I am here to hopefully placate that glaring oversight, too propagate the plausibly stylish laurels of said genre — the often nostalgically driven animated movie that is so often skirted by the style-conscious modern masses.
For you see, how we feel about them largely depends in some degree upon our age, upbringing, and cultural exposure. Sartorially speaking, we have synonymously defined them as being costumed affairs and not as modern bastions of timelessly refined tailoring.
And yet, inspiration can sometimes come from the most surprising and unlikeliest of places.
Case in point: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009).
It's a stylishly unabashed (stop-motion) adaptation — directed by Mr. Wes Anderson (an ardent supporter of corduroy himself) — of the quintessential childhood classic tale originally penned by worldly-renowned children's author Mr. Roald Dahl (who, as it were, was also a debonair spy). Suffice it to say, it is a movie that any discerningly stylish gent could be swept away in, what with its pinstripe, tweed, and corduroy suiting, Breton-striped sweaters, and immaculately fitted proportions all being of an enticing nature.
As for a premise, well here is a simplified synopsis for those uninitiated few:
Dapper anthropomorphic fox sets off a life-changing events whilst stylishly plying his natural trade — call it thievery or simply survival — against three of the most deviously evil crooked farmers to ever grace any countryside
A film whose impact and modern style relevance derives from its protagonists seemless fusion of classic heritage wears with fitted contemporary minimalist essentials. One that, as consequence, puts on display a masterclass on how to both fashionably and practically style hardy textures (corduroy, tweed, flannel) whilst also nailing the contemporary autumnal tonal palette trend (embracing mother natures colours).
Need more telltale proof of its stylish laurels?
Well consider Mr. Fox's signature look: his 2-piece corduroy suit. It could be construed as an overt representation of many trends currently dominating the menswear landscape: tailored slim fit; camel-like in colour (a melange of tan + orange?); double-breasted; cropped trousers; seasonally transitional; and richly fabricated.
It's a look that is simply styled and minimalistic in approach, which just so happens to be the underlying secret behind all the covetous ensembles scattered throughout this artistic film — in which there are many.
So to that tune, here's how to steal (and modernly edit) the signature corduroy suited look of the fox of the hour...
HOW TO STYLE A CORDUROY SUIT: Practically speaking, you'd do well for yourself by opting for a — works with everything — subtle blue cord suit over his (very bold I must say) camel-orange (rust?) iteration. But for authenticities sake, I'll stick with the original for this curated capsule collection.
To that account, what you will want to do is to take his corduroy suit and modernize it with thinner (barely visible to the untrained eye) waves (the lines) in lieu of Fox's rather chunky and costumed design. This will not only make it more visibly appealing but will also add a welcome touch of versatility to its otherwise smart-casual characteristic repertoire.
Beyond that, you will want to stick with peaked lapels (keep them thinner though), an unconstructed frame, no elbow patches (making it suitable for town + work) and a 4-buttoned (or 2) jacket closure (avoid 6, which will make the jacket look to "busy" and overcrowded).
Fit wise, it should be properly tailored to perfection: modernly slim, classically hemmed, and practically proportional (for any layering desires).
As for shirting, he sports what appears to be a tonally appropriate (light brown/yellow) fleece (maybe cashmere) polo with pipped hems and a buttonless club collar, which casually speaking, would be a smart choice for warmer days. But for those more frigid autumnal days a chambray dress shirt layered underneath a slim fitting fair isle sweater (like the one styled above) would both compliment and draw the eye without appearing to be too brash or overworked.
Want to wear it to the office? Accentuate its hardwearing heritage with a solid (white/blue) flannel dress shirt and a bold red wool crewneck sweater to really stand out and keep warm. Looking for further refinement, then consider a dark chambray dress shirt (sans a sweater) and dark brown tie + pocket square combination.
As for footwear, a solid pair of brown oxfords will be your best friend for any of these ensembles.
On the other hand, you could also dress it down by pairing it with some rugged brogue boots (suede if you are truly adventurous) and a chunky (but thin) cable knit sweater in a neutral colour. Alternatively, you could also team it with a long-sleeved polo or a thin, finely gauged turtleneck (black) for simple nights out on the town.
And it is to that very unorthodox stylish stirring, as well as the signature (heritage) looks of this film, that I will toast to.
Would you even consider a full corduroy suit for your personal rotation? How about sporting some orange? And is there any animated movies (not tv shows...I'm looking at you Archer) that have stylishly inspired you recently?
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