Dress Like a Bullingdon Boy

If you’ve not yet heard, the upcoming film The Riot Club  (based on the real-life hedonistic Bullingdon Club which David Cameron and Boris Johnson were members of) promises to be a who’s-who of handsome British faces as well as a masterclass in formalwear. Hate it or love it, the Bullingdon boys’ impossibly dapper outfits have inspired a new level of smart. 

The Riot Club follows two first-year students Miles (Max Irons) and Alistair (Sam Claflin) among the elite of Oxford University, who are determined to join the infamous Riot Club, where “reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening”. Promisingly, its director Lone Scherfig, a Dane, has great proven insight into British culture,having alreadyproduced An Education and One Day. The movie also stars the handsome Douglas Booth as top posh bad-boy Harry Villiers as well as Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay, and is due for release September 19 2014. From a style standpoint, we love the strong masculine formal look. Here are three styles inspired by the film:

Look 2

For a classic take on this dapper style, stick to blue and white. We start with this authoritative black-trim, navy shawl collar jacket and trousers complemented by a black-tie jacquard white shirt. Loake’s black leather toe-cap shoes are the epitome of masculine elegance while a velvet blue bow-tie hints at a lavish lifestyle. A stainless steel flask (to be concealed) completes the look. (Jacket, trousers, bow-tie all by Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant, coming soon.)

Look 3

If you’re going to embrace the Bullingdon boy style, you’re going to have to accept looking just a tad fuddy duddy – it’s part of the territory. This style is a nod to tradition and includes a checked jacket and waistcoat, with a tailored white shirt and plain blue trousers by Jeff Banks.  A brown leather strap watch is a quintessential piece, while slick black lace-up shoes from Jeff Banks and a dark purple coloured tie from Thomas Nash keep the outfit from looking too ‘old boy’. (Checked jacked and waistcoat both by Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant, coming soon.)

Morning After 1

A night of enthused fine dining, boisterous drinking and general racketry is sure to wear one out, leaving Oxford’s finest no choice but trade in his three-piece for something more pared down. For the perfect brunch outfit, team an ivory cable-knit cardigan over a smart dark blue shirt and grey front-pleat trousers. Naturally, a Bullingdon boy would only wear brown shoes in the day, and this blue, red and white bow-tie is a stylish nod to our nation. Don’t forget the classic Ray-Ban shades to cover signs of fatigue. (Jumper by Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant and bow-tie by Red Herring coming soon.)

We can’t help but be intrigued by a tale of an aristocratic drinking society with real-life associations, Booth and a possible likely influence on men’s fashion, so we’re clearly going to see the film. Without further adieu, the trailer:

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