If you’d asked me a month ago how I’d describe Tom Hiddleston’s style, I probably would’ve replied, “Who?” And then, “Oh, wait. Is he a British actor?”
But as the power couple known collectively as Hiddleswift has taken hold of my fantasies and Facebook feed, that’s obviously no longer the case. I can now tell you, confidently, that Thomas William Hiddleston’s “style” consists of exactly two outfits (that is, when he isn’t on the red carpet or in a film): one for running outdoors and one for doing errands or chillin’ with the love of his life, Taylor Swift.
The former is a simple, all-black Nike ensemble: a black tee, black gym shorts, black socks, and black sneakers. It’s what you might expect either a New Yorker or the member of a stage crew to wear while working out. The latter, while a bit more varied, remains equally monotonous: a quilted, navy blue jacket (Ralph Lauren), a solid colored tee or polo, dark rinse jeans, and gray suede lace-up shoes.
That’s it. He wears NOTHING ELSE. His girl goes about wearing new cute outfits every single day, while her partner’s wardrobe remains remarkably unchanged. And the Hiddleswifters have begun to take notice:
— It’s Poonam (@PatelPoonam) July 11, 2016
— Ann Sizemore (@tann820) July 17, 2016
— Mushka (@mushkagg) July 17, 2016
What I enjoy most about the whole Taylor Swift/Tom Hiddleston situation, is that he seems to have only 1 jacket.
— Melissa (@meliperr) July 9, 2016
The situation has become so severe that an account called @HiddlesFashion (<3 2016 <3) wrote up a long Instagram caption detailing the history of Hiddleston’s coat:
TOM HIDDLESTON ALWAYS HAS ONE JACKET AND WEARS THE SHIT OUT OF IT! 2010-2011: Armani Biker Jacket. 2012-2014: Black Quilted Jacket 2015- early 2016: the Reiss coat. March 2016-?: Ralph Lauren Quilted Jacket. (there’s also another Armani leather jacket Tom has had since 2012 but he wears that more intermittently) For real I am so tired of hearing people (media) continuously talking about Tom Hiddleston’s jacket. He should be applauded for using sustainable fashion; not mocked because he doesn’t feel the need to put on a fashion show every day. Tom Hiddleston is just being Tom Hiddleston. Nothing *new* is happening here. He does actually have a decent sized wardrobe, Tom just doesn’t pack up his entire closet when he’s traveling. Tom lives out of a suitcase 90% of the year how much does anyone expect him to be able to pack without looking like a total diva strolling thru the airport with 15 bags? If he did have a new outfit on every day people would be complaining about how narcissistic and wasteful Tom is. You just can’t win! #tomhiddlestonwearstheshitoutofeverything #irepeat #tomhiddlestonwearstheshitoutofeverything #getoverit #TomHiddleston #ralphlauren #armani #reiss #quiltedjacket #fashion #mensfashion #celebrityfashion #hiddlesfashion #sustainablefashion
A photo posted by The Fashion of Tom Hiddleston (@hiddlesfashion) on Jul 9, 2016 at 12:53pm PDT
“For real I am so tired of hearing people (media) continuously talking about Tom Hiddleston’s jacket,” the fan shared. “He should be applauded for using sustainable fashion; not mocked because he doesn’t feel the need to put on a fashion show every day.” OK, got that one settled: Tom Hiddleston is a sustainable fashion pioneer!!
But what about the black Nike workout gear, which hiddlesfashion refers to as “his @nike contract audition?” Yes, it could be a matter of his being an extremely light packer. But could it also be Hiddleston’s attempt at boring the paparazzi into submission? I have no idea how hounded he was for photos prior to his Swift romance, but photographers have certainly been after him since mid-June.
There’s also the possibility (though it seems less likely as the day go on) that the entire Hiddleswift union is part of an elaborate production on Swift’s part to promote an upcoming album — in which case, Hiddleston’s many outfit repeats are due to the project’s wardrobe guidelines, including reshoots, etc. I mean, maybe Nike and Ralph Lauren are sponsors?! Stranger things have happened.
But whatever the reason for Hiddleston’s stagnant sartorialisms … we truly hope he’s got a regular laundry schedule to go along with it.