Welcome back to Fit Diaries, where GQ asks our favorite style lords to document a week through their outfits. Up next: Christian Slater shares the secret to his legendary baseball hat collection, the rules for wearing sneakers, and why masks are like Twitter accounts.
Christian Slater would tell you that before he met his wife, Brittany Lopez, whom he married in 2013, his wardrobe was stuck in the dark ages. “She’s definitely been extraordinarily helpful as far as fashion goes," he says on a recent phone call from home in Miami. "Because, I mean, looking back at photos of me prior to meeting her, I had a different look going for sure. I’m grateful that she even spoke to me.”
“Now,” he says, “I just love to have things streamlined and clean and keep it pretty simple.” It’s been a journey of figuring out how things should fit—and these days, he says, he even gets his T-shirts tailored.
Slater shared with GQ his fit diary for five days of spending time at home with his wife and daughter, Lena, who was born last year, and visiting her grandparents nearby. Lopez’s guru wardrobing has helped Slater master quarcore casual, with a slate of sweatpants, perfectly fitting T-shirts, and slip-on sneakers. He also has a passion for baseball hats, which has made his style much-admired in the GQ office. Like many of us, he also has a full wardrobe of masks. “Well, you know, sue me!” he says. “This is a time where masks are like a Twitter account—sort of like, you gotta have one.”
As you’ll see, Slater has the ideal fit pic setup, both cozy and flattering. He unpacks his fit pic process as such: “Well, the mirror is hanging on the back of the restroom door, and I just held the camera and took the pictures and it just seemed to work.” He adds, “I think it’s the only one that we have in the house. It came in very handy.” The fashion epicenter of the Slater household, if you will? “It’s behind the bathroom door, is where it all happens.”
He says he hasn’t really thought much about red carpet dressing over the past few months. Still, “I don’t mind wearing a nicely tailored suit or a tuxedo,” he says. “And it’s true: there really hasn't been any particular reason to wear anything like that lately. It is my wife's birthday tomorrow, so maybe that would be an interesting surprise. Throw on a tuxedo. Let's just say a nice Tom Ford suit.” —Rachel Tashjian
"I wore this for taking Lena to play at my father-in-law's backyard at a social distance. The T-shirt is James Perse. The jeans are AG. I wear these jeans until they fall apart. And they're a whole thing to buy, because I have to get them tailored appropriately. The jacket is by Bella Rose, [from] Mr. Porter. Because I live in Miami, you got to wear a lot of light jackets—for annoying mosquitoes and sun protection.
The hat is from [Slater's wife's alma mater] Carleton College, and it's pretty much the only hat that I wear. My wife buys me like five every year because I pretty much wear them out. And I’m wearing Top-Siders.
I saw [GQ's story about his hat collection]. I thought it was hilarious. I thought it was great, it was really great. You know, I just have always had a particular preference for baseball hats. It's just become kind of a staple. Hair is annoying, and it's just an easy way to keep things together and not to have to think about my hair or putting any product in it. I just keep a hat on and it works.
The tricky thing is finding a hat that does work. I mean, in that article, there were definitely some, questionable choices I made. I don't know what I was thinking in a couple of those photographs. I think it was more the shape of the hat. You know, it's taken me a long time to find this hat, the Carleton hat. My wife and I went to one of her reunions and I tried it on and this was like probably seven years ago or something. And I've been hooked on Carleton hats ever since. So it's been a long, long journey to get to this point. And I'm glad that I finally landed. I’ve got about five of them now. And some of them [like this one] are like really beautifully worn in. I don’t really know what happened to that hat, but it has character. Let's just say it has character."
$165.00, James Perse
$198.00, AG Jeans
$340.00, Paul Smith
$25.00, Carleton College Bookstore
"My wife buys my clothes. So she buys from Mr. Porter, James Perse, Theory, Everlane. Barney's before it closed. Lululemon for working out. And basically, I try everything on and I see what I like and that’s pretty much how it goes.
