Having played a Russian sniper, Dr Watson to Mr Holmes and a pink-shirted, Vespa-riding libertine, Jude Law has acted out a variety of roles in his triple-decade career. But only a few select movies – ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ and ‘Alfie’ – have had any real influence on his personal style.
These days, the British star is rather low key on the social scene. So, when he is pap-ed on the New York streets or flying into LAX from London, Law is often dressed comfortable, clean and neat. Demure style works for Law; and when he wants to be a show-off, he still knows how.
Breaking It Down
Law is definitely an actor who makes a stylish effort when it counts. An aficionado of the blazer and tee, he approaches formalities with the adage tailoring should be comfortable, sharp and chic. While he may not consider himself a great sage of fashion or style, his outfits do consist of say, a quality cut jacket and luxury wool trouser; showing his appreciation for nice things. He isn’t from a fashion peacock perse, but Law is becoming a touch more flashy the older he gets. Purple velvet and expensive suits are great examples.
Double-breast is the best, according to Law. But that doesn’t come with strict limitations. For a streamline version, the actor attends the tennis in a summer navy cotton, made even more court-side with a polka dot woven tie. Law doesn’t skimp on trimmings, with a white-edged pocket square framing the blue and metallic lapel button to match the shades.
On the red carpet, Law looks to mexture, intermixing three-piece suit separates each with a double-breast design. A chocolate grey jacket and tweedy trouser base the tri-coloured tailoring; a khaki jersey waistcoat softening the woollen trousers. Taken from the same colour palette, the shades of brown set the scene for a dark tie, which acts as the focal point over a clean-white shirt.
It’s a play on formalities that makes a very traditional double-breast jacket, trouser and waistcoat a modern trio.
Like a badass, Law breaks all red carpet rules (no tux, eh?) donning a velvet suit jacket and cotton chinos. The all-black ensemble plays down the velour. But Law isn’t bothered taking further risks with patent leather shoes (no socks) and a metal grey tee; replacing the straight point collar of a white diner shirt and sleek black bow tie.
Elsewhere, Law parades the velvet jacket in mulberry; more like a literary dandy than monochrome rockstar. The pants are slim in black and tan suede shoes add lightness to a potentially ‘thick’ look. A tie is too much, but leaving the shirt buttoned-up to the neck retains a clean front.
While he’s a great model of how to go bald in style, Law does like to cover up the hairline every now and then. But it’s more a style choice, than fear of exposure. The beanie also evokes a rather Brooklyn persona, especially against a colour palette of concrete grey and black.
Roaming the New York streets, a casual autumn day looks to layering with a cashmere cardigan, cotton tee and bundled-up scarf, carefully wrapped so to sit close to the chest. The slouch of the beanie is important too, sitting back off the face and falling back toward the neck.
Law uses the beanie as a symbol of relaxation when wearing a suit. With a henley shirt (not a typical collared button-down), the pinstripe suit immediately becomes corporate-rogue with a full-blown beard to ramp up the Brooklyn bounce. Note the suit fit has movement but is still a great fit; casual tailoring also requires a precise silhouette.
Vintage & Leather-ed
Like a modern day James Dean, Law takes a basic trouser/tee look and makes it magic. Woollen or heavy cotton chinos add some weight to the Fifties-era pants (pleats are an option) and a tucked t-shirt in tonal grey is an obedient way of presenting the vintage era.
But the leather jacket is the main performer; in bomber style with textile ribbed hem and sleeves – the shape modernised slightly to improved the sharp cut on shoulder and slim-fit on the arms. Notice the length too, cropped – keeping the jacket in line with a belt-less pant.
Key Law Fashion Items
Suit: Navy double breast (Massimo Piombo or Calibre), tweed brown (Hackett London or Richard James) and pinstripe suit (AMI).
Jacket: Leather jacket (Schott or APC), velvet blazer (Brioni or Topman).
Bottoms: Wool trousers (Alexander Wang or Dolce & Gabbana), cotton chinos (Incotex of J.Crew) and black denim (Rag & Bone).
Shoes: Tan suede shoes (George Cleverley or Grenson), patent leather (Church’s), black chukka boots (Clarks).
Accessories: Tie (Hugo Boss), watch (Breitling), lapel pin (Gieves & Hawkes).