Get the look: Idris Elba

Jenessa Williams

Bond or not, there is no denying that Idris Elba has classic British style. An actor, producer and DJ, he values a wardrobe that shows an awareness of trends without being try-hard, blending sporty fits with classic tailoring. 

Red suit at night

Idris Elba suited up get the look

Never one to go for a plain old suit, take a leaf out of Idris’s book and add a splash of colour to your formalwear.

Red chinos (£22.50, Superdry) balance out a smart jacket (£1790 for the suit, Sartoria Rossi) without compromising appropriateness, accentuated by an elegant watch (£89, Police) and Brogue-style shoes (£102, Grenson).

For the finishing touch, personal grooming is a must—keep any facial hair in check with Murdock’s Beard Moisturizer (£24), gently scented and proven to soften even the most brittle of hairs.

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A moment of military

Idris Elba how to get the look

For a jacket that will never go out of style, shop for a military-inspired trench coat.

Just hitting the knee, you can’t go far wrong with Marks & Spencer’s version (£149), which layers easily over a soft long-sleeved polo knit (£29.90, Uniqlo).

Tailored jogging bottoms may seem like a hard look to pull off, but the secret is to go for a thick, skinny-cut fabric. Topshop’s £35 pair fit the bill, just skimming a designer high-top trainer (£255, Versace).

 

Camo cool

get the look idris elba camo

A colour that is flattering on all skin types, khaki should be a staple of any autumn/winter wardrobe.

Layer a t-shirt (£6, Burton) under a bomber jacket (£24.99, H&M) then team with a forest-green trouser (£25, River Island) for a point of difference.

Sleek trainers by a brand such as Lacoste (£99) are hugely on trend, but lose the thick socks—an invisible shoe liner (£9, Falke Fashion) offers a much more flattering flash of ankle.

Lastly, add a touch of gold in the form of a watch (£169)—look for one with a large, masculine face and well-structured metallic links.

 

Fresh and clean

Idris elba smart get the look

Make the most of the last ebbs of summer with this breezy, coastal-appropriate look.

Turning tailoring into something casual, grey shorts (£16, Next) pair wonderfully with a grandad-collar shirt (£24.95, Charles Tyrwhitt), and a practical pair of trainers for walking—£54 from Converse.

With a look this simple, hair and skincare is more important than ever, so stave off any stray hairs with Babyliss for men ceramic hair clippers (£29), and moisturise any dry, sun-chapped skin with Egyptian Magic’s All Purpose Skin Cream (£29), specially formulated for thirsty skin.

 

London calling

For a busy day of press calls and events, Idris knows the value of comfy layering.

Get ahead for winter by stocking up on some of his essentials—a beanie hat (£12.95, Jaxon & James), sturdy wool coat (£124.99, Pretty Green) and smart sweater (£109, Ralph Lauren).

Add in some staple chinos (£14, Burton) and a splash of trainer colour (£80, Adidas), and you’re all set for a day in the big city.