With an Academy Award, two British Academy Film Awards, a Golden Globe and three Screen Actors Guild Awards to his name, there’s no denying that Colin Firth is an amazing actor. However, we don’t love him simply because he’s become a household name or because he has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He’s also got a sense of style that stands out and makes him one of those leading men you like to try to pick up tips from as well.
In fact, there are quite a few style lessons hidden (though easily found) in many of his top films. Whether you’re heading out on a first date or walking into a board meeting on Monday morning, you can take these lessons and apply them to some of your day-to-day attire. After all, what’s good for Mr. Darcy has to be good for the rest of us, doesn’t it?
Film Inspiration: Exciting Lessons From Colin Firth
Style lessons aren’t always black and white. Sure, sometimes you can see a man such as Firth wearing a blue pinstripe suit and say, “I get it; men just look brilliant in a nice suit.” But if you delve a little deeper, the secrets to their style come out. Here are just a few of his films and what you can learn from his sartorial looks.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the story of a veteran spy who comes out of retirement to figure out who within MI6 is an undercover Soviet agent. Colin Firth stars alongside Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman in the film. While the plot will keep you riveted throughout, it’s Colin’s style that really stands out. The tailoring is, of course, completely on-point, but the way Colin dresses is what makes it feel like you’re watching real men doing real things.
In the film, he wears wire-framed spectacles and paisley ties. His hair is unkempt and his suits, while comfortably fit, are anything but eye-catching. So, what makes his style so impressive? It’s the way he embraces it. His character may not spend an hour priming in the mirror every morning, but Firth owns the style with confidence. It’s real.
The King’s Speech
A biographical drama, Colin plays the character King George VI, who struggles to come with his stammer and address the nation via wartime radio broadcast with the help of a speech therapist named Lionel Logue. It isn’t surprising that Firth’s attire would be brilliant in the movie- he plays a king after all. His double-breasted men’s suits and embroidered regalia boast excellent fabrics and beautiful cuts.
It isn’t just what the clothes look like, though. While they definitely draw your attention away from the stutter with their perfect fit, the way Colin wears them is what grabs your attention. He wears them like a king would. Whenever you see him, his head is held high and his shoulders are back. He owns the look with confidence. Whether you’re wearing a tweed jacket on a second date or interviewing for a job in a suit, this kingly self confidence can take your look from ‘just right’ to ‘absolutely stunning.’
The Bridget Jones Diary (As Well as the Rest of the Series)
They’re on. They’re off. They keep us guessing. In this contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice, he plays the character Mark Darcy in the films with Hugh Grant and Renee Zellweger. While many of Firth’s roles can help you determine what to wear and how to wear, this one takes the opposite approach. Instead, we learn what not to do.
Mark Darcy is a lawyer, who, in all honestly, appears as if he grabbed one of his dad’s suits from the back of the wardrobe, put it on and said, “Eh, good enough.” His attire is shapeless; it’s almost impossible to tell how old the man actually is because of it. The suits are bland and lifeless when it comes to colour and patterns as well.
Take a lesson in style from this. If you want to look your best, and possibly snag the girl, put a little effort into your clothing. Choose men’s suits and men’s tweed jackets that fit you well, or at least visit a tailor to have them adjusted so they do. Be creative and adventurous (at least a little bit) when it comes to colour. Stand out, but in a good way.
Oh, and don’t let your mother convince you to wear a reindeer sweater- even if it’s just for Christmas.
A Single Man
A Single Man took the world by storm. The film earned a standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival and two Academy Award nominations. Taking place over the course of a day, the story is about a man played by Colin Firth who is depressed with his life and the loss of his friend, who died in a car accident. He plans to commit suicide and prepares his affairs. Throughout the day, however, he talks to people and meets new individuals that help him embrace the concept of living happily again and forget his thoughts of dying.
While there isn’t much colour to Colin’s wardrobe in the film- brown is a regular hue in every scene- it isn’t the colour you should focus on when learning from Firth’s style in this film. It’s the attention to detail and fit.
Nothing beats the right fit, especially when combined with just the right number of accessories. The lesson here is that less is more.
Pride and Prejudice
No Colin Firth style guide would be complete without at least a mention of Pride and Prejudice, a romantic TV Mini-series that launched Firth into stardom. While Mr. Darcy was a complex character, even cold sometimes, he had a smouldering sex appeal that can in some ways be contributed to his attire.
The style isn’t what one would wear today; they costumes are very true to the Regency era. However, that’s not what’s noticeable about them. When you look at the different characters in the series, you’ll notice that each has a particular role to perform, and their style accents it. The Bingley sisters wore strong colours to make their high status known, while the Bennet women were adorned in creamy white cotton dresses. Firth, as Mr. Darcy, wore darker colours while Mr. Bingley wore warmer hues.
This lesson can be translated into modern-day style as well. When choosing suits, shirts and tweed jackets, consider your personal style and the look you want to pull off. Ready to take over the corporate world? A dark black suit and power red tie can help. Want to make a woman feel more at ease on a first date? Warm hues like brown can help.
Looking for a little film inspiration for your style? Steal some from Colin Firth, a man who knows how to look his best.