While we’re still reeling from news that Robert Pattinson has been dating one of our favourite fashion influencers, Gigi Hadid, for a little over a year now, it’s time to reflect on the meaning of the iconic black and white outfit. After going viral during Fashion Week, many have been left wondering, “Does it make him look like a predator?” and “Is he wearing a dress?”
To clear the air, we decided to put the kibosh on all the speculation by finding out exactly what the fashion icon has been up to since breaking off from Reese Witherspoon in 2018.
What Has He Been Up To?
The answer is a little bit surprising. Since ending his 13-year union with Hollywood superstar Reese Witherspoon, who he dated from 2005 to 2018, Pattinson has been focused on raising his dogs, dressing in character, and spending time in Italy.
In April 2019, Rob became an instant celebrity when he stepped out in a black and white Robert Pattinson costume, inspired by legendary French fashion house Chanel. Since then, the 63-year-old actor has been seen wearing the classic outfit multiple times. In fact, he’s styled it with different pieces multiple ways.
Included in this article are some of Rob’s best styling hacks to make you look like a predator in chic and stylish manner.
How Does He Style It?
Here are some of Rob’s best fashion hacks to style the iconic black and white Robert Pattinson outfit:
Add Black To The Look
For decades, stylists have been telling men to avoid wearing black when dressing to look like a Predator. However, it’s important to add that there’s no wrong answer when it comes to the outfit except for perhaps not wearing white. But it depends on the look you’re going for. If you’re going for a classic and simple look, then black is an excellent choice. For a more dramatic look, white is the ultimate choice – it will make your skin and your eyes pop! When it comes to adding or subtracting colour from your look, it’s best to consult with an expert. Otherwise, you run the risk of looking like a mess.
What is important to keep in mind is that if you add colour, it has to match the overall aesthetic of the outfit you’re wearing. If it doesn’t, then it will ruin the whole illusion. Black is an excellent choice when you’re dressing for a night out or a glamorous occasion, but if it’s just for fun, then you can add a pop of colour with a hat, a scarf, or even a full-fledged outfit – it’s up to you!
Dress In Character
When it comes to dressing in character, most people think of superheroes and villains. However, there is more than one way to wear the iconic black and white Robert Pattinson outfit. In fact, as we’ve established, there are multiple ways to style it!
Whether you choose to play it cool and collected or feisty and daring, there are ways to express yourself through your outfit.
One way would be to play it cool and collected. In this case, you would wear the outfit with minimal accessories, keeping your jewellery to a minimum. Your outfit should fit the character you’re playing, but it shouldn’t be too flashy or overdone. Keep the overall design simple and sleek, and remember: less is more.
The other way would be to play it feisty and daring. In that case, you would accessorise extensively. Your outfit should be on the opposite side of the spectrum – as you’ve established, white is for dramatic effect and to make your skin and eyes pop! In order to achieve this effect, you would wear a lot of colourful and patterned accessories. Depending on the character you’re playing, you can add a touch of colour with a scarf or jewellery. What is important to keep in mind is that you don’t want to go overboard with the accessories – you want your outfit to have the emphasis on the overall design and the colours you’ve chosen. Your accessories should work alongside your outfit, not take away from it, otherwise it will ruin the whole illusion!
Make A Statement
When we think about fashion and style, most people think about the clothes we wear. However, there is so much more to it than that. One thing we can do, as individuals, is make a statement. Now, you don’t need to team up with Robert Pattinson to do this, but it certainly helps.
There are dozens of outfits inspired by the classic black and white Robert Pattinson outfit. If you want to make a statement, simply choose an outfit that stands out, fits the character you’re playing, and makes a statement!
As we’ve established, there are numerous ways to style the iconic black and white Robert Pattinson outfit, as long as you keep the basic design intact. Make sure you’re wearing something that fits the character you’re trying to portray. If not, then it will ruin the whole illusion! Also, keep in mind that you don’t want to go overboard with accessories – you want your outfit to have the emphasis on the overall design and the colours you’ve chosen!
Use The Elements
While we’re on the subject of styling tips, it’s important to keep in mind that nature has a lot to offer when it comes to fashion. One of the most iconic fashion icons of all time is Elsa Patience. Known for her quirky and innovative style, Elsa introduced a range of textile techniques to the fashion world.
One of those textile techniques is ‘paisley’, a textile pattern named after the Scottish designer Elsa Patience. The pattern is made up of tiny squares in a repetitive pattern and was first used by Elsa in the 1960s. Since then, designers the world over have adopted the technique, using it in everything from dresses to duvets and even some sculpture.
If you Google ‘robert pattinson paisley’, you’ll find countless websites selling unofficial t-shirts, hoodies, and leggings emblazoned with the famous red and green check pattern – which is a reference to the Scottish tartan. This pattern is made up of small squares in a repetitive pattern. If you want to make an outfit in this pattern, whether you choose to team up with Robert Pattinson or not, the answer is simple: find some cool clothes that fit you and your character, and you’re good to go!
Add Some Flowers
Flowers are a timeless way of beautifying a space. They can brighten up a room and make it feel more welcoming. If you’re in the mood for some DIY, why not try adding some flowers to your wardrobe? Simply click on any of the images above, and you’ll be taken to a site where you can purchase the flowers you want – all you need to do is add them to your outfit! You can never go wrong with flowers, and they make an excellent ode to nature.