The Oscar-nominated actor opens up about his love for suits

By Brittany Talarico
Updated February 02, 2015 08:32 PM

Eddie Redmayne has been all over the red carpet this award season (thanks to his highly-nominated role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything), and he’s proved his dressing skills are just as good as his acting skills (talk about a breakout year!). But where exactly did he learn to pull off menswear so impeccably? At school.

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Courtesy Men’s Health

“I’ve always worn suits, so I’ve always felt at ease in them,” the actor tells the March issue of
Men’s Health
, referencing his days at Eton College in England, where he was required to dress up in jackets and ties. He also got some inspiration at home: “My dad is a dapper man. He wears suits for work, so maybe wearing them makes me feel subconsciously like I have a proper job.”

Redmayne adds that the right suit can also boost confidence. “A well-cut suit feels like armor,” he says. “If it’s tailored to fit, you feel strong. I don’t slouch as much. My shoulders look stronger.”

While he may know all about the right fit, he has to have some help choosing the right color palettes. “I’m color-blind, so I usually stick to blues and grays,” he shares. “They make for a pretty safe combination — you can wear them together and they’ll never clash.” (He also isn’t afraid of brightly-hued suits as seen by the turquoise one above worn to The Theory of Everything premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year.)

Eddie Redmayne style

Courtesy Men’s Health

So will he be wearing a basic tuxedo at the Oscars this year? Hopefully not. “My look is generally simple and classic, but I like to add substance with texture and color. An interesting tie or pocket square can really shake things up.”

What do you think: Does Redmayne know how to wear a suit? Do you hope he goes out-of-the box at the Oscars? Share your thoughts below.

–Brittany Talarico