Christian Bale, star of American Hustle and the Dark Knight Rises, turns 40 today. And with nearly three decades of Hollywood blockbusters under his belt, we take a look at the fiery Welshman's back catalogue to see what real-life style lessons can be drawn from some of his greatest, most stylish roles.
Everyone looks good in a crewneck t-shirt
The popularity of reality TV shows, like TOWIE and Geordie Shore, has given rise to a new wave of men who like to experiment with scoop neck t-shirts that dip to just above the belly button. Which is fine. However, when Bale pulls a modest, well-fitted crewneck on as part of his off-duty Bruce Wayne costume in The Dark Knight Rises, he proves that there's nothing more flattering than classic cut. this
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Dressing well isn't everything, but it helps
Bale plays hotshot investment banker and merciless psychopath Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. But for all his blood thirst, he looks sharp and together throughout, which is probably why none of his mates suspect he's the one behind the string of disappearances around New York.
A good suit goes a long way
Back in 1930s America, suit jackets with wide lapels were massive news. Thankfully, those days are behind us. But as Bale's suit in Public Enemies shows, a jacket with sharp lines and a structured cut can add bulk to your frame and help balance out your proportions, which is perfect for guys like Bale who are naturally skinny.
There's nothing wrong with standing out
Bale plays Walter Wade Jr in the 2000 remake of Shaft. He's a murderer again in this one (boo), but wears a number of scene-stealing suits (yay). While this powder blue suit might not cut it in 2014, there's still a lot of kudos to be earned in branching out from suits in black and navy. Click here for our full range of tailoring.
Bowler hats are only for magicians
Unless, like Bale in The Prestige, you're a budding magician, statement headgear (like bowler hats) should probably be given a wide berth. They suggest you could have a dove or a never-ending chain of handkerchiefs up your sleeve, which isn't particularly cool, is it?