Most Stylish TV Shows 2014
By Gary Ogden, 22 December 2014
There's been a lot of good TV this year – nay, a lot of great TV. Game Of Thrones just gets better and better, American Horror Story is still scaring the daylights out of us and The Walking Dead shuffles on, still going strong.
But this is ASOS, so we know you're already thinking what we're thinking – which shows were the most stylish? Which character made you jealous of his wardrobe? Which ensemble would cut the most formidable silhouette on the catwalk? Well, don't worry – we've picked the five best. The following five shows are consistently flawless with their fashion and we're going to tell you why...
Benedict Cumberbatch is one of those annoying types who looks good in whatever he wears, but it certainly helps that he's got a quality wardrobe to pick from. From his classic Belstaff double-breasted coat (with extra flair added by the costume designers – namely the red buttonhole detail on the lapels) to his sharp Spencer Hart suits, Sherlock has his garm game on, well, lock. To ape his look, make sure your clothes fit for starters, and then pop on a scarf and a pair of leather driving gloves to round it all off. Basically, leave your Air Force 1s at home...
If you can see past all the heads getting punched in throughout this show, you might be able to spot some timeless fashion pieces, most notably on the shoulders of Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy). Although the story takes place in the 20s, this look is pretty simple to emulate today. A three-piece tweed or herringbone suit is the order of the day, draped over a collarless or narrow shirt collar (which was detachable in those days) with, if you can find one, a contrasting colour to the shirt itself. Then pop on some work boots, a peaked cap and an extra-long overcoat on top. Finish off with a gold pocket watch, a shorn-sided haircut and/or a headbutt.
So, coming straight off Peaky Blinders' oversized coats, we're back in fitted territory with True Detective. Matthew McConaughey's Rust is a man of simple tastes, who favours snugly cut corduroy blazers and shirts (in muted colours) with a thick black belt to offset the whole thing – no frills, no fuss. Also, for effortless cool, look no further than his trusty leather jacket (it helps if yours has bullet holes in it, although we wouldn't recommend going out to get any). We'll stick with Rust in his 90s guise though – he's let himself go a bit recently...
Here's probably the best-dressed psychopath you'll ever hope not to meet. Gone are the overalls and work bibs of Hollywood slashers like Jason and Leatherface: in their place are immaculate three-piece Prince of Wales check suits, complemented with understated pocket squares and patterned paisley ties with a wide Windsor knot. To really complete the look, make sure you pick a slightly washed-out shirt with a cutaway collar and choose a suit with peaked lapels – and you're always best going with a dark colour like blue. Oh, and some fava beans in the inside pocket for afters.
It's all about the suits with Mad Men – in particular, Don Draper's suits. The key here is to grab yourself a tailored one, so it fits perfectly. Failing that, choose a single-breasted number that's tapered at the waist to cut a V-shaped silhouette. He also favours subtle greys and browns over ostentatious Hannibal-like suits, nearly always paired with a white pocket square folded horizontally – again, to play down any flamboyance. Then pull all of this over a plain white shirt with a slim tie and pop on a fedora to literally top it off. Of course, if you absolutely have to stand out in a crowd, then you can just as easily take some style tips from Ginsberg. Best leave out the massive moustache though – it's not November anymore...