Mens Suits Style - Cary Grant
Since the inception of the suit around 150 years ago, it has always been considered an important part of a mans wardrobe. Many men have worn suits throughout their lifetime, but only a select few are held in such high regard as to be iconic! Actors, musicians, politicians, artists and now we can include bloggers into this list of men who wear suits with unparalleled style. This is the start of a new series we will be featuring on the Cavani blog. Each new article will focus on someone past or present who we rate highly as a stylish suit wearer! For our first entry we have chosen that Hollywood legend - Cary Grant.
Cary Grant is legendary on the silver screen with his acting exploits but also for his timeless style. Born Archibald Alec Leach in Bristol in the UK, his career started with humble beginnings as a stage performer touring around the Country. The show eventually ended up in New York City and Cary decided to make the US his home. It wasn't long before he headed to Hollywood and was instantly snapped up as the next big thing, starring in a selection of crime dramas which were typical of the 1930's. Towards the end of the decade his acting genre began to widen, starring in such classics as Arsenic and Old Lace and Topper (a largely underrated movie in which Grant plays a ghost!) where he finally got to flex his comedic muscle.
In the 1940's and 1950's he began an illustrious relationship with Alfred Hitchcock in which he starred in a series of acclaimed movies such as Notorious, Suspicion and of course the timeless action packed masterpiece North By Northwest. In later years Cary Grant turned his attention to an entirely new genre of movies in which he was to play the romantic leading man. Charade with Audrey Hepburn and That Touch Of Mink with Doris Day are two such genre defining films in which he played the lead role.
There is a common theme which links all of his movies together, that he is always seen wearing a well fitted suit! No matter if he is playing a debonair man about town, sipping his favourite cocktail or whether he is running through a cornfield dodging perilous attacks from a plane, his demeanour is never in question and his clothing ensemble is always perfect. Throughout his long running career, each decade he was the man everyone aspired to be, especially with how well he wore a suit. Even Grant famously said "Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant". As to be expected, his earlier roles were shot in black and white, but as he progressed into colour movies we could finally appreciate all the majestic shades and hues he wore. He was even a huge fan of tweed suits which he wore numerous times both on screen or at leisure.
There is no doubt that Cary Grant has an almost mythical presence when you look back at his suit style. Few even come close to his innate fashion sense. Remember to check back soon when we focus on yet another figure who has mens suits style! If you have any suggestions please let us know in the comments below.