Idris Elba works his clothing muscles this week

Idris Elba does just about everything to a remarkably high standard. From the action-packed roles he’s played over his decades-long career to his work as a DJ, he’s known for many things, but his personal style is perhaps his most underrated attribute.

The 49-year-old is currently in Manhattan promoting his upcoming project The beast, an American survival thriller directed by Baltasar Kormákur, and flexes all of its sartorial muscles on the global press stage. Within 24 hours, he appeared in three strong looks that were the epitome of understated elegance. But also a masterclass on how to dress if you’re genetically blessed with superhero stature, which – surprisingly – isn’t always easy.

It was a morning of Cuban collars and short sleeves, as the actor stepped out in a pastel plaid shirt (note how his cropped length helps balance out the proportions), cobalt blue tailored pants and a pair of Gucci trainers . The ensemble struck that happy medium between chic and laid-back, and showed off the actor’s knack for mixing tailoring with sports-centric pieces. Plus, a smart choice for the actor’s daytime appearance on the Today Show with Savannah Guthrie.

Then it was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where Idris Elba looked stylish in a black spread-collar shirt in heathered cotton piqué that he paired with crisp white trainers and suit pants: a clever mix of refined basics that come together to give a look sober and elegant. It was lightweight but structured and complemented Elba’s stacked physique.


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