British GQ called him, “the best-dressed man of 2020.”Eliza Huber, writer for renowned fashion blog Refinery29 dubbed his style, “the stuff of legend.” For those of you who are still in questioning as to who he is, Timothée Chalamet is best-known for his role in Luca Guadagnino’s 2017 hit film Call Me By Your Name, amidst myriad other great flicks. At only twenty-five years of age, Chalamet is more than just a name echoing throughout Hollywood for the fourteen awards and one Oscar nomination he has under his belt—he is the personal style star for many, celebrities included. In that event, prepare to be inspired as you read.
Chalamet, unlike the majority of celebrities, is his own stylist, which verifies the fact that he, similarly to the rest of us, walks into a store and picks out his own assortment of clothes which later become photographed on a tell-tale red carpet or the streets of New York City, only to be discussed by a population of admirers. One would apprehend that the reason behind such regard for Chalamet’s attire is the apparent particularity in it. His style wavers back and forth between formality, casualty and modern-age fashion that collaborates with sporadic pops of vivid colors. Color is fundamental when it comes to a good outfit. When handled creatively—such as the way Chalamet has caused the vibrant orange t-shirt to peek out from under his striped sweater and black jacket in the picture below—color has the capability to add significance to an entire outfit that would otherwise have been less exciting.
Refer to the manner he emphasizes the radiant color of yellow in an outfit of no more than three other colors in this photograph.
This subtle technique of color-popping provides radiance to the entirety of his outfit. It also helps that yellow is generally associated with optimism and happiness. Besides, nearly all the colors seen throughout his outfit correspond with each other—the red dad hat with the red lines on his blouson jacket and the red on his socks, his black face mask with his black sweatpants and the black on his jacket. Set color-popping aside, and he ventures into a color-blocking occasion, putting together an assortment of faded, multiple-colored clothes.
While one would establish that Chalamet possesses with him a flair of methodically working with color, a discussion of his sense of fashion would remain half-baked without references to his red carpet style. Chalamet’s choice of outfit for the Little Women movie photocall is notable for its pastel pink hue which would defy the stances that say “pink is a color for girls,” and ascertain that specific colors are not restricted to specific genders. His monochromatic pastel-pink suit was full-on corduroy, which explains the sophisticated, vintage appearance retained in it.
Speaking of opposing gender norms, Chalamet—through the pastel-blue, flower-embroidered suit that he donned for the San Sebastian Film Festival in 2018—proves that there persists no shame in featuring floral designs on a man’s outfit. He went further on to attest to the same statement during the London premiere of the movie Beautiful Boy, where he dazzled in a black suit adorned with large, orange, red, and green floral print designs. Chalamet, through this bold sense of style, guarantees one thing: if one wants to step out of the box, one has every right and capability to do so.
Simultaneously as color and florals persevere being significant parts that comprise Timothée Chalamet’s style, he does not cease to go out of his own way to opt for dull monochromatic colors. Except, he makes up for the dull color by changing one characteristic in his attire or another. The silk suit he spruced up in for the International Film Festival in 2019 happened to be grey all over, leaving out the brown belt. Chalamet performed a half-tuck on his shirt, thus enhancing his outfit, giving it a better touch of interest.
For 2019’s premiere of the movie The King, he preferred a homochromous outfit of black, only the black shirt underneath his single-breasted blazer was speckled with polka dots, while his slim-cut pants happened to be of leather material. This was then matched up with a pair of pointy black boots that bestowed Chalamet a longer-legged look.
In a nutshell, it can be simply said that Chalamet’s personal style is composed of color, creativity and an evident form of selfhood. His sense of fashion speaks his mind for him, speaks his values and worth. Thus, the message for the onlookers is clear: play with color all you want. Don’t be afraid to step outside your zone of comfort. Don’t be afraid to improvise. But first and foremost, be yourself—do it for you.
By Rebecca Mischelle