There are numerous reasons why the cult film, Call Me By Your Name inevitably makes most people who watch want to leave their lives behind and set up shop in a rural town in Southern Italy, and drink apricot juice forever. This, and most other, obvious elements are what makes the film so easy to come back to time and time again. But does anyone else think about Armie Hammer's style as his character Oliver, as regularly as I do?
Something about the tiny, athletic shorts, button-downs that are barely buttoned and deeply worn-in, vintage converse scream perfection to me. I’ve found myself referencing shots of Oliver from the film and appropriating multiple times when dressing for a particularly sunny day. Turns out, preppy 80s menswear is exactly what I want to be wearing at all times, thanks to Oliver.
Hammer's style on a normal day is boring at best, save for the deeply concerning quarantine look he posted on Instagram last month. His role as Oliver, however, will forever be crystallised in my eyes as his personal dress sense, despite evidence that it is absolutely not. Although we are emerging into winter weather at what feels like warp speed in Australia, I plan to stock up on tiny, colourful exercise shorts and button-downs in various hues of blue for when the warm weather decides to bless us again. Particularly as my dreams of the very Italian summer Oliver’s outfits were so perfectly paired with is now a faraway wish for the future.
The formula of his outfits are consistent and hot throughout the film: preppy and polished but with a certain busted androgyny that pulls it all together in a charming, boyish way. A way that I want to appropriate. While everyone continues to drool over Timothée Chalamet simply existing, I’ll be here searching for the perfect blue poplin and making mood boards of Hammers legs in tiny shorts and scrunchy socks for the foreseeable future.