If Sebastian Stan isn't afraid of an oversized shirt, you shouldn't be
Style dictates long decreed that clothes should properly fit. Too small, and you're infantilised. Too big, and you'll drown in swathes of fabric. The sentiment largely stands.
But, as some of the Old Ways die, and as Craig Green and Balenciaga peddle influence as fashion's silhouette manipulators at large, sometimes, it pays to plump up. Just ask Sebastian Stan.
At the opening night of Broadway play Sea Wall / A Life, Stan countered the divine goodness of Jake Gyllenhaal's eighties power suit with something oversized. The shirt - an archival revisit from US outfit Totokaelo - is far too big for the Avengers: Endgame star. And that's precisely the point. By larging up, Stan alters proportions without delving into Central Saint Martin's grad show territory, and the untucked tails draw the eye up and down for some added height.
Of course, that's not the only option. Such a boxy shirt works when buttoned up, and while it won't create the illusion of extra inches, it will build bulk to your shoulders and middle. And that's where the big stylish swell ends. Stan is no stranger to going oversized (last month saw the Romanian-American actor debut a pair of parachute pants at the Valentino show), and he knows to limit the enlargement to one sole piece: in this case, a watercolour shirt with slimline staples below.
It's an easy segue into what was considered the trickiest of trends. Plus, there's more wriggle room to be enjoyed in terms of colour, print and fabric - three things that should be routinely recalibrated for warmer weather.
Still, it's a good start from Stan, and an even better finish to the summer season.