- Michael B. Jordan is bringing back the black dress shirt.
- The “Creed II” has been seen sporting a black shirt on basically every red carpet going.
- For years, the black shirt has been cast aside by fashionistas and made the reserve of tech geeks and high school partygoers.
- However, it’s not quite time to go rushing out to your nearest menswear store in search of one just yet, Alton Lane menswear CEO Colin Hunter told INSIDER.
- Jordan’s outfit works because of the formal occasion and because he’s a cool guy – not because black shirts are cool.
- Hunter advised sticking to the white shirts for the time being.
Michael B. Jordan loves a black shirt. No two ways about it.
The “Creed II” star has worn one on pretty much every red carpet going, from the Met Gala to numerous “Black Panther” premieres.
Up until this point, black shirts have been in the style wasteland where fashion goes to die. They are the reserve of teenage party-goers, 1950s mobsters, and tech nerds. In the UK we call them “going out shirts” or “pulling shirts,” the underlying connotations of which are not entirely positive.
However, Jordan has been pioneering the revival of the black shirt for some time now – and it looks like it’s catching on with his celebrity colleagues.
At the Golden Globes on Sunday, for instance, a number of impeccably-dressed gentlemen, including Timothée Chalamaet and his infamous “embroidered bib,” opted for an inky hue. What’s more, they made it look good.
So, have black shirts finally got the green light after their years in exile? Not quite, says Colin Hunter, who is the CEO of tailored menswear company Alton Lane.
“I wouldn’t say that the black dress shirt is universally cool again or even on trend,” Hunter wrote in an email to INSIDER.
The key for Jordan, Hunter says, is in the formal context – you wouldn’t, for instance, catch the actor in a black shirt on his way to get milk from the store.
Hunter says the bigger theme at play here is Jordan’s monochromatic look, which is in vogue right now.
“Bradley Cooper did a white version of this with his white three-piece tux and white shirt (despite the black bow tie),” he said. “Christian Bale did it with a full black monochromatic look.”
Once also considered a fashion faux pas, monochrome outfits are making a comeback in a big way. For a masterclass in how to get your one-colour look right, just check out how Tom Hardy did it here.
Does Hunter think that certain guys can pull off the black shirt look? “Absolutely. But this is going to be the exception, not the rule.”
“The average guy should not rush out to pick up a black dress shirt,” he added. “Pulling off a monochromatic look takes a great fit and a lot of confidence. The outfit must look intentionally put together.”
When it comes to formal events, Hunter says, it’s still best to reach for that classic white shirt.
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