7 terrible men’s suits made awesome by the characters that wore them

Anyone can look well-coiffed in a suit, but it takes a man of considerable talent and fortitude to pull off an orange tuxedo, a banana yellow trilby or a purple velour blazer. To these fashion giants of the silver screen, we salute you. Here’s a selection of classic men’s suits from film history.

Dumb & Dumber

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne

Like it or not, Harry and Lloyd were badass. They sold a headless parakeet to a blind child, offed a trained assassin and drove from Rhode Island to Aspen in a giant dog. They then blew a million bucks on a Ferrari, a royal suite and two incredibly offensive suits, yet still managed to look undeniably cool.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka

Having been holed up inside a factory for the best part of twenty years with only orange midgets for company, it came as little surprise that Willy Wonka’s taste in fashion was a little on the eccentric side. But if anyone can rock the brown top hat look, it’s this guy. He bathes in a fountain of chocolate, transforms obnoxious brats into giant blueberries and commands an army of dwarfs. Certified awesome.

The Mask

Jim Carey as 'The Mask'

As if Jim Carey wasn’t already cracked in the head, we now know that when he slips on a mysterious wooden mask, he actually transforms into a horny, green-faced goon with cartoon-character-like capabilities. Watching him rock out at the Coco Bongo club was made all the more pleasurable by his outrageous banana yellow zoot suit. Somebody stop me!


Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice

Say his name three times and enter into a world of awesomeness. Sure, his stripey ill-fitted suit looks more like a grubby pair of old pyjamas, but this Bio-exorcist can turn his tie into a friggin’ snake for crying out loud. We can only dream of being this cool when we’re dead.

The Fifth Element

Gary Oldamn as Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg

Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg took office fashion to new levels in the Fifth Element. Even in the distant future, teaming a black pinstripe coat with a green shirt seems like an obvious no-no. Yet somehow, this peddler of death and wanton destruction comes out smelling of awesome. All hail Zorg.


Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy

Very few men would have the balls to team a thick moustache with a fitted claret blazer, but then again, very few men are Ron Burgundy. To quote:

‘I don’t know how to put this but I’m kind of a big deal. I’m very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.’

You get the point. Awesome.

Batman: The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger as 'The Joker'

If you’ve got green hair, a white face and step-out in a questionable purple tailcoat, you’ve got to be either a serious-badass or clinically insane. Heath Ledger’s terrifyingly demented Joker was both, and then some. He killed a man with a pencil, blew up a hospital and fire-bombed Gotham City. Jeez, no wonder he was the only one smiling!

Suit icons from the world of sport

David Beckham in a suit

A sporting and fashion icon

Whether it’s off the field, off the court or off the track, the following icons from the world of sport are famous for stepping out in public suited and booted.

David Beckham

Perhaps the most obvious addition to the list, Beckham is equally at ease in a suit as he is in his football kit. Renowned for pushing the boundaries of men’s fashion, Beckham normally maintains a more classic-style when it comes to tailoring.

Lewis Hamilton

When he’s not jet-setting around the world driving for McLaren in the Formula 1 Championship, Hamilton is no stranger to looking good on the red carpet. Already firmly established as a style-icon, the 25 year-old endorses numerous men’s fashion brands.

Roger Federer

Not content with being the finest tennis player ever to pick up a racket, Federer has also made his mark on the world of fashion. Often stepping onto court with monogrammed shoes and tailored blazers, the Swiss-maestro knows what looks good and this extends to his formal wardrobe.

Jonny Wilkinson

Shot to fame overnight by kicking England to victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup, Wilkinson quickly became synonymous with seemingly-effortless style. His muscular-frame doesn’t necessarily lend itself well to suits but Jonny always seems to pull off the tailored look.

Kobe Bryant

A legend of the NBA, Bryant stands at a giant 6 foot 6 inches, making him easily the tallest icon on the list. His tall and slim frame is ideal for a fitted suit and the LA Lakers star pulls of the look effortlessly.

Kevin Pietersen

The South-African born English cricketer quickly became famous for his flamboyant style both on and off the field, by helping England win the 2005 Ashes series and stepping out in bold outfits. He seems far more relaxed these days, which is perfectly demonstrated by his simple formal style.

Ignacio Figueras

Unless you follow international polo, it’s unlikely that you’ve ever heard of one of Argentina’s most well-known sportsmen. With a habit of setting the pulses of women racing, Figueras is the polo equivalent to David Beckham, with his own host of modeling contracts. It’s rare to see him looking anything other than impeccably styled.