The Talented Mr. Ripley Movie Style: Tom & Dickie in 1950s Men’s Styles

August 15, 2022
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Matt Damon and Jude Law appear in a black-and-white promotional image for The Talented Mr. Ripley. Photo Credit: Collection Christophel / Alamy Stock Photo

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), directed by Anthony Minghella, is not only an enthralling suspense film but also a source of fashion inspiration because it accurately portrays the refined air of men’s fashions from the late 1950s. In the drama, a young Matt Damon plays the role of Tom Ripley.

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Actor Matt Damon wears a corduroy jacket as Tom Ripley in The Talented Mr. Ripley. Photo Credit: Moviestore Collection Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Mistaken as an old friend of Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) by his father, Ripley is sent to Italy to get him to return home. When Ripley arrives in Italy, he quickly makes friends with Greenleaf and his finance Marge Sherwood (played by Gwyneth Paltrow). The rest of the movie is cinematic history.

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Embracing fifties style, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, and Matt Damon appear in The Talented Mr. Ripley. Photo Credit: United Archives GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1950s Style

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Jude Law is a chic vision in a short-sleeve black shirt and white pants as Dickie Greenleaf in The Talented Mr. Ripley. Photo Credit: TCD/Prod.DB / Alamy Stock Photo

The film The Talented Mr. Ripley is a sartorial masterpiece because it strikes an excellent balance between traditional tailoring and relaxed resort wear. Greenleaf is a fashionable playboy who luxuriates in printed bath robes, wears the finest swimwear, and matches impeccably tailored suiting separates for brilliant looks. This contrasts with Ripley, who is calculated, rough around the edges, and wears conservative suits and haphazardly mixed prints for laid-back outings. 

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Starring in The Talented Mr. Ripley, actors Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow relax in Riviera resort styles. Photo Credit: Collection Christophel / Alamy Stock Photo
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Working on their tan, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law wears fifties-inspired swimwear in The Talented Mr. Ripley. Photo Credit: TCD/Prod.DB / Alamy Stock Photo

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