White jeans aren’t just for summer—they’re for looking like a badass sea captain, too.
Joel Edgerton has played a lot of badasses over the course of his career: an FBI agent from Southie, a Navy SEAL on the hunt for Bin Laden, half of an MMA-fighting brother duo, and, distressingly, an LAPD officer from a non-human species. In his latest movie, Red Sparrow, Edgerton plays a CIA agent entangled with a Russian spy played by Jennifer Lawrence. Edgerton and his cast-mates are currently out promoting the movie, and the actor has been dressing every bit like a badass on the red carpet as well.
For the film’s premiere in London earlier this week her wore a double-breasted pinstripe suit with a neatly folded, crimson red pocket square. For another photo call yesterday, he rolled up what you see here: the garb of a deep-sea captain, if deep-sea captains had incredible taste. Nautical vibes aside, the outfit doubled as a lesson in how to wear white jeans in the most macho way imaginable. The treatment is perfect for the last gray weeks of winter, that tricky period before you’re able to really get into happy, tropical-shirt-guy mode. The look also happens to be comprised of items that you already own or can at least procure on the cheap: a blue oxford, a navy topcoat, and some black boots. (Edgerton also wore a navy double-breasted blazer under his coat, which added to the tough-guy vibe. If you want a slightly less aggressive option, a denim jacket or navy cardigan would both work well.)
Pay attention, too, to the way these layers all fit. Edgerton’s jeans aren’t clinging to his legs, Wiz Khalifa style; they’re a bit baggy and cuffed at the ankle. His boots have a thick sole and a square-ish toe and, while his jacket fits in the shoulders just like it should, it has a boxy cut. Of course, if you really want to go full Hemingway with the whole thing, you can always grow out your beard like Edgerton has. There’s just enough winter left to enjoy one—you can shave it off when spring hits and the only boat you’re interested in boarding is of the party variety.