Style evolution: The Rock
By Gavin Jewkes, 21 August 2015
Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, leads the cast in HBO’s latest smash-hit series Ballers, in which he stars as charismatic NFL agent Spencer Strasmore. Smooth talkin’ and high rollin’, his character serves scene upon scene of strong style and offers a masterclass in how to dress if you’re built like a man mountain. But Johnson himself has a somewhat chequered sartorial past, so let’s take a look at his evolution from his days as WWE champ to leading man.
Fresh from the fight
Johnson made his name as a pro wrestler, creating himself an eyebrow-arching alter ego – The Rock. In the ring, his uniform comprised little more than some pants branded with his name and a pair of boots, which probably goes some way to explaining why he opted for skin-tight tops in fetching shades of nude when he was off duty.
By the mid-noughties, Johnson had started to carve himself out a Hollywood acting career, starring in low-brow comedies and the odd action flick. But as his profile grew, so did his clothing – or so it seems. He developed a penchant for oversized, anti-fit clothing, including bootcut jeans and sloppy leather jackets – the likes of which a man his size should say no to at every given opportunity.
Stacked in black
After a few more years of dodgy denim and shiny shirts, Johnson began to find his sartorial groove when he discovered the flattering effects of wearing all black on a stacked frame. Here he is scooping the Nickelodeon Favourite Male Buttkicker Award in 2013, which, we assume, has something to do with his ass-kicking strongman style.
This is how The Rock rolls…
…in sweet tailor-made suits that fit like a dream and can be dressed down with the simple addition of a white V-neck T-shirt and some boxfresh sneakers.
Go big or go home
Big guys, like Johnson, can find it difficult to source a suit that fits properly. Nowadays, he’s the man to look to if you’re carrying a little extra heft and need to look smart. A quick tip to ensure you’re making your suit work as hard for you as The Rock's does is to keep a single button fastened at all times, which means the fabric will sit close against your widest point (the belly). The addition of a pocket square here is also a nice touch and draws the eye away from your broadest areas.