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Why John David Washington is Our Style Icon

Meet a breakout star with bold style

John David Washington is quickly becoming one of the hottest breakout stars of the summer. While he previously had notoriety for his part on the HBO show, Ballers, his leading role in BlacKkKlansman has pushed him into the nation’s popular consciousness. The recognition is warranted, his performance is phenomenal and he clearly has a promising career ahead. In both his TV and film credits, it’s become clear that he has an acute sense of style. This week we’re going to check out some of his best moments in fashion.

John David Washington’s Style

John David Washington at the Ballers premier
John David Washington at the Ballers premier

Even before his first big film role JDW was making waves on the hit TV show Ballers. At one of the show’s premieres, he busted out this sweet moment in style. The suit is tailored excellently and the color compliments his skin tone. A well made blue suit will be a trend throughout this article, as JDW knows how to pick some great ones. As illustrated in the image above the suit is clearly well fitted because it allows for dynamic posing outside of the standard ‘stand-and-smile’.

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John David Washington at a HBO event
John David Washington at a HBO event

At another HBO event, JDW graced us with this tasteful number. The blue used is a little darker than his previous choice, and when accompanied with bow tie and pocket square the class is undeniable. Now also seems like a good time to point out JDW’s fantastic beard game. Well groomed and perfectly proportioned, this beard not only emphasizes his jawline but provides an additional element of sophistication too.

John David Washington at the BlackKklansman Premier
John David Washington at the BlackKklansman Premier

Usually, the powdered blue suit is something we only see in the high school prom of an 80’s movie, but here we see the color brought into the modern age at a BlackKklansman premiere. With a more current cut of the suit and a good fit this suit somehow becomes high fashion. The lighter color goes well with JDW’s skin and makes him stand out when in front of the darker background.

John David Washington on Jimmy Kimmel Live
John David Washington on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Even when guesting on a late night talk show JDW’s style is inescapable. This burgundy red suit looks fantastic while allowing him to sit comfortably. Here we can also see how great his skin is, the blemish-free glow is clear evidence of some great skin care habits.

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What do you think of John David Washington’s style? Let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Madeleine Hettich
Madeleine Hettich is a graphic designer, writer, illustrator, and comic book artist. After graduating with a BFA degree (with an emphasis in Visual Communications Design) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer before being hired by GREY. She continues to develop independent illustration and comics projects in her own time. This background gives her a unique perspective when writing about any number of topics.

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