Spotlight: Josh Hutcherson

Now I promised to do a spotlight on Josh Hutcherson clear back on my post about his character Clapton Davis in 2012….so I guess this has been awhile in the making. But I am excited to announce that, in honor of the release of Mockingjay – Part 2 next month, I am going to do a series of spotlights on some of the Hunger Games’ leading men…beginning with the man himself, Josh Hutcherson.

If you don’t think that Hutcherson’s character Peeta is incredible, just you wait. I am so excited to see how Hutcherson portrays his journey in the last film because if anyone could do that justice, it’s Josh Hutcherson.

Josh Hutcherson

Josh Hutcherson’s first acting credits are from 2002, he would have been 10 years old, and has been featured in approximately three works a year since. There is no doubt that he is a hard worker and has escaped the “child star” curse. So while he has been working steadily for the past 13 years, Hutcherson didn’t really become a household name until Hunger Games hit theaters.

Despite all of the red carpets and award shows, Hutcherson’s wardrobe is fairly casual. He sticks to t-shirts and layers button-ups or jackets over them. This no-fail look allows him to get a lot of mileage out of some basic white and black tees. Thin sweaters and henleys are other simple, but essentially no-fail, casual looks.

The Josh Hutcherson Staple

Hutcherson keeps his hair shorter on the sides, as is in fashion, but not in such an extreme way that it dominates his appearance. This look works well when you want the ability to range from carefully coiffed to elegantly disheveled. If you’ve only seen Josh in his Hunger Games role, then you might be surprised that he is a natural brunette. While the blond is fine on Peeta, his natural dark brown works better. Natural hair colors tend to compliment your natural skin tones.

As for facial hair, he rarely has any. Yes, he is relatively young, but he also has a crazy powerful jaw (Saturday Night Live knows). Facial hair is great for defining your jaw, but if that is already one of your most prominent features, you probably don’t need to rely on it.

Although the Hunger Games series is coming to a close, I am looking forward to seeing what Josh Hutcherson is up to next. He’s played the range from Oscar nominated drama The Kids Are All Right, to the vastly underrated animated film Epic, to of course, my favorite trippy indie horror comedy Detention. Don’t miss your last chance to see him as Peeta Mellark in Mockingjay part 2, opening in November.

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For Auld Lang Syne

As we come into 2013 and look back on 2012, we at What a Man Should Wear could do a “year in review”, a man of the year, a top (insert number here), or even resolutions for next year. Unfortunately for you, we are not that organized or decisive. So instead we are going to highlight some of our favorite moments of the year in men’s fashion (more or less), at least partially based on what you guys responded to.

One of my (Amy’s) favorite things of the year was the increasing attention paid to Mr. Eddie Redmayne. The hipster in me has to point out that I have loved him since his Pillars of the Earth days, but he is so deserving of the attention he is getting thanks to Les Miserables (I mean, let’s admit it, his cheekbones alone deserve that kind of attention). But beauty and talent aside, the man knows how to dress. And I am totally in favor of the French revolutionary look.

Mr. Eddie Redmayne

Another of your favorites was our post on Clapton Davis from the indie horror-comedy Detention. I thought this would be one of our least read posts, but you guys came out of the woodworks in love for his quirky look-at-me style (or at least the movie). And honestly I like Josh Huthcherson more everytime I see him.

Ezra Miller. So I might be a little behind on hearing about this kid, but he is wonderful and expect an Individual Style Spotlight (a la Matthew Gray Gubler) in the future.

Ezra as matador

Also loved? The reclamation of short pants and suspenders from Urkel (particularlly by Nate Ruess of The Format and fun. fame). Also, realizing that no one in England knows who Urkel is.

Never thought I'd see this comparison

Andrew Garfiled’s many magazine cover and red carpet looks. It never fails to impress when a man looks totally at ease in anything he wears.

Seeing all of the colored (or as they would say “coloured”) pants on men in London. Walking through Hyde Park in September meant a runway show of men donning rich colors and cozy sweaters and stylish shoes. The colors were worn so fearlessly that they looked like a very stylish part of the lanscape.

Someone we’ve only mentioned in passing, but you should totally look into is Burberry’s current man, musician Roo Panes. He pulls off the stately and classic pieces well. Also his voice is totally swoon worthy.

Roo for Burberry

I also completely love this picture of Logan Lerman. And his breath-taking performance in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

I think I just wanted an excuse to put this picture up

My (Rachel’s) favorites list isn’t as long, or as detailed. Sorry. But I have to concur with Amy on quite a few of her favorites, including Andrew Garfield, Eddie Redmayne and individual style in general (I’m not cool enough to know who Ezra Miller is, but I’m sure I’ll find out soon enough). To add to that list I would have to include my own love of textures, simplicity, and the overall ruggedness that I feel one side of hipster is delving into.

Favorites

 

We’re looking forward to seeing what 2013 has to add to men’s style and the icons who carry them. This should be fun.

Happy New Year!

-Amy and Rachel

So you want to be 80s neon hipster….

We have warned against almsot everything featured in this post, but if you must, here is how to do it.

Clapton Davis, You are More Concept than Reality

Now we all know that Josh Hutcherson knows how to dress (I’m sure it is only a matter of time until we spotlight him), but this post was inspired by Clapton Davis, his character in the SXSW film “Detention“. Now, I liked this movie, but I’m not going to recommend it because it is straight up bizarre and requires close attention–let’s just say it isn’t for everyone. But Clapton Davis works his style, a combination of hipster and 80s neon, like a second skin.

Let’s work from the bottom up. The first glimpse you catch of Clapton/Josh is classic bright Converse high tops–a can’t lose situation–on a skateboard–a possible lose situation. Some part of me believes that skateboards are a bit passe, but this movie and the recent Spiderman have warmed me to the idea a bit, but that might be because neither don that “traditional” skater dress. Also because he makes a skateboard date look so fun.

Anyway, moving up. His pants in this movie are wonderful (“I mean, look how tight his pants are, he’s totally gay”…he’s not) and quite daring. Among all the skinny jeans the pair that sticks out the most is the highlighter yellow. I wish I could find a picture of these beauts for you, but unfortunately the limited release and knowledge about this movie makes pictures hard to find. But the general message of the pants? Be Bold. Also they coordinate perfectly with his overall look.

Besides neon and skateboard, Clapton works another trend that we’ve already cautioned about. The man tank. But hey, he does it right. Summery, neon, confident, muscley. But in a vintage “Endless Summer” sort of way, not in an overly frat-y way.  All of his shirts serve a purpose, you know, other than covering his body, they do something to complete or make the outfit his own. They have a vintage vibe and do not match, but go with the rest of the outfit.

Now this movie goes for a big win in accessories. A statement hot pink hat. Huge orange 80s style sunglasses. Minimalistic bracelets. The key? Focus on one. Don’t put the hat and sunglasses together. Each are their own statement piece. (Okay so he might be wearing both in one picture, but at least the rest of his outfit is pretty neutral). Also please don’t try to rock the neon pink fanny pack.

Okay, so I admit, it might take a Josh Hutcherson sized confidence and quirky, campy movie setting to truly pull off this look. But it just screams summer, youth, and personal style.

Good taste is not a democracy- Clapton Davis

-Amy