11 Style Lessons We Learnt From Wes Anderson Films

How to dress like a Tenenbaum or go the whole Zissou

Aside the general air of whimsy, the omnipresent use of the font Futura and the mandatory appearance of Bill Murray, you can tell you are watching a Wes Anderson movie by the outfits.

From The Royal Tenebaums’ retro yet very S/S '14 prints, bow ties and double-breasted camel suits to Team Zizzou’s two-tone blue ensemble with red woolly hat to Adrien Brody and Willem Dafoe’s fantastic fascistic finery in his latest effort, The Grand Budapest Hotel, every last detail is achingly spot-on.

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Anderson knows a thing or two about fashion, and how to work a colour palette. He commissioned Louis Vuitton to construct bespoke luggage for The Darjeeling Limited, as well as Adidas to produce Zissou’s shoes. And he’s been commissioned by Prada to make a short film. But he’s not all about the big boys: when it comes to dressing himself, Anderson patronises unassuming New York tailor Mr Ned (as exclusively revealed in Esquire’s new Big Black Book, out later this month). 

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Here then are 11 sartorial nuggets we’ve gleaned from watching Wes Anderson films.

1 | Glasses can really tie a look together.

2 | (Even if they’re not your prescription and you can’t see through them.)

3 | You can sport a tracksuit anytime – not just playing sports.

4 | Even to a funeral.

5 | Think: what kind of headgear goes with this outfit?

6 | Like fur, corduroy is best left to the wildlife.

7 | You can own a uniform.

8 | A turtleneck will make you look smart, if melancholic.

9 | And a sweatband will make you look like you should be playing tennis.

10 | With confidence, you can pull off a pattern.

11 | In fact, you can pull of anything (but only if you are Bill Murray).

The Grand Budapest Hotel is out 7 March

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