The term “National Treasure” is thrown about quite a bit when it comes to Sir Michael Caine, and with a five decade-long film career and multiple Academy nominations, it’s hard to argue with it.
Michael Caine made his breakthrough during the 60’s, starring in acclaimed films like Alfie, The Italian Job, Get Carter, and Hannah and Her Sisters. In more recent years, he’s appeared in Inception, Cars 2, and, of course, as Alfred the butler and Batman’s voice of reason in The Dark Knight Trilogy. He’s one of the most beloved and recognisable actors of our time, but he’s known for more than just his iconic roles. He’s also known for his refined fashion sense.
Caine’s style may be his own, but that doesn’t mean you can’t borrow the look every now and again. Here’s how.
When you think about the fashion style of Michael Caine, you most likely think first of the way he looked in movies like Alfie and The Italian Job. He played characters that were not only impeccably dressed, but their style looked effortless, cool, and grounded. These looks were masterminded by a London tailor named Dough Hayward, who designed all of Michael’s suits for the movies.
The look didn’t end when the director yelled, cut, however. Caine understood how aesthetically pleasing these comfortable, well-fitting men’s suits were, and made them a hallmark of his overall style.
Steal it: Want to dress to impress like Caine? Find suits, tweed jackets, and shirts that fit you well, or have them tailored to fit correctly. This will make you look more comfortable and well-put-together.
One of the most obvious, and iconic, features of Caine’s style is his bold, dark frames. These frames have helped make him a household name, especially when worn during some of his most famous films.
Steal it: You may not need to wear glasses, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a page from Caine’s book by using an accessory to your advantage. Choose one item you want to stand out from your ensemble, like your tie or pocket kerchief. Surround it with sharp, refined essentials and a slim suit or men’s tweed jacket for a sophisticated look that won’t go out of style.
Caine has never been one to be afraid of a little bravado, and it’s actually made him a dapper dresser. Take the men’s suits he wore in The Italian Job, for instance. The combination of a bold pattern and brazen stripes with a sand coloured suit might not be for everyone, but he made it work.
Steal it: Don’t be afraid to try something different, even if you don’t think it will work. Combine colours and patterns you never considered before and see how they take your wardrobe from drab and boring to brilliant and bold.
Stealing the style of Michael Caine isn’t hard if you understand the key ingredient: sharp tailoring, fitted suits and tweed jackets, iconic accessories, and brazen colour choices. A cockney accent helps too.