Born 15 September 1977, Tom Hardy’s full name is Edward Thomas Hardy. His original home was Hammersmith, London, but his parents raised him in East Sheen, London. Here he studied at Reed’s School, Tower House School and Duff Miller Sixth Form College. His love for acting turned him toward the Richmond Drama School, then the Drama Centre London. Since then, he’s been a part of our lives, providing us with entertainment on the big screen and also impressing us with his keen sense of style.
In 1998, Hardy became a part of the Drama Centre London. His time here didn’t last long, however. Shortly after joining, he won the part of John Janovec, and Army Private in the miniseries Band of Brothers on HBO. Soon after, his film debut took place in Black Hawk Down, a Ridley Scott film. After this, Tom’s career seemed to take off. He was a part of films like dot the I, Simon: An English Legionnaire, Star Trek: Nemesis and LD 50 Lethal Dose.
His career hasn’t just been amazing on film, however. He’s also made a splash on the stage. In 2003, in fact, he won the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for his performance in In Arabia We’d All be Kings and Blood, which were performed at the Hampstead Theatre and Royal Court Theatre.
While Hardy’s acting is superb, it’s not the only reason that men want to be him. Tom has classic, rugged good looks and a style that matches. While there are no doubt days when he wants to lounge around the house in sweats, you won’t find him looking grungy when he’s out and about. Even when it comes to casual clothing, his look is always on point.
So how does he do it? And how can you copy him? Here are a few key elements you need to consider when emulating his style.
When it comes to his casual look, it appears that Tom Hardy has one rule: keep it simple. Don’t overthink it. That’s what makes the look so easy to steal. Think of clean lines and comfort for your casual style. Fit jeans, tees and comfortable footwear are simple and comfortable to wear. Step things up a notch by creating extra dimensions within the outfit with casual overshirts over the tee or a tweed jacket. These extra dimension make the ensemble more appealing and eye-catching.
As with any Hollywood star, Tom has to dress formally often to attend red carpet events, charity events and other events that require formal attire. To pull off this look with class, Tom uses a couple of different strategies:
After the red carpet event, Hardy ditches the accessories and ties and instead lets his statement pieces do all the work for him. Here you’re likely to find him wearing an unbuttoned white dress shirt with a blue cardigan and a grey tweed jacket.
Even when he’s ready to play, however, Tom always keeps a few things in mind. He always makes sure that his shoes are polished and shining. He always only unbuttons the top one or two buttons of his shirt. Any more and look quickly goes from ‘play boy’ to ‘oh no.’
For Tom, many of his style choices aren’t simply about looking great (that’s just an added benefit,) they are about practicality. For his casual looks, he choose rugged shoes that will be ideal for hiking or just for going for a run. His formal looks include long scarves and trench coats during colder weather- not just because they look amazing, but because they keep him warm. Remember this and make practical choices when it comes to your menswear items as well.
Tom Hardy’s style can often be hard to copy, especially when it seems so unique. For the best results, let casual be casual and go all out when it comes to your formal wear.