10 style lessons from the red carpet

Awards season may be over for another year, but there's still plenty to be learnt from the rich and famous' latest turn on the red carpet. From Brad Pitt and Adam Driver proving the classic tux is still a winner, to Timothée Chalamet who threw out the rule book completely with a streetwear-inspired take, allow us to walk you through some take-home style lessons from the red carpet than even us ordinary folk can master at our next event. 

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1. Go classic

This year’s Oscars were a testament to the simple, classic tux. After a few years of drama and pushing the boundaries in menswear, this year’s Academy Awards were surprisingly safe in the men’s fashion department. But safe is by no means a bad thing. From Leonardo DiCaprio in Armani to Adam Driver in Burberry, the classic tuxedo shone.

2. Choose velvet

Brad Pitt is having a (spectacular) moment. Forgetting for a second his sweep of awards, self-deprecating speeches and that photo with Jennifer Anniston, it’s his outfits (and hair) this awards season that’s really inspiring us. For the Oscars, he wore a Brioni tuxedo in velvet which, along with other similar iterations we saw on the red carpet, has got us reaching for our velvet stat.

Classic                                                                       Velvet

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3. Do it sustainably

This awards season had a sustainability focus and we were fully on board. At the Golden Globes it was vegan-only meals and the BAFTAs encouraged guests to re-wear an outfit they already own, or hire one. Joaquin Phoenix wore the same suit all awards season but his secret to looking suave? Investing in a really great quality and tailoring that fits to perfection. There's at least five suits every man should have in his arsenal (a navy and a charcoal single breasted, a check suit, a tux and a lightweight, summer suit) and for each, make sure you choose the best you can afford. 

4. Adopt all black

There’s something equally daring and sophisticated about wearing all black. Rami Malek took this stance at the Oscars with suave – and somewhat moody – effect as he paired a black suit with black shirt and bow tie. If you want to make a statement, look authoritative and (intimidatingly) sharp, go for all black. 

All out black 

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5. Vary your shade

While we are all for the classics, a little colour can really help you stand out in a sea of occasionwear. At the BAFTAs, Joe Alwyn wore a delightful blue suit jacket. At the Golden Globes, Adam Scott sported a subtle, dark green number, and Pierce Brosnan (whose family wins best-dressed award for outstanding sartorial dedication) won us over with his dark blue patterned get-up.

6. Channel texture

At the BAFTAs, Taron Egerton chose a velvet jacket in a slightly different hue to his trousers, which resulted in a thoroughly sharp look. At the Golden Globes, Christopher Abbott went for cord, and at the BAFTAs, Adam Driver channelled a mohair concoction. The message? Texture is good.

Tone                                                                           Texture

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7. Stand out with outerwear

In winter an overcoat can be a necessity rather than a fun addition. But rather than thinking of your coat as something you can’t wait to take off, make it a statement. Dan Levy wore a Dior satin coat to the SAG Awards, which has us contemplating all the merits of a great coat for elevating a formal look. Extra points if it's got a classy, statement flower on it. 

8. Don’t forget the details

While there is a risk of over accessorising in formal situations, a couple of well-chosen accessories adds personality to your look. At the Grammys, Finneas O'Connell wore a floral jacket which wouldn’t have looked nearly so rock-and-roll were it not for the addition of some chunky jewellery, handsome buckle boots and a pleasingly floppy bow tie. Details equal instant cool.

 

Outerwear                                                              Details

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9. Don't be afraid to go wild

Take your next wedding or event as an opportunity to truly experiment with your look. We wouldn't have thought pleats on a suit could look so good until we saw John Legend's grey jacket at the Grammys, but now we're secretly trying to pull it off. Not quite there yet? Instead, try emulating his air tie (shirt buttoned up as if a tie was in place) as an easy starting point. 

10. Forget the suit entirely

Despite all this talk of tailoring, you can, when all is said and done, throw out the rule book and go sans suit completely. Timothée Chalamet – whose style keeps on getting better – wore a zip-up Prada two-piece that had the world talking gym teachers, gas men and valet drivers. Whatever profession he resembled, one thing’s for certain, he looked good. And that, when it comes to event dressing, is the main thing.

Sans suit                                                            Pleats please

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