Man of the Month: December 2017

AW’s Best-dressed Man of the Month: John Boyega

Alexandra Wood’s best-dressed man for December 2017: John Boyega

Described as one of Hollywood’s ‘next wave’, 25-year-old actor John Boyega is making all the right moves – cinematically and sartorially speaking.

Boyega was thrust into the public consciousness in 2015 with his role as Finn in the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Reprising his role as the stormtrooper-turned-resistance fighter in the December 15 release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Boyega is again dancing down the red carpet in his bold, but classy, style.

A South-East London native, Boyega was born and raised in Peckham to Nigerian parents: his father a Pentecostal Minister, and his mother a social worker. His talent and passion for acting were nurtured in primary school, leading him to study performing arts the South Thames College before joining the Identity School of Acting in Hackney.

He followed in the hallowed footsteps of many esteemed actors into the theatre, appearing in appeared in Six Parties at the National Theatre and Category B at the Tricycle Theatre. Although he was accepted into University, he left soon after starting to commit completely to driving his career – a move that paid off when he landed his breakthrough film role in the 2011 sci-fi/action/comedy Attack the Block, set in familiar territory in South London. That same year he was chosen by Screen International as one of their “UK Stars of Tomorrow” and appeared on their front cover.

The parts soon flooded in, but Boyega has been selective in choosing dramatically challenging roles, appearing in the historical fiction drama film Half of a Yellow Sun (2013), four episodes of the television series 24: Live Another Day (2014), Imperial Dreams (2014), The Circle (2017), and Detroit (2017) – a film depicting racial violence in 1970’s Detroit.

In 2016, he established his own production company, UpperRoom Entertainment Limited, and announced this year that his company would be co-producing Pacific Rim: Uprising (a sequel to 2013’s Pacific Rim) alongside Legendary Entertainment. Boyega will also star in the film – of course!

Most recently, he has dipped back into his theatrical roots, appearing as the title role in Woyzeck, an adaptation of the George Buchner play.

A humble person, GQ reported that he asked Hollywood big hitters Robert Downy Jr and Harrison Ford for advice on how to avoid the pitfalls of fame. Not one to get caught up in the Tinsel Town hype, he is a committed Londoner where he subtly, but powerfully is working his way to the top of the film industry. He’s already taken home a BAFTA Rising Star award in 2016 and has featured in GQ, Vogue and Vanity Fair – we can’t wait to see what he does next…

John Boyega’s off-camera style

He may be early in his career, but Boyega is already making some sharp sartorial choices (he’s made the cover of GQ so his style has to be on point). For a such a reportedly humble and private person, his style is remarkably confident. He rocked a burgundy suit with matching shoes at the Shanghai premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and an iridescent purple dinner jacket at the LA premiere of the same film – both by Versace.

He’s brave with his shoe choices as well, wearing velvet loafers or oxfords with polished toes in contrast colours with his black-tie attire. Top marks for the velvet smoking jackets in blue and black that he’s a fan of, which he works with a black shirt and bow tie. Burberry suits have made an appearance on occasions, too.

For more casual events, Boyega manages to look relaxed and polished at the same time often in a suede or leather jacket with a fitted (but not tight) tee. He does match blazers with trainers as per his interview with Graham Norton (*sharp intake of breath here*), but his youthful and elegant composure, and keeping his clothing fitted, means he avoids a total fashion disaster.

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He keeps himself impeccably groomed for media interviews, often choosing a well-cut subtly patterned suit or shirt with a blazer. Boyega’s love of colour, while bold, doesn’t look out of place with his deep complexion. Furthermore, his short-cropped hair is classic enough not to interfere with or overwhelm his clothing choices.

How I would dress him

With his youth and an amazing skin tone I’d choose a bold statement blazer with a textured pattern.  Boyega could also do with jazzing up plainer suits with some colourful accessories like our Mr Jenks pocket squares.

At 175cm (5ft 9in), he isn’t terribly tall but has quite an athletic build so I would keep his suits fitted: extra fabric would make him seem larger and shorter than he is. I’d also be careful to cut his trousers long enough – although I loved the burgundy suit he wore on the red carpet, the trouser legs could have been a tad longer.

In terms of his casual wardrobe, I’d keep the essence of his sporty style as it suits him so well, but dial it down as he gets more mature by incorporating more plain tees with blazers, shirts with the cuffs up and leather shoes or loafers rather than trainers.

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Searching for more celebrity style inspiration? Check out our best-dressed profile for Colin Firth.


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