28 September 2022

Christian Bale Is Bringing Back The Most 80s Suit Trend

Christian Bale, one of the world’s best method actors, is perhaps best known for his insane body transformations – but it’s his style transformation lately that we think has been particularly impressive.

The 48-year-old English leading man has been making two big style moves lately: firstly, he’s been growing out his hair and his beard – like many men in Hollywood right now, it seems – which has made him look both dignified and a bit hip all at the same time.

The second style move he’s been making is bringing back the 80s shiny suit – in a big way. Just take this slick number he wore yesterday for the world premiere of his latest movie, Amsterdam (which premiered in New York City, counterintuitively).

Paired with a simple black button-up shirt and sans tie, it’s an eye-catching yet demure smart casual look that’s perfect for a man of his stature. Honestly, can you think of an actor classier than Christian Bale?

L-R: Christian Bale and wife Sibi Blažić at the premiere of Amsterdam yesterday, plus Rico Tubbs and Sonny Crockett from Miami Vice – the latter wearing a shiny suit.

Shiny suits (sometimes called ‘sharkskin’ suits), which are really just any suit made out of a fabric with a sheen to it, such as shot silk, rayon or worsted wool, have come in and out of fashion over the 20th and 21st centuries.

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While they were very popular in the post-war period and saw a resurgence in popularity during the disco craze, these days they’re most commonly associated with 80s fashion, and especially 80s media like American Gigolo and Miami Vice.

The 80s was a blessed time for men’s tailoring in general but we can’t think of a more 80s suit trend than going shiny… Other than insane shoulder pads, of course.

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Amsterdam is a period mystery comedy film with a stacked ensemble cast, which will see Bale appear alongside Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Zoe Saldaña, Mike Myers, Taylor Swift, Rami Malek and Robert De Niro, just to name a few. Phew!

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