Who wore it better? Who cares? Just go buy a corduroy suit.
This fall we’re all about corduroy, and we’re not just talking about pants. The 2017 way to wear the wale is by covering yourself in it head-to-toe. This weekend, Armie Hammer and Benedict Cumberbatch both showed up to the Toronto International Film Festival in what looks an awful lot like the same gray corduroy suit and gray T-shirt. We could spend hours trying to decide who wore the thing better, but the truth is they both nailed it. Corduroy carries packs cozy yet pulled together vibes, and the gray-on-gray keeps things modern and a little chilly. This is not a huge surprise; when it comes to wearing suits, Hammer and Cumberbatch are as experienced as movie stars come, on and off the screen. So when they put their trust in the same gray corduroy look, you can be sure it’s an educated decision—and one you should follow this fall.
Of course, corduroy comes in countless shades—not just gray. Our fall favorites run the gamut of classic menswear colors—navy, gray, olive, oxblood, and brown. (And some less-classic shades like pink.) And each one is a perfect monochrome outfit starter kit: adding texture to tonal fits helps break up the layers, so corduroy and a same-color tee is a don’t-even-think-about-it choice. And as Hammer and Cumberbatch proved, when your suit’s got this much going on, even in a neutral color, the pro move is going for a minimal shirt and shoes.
But let’s not overthink this. If a suit is so good that you see it twice in the span of a few days—worn by two certified suit-wearing experts—you should probably just go out and buy it.
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