After seeing Wolf of Wall Street this last weekend, I was inspired to write this post on well-dressed men in movies (talking about the characters in movies, not the actors themselves). Well why don’t I start with the one that inspired me and that is the role of Jordan Belfort. Leo Di Caprio has really come on as a dapper man in his recent movies and in this movie he rocks the 1980s stockbroker look to a T. The double breasted power suits and ties, the casual polo shirt and sunglasses it was a beautiful job done by the costume designers on that movie.
Next up is another Di Caprio role and it is the one of Mr. Gatsby in “The Great Gatsby“. His portrayal of the mysterious Jay Gatsby is one to remember but the style and fashion in that movie is one for the ages for myself personally. The Roaring Twenties style of shawl collar cardigans, pinned collars braces (suspenders) sleek tuxedos and hats blew me away. The costume designers certainly did their research to nail the clothing of the time perfectly and I bet helped inspire a few men with their looks. Especially since Brooks Brothers released a line based on the movie which I can only dream of getting my hands on!
Now onto one of my favorite TV characters ever, the man they call Don Draper from Mad Men. 1960s businessman look at its finest. The grey suit, the always crisp white shirt with french cuffs, skinny tie, hair perfectly parted and don’t forget the overcoat and fedora. The sharp look really resonated with a lot of people and through it we have seen a revival of Sixties style fashion. Banana Republic launched two lines in the past few years based on the series. I can say the look has definitely inspired me to begin dressing well in the first place and when I dress like that I feel ready to conquer the day ahead.
Now ignoring the fact that these are fictional characters, what do men from those eras have in common? They cared about the way they dressed and looked. Whether casual or business or formal, they took pride in how they looked and put effort into their dress and grooming each day. I don’t know what happened to caring or why the world got lazy but it’s time to take a cue from these men and put some thought, effort and take pride in how you look. So for all of us here (me) at Don Dapper Headquarters, have a great evening and remember, stay dapper 😉