How To Dress In Your 20s, As Shown By Timothée Chalamet
Timothée Chalamet is having quite a moment.
We don't mean his Best Actor Oscar nomination for Call Me By Your Name or his role in Best Film contender Ladybird, impressive though they both are. We means something, far, far more important than that: wearing nice clothes.
Summoned to every brightly-lit red carpet laid anywhere in the world over the past six months, the New Yorker has emerged as one of the best-dressed figures on the circuit: bold, bright, and (helpfully) in Berluti.
At the tender age of 22 (22!) he is dressing with a confidence beyond his years, and in doing so providing men of his generation with some useful lessons. Such as...
Use your body shape
In your 20s you're at your most lithe—something you should seek to maximize even when dressing formally. Here for (yet another) red carpet, Chalamet wear a slim-lapel, skinny tux sans stuffy bowtie: the perfect young man's take on evening wear.
Perfect your trainer game
It's not like you have to trade in your trainers for a pair of sensible brogues the second you hit 30, but your 20s should probably still be your peak sneaker decade.
Chalamet's opted for a pair inspired by your Dad's hiking shoes made by Prada, with a yellow heel trim that adds just the right amount of pop to his dark casual outfit.
The cropped trousers and undone top button add a slightly disheveled edge to an otherwise standard two-piece suit. Just don't take it too far and end up looking a bit AC/DC.
Follow trends wherever they go
One of the joys of being a young guy is that you can follow the latest trends and look 'edgy' rather than just 'sad,' which is what comes later (sorry to break it to you).
Take Chalamet with his high-waisted trousers and tucked in shirt. Waistbands have been creeping up for a few seasons now, with Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, and other heavyweights hanging drapey, pleated trousers around the navel area. So join them, and him!
Be brave with color
Wearing pink isn't bold per se, but wearing a pink, contrast-collar pinstripe shirt with matching pink low tops to a formal do is extremely I'm-still-in-my-20s-and-finding-this-all-a-bit-funny —which is what you should be aiming for at all times.
Wearing clothes with visible labels or 'thought-provoking' slogans is strictly the preserve of musicians and the young. If you're going to join them, opt for something subtle like this 'Last Poets' merino wool crew neck, by London designer Bella Freud.
Experiment with fit
At the Paris premiere of his own film in January, Chalamet wore a pair of slim-fit formal trousers with a cropped leather jacket that was slightly too long in the sleeves. The result was a kind of careful nonchalance that can only really belong to the young and the fabulously haired (that's you!).
Wear a good suit...
In February, Chalamet turned up for a formal dinner—the Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon, no less—in a dark green, two button notch lapel suit by Gucci, worn with a white dress shirt (air tie of course) and black leather lace-ups.
...and wear it twice
Later that same day? He paired the very same suit with a black T-shirt and a small neck chain for a P-A-R-T-Y. In your 20s, knowing how to switch up your key items to work for different occasions is a useful trick.
Finally, be a Berluti model
In recent months, Chalamet has been embraced by Haider Ackermann, the Colombian-born creative director of Berluti. The upshot of being a muse for a fashion label? You get to wear their clothes, like this burgundy velvet suit, for free.
This one would be handy at any age, to be honest.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.