[Before I met Brittany], it was, you know, baggy shorts, sandals, just oversized. Basically, I don’t think I knew the size of my body. Since then I’ve realized how important it is to make clothes fit. And sometimes you got to get it tailored. That was something that I really had never been introduced to before. So I’m very grateful, because it really has done a lot for me. I feel so much more comfortable. I didn’t even realize how uncomfortable I was in the outfits that I was wearing. Let’s just say probably more of a spiritual discomfort. I wasn’t aware of this, but if you don’t know, you don’t know—until you know. So I can look back at those [looks] and just see—'Oh, you poor man.' My heart goes out to that guy, but I’m really happy with where he is now.
Blue striped shirt, gray sweatpants—this is pretty much a basic idea of quarantine home life. I wear a different kind of assortment of this style at home. My wife and I have a baby, so it’s been mainly spending time with her—collecting rocks and watching her in the backyard and just making sure that she doesn’t fall over. It’s been great. She's just an absolute treasure. The next love of my life. I’ve got three loves of my life: my first daughter, my wife, and my baby. It’s definitely been a silver lining in all of this.
I’m not a big sneakerhead. I wear sneakers mainly for working out. These are more for indoors, trotting around the house a little bit, just kind of relaxing. I definitely wouldn’t work out in these sneakers. These are special. I treasure these."
$25.00, Beyond Yoga
"This is the outfit to be prepared for when Lena says—well, she doesn't ‘say’—that she wants to go swimming. Gestures that she wants to go swimming. These double as shorts and a bathing suit.
[When it comes to short inseams], it's comfort, I think. It hearkens back to the style that my wife first saw me in, which was the real baggy shorts. And with my kind of body, it doesn’t help lengthen it when you’re wearing baggy shorts. So to a certain degree, again, tailoring comes in handy, and shorts that are cut in this particular way help to lengthen the body a little bit. The other way, it’s just too squat. And I love to show my knees!
My mask is made by my brother-in-law's sister—Hannah Girotti. She has a company called Pleasant View Soaps, and they’ve started making masks recently.
The gold bracelet is a Gucci gold bracelet, from Camilla Dietz Bergeron. I don’t typically get that much jewelry for myself, but a bracelet every now and then is okay. I go to Camilla Dietz Bergeron to buy my wife gifts. There’s a wonderful gentleman who works there named Gus, who I was introduced by my friend Frank who works at Sothebys. Gus has always been very helpful, extraordinarily, as far as when it comes to Christmas presents, birthday presents, all of those things across the board."
"This [outfit] is good for visiting grandma and holding Lena up at the back door. Because her great-grandparents can’t leave the house during this crisis, traditionally every Sunday for the last eight months or so we have gone over there and held the baby up at the back door. Great-grandma and great-grandpa watch the baby and see her walking around. Obviously, it’s been a little bit of time now, so it’s been great for them to see her steady progression from the little whatever she was, to now she’s up and running around and being incredibly cute.
[For T-shirts], I like James Perse. I also like John Varvatos. Again, it’s finding the clothes that fit my body. And sometimes, again, getting a tailor—you don’t want your t-shirts to be too long, so then you got to get those hemmed up a little bit. It’s a process, but one that I don’t mind doing. I used to hate the whole thing, because I didn’t understand: why would you put so much effort into it? And now I have a different perspective. It’s representative of who you are, you know what I mean? Clothes say something about who you are on the inside, as much as they do on the outside. So my choice was to be as neat and tidy as I can possibly be. That's kind of how I am on the inside, so do the outside."
$165.00, James Perse
$410.00, Mr Porter
"This one's pretty much road warrior shit. This is for when I’m chilling out around the house. I guess the photo looks pretty intense but really, it’s pretty comfortable. I mean, it’s sweatpants and a T-shirt and slip-ons.
Originally, I had one mask and that was it. The longer and longer this thing goes on, the fact is that this is a necessary item, an essential item that we need. Also, the other thing too is it is essential that we wear these masks, and this is what I wear. It’s part of a journal of what my outfits are. This definitely represents the outfits that I'm wearing today.
I do try and mix it up. I wish that I didn’t have to wear the masks, but if I’m going to wear them, I might as well get some, and have some different styles. Like I said, I tailor my t-shirts, so I'm going to have some masks to match my outfits."
$165.00, James Perse
$492.00, Oliver Peoples
$12.00, Z Supply
$460.00, Golden Goose
Originally Appeared on GQ