Wavy color combos and unexpected patterns for the win.
The fact that two of the most stylish actors in Hollywood right now, Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer, happen to star in one of the most nominated films of the year together, Call Me By Your Name, is a rare and wonderful gift from the style gods. Just look at the pair at the New York Film Critics Awards earlier this week, arm in arm in their excellent patterned suits, for proof that the duo have, in addition to on-screen chemistry, a sartorial alchemy you don’t see every day. Chalamet’s pinstripe suit is by Thom Browne, in case the shrunken jacket and cropped pants didn’t tip you off. Hammer, meanwhile, is in Etro. His excellent monochromatic shirt and tie is a signature of his stylist, Ilaria Urbinati—and a popular move around these parts too.
What Chalamet and Hammer offer us with these fits is proof that it’s possible to wear a patterned suit and look just as sophisticated as you do you in your go-to navy kit. The key is nailing the details. While these looks are distinct, both suits are slim through the pant legs, the arms, and the body of the jacket. In addition to being impeccable, they also aren’t styled with too many bells and whistles. That’s because, unless you are Wiz Khalifa, bells and whistles are going to hurt you more than they will help you.
Finally, and this counts for something, let’s remember that these suits are crafted (and crafted is really the operative word here) by menswear heavy-hitters who don’t skimp on fabric or construction and who know how to do a bold pattern in a tasteful way. As much as we appreciate the existence of a $300 suit, we’d be lying if we told you a $3,000 suit wasn’t nicer. The good thing is, with winter sales in full swing, it’s possible to upgrade on quality without going over budget. Here are a few great suits to get you started.