Style Salute: Will Smith in FocusWritten by Tori Attwood in Men's Style on April 10th, 2015
We check out Will Smith’s latest Hollywood hit to see exactly what makes his con-man character so stylish.
In his latest box-offic hit Focus, Will Smith plays Nicky, a veteran con artist infamous for pulling off high-stake cons and million-dollar frauds. Although the movie sees Nicky’s usually flawless life take a dramatic turn of events when he takes novice Jess (Margot Robbie) under his wing, Nicky still manages to maintain his impeccably suave style throughout the action. Always well dressed and immaculately turned out, it’s no wonder this stylish gent is able to charm the wallets of America’s biggest billionaires.
We take a look at what makes the con-man’s wardrobe so brilliant, and show you how you can bring some of Nicky’s impeccable style into your everyday looks.
The Well-dressed Crook
Although his morals might not exactly be in tact when it comes to billionaires’ finances, there is nothing you can fault with Nicky’s effortless style. Every outfit he wears is perfectly coordinated and designed to exude confidence, making his targets trust him (and making us trust his dress sense!) Overall, his style is sharp and simple, as the charming con-man chooses quality key pieces over quantity and steers clear of more vibrant looks.
As he often frequents the homes of America’s richest, Nicky chooses to fit in with his fat-cat targets by wearing classic tailored pieces finished off with statement accessories. Throughout the film, he is often pictured in smart suits and tailored waist-coats, like the checked three piece that he is modelling below with a crisp purple shirt and cool striped tie.
To pull off Nicky’s sharp look, team a well tailored 3 piece suit with a soft coloured shirt, such as pale purples, blues, or greens – don’t go too bright, as the aim is to achieve an effortlessly coordinated outfit, and not a statement or eye-catching look. Choose a tie in the same colour as your shirt, but in a slightly darker shade. Add Ray Ban sunglasses to give this smart look a cool finish.
Later in the film as the charming gent tries to win back former flame Jess, Nicky is seen wearing a more relaxed look of terracotta chinos and a simple black top – a well coordinated outfit that only adds to Nicky’s suave appearance. A statement watch and simple leather black belt complete this laidback look.
Build this cool weekend style with warm coloured chinos and a simple black top – make sure it fits you well (sits comfortably across the shoulders and then skims your physique) to avoid making this outfit look sloppy. Choose shoes in a similar shade to your chinos to make yourself look taller, or if you’re a tall guy who wants to look more in proportion then go for shoes in a contrasting shade. Complete the look with a statement watch – perfect for dress down Fridays or a relaxed weekend with the family.
Not only is the highly suave Nicky able to pull off multi-million dollar cons, he’s also an expert in achieving a well balanced smart/casual look. Whilst tricking his way into the budgets of corrupt Formula 1 teams, the smooth con-artist is seen wearing a well-fitting polo shirt and crisp white chinos. As if the man didn’t look cool enough, he then pulls away in his red Peugot RCZ.
For a smart yet casual weekend style, team tailored chinos with a contrasting colour polo shirt. If chinos aren’t really your style, then try a pair of dark slim fit jeans – the dark colour will work well with the black polo, whilst still keeping this look fairly smart. Finish off this outfit with a sporty watch and cool shades.
Whilst we would never recommend you trust a thief, we can’t help but trust Nicky’s flawless style!