Hollywood is in no short supply of men who either nail the red carpet (your Goslings, your Reynolds) or who make top drawer off-duty style look effortless (props to Chris Pratt and Nick Jonas). However there’s only one man in Tinseltown who glides just as smoothly between formalwear and casual cool as he does between his A-list roles and his DJ career.

Thanks to a winning combination of undeniable on-screen presence and off-screen charm, Idris Elba is consistently the sharpest dresser on the block. Whether it’s Stringer Bell’s crisp white shirts or Luther’s staple leather jackets and overcoats, Idris’s Oscar-worthy tailoring or his much-hyped collab with Superdry, he moves from smart to casual to somewhere in the middle with kickboxer precision (yeah – he does that, too).

(Related: The Ryan Gosling Style Lookbook)

Instead of following trends, Elba’s style always keeps it simple. If you fancy adding some Idris to your wardrobe, do the same. Read on for our pick of his best looks to provide some inspiration.

Work It In Transit

Made In Monochrome

One-note Performance

Shades Of Grey

Capped-off In Style

Low Key, High Style

Cad In A Hat

The DJ In A DJ

Award-Winning Tailoring

The Basics Done Well


Laid-Back Linen

Feeling Blue

Man Of Athleisure

Bond Try-Outs

The Right Stripes

Bomber Command

Stans And Delivers

Coat Of Armour

Full Military Honours