The Crown actor has the key to looking good with little effort.
Being in your 30s doesn’t have an endless number of perks but there are a few. Not living with complete strangers or being at the bottom of the totem pole at work. And, as 35-year-old English actor Matt Smith demonstrates every time he appears in public, knowing how to dress well. That is, synthesizing what speaks to you, what looks good on your body, and what is appropriate for the occasion without much effort. The brown camp-collar shirt and black trousers combo Smith wore to visit SiriusXM yesterday is one of his signature A+ style moves. It has shades of James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and Leonardo Dicaprio in Romeo and Juliet in that it’s edgy but gentlemanly too. Perfect for an interview or, should you not be a famous person yourself, a date (which, let’s fact it, is its own kind of interview).
The beauty of this particular look is that it’s mostly comprised of workhorse wardrobe icons you may already own or, if not, should. The perfect white crewneck, black trousers, and a pair of Chelsea boots are not the kind of things you go out and buy after listing to a new album only to realize later—oh wait—you are not Lil Yachty. They are tried and true, 30-something approved staples. Matt Smith, not Jaden Smith.
The short-sleeve camp-collar shirt, meanwhile, is the hero piece that ties everything together and adds the capital S style. Unlike a white tee, this shirt isn’t something you’ll wear every week for the rest of your life—but it’s damn cool. It exudes confidence, and luckily, can be had in just about every color and the pattern in the rainbow right now. Just do us a favor and be sure to buy the slimmed down, 2017 version of the staple, not the big, boxy, Tony Soprano one. You’re trying to look mature, not like a mafia kingpin.
Here, every piece you need to recreate this fit. If you’re Smith’s age great, if you’re older or younger, that’s fine too. It’s never the wrong time to look like a man at the top of his game.
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