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The Gospel of St. Paul Rudd's White Tie

White-on-white-on-black? That's something of a holy trinity.
IMAGE Rich Fury
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Blessed is he who, in the name of charity (or, really, really nice tailoring), shepherds the unsure through the valley of ever-swelling menswear, and into the dawn of a good look. Paul Rudd is one such shepherd. Praise be.

At the premiere of his latest Netflix release, Living With Yourself, the 50-year-old channelled his inner televangelist and preached the good word on the red carpet. In Rudd's case, that meant white-on-white: a tie purer than the gags in Sister Act, set against a shirt just as radiant.

Photo by Rich Fury.
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It's refreshing proof that God-given looks needn't require six days of sweat. In an age when our neckwear embraces bolder times, and when stars like Jake Gyllenhaal get all theatrical in Dries Van Noten, Rudd understands the power of singing to his own tune. Black and white are the most harmonious notes in the hymn sheet.

But white-on-white-on-black? That's something of a holy trinity. It's a look that hits style's high notes, but quietly, and in doing so exorcises the demons of red carpet mediocrity. Because you can lead your style followers into the promised land without pomp or ceremony: no mad prints, no retina-scorching palettes, no swollen silhouettes. Just St. Paul, spreading the good word of a very good tie.

Amen to that.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.ukMinor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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