Inspired Style: Robert Downey Jr.

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.  

c5c11ebc-954e-4d9c-abf9-d4f47d88fea4Whether 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.

Enjoy!

Outfit 1: The Three-Piece Dinner Suit

As Seen in: Captain America: Civil War

robert_downey_jr_98017Let’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.   

Robert-Downey-Jr-Captain-America-1050x700The 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.  

SHOP SIMILAR: The Suit   The Tie   The Glasses

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-judge-official-trailer-2014-robert-downey-jr-robert-duvall-movie-hd_7586711-3590_1280x720The 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.

SHOP SIMILAR: The Suit   The Shirt   The Tie

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.  

Iron Man 2 movie imageThe 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.

BUY SAME: Custom Order from David Augustin

SHOP SIMILAR: The Suit   The Shirt

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Interview: Captain Fawcett

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Known as “The Gentleman’s Stiffener” Captain Fawcett is the home to a range of Gentlemen’s grooming products. The products range from Beard oil, mustache wax, shaving soap, shaving brushes, safety razors and so on. This all started back in 1997 when an old trunk was purchased from a house clearance and taken home. Discovering that this belonged to Captain Peabody Fawcett R.N Ret’d, the Edwardian Explorer it was forced open and among the contents inside were oils and ointments and an old journal containing detailed lists of exotic ingredients. Taking on the responsibility of carrying out the legendary “keep a stiffer upper lip regardless” the formulae have been faithfully followed and are now available to Gentleman all over the world.

We have a privilege to interview the man behind the discovery of Captain Fawcett’s. Read more to see what he has to say.

 Where are you located?

The dear Captain is based in Norfolk & Good Blighty.

When did you start this business?

Circa 1905

When did you realize you wanted to be a barber?

I am not currently a barber but a purveyor of First Class Gentlemen’s Grooming Requisites.

Describe a few steps you took to pursuit this.

As an Edwardian explorer of some repute I believe it is imperative to present stiff upper lip regardless of whatever the day may present.

How would you deal with a customer who didn’t know what they wanted?

Refer them to their commanding officer.

What are some of your accomplishments?

AS a manufacturer of the world’s best moustache wax I am proud to have aided in the ennobling of many an upper lip.

Who are some of your favorite barbers?

Sweeny Todd

What do you believe makes a quality hairstyle, cut and groom?

Whatever your chosen image, be it a Scumbag, Young Fogey, Rockabilly or Lounge Lizard be sure to cut a dash.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Plant hunters and Explorers of yesteryear.

What advice do you have for aspiring Mustache growers?

Let it grow, Let it grow, Let it grow!

Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

Captain Fawcett is hugely popular on; (these will all be Links)

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

Pinterest

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Buy here: http://bit.ly/1y4XV4W

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Geo F. Trumper Soft Shaving Cream

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Geo F. Trumper is “The finest traditional gentlemen’s barber in London” Recently we have seen many of the Geo F, Trumper shaving creams leave the warehouse. It seems to be a trend this month. So, we spent a little time testing and trying the shaving creams out understanding which scent is best for your skin and what each shaving cream consists of. Take a read below to find out about the different shaving cream scents and see what our customers have to say about it.

Scents:

Lime (Normal to oily skin) – Hints of tangy sharpness of tropical limes and vibrant citrus flashes.

Sandalwood (Normal skin) – Exotic aroma with a woody, yet peppery scent.

Rose (Sensitive to normal skin) – Warm and uplifting rose scent with natural therapeutic properties.

Violet (Sensitive skin) – Subtle tones of violet for a crisp, clean, and fresh scent.

Almond (Dry or normal skin) – Refreshingly nutty aroma which is soothing and softening.

GFT ( All skin types) – Woody scent of cypress and tarragon with mandarin, bergamot, and lemon.

Coconut Oil (Sensitive to normal skin) – Contains natural moisturizing properties extracted from fresh coconut pulp.

Customer Reviews:

Jason ( Georgia, GA)

“I have been wet shaving for just a few months now, but being new to this, I have tried several shaving creams already. I come back to my Trumper Coconut Cream every time. This is my favorite shaving cream of all. And I have somewhat sensitive skin, but since I started using the coconut on a regular basis I have almost no irritation. Love it! Trying a couple of the other scents I got in a sampler pack, but coconut is still my favorite.”

Chris (Richmond, Virginia)

“I have tried many different creams, foams, gels and everything under the sun for my face, but this product has me sold. I use the Violet shave cream in conjunction with Trumper’s Sandalwood skin food for post shave and have seen nothing but great results. For someone has extremely sensitive skin like mine, I would highly recommend using this product. A little goes along way and the scent is fresh without being overpowering. I would be interested to try the coconut scent next.”

Michael (Naples, FL)

“I’ve been wet shaving for about 2 years now and have tried a wide variety of creams and have to say that Geo F. Trumper’s is one of the best. So far I’ve used Lime and Coconut, you don’t need to use a lot, great lather, and subtle smell. On the high end price-wise but worth every penny!”

James (Huber Heights, OH)

“I have to shave almost everyday because of my job and its rough on my face. I used this shaving cream and I won’t buy anything else. I have used the lime, lavender, and sandalwood, all smell great but not over powering.”

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How to hold a Straight Razor

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We know many of you are curious about the straight razor. It is an extremely intimidating shaving tool. When using this tool you have to know how to use it, especially the way you hold it. Knowing how to hold a straight razor is vital because you need to have grip when shaving with the straight razor so it does not slip and cut your face.

Hold the straight razor with your dominant hand. The positioning of the fingers can vary slightly with each person. Find what is most comfortable for you. Keep the wrist flexible and don’t let the grip get too strong. Let the grip be enough for the razor to remain steady between the fingers during shaving. Please do not rush this shaving process. Take time when using a straight razor. Go slow and steady especially over the lip area and jaw line. If the razor feels unsteady use the other hand to support the hand holding the straight razor. When switching to shave the different sides of the face, switch the hands. Do not try and shave with the opposite hand to the opposite side of the face. This will cause a lot of problems. The best results to a close shave would be to learn the different grips for the different parts of the face.

There are many ways to holding a straight razor but we decided to choose the top 6 most comfortable and easy to grip ways to hold a straight razor. Try these out and let us know which best suits you and why.

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To shop for Straight Razors go to www.RoyalShave.com

 

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