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Get the look: Idris Elba

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Get the look: Idris Elba
Actor, producer and DJ Idris Elba has classic British style: he values a wardrobe that blends sporty fits with classic tailoring. Here's how to get his look
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

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.

A moment of military

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

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

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.

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