My latest article to be featured on Men’s Fashion Magazine. I hope you enjoy it.
Last Saturday saw the return of the much anticipated new series of Doctor Who. While the Doctors have regenerated so too have the fashions. British eccentricity has remained a fundamental aspect of each of their key looks, all be it a little tamer now as it was in the Sixties. As we live in an ever growing celeb conscious world, basing fashion choices on our favourite stars and characters, the Doctors style is ever more accessible.
Each Doctor has at least one unique item of clothing. From Jon Pertwee’s capes to Tom Baker’s Scarf, the cricket outfits of Peter Davison to the foppish attire of McGann, there is no denying each actor has brought their own memorable sartorial twist to the role. Although eccentricity remains at the heart of the Doctor’s fashion sense, recent years have seen a change in the colour clashing, punctuation adorned outfits into more realistic, fashionable choices.
Christopher Eccleston’s portrayal of the Doctor saw a move away from the frilled shirts, capes and colour pallet of the past and channelled a darker, more rebellious attitude. The multi-coloured coats had been replaced with dark leather jackets. Gone were the quizzical expressions and eccentric manners, replaced instead by a tormented and guilt ridden character. David Tennant, the tenth Doctor, saw a turn towards past outfits, all be it slightly more modernised. Moving away from the troubled, leather wearing Doctor of Christopher Eccleston, Tennant bought the eccentric Englishman back into the role. The Doctor’s sartorial choices have been described as a cross between Jarvis Cocker and Pete Doherty. Pairing a creased suit, with an open collared shirt, a long coat (not dissimilar to those of Tom Baker) and a pair of light converse, he undoubtedly became one of the kings of the geek chic trend. “I wear bow ties now, bow ties are cool” a mantra that has stuck with the current Doctor since his first appearance. Matt Smith’s character has run with the traditional Doctor Who look, modernised by Tennant, opting for a tweed style jacket rather than a suit, and personalising it with his signature bow ties.
Geek chic has been a popular source of inspiration for many designer collections over the last few years. It is easy to draw comparisons between the Doctor’s sartorial choices and current trends. APC’s A/W 12 catwalk was awash with blazers and skinny fit trousers, but the key to the outfits were crisp, fully buttoned up shirts. Something Matt Smith’s Doctor relies heavily on.
Balenciaga infuses the trend with a little hipster ‘cool’. Top buttons were fastened, and as David Tennant’s character preferred, footwear was kept light in colour. All Doctors have a single thing in common, and that is their take on the classic British heritage look. Burberry, an iconic fashion label when thinking about British heritage and eccentricity, offers true inspiration for a quirky, English ensemble.
Matt Smith’s Doctor has been known to don braces from time to time, an item that featured prevalently in Rag and Bone’s A/W 12 collections
With Timelord attire infiltrating the catwalks, whether it be the style of broody Christopher Eccleston or the eccentric characters played by David Tennant and Matt Smith, the Doctor’s style as never been so easy to imitate. Take inspiration from the following items to compliment your eccentric, English style. Balenciaga have an array of leather jackets in their A/W 12 collection if Eccleston is more your style. It’s accessories that give the Doctor his unique look time after time, so look to bow ties and braces to finish your outfit.
So what do you think of the style of Doctor Who? Who was your favourite? Let us know!
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