Okay, real talk: when it comes to classic screen monsters, vampires are by far the coolest — and the best dressed.
Loners by default, most of these fiercely arrogant and ruthless nocturnal creatures have been on the planet a long time. They’re not fazed by trivialities, making them mysterious, intriguing, and seductive. Sure, that can also make them a bit of a dick, but they’re the archetypal bad boy and ultimately irresistible. At least until Twilight rebranded them as a bunch of sulky bedwetters.
Those OG qualities, however, make for great, iconic characters. And well-dressed ones at that. Yet while we’re all for the vampy offerings in movies such as Interview With the Vampire, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and What We Do in the Shadows, we couldn’t claim in good faith that we’d be down to roam the streets looking like we’ve just stepped out of the 18th century. Not often, anyway.
For that reason, here we’ve concentrated solely on those vampires with a truly covetable garm game. No ruffles, no top hats, no brocade waistcoats — just six of the best-dressed vampires TV and movies have to offer.
David (The Lost Boys)
Actor: Kiefer Sutherland
Looking like he’s just emerged from an ’80s cyberpunk disco, David’s peroxide spiked mullet brought some serious business-up-front, party-in-the-back vibes to the blood-sucking game. His ’fit is somewhat low-key by comparison, but steezy nonetheless: a floor-length, double-breasted black coat paired with leather gloves, one dangling earring, and a perfectly honed DGAF attitude.
Lestat (Queen of the Damned)
Actor: Stuart Townsend
Style-wise, forget Tom Cruise’s 1994 Interview With the Vampire incarnation of Lestat de Lioncourt, with all his ruffles and frills. Stuart Townsend’s rock star look alongside Aaliyah in 2002’s Queen of the Damned is where it’s at (even if the film did, uh, suck). With his see-through, tied-sleeve top, black skinny jeans, and Robert Pattinson-with-a-grunge-haircut aesthetic, this Lestat has basically been plucked from Pete Doherty’s living room in the early ’00s and plonked on the latest Pitti Uomo runway. And we’re here for it.
Eric Northman (True Blood)
Actor: Alexander Skarsgård
How many vampires do you know that deviate from the whole “long dark hair, long dark coat, frills, and fangs” schtick in favor of a tracksuit? Not many, we’ll bet, and that’s one of the things that makes Eric’s vampire aesthetic so damn good — you can channel him on the daily and your victims won’t suspect a thing.
Adam and Eve (Only Lovers Left Alive)
Actors: Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton
One benefit of being alive for centuries is living through enough trends to truly find what style works best for you, and then develop a nonchalance about it. This is exactly what Adam and Eve nailed in 2013’s Only Lovers Left Alive, with their bedhead grunge, white leather jackets, unbuttoned shirts, and rock star shades. They ooze unaffected decadence and therefore equal ultimate vampire goals.
Severen (Near Dark)
Actor: Bill Paxton
Bill Paxton’s character Severen is by far the most psychotic of Near Dark‘s vampire gang, but that’s the kind of attitude you need when channeling a look reminiscent of a post-bar fight Sid Vicious. And it’s easy to replicate — all you need to get this look on lock is a beaten up leather jacket, plaid shirt, shades, and a healthy dose of BDE.
Actor: Wesley Snipes
While Blade might only be a half-vampire (or dhampir/daywalker, if we’re getting technical), his utility aesthetic is too strong not to include here. The tactical vest is on point and gives offerings from the likes of Prada and Stone Island a run for their money. Paired with floor-length leather coat, industrial belt, and Matrix-style sunglasses, Blade’s vibe is essentially the look every trend-savvy human is already looking to achieve.
Which vampire will you be channeling this Halloween? Let us know your favorite in the comments.
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