There are some actors that guarantee a good taste in clothes, take for example a Paul Newman, a Jack Nicholson or, not to forget, Steve McQueen. Yet there are some other, more recent, that guarantee this identical amount of style yet to a less extent, like the young Dustin Hoffman or a young Tom Cruise. I’ll try to cover some of these feature-films in the coming weeks, to start of with Risky Business from 1983. Cruise portrays the character of the rich kid Joel, whose parents leave town for about a week which paves the way for a new Joel.
On to Joel’s style. Throughout the movie Joel keeps on changing his clothing and it seem he cannot go wrong in his choices from his Americana wardrobe. He continuously wears his deck shoes, some Sperry Topsiders in dark brown leather, and for outdoors he has a varsity jacket in red wool with white leather sleeves. For transport he either uses his father’s Porsche 928 with the beautiful front and the horrible back, or his own blue race bike. Then there’s the denim from the traditional American makes, Cruise switches between the Lee 101 and Levi’s 501. But in the end the true eye-catchers are the knits, either with a round- or a v-neckline and from cotton or wool, with a button-downed shirt underneath. And he has quite a few of these to make some exquisite combinations. Without a doubt my favorite combination is seen in the last part of the movie, when Joel wears the woolen speckled navy knit with a striped blue shirt underneath, combined with some bordeaux colored corduroy pants.