Is the superstar’s tan suit ultra-trendy, or just poorly tailored? We have no idea.
Two things we know about Robert Pattinson: he’s an uncommonly handsome dude who usually dresses impeccably—and he’s been on a quest to reinvent himself since first hitting big screens worldwide as a part of the Twilight franchise all the way back in 2008. And while we’re Twilight-level superfans of his low-key style signatures—beanie or ball cap, sunglasses, bomber jacket, black jeans, and low top sneakers—we respect that the dude likes to try new things, and isn’t afraid of taking some pretty serious style risks. Capital-F Fashion swerves don’t always appeal to the world at large—remember the crop top cardigan he rocked in Berlin?—but Pattinson’s weirdest outfits are a chance to see what brewing menswear trends look like on someone who isn’t a model or a style blogger. Take, for example, the suit and sneakers combination he wore in Savannah, Georgia last week: our man Rob was testing out the vibe our pals over at GQ Style coined “normcorporate.”
Accepting an award at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival, Pattinson arrived dressed in a voluminous tan suit, untucked white button down shirt (no tie), and a pair of Dior sock sneakers (a.k.a. snockers) in black and red. Both the fit of his suit and the style of the sneakers come straight off of the 2017 menswear moodboard, with brands from Marni to Neil Barrett to Balenciaga producing bigger and bigger pants, purposely ill-fitting suits, and increasingly baroque–or maybe just ugly—kicks. Pattinson looks a little bit like a middle manager in some imagined office circa 1997, and a little bit more like an ultra-cool art kid who doesn’t go north of Canal Street. It’s also worth noting that there’s one other place Pattinson may be getting style inspiration: the costume design from his newest film Good Time, which features a well-curated, deeply ill-fitting series of looks that draw from the worlds of construction, crime, and outer-borough New York City. (One outfit in particular looks strikingly similar to Pattinson’s tan suit.)
But like we said: keeping up on the bleeding edge of trends leaves little room for error, and we’re not sure Rob totally nailed the normcorporate look. Pattinson’s take is more than a sly wink, but it’s not quite an all-out endorsement, either. It’s a little tepid, which makes it confusing. Call it the trend danger zone. If you ever leave your friends and colleagues wondering whether you meant for your suit to be so ill-fitting, you’ve made a mistake. It’s a good lesson: extreme trends in menswear aren’t easy to pull off, even if you’re Robert Pattinson, and especially if you’re not ready to commit whole-hog. Our advice? Tread lightly with swerves that hinge so dramatically on fit and proportion. Your suits will thank you.