Shia LaBeouf has a habit of doing things differently. Take, for instance, his upcoming film Honey Boy. While Austin Butler is starring as Elvis Presley in the upcoming biopic and Rami Malek took on the role of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, Shia LaBeouf is playing himself.
And he’s gone and done the same, we assume, when it comes to the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off next weekend. Rather than planning to simply tune in on the small screen, LaBeouf has gone and channelled the sporting event through through the clothes on his back.
Attending the Honey Boy premiere during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, LeBeouf ditched his shirt in favour of a rugby shirt (which, FYI, was a Gucci creation) under his midnight-navy-hued single-breasted suit (again Gucci and suitably left undone). And, sure, while he may not be doing it because of the aforementioned World Cup, switching out our shirts when wearing a suit is something we will be replicating this season.
But LaBeouf isn’t the only nor first guy out there to do it. As the menswear rules on the catwalk are becoming looser (we have the likes of Kim Jones at Dior, the Vetements team – Martine Rose included here – and Virgil Abloh to thank for that), the same is happening on the red carpet (just take a look at Daniel Craig’s trainer move).
Just this past summer we saw red-carpet regulars such as Patrick Dempsey and Ansel Elgort (both of whom were spotted just this past week) ditch their shirts in favour of a more informal sporty option. Whether it’s a T-shirt or a rugby- or tennis-inspired polo shirt, the button-down shirt is getting less airtime than ever before.
Our advice? If you’re going to do it and still want to look the right side of smart (ie, if you’re planning on going sans shirt for a wedding or even work), we’d stick to a polo shirt, with our go-to brands being the uber-luxe Brunello Cucinelli or menswear genius Tom Ford. Below are our favourites...
Polo shirt by Z Zegna, £135 at selfridges.com
Polo shirt by Brunello Cucinelli, £370 at matchesfashion.com