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Leonardo Dicaprio With The Fashion Sense of The 90s
We’ve taken a trip back in time to… the 1990s. Our favorite discovery? A few fashion tips from a youthful Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio, a former Teeanime cover star, has a history of wearing the sexiest clothing on cinema, from Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby and Jordan Belfort in The Wolf Of Wall Street to Romeo Montague in Romeo + Juliet and, most recently, Rick Dalton in Once Upon A Time… In the heart of Hollywood.
It looks that obtaining a string of stylish jobs has influenced DiCaprio’s wardrobe. Wasn’t it the other way around? We discovered through a search of his archive that the 1990s established him as a master of another art form: fashion. We all enjoy a good throwback, especially when there are a few lessons to be learned. As a result, we’ve turned to a teen Leonardo DiCaprio for eleven 1990s fashion hacks. Master these, and you’ll be ready for the season.
1. Cord kecks are an easy win
Are you looking for an alternative to denim jeans? Corduroy kecks are the next best thing, according to DiCaprio’s 1990s outfit. In 1994, he was seen wearing them with basic lace-up shoes, a casual henley top, and an enormous puffer jacket. We’ll agree that his styling was unexpected, but he pulled it off with absolute ease.
2. Embrace the co-ord (the athletic way)
Co-ords are ubiquitous for Spring/Summer 2020, as evidenced by Prada, Dior, and Oliver Spencer’s current collections. Back in the 1990s, DiCaprio was an early adopter of the twinning outfit, but he did it in an athletic style. He wore a sporty suit over a classic crewneck T-shirt, white Nike socks, and black Air Jordans to this MTV event in 1992. We give it a thumbs up.
3. A Cuban-collared shirt works wonders
If you’re looking for a way to convert your wardrobe into summer, a young Leonardo DiCaprio has a suggestion: start with a Cuban-collared shirt. The open-collared shirt is an easy style win when constructed of a knitted blend and dressed in white. Wear it with a basic white vest underneath for an extra unbuttoned option (also super elegant).
4. Knitted textures for the win
Takeaway: Before Léon: The Professional (and the start of the black docker beanie craze), there was Leo, the casual youngster (and the kick-starter of the knitted accessory). The basic advice is to embrace primary colors in your outfit and match the materials of your cap to your mod-like knit.
5. Relax your tailoring
It’s simple. All you need is a pinstripe suit and a white shirt to complete your formal dress. Simply leave the top button of your shirt undone, layer the collar over your lapels, and finish with a beaded necklace like DiCaprio. Simple styling creates smart nonchalance.
6. A leather jacket is a menswear mainstay
While black leather makes a statement, brown leather creates a feeling. DiCaprio truly sells the rough jacket here, with its woven leather buttons, traces of wear around the neck, and battered body. If you’re looking for a faithful duplicate, head to London’s Brick Lane’s best vintage retailers.
7. Autumn-proof your wardrobe
How do you greet Autumn? Using this type of styling. Blue and beige are a popular combo for casual wear, so copy DiCaprio and wear a ribbed jumper (one size bigger for the baggy feel) with straight-cut denim pants. Basic still works best after 25 years.
8. Sustainable DIY
DiCaprio adored DIY-style accessories as a teen, and his handcrafted necklace and tan leather belt complement his densely layered look perfectly. Get some blue tailored trousers, a knitted cardigan, and an oversized suede shirt for day-to-night fashion.
9. Holiday beads are in
Beads, beads, and more beads: if you want to appear like Leo from the 1990s, you’ll need a lot of them. But before we do, let’s take a look at his mandarin-collared shirt: it’s simple, elegant, and a standout under his large tailoring. This look is ideal for an upcoming party to say farewell to summer.
10. He set 2020’s big trends, 20 years ago
From Prada and Celine to Berluti and Saint Laurent, all of the great menswear designers want you to wear a Denzel Washington-style leather blazer (and we agree). The point is, Leonardo DiCaprio was doing it long before they were (or Denzel, for that matter).
11. Go sans tie
Sure, an air tie is no longer necessary, but in the 1990s, going without a tie when wearing a suit was still a bit of a risk. Leo didn’t care and went forward with it anyway.