Rami Malek is a man of many talents. He can act! He can sing! He can talk with big ol’ prosthetic teeth in his mouth! He can also put one hell of an outfit together, as evidenced by what he wore this week in New York City. The look is a master class in wearing black and navy together. And, depending on where you fall on the “style rules” spectrum, it’s also a master class in fashionable rebellion.
To clarify: There are still some folks in this world under the impression that black and navy should not be worn together. I, personally, reject this premise, as do many of my colleagues at Esquire and in the fashion world at large. Perhaps you do not, though. Perhaps the belief has been ingrained in you by a wise old grandfatherly type who smells faintly of wood smoke and old wool, and told you in his wise old way that the combo is verboten.
Gaze upon Malek, and consider this (possibly not real) man’s advice in a new light:
Sorry, but gramps is just plain wrong. Black and navy look fantastic together, and Malek’s outfit is proof. It doesn’t hurt that his sweater and chinos are perfectly fitted to his frame. It’s also a boon that he’s wearing a crisp white shirt to anchor everything, giving the eye just a little break from all the darkness. Oh, and the sunglasses help, because sunglasses always help you look a little cooler. Not that Malek needs the assistance.
If you’re interested in trying out a similar combo, start with some easy essentials. A merino sweater and slim black chinos should do the trick. Movie star status not guaranteed, of course. But, hey…anything’s possible.