woollen pea coat aka the Chesterfield, a slim scarf and leather gloves to glisten with a buttery carryall.
Trans-seasonal dress calls for a cotton pea coat in sand – cropped, with chinos and a silken scarf – the three fending off temperamental weather in unison with a Wayfarer shades. Note Hamm’s penchant for toned-down colour, in line with his paler complexion so not with the skin he’s in.
Because Hamm likes to dress in neutrals, accessories are a means to add some personality to his outfit. A classic blue suit gets an update with a black-and-white gingham shirt and silky, sheen tie with a jacquard polka dot. A tonal pocket square in blue – matte finish usually, acts as a complementary accessory to the vibrant shirt-and-tie.
Other times, a solemn winter look – made up black pea coat and smokey grey pant – lose all seriousness with spotted blue socks. The leather derby shoe in black ushers in spring with contrast laces in powder blue. Hamm refuses to look like anyone else.
Black Tie Master
Draper-inspired, Hamm is a master of the classic black tie. Ticking all the boxes – silk lapel and white dinner jacket – the tuxedo rules aren’t for breaking in Hamm’s style book.
Big on personalisation, the silk bow tie is always hand-tied, clasping the collar of a white dress shirt, silk cummerbund and a pair of glisten-y patent leather shoes in black.
His tweaking from the traditional? Wayfarer shades, but only for summer ‘nights’ when the sun refuses to set.
Key Hamm Fashion Items
Suits: Paul Smith, Armani, Calvin Klein and Gucci.
Denim: Rag & Bone and Levi’s.
Shirts: Oliver Spencer, Thom Browne and Club Monaco.
Shoes: Hugo Boss and Tom Ford.
Jackets: Mackintosh, Burberry and Dunhill.