Robert Downey Jr. has starred in over 83 movies and T.V. shows and has 2 Oscar nominations and 2 Golden Globe wins under his belt. Starting in the 1970s at the early age of 5 and continuing to this day with his latest hit, Captain America: Civil War, Robert Downey Jr., who is the world’s highest-paid actor, can only be described as prolific.
Whether he’s saving the world as Iron Man or solving mysteries in Victorian era England as Sherlock Holmes, pioneering the beginning of motion pictures as Charlie Chaplin or dressed to the nines for the Monaco Grand Prix, Robert Downey Jr.’s sense of style has always stayed impeccable, evolving and growing with the times regardless of the role he is playing.
Today let’s learn from the best by taking a look at some of our favorite looks from Robert Downey Jr.’s more recent offerings. It’s important to note that with some of these looks, the clothing that is worn during filming is a custom rendition made exclusively for the film by costume designers, so in those cases we’ve gone ahead and selected nearly identical, just-as-stylish offerings that are available in stores.
Outfit 1: The Three-Piece Dinner Suit
As Seen in: Captain America: Civil War
Let’s start with the movie Captain America: Civil War. RDJ’s look was already causing some buzz before the movie’s launch when it was seen in pre-launch trailers. The look consists of three major pieces: a timeless black three-piece dinner suit, a red paisley print silk tie, and awesome two-tone sunglasses with custom red-tinted lenses. The three-piece dinner suit is a classic that has recently seen a resurgence in popularity over the past few seasons. This suit, in comparison to traditional dinner suits, is quite toned down, as this type of suit is traditionally worn with a bow and features silk striping, as well as more prominent pocket and lapel designs.
The suit features a blazer with peak lapels, the traditional option for dinner suits, along with a single rear central vent, and side slit pockets. This is tied together with a sleeveless waist coat featuring a v-neck and slightly more casual trousers with a straight-legged design. This formal, somewhat rigid look is extremely fitting for RDJ’s role in the movie, who sides with the government, and we can only speculate that the custom red-tinting of his glasses along with the red tie are subtle nods to his alter ego, Iron Man.
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Outfit 2: The Classic Suit & Tie
As Seen in: The Judge
Our next pick is from The Judge. RDJ’s outfit offers up something a little more casual yet without a doubt still sophisticated. Wearing a classic pinstriped wool twill suit and a colorful two-tone blue and white dress shirt, tied together with a dark blue woven silk tie, this look seems extremely fitting for RDJ’s role as a lawyer.
The blazer features a simple design with narrow lapels and front slit pockets, as well as dual rear vents and a two-button closure. The trousers are also simple, with a standard straight-legged design. The two-toned dress shirt with white collar and a blue shirt alongside the dark blue silk/cashmere woven tie add a twist to what would regularly be just another businessman’s outfit by offering a touch of Robert Downey Jr.’s trademark playfulness.
Outfit 3: The Custom David Augustin Suit
As Seen in: Iron Man 2
Our final pick is from the movie Iron Man 2 – specifically the bar scene in Monaco right before the Monaco Grand Prix. The actual suit being worn in this scene is a custom-order David Augustin suit, that was actually sold at auction following the filming of the movie.
The suit itself is a gray pinstripe design with metallic blue lining inside. The blazer is accented with a narrow lapel, alongside a rear double vent and a two-button closure. The trousers are standard fare, featuring a straight-legged design. RDJ ties the look together with a blue spread-collar dress shirt and an ornate blue and white silk tie adorned with a floral print.
The result is a formal yet unstuffy look – it demands respect but is still very approachable, and almost playful. We can also speculate that the lighter blue hue of the suit reflects Tony Stark’s state of mind in the early scenes of the film.