The former Doctor Who steps out to promote the new season of his Netflix show in a slew of approachable—but still fashionable—menswear fits.
Fans of Netflix’s The Crown, which chronicles the reign of Queen Elizabeth II as part-soap opera, part-Masterpiece Theater-style drama (meaning it looks fancy, but it’s kinda trashy—the best combo) can start binge watching the series’ second season starting today. And once again Matt Smith, of Doctor Who fame, steps into the role of a reluctant and rebellious young Prince Phillip.
And since any new season of a highly anticipated show deserves an outlet swarming press tour, we’ve seen a lot of Smith off-screen this week promoting the show. And we’ve learned that the guy really knows what he’s doing when it comes to getting dressed. So much so that our across-the-pond brethren just named him their Best Dressed Man of 2018. It’s easy to understand why Smith took home the title: he has that uncanny ability to move between superbly cut formal tailoring and a sort of undone charm that Brits like Eddie Redmayne and Harry Styles do so well (albeit in very different ways). Here’s the proof that the British actor out-dressed everyone this week:
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Smith took the stuffiness out of his suit by pairing it with fun patterns — the polka dot shirt, the hearts-and-arrows sock — while still maintaining a sense of elegance (not an easy balancing act). A slim tie and a perfect-fitting jacket means you can take some risks without looking ridiculous.
If you thought festive shirts were a summer-only thing, well let Smith challenge that very limiting idea. In fact, now that everyone’s draping and bundling themselves in black, navy, and gray, a little pattern and color can go a long, long way, as demonstrated here. So maybe the new winter move is to layer one of your favorite patterned shirts from summer — tropicals or florals or whatever else — under a suit or coat for an unexpected dose of energy. Consider this a new way of conquering holiday dressing.
Here, with co-star Claire Foy, Smith proves that he can do classic just as well as he can do casual. The navy suit, white shirt, black shoes, pocket square and tie are all by-the-book perfect, slim and streamlined like they’ve jumped right out of the pages of, well, GQ. Sometimes playing by the rules is the best way to stand out.
As we discussed earlier this week, Smith demonstrated one of the most crucial layering moves that men should try out this winter: the short-sleeve camp-collar shirt (another summer holdover), worn over a plain white T-shirt. It’s laidback, it’s stylish, it’s not trying too hard but it’s also not a throwaway. It hits all the right buttons, and Smith nails it.
This look is something every guy probably already has in his closet, at once low-key and sophisticated. A dark, slim pair of pants, black boots, a white T-shirt and navy shirt-jacket are all fall/winter layering essentials, and Smith wore them effortlessly together. That he only buttoned the top button of the overshirt and tucked in the tee are the sorts of details that prove he’s no style novice—he knows what he’s doing.
Here’s where the Matt Smith uniform starts to emerge—the casual tee, the slim dark pants—but gets mixed up with trendier items like high-top sneakers, a checkered coat and Burberry scarf. The takeaway? It’s good to know what works for you, but also good to be flexible and play around.