Idris Elba, the man of the moment, potentially the next James Bond and world famous for starring in programmes such as The Wire and Luther. This man really does have it all. So we’re going to give you the low-down on his fashion, his style and quite frankly, everything Idris!
No other A-lister we can think of owns black-tie rigs and swervy off-duty kits like Idris Elba. The talented actor’s ascent to leading-man status has coincided with an ever-growing wardrobe of sharply cut designer suits, epic outerwear, and an impressive trainer collection (as well as a lot of driving caps). Whether he’s at the Oscars or heading to an after-party, Elba always delivers on the style front.
He’s one of the best-dressed men in the game and to quote him on his favourite part of formalwear: “My bow makes my d*ck hard every time I smile… is that normal?” You know what, we’re going say that’s normal, because the hand-tied kind is super sick, and you should wear one if you want to look like a leading man. He is also fond of the tassel loafer. You can pull these off by making sure the material matches the occasion. For formal events, like Elba attends, patent leather is the way to go.
In the autumnal months, Elba teamed up a polo shirt – fastened up to the neck for a streamline look – over a black palette, with a dusty blue Chesterfield (in double-breasted cut). Who said a top coat and t-shirt couldn’t be fashion friends? This was left open to complement the casual polo, with the peak lapel flared like wings for an optical style feature.
Few Hollywood actors can – at the age of 43 – claim to be in constant demand for roles as varied as a Baltimore drug lord to Nelson Mandela. Even fewer can also DJ, and none can say they do it all while sometimes stalling to rap with Jay Z or consult on collaborations with the likes of Superdry.
Despite a jam-packed schedule of filming, interviews, DJ sets and red carpet appearances, Idris recently launched his second installment of his cool, comfortable and clean-cut collection with British retailer, Superdry. “I’m not a designer, but I’m passionate about clothes and I know how men want to look. Functionality and durability were key things for me,” said Elba of the collection, which saw his signature, fuss-free style spliced with the sporty superbrand.
One of the key reasons why you’ll never see him put a sartorial foot wrong? Because he’s worked hard to research the pieces that complement his lifestyle and frame.
We’ve put together a few pieces that can really help you get your Idris Elba on available online now at Standout:
SUPERDRY DEEP BLACK MICROFIBRE WIND ATTACKER HOODED JACKET – £89.95
The Microfibre Wind Attacker Hooded Jacket from Superdry comes in Deep Black, featuring a hood and a standing collar with triple zip closure. With zip pockets and pouch pockets in the front, and an inside pocket, this men’s jacket sports logos on the left sleeve and on the back.
ORIGINAL PENGUIN DARK SAPPHIRE SLIM FIT GINGHAM JACQUARD LOGO POLO SHIRT
Coming in pattern design, the Slim Fit Gingham Jacquard Logo Polo Shirt from Original Penguin comes in Dark Sapphire. This men’s shirt sports a small logo on the chest. This polo also features a spread collar with a three-button placket and short sleeves.
SCOTCH & SODA NIGHT SEA PEAK LAPEL FLECKED BLAZER
The Peak Lapel Flecked Blazer in Night Sea from Scotch & Soda features Inside pockets with brand label attached to it and two front flap pockets. This long sleeved blazer for men has notched lapel along with a brand logo tab on it and two-button front.