Subtle Quirkiness: Wes Anderson

Stuff white people like #10: Wes Anderson. Purveyor of films quirky and understated, Wes Anderson is beloved by hipsters everywhere. Though I thought The Royal Tenenbaums and Bottle Rocket were boring, I loved Rushmore and Fantastic Mr. Fox. So Wes’ movies get a pass from me.

Essential to all Anderson’s movie is some sort of costume. Often the characters wear the same clothes throughout the movie. I won’t get into the details or symbolism of Anderson’s costume design throughout the years. However, the attention Anderson pays to clothing is reflected in his style as well.

To get a feel for Anderson’s style, who has even been featured by The Sartorialist, I found these ideal screens from IMDB’s The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou photo slideshow. They perfectly capture Anderson’s casual style.

Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson of the set of The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

Look at the color. Burgundy sweater (complete with shaw collar) and dark brown Clark’s Wallabies.

Wes Anderson and Bill Murray on the set of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

The two shots above are my absolute favorites. Look at his neck – covered with a scarf or a handkerchief, as well as his collar. The suits – both textured, both earthy colors. Both complemented with cream. He’s sporting Wallabies again in both, complete with high-rising white socks. Why not? He looks completely at ease.

Wes Anderson's style on the set of The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

This screen showcases Anderson’s favorite color: brown.

Wes Anderson's style on the set of The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

Wes Anderson and Bill Murray at Fantastic Mr. FoxWes Anderson's Style at the premiere of The Darjeeling Limited

I’m not too sure about the tie length; though this pic encapsulates Anderson’s color pallette. He uses natural, earthy tones that don’t contrast greatly.

Wes Anderson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman at the premiere of The Darjeeling Limited

Wes Anderson and Cate Blanchett at the premiere of the Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

I’m not sure how I feel about this one, as much as I love the tie…

Wes Anderson, Jason Schwartzman, and Natalie Portman at the premiere of Hotel Chevalier

Did you notice that Anderson avoids black like the plague? Even navy was underrepresented.

Wes Anderson’s style is earthy and simple. He picks natural, subdued colors and compliments them with similar tones. He loves texture; his favorite is corduroy – check out photos #4 and 6. He avoids contrast and flashy colors or clothing pieces.

The white people who like him should take note!

Photo credit: IMDB

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