‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Star Tom Felton Dominates Red Carpet Style

It’s not enough that Tom Felton is tall, witty, and comes with a cute British accent (which makes every word out of his mouth seem both clever and charming). No, the star of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (in theaters today!) also happens to be a style savant with a penchant for deliciously skinny ties and polished blazers. When we can drag our eyes away from those piercing baby blues and lips that seem perpetually pressed into an adorable smirk (Emma Watson, aka GODDESS, had a crush on him, people), we’re focusing on his killer sartorial choices. After careful study, we’ve concluded that 23-year-old Tom is indeed Slyther-ing to the top of our style charts (hahaahaha… [SUCK IT, we’re going through Draco withdrawal]).

Like any pro, Tom sticks to a few signature trends and breezily repeats them (with elegant results) on the red carpet. We break them down for you here.


Tom Felton making the three-piece look good.
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When we think three-piece suits, we usually think of corporate types walking into stuffy job interviews. Watch fobs, that sort of thing. When we think Tom Felton in a three-piece suit, we think…well, it’s really hard to think because our brains are inundated with images of Tom looking super-duper sharp. The best part is he’s only getting better at wearing them. He wore a cute three-piece sans tie at the 2010 Pride of Britain Awards, then worked a bewitching brown version at the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 U.K. premiere later that year. When he stepped out at the Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes carpet last month, Tom pulled off a dapper black three-piece that, judging by how snugly the vest enfolded his torso, was tailor-made for his bod. Excellent.


Tom’s accessory rule? Less is more.
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Girls possess piles of shoes, jewelry, and purses with which to dial up an outfit. Guys have it a lot harder in the accessory department. But does this faze Tom Felton? Not in the slightest. Take the 2009 New York premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Like a girl who throws on a pair of chandelier earrings to accent a plain dress, Tom drapes an untied bow tie around his collar, sending his all-gray ensemble to Trendytown. At the 2010 Mexico City premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, he again sported a fine outfit, a piped blazer layered over a navy shirt. But what makes all the difference is Tom’s lustrous braided belt, which subtly highlights the color of his jacket’s espresso-brown buttons. Then, there’s Tom’s favored prop: the scrap of silky fabric otherwise known as the pocket square, which he flaunted at the New York premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. If his clothes could talk, we imagine they’d say, “….” Well, if his clothes would talk we daren’t repeat ANY OF IT TO YOU PEOPLE. The bond would be sacred and we would coo and whisper in SECRETS. Jealous?


Tom in loafers, doing anything BUT loafing around.
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We don’t know many fellas under 30 who wear loafers ’round these parts, but apparently, it’s quite commonplace across the pond to see a guy in slip-on shoes. As far as we can tell, Tom LIVES in them. At the 2004 British Independent Film Awards, a wee 16-year-old Tom, in loafers and a slightly baggy suit, looked like he was trying on his dad’s clothes. Fast-forward to the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, where Tom had on a standard boy outfit (slim jeans, plaid button-down, watch). But whereas Joe Schmoe would’ve worn beat-up Converse, Tom mixed it up with spotless white boat shoes, proving he is far from average. Our favorite loafer look, though, is when he took a recent stroll around London in a beige pair that perfectly matched his oatmeal sweater and golden tan. Color coordination at its finest.