Kit Harington has risen to the status of global menswear style-icon. Here’s a guide through three of his looks that will have you following in his footsteps.
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With his newly found fame, Game of Thrones star, Kit Harington, is quickly becoming a style-icon for men everywhere. Mixing rugged with formal, he strikes the perfect balance between the rolled-out-of-bed and dressed-to-impress look.
Here at Idle HQ we think that Harington is one of those guys who simply gets it. He knows his style and rolls with it time and time again, creating bang on trend, classic and stylish looks that men everywhere can be jealous of. We've narrowed down a few of Kit's best looks for you to have a crack at this season, and who knows, you may have a 'wildling' of a time (couldn't resist).
It’s not hard to imagine Harington as the lead-singer of an indie band and, naturally, he often epitomises the rockstar image. Skinny, raw denim jeans coupled with a pair of ever-reliable Chelsea boots create a great contrast of youthful yet mature. The latter possessing that weathered and worn effect that gives off an explorer-come-fashionista image.
The jacket impressively finishes his outfit with a risqué double-denim look - something many of us refrain from because it’s been labelled a fashion faux-par. While a lighter shade of denim would be entering the traditionally no-go Canadian Tuxedo territory, Harington’s pairing of darker material makes it a less obvious, but equally as edgy choice. After all, what true rockstar hasn’t dabbled in double-denim?
As one of the biggest TV stars on the planet, Harington spends an awful lot of time the red-carpet, so a sharp suit is essential. Although we might not find ourselves in such surroundings, there’s always an occasion that calls for the tailored look.
The first thing to consider here is the cut. Classy shades and materials are all well and good, but if it’s hanging off you like a curtain, it’s not going to work. With suits, form-fitting cuts are crucial. Harington, for example, has a stocky build that is accentuated well by a tighter suit. Be careful it doesn’t end up looking like thermal underwear however - you’re only meant to be walking, not working out. For reference, muscle-bound Daniel Craig pushes it as far you should go with regards to closely-tailored cuts.
Next up is the shade and material of the suit. Harington veers away from the standard black on white choice, opting instead for a fresher, navy blue flecked jacket and trousers. This style-distinguishing colour is enhanced further by the material - light linen. While this might not be a suitable option for colder climates, it certainly separates his outfit from those of his co-stars.
Finally, accessories. The key is not to over-do it. Harington keeps it simple with a low-key watch, but adds a little flair with a pair of round, retro-style shades. These give off a laid-back vibe, while showing that he means business.
Versatility is a sure sign of a fashion icon. If you can match multiple styles at once, you’re bound to impress. So never be afraid to look dressed-up and dressed-down at the same time. In other words, aim for preppy but casual.
Harington certainly isn’t one to shy away from a strong jumper. With bold stripes and short sleeves, this is a far cry from your run-of-the-mill garment. Tucked loosely into a pair of super-skinny jeans, Harington creates a formal yet grungy look that means he’s ready for any situation.
Unsurprisingly, the chelsea boots make an appearance once again, however this time in a yellowish beige. The material makes all the difference though - instead of rugged leather, Harington maintains the preppy appearance with a clean suede. As always, his outfit is a world of classy contrasts - the neutral tone boots sit well with the bright, red striped jumper, crucially separated by the dark, indigo blue of his jeans.
And On That Note
The main thing to keep in mind with Harington’s style is that he always keeps it clean. Very few, if any at all, logos adorn his clothing and he layers colours well. Having said that, he loves a bit of black too, and black is never a bad choice.
Grooming-wise, keep it rough and ready. The idea is to take care of yourself without looking too polished. It’s a bit like current fashion trends where people pay big money to look homeless with ripped designer jeans, expensive creased jackets and ruffled hems. So, if possible, shaggy but silky hair and a groomed but scruffy beard would be the perfect finish.