Clothes on Film – Learning Style from the Silver Screen

I first discovered Clothes on Film 8 months ago when looking for details pertaining to James Bond’s wardrobe.  Since then I’ve been a huge fan of Chris Laverty’s blog.

His attention to detail, wide range of clothing reviews, and smart wit make learning about men’s style through the silver screen fun and entertaining.

3 Reasons you should give Clothes on Film a look over:

  1. Chris’ detailed analysis and breakdown of a character style is unmatched anywhere on the web.  If you’ve ever wonder just what type of tousers Sean Connery wore as James Bond in Dr. No, look no further then Clothes on Film.
  2. The interviews with the costume artists gives you an inside view on the meaning they were trying to convey with color and cut.  Learn from this and apply it in your own personal style.
  3. Clothes on Film gives you a new perspective to the same old movie – you’ll find yourself paying attention to the details of Carey Grant’s wardrobe in the movie To Catch a Thief, looking for how he takes an ordinary jacket and trousers and wears them in an extraordinary way.

 

Wall Street  Money Never Sleeps - Suit Jacket

 

I really enjoyed Clothes on Film‘s take when it comes to casual wear.  Below you can see where he starts to go over Daniel Craig as James Bond wearing casual clothing on the streets of a rougher neighborhood – but Chris also covers unlikely style inspiration found in movies such as “The Big Lebowski” and the 1970s Cult Classic “The Warriors”

 

James Bond Film

Finally, I need to say that this is not a review encouraging you to copy a particular actors style.  Rather the intent here is to encourage you to pay attention to the details by learning from people (the costume designers) whose profession is conveying message through non-visuals.

Mad Men John Slattery Double Breasted Suit

RAW Transcript

Clothes on Film Learning Style from the Silver Screen

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Hi. This is Antonio over at Real Mean Real Style. And today, I’m going to be talking about the blog “Clothes on Film”. And I feel that this is a neglected blog, one that is been putting out great content and is not getting as much traffic as it deserves. I’m sure a lot of…a lot of clothing designers, a lot of costume designers, people that pay attention to film and what people are dressing are paying attention to this website.

But I thought, it’s going to be a smart decision for a lot of my audience, men who are simply looking to improve their personal style to come check out this website because, you know, first view, like we see this thing up here about “Captain America” and the First Trailer. Being a movie fan, I don’t mind the-this is a bit of entertainment. But, it goes a lot deeper than this but let me-I’m getting ahead of myself. This blog was started by a gentleman named Chris Laverty.

And I’ve spoken-well, I’ve emailed and tweeted with him-a standup gentleman and he has a lot going on. But, you know, why should the average guy come to this website and check out clothes on film? Well, I’m about to show you. So, he gets into the, I mean, the nit gritty details of men’s styles as we see on television shows and movies. And so, here is “Mad Men” on John Slattery and he goes-okay.

I’ve written actually an article very similar to this and which I break out, you know, the Mad Men’s individual style. But, this is taken to a whole, another level. And he really goes into very, very deep detail as to what makes this particular character looks sharp. He talks about the double breast. He talks about, you know, the fit of the jacket. He talks about the fabric. He talks about the cut. All of the little details he goes into.

And that’s just the start because then he goes over to a popular movie like “Inception”. And we learned about Jeffrey Kurland and his costume and what, you know, what they were thinking when they put this together, what they wanted to portray. And I think that’s very interesting. That’s something about film. I don’t think there are many other industries where you are going to see so much talent paying attention to such small things.

And all of it is recorded for you to observe. So, you can go to this website and you can learn about the costumes and the movie “Inception”. And you’re going to look at this film differently and I think that’s something pretty powerful. You’re going to start paying attention to those small details. What initially drew me to this website is I think I saw somewhere-it was reposted that he had basically broken down James Bond’s style.

So, here he talks-we’ve got, you know, the latest James Bond film and some casual pulls from there. But, you know, where was I going to go with this? I think the one that I was really impressed with was this one-the Sean Connery in “Dr. No”. And he breaks them, all of the pieces, how Sean Connery dressed in all of the movies and even talks about how-when he would actually re-wear certain outfits. Really, a great job.

I haven’t seen anyone else do this, even breaks it down to, you know, whenever he takes the jacket off and all of these great details. Actually talks about the Dac [0:03:42] [Phonetics] trousers which, you know, who is paying attention to this stuff? I can tell you, you know, Chris is doing a-gosh! A great job and he, you know, just a little bit more about him. He has created clothes. He created clothes on film and he writes most of the content here.

And, yeah, overall, you know, a really approachable guy, very easy to get a hold of on Twitter. Okay. So, we talked about the James Bond. Here’s “Live And Let Die”. He gets into Roger Moore’s Chesterfield Coat and then he pulls up some photos of the actual coat and he gets into great detail and shows how this, you know, we see how it looks in the movie and he pulls out photos of how it looks in real life. He also talks about, of course, Michael Douglas and his shirts.

And what’s funny is then he revisits the latest Wall Street movie and talks about, you know, how things have changed and the new designs that we see here. Then, he goes into Michael Kane, which if you’re not a fan of film, you know, Michael Kane used to, you know, be a huge star like on-not so much anymore, but he was very much a tough guy and has some great looks. And then he gets into a more modern movie, “Eastern Promises”.

Then, he starts getting a bit casual. And this is where actually I feel the website is great for casual style because it starts giving us ideas. Now, normally, I wouldn’t recommend the double-breasted with a turtleneck, but he shows how Mark Strong pulled this off and actually does a pretty good job. I, you know, not my cup of tea. I surely like this lower look, this great two-button, single-breasted, dark tooth check suit which he goes in a great detail and allows you to see a look and perhaps you can incorporate this into your personal style.

Even gets into more of a casual stuff here. We’ve got-what is it, “Knight and Day”. And we can see Tom Cruise here on what looks like either…I think it’s a denim button up but pays closer attention to the buttons. And we can see how that looks on a man. And then, he gets into some really casual things. I mean, who would have thought you could pull inspiration from “The Big Lebowski”.

But, he does that and he talks about Jeff Bridges’s sweater, an entire article on this sweater and basically more detail than you would have thought. But it really brings up, you know-hey, if you want to incorporate a cardigan, it’s very good article read to help build a foundation. And he even touches things like “The Warriors”. Now, I’m not advocating you out to get a leather vest with Warrior on the back.

But I can tell you that wearing a vest creatively can add a lot to a man’s individual style. I’ve written about it and I like where…I like where Chris takes this. It is a overall, a very well-written blog that is very strong on visual images and it is well worth your time. He’s got the Archive over here so you can just click to that and you will be taken to three years of articles. A lot to look at here.

Again, this is Antonio Centeno over at Real Men Real Style and I highly advice you check out the blog, “Clothes on Film”. Have a great day. Bye-bye.

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