When someone mentions male Aussie actors, most people will immediately think of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Chris Hemsworth, or even the late, great Heath Ledger. However, one could argue that Simon Baker certainly deserves a spot on the list, given the fact that the 49-year-old has had an incredibly successful career in Hollywood. Although known for a few small roles in Margin Call (2011), The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and L.A. Confidential (1997), Baker hit the big time for his seven-year-run of playing Patrick Jane on the popular TV show, The Mentalist (2008-2015). With his wavy blonde hair, tanned face, slightly scruffy beard and relaxed Aussie demeanor, Baker is the man we all want to be.
Not to take anything away from Baker’s acting skills (after all, he does have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame), but the man is just so dapper and cool when it comes to fashion. All the way from his acting debut to today in 2018, Baker insists that it has always been tradition, not trends, which he adheres to when it comes to his style. “The worst mistakes I have made have been born out of buying something that I thought I wanted, instead of going, ‘Okay, that works on me. That doesn’t,’ said Baker in an interview with GQ. “When it comes to style, knowing your limitations is a good thing.”
Much like fellow actor Daniel Craig, Baker’s preference of beautiful, time-honored things clearly extends to which brands he decides to work with, too. The biggest collaborations so far have clearly been with French perfume brand Givenchy and Swiss luxury watch company Longines. Of Longines, Baker has said in other interviews that the brand’s legacy and fine attention to detail is a reminder to put in excellence and hard work into everything he does in his own life, whether privately or professionally. Perhaps because of its simple yet traditional design, Baker prefers the Longines Master Collection model with a blue watch face and dark blue leather strap. The model is roughly $2,050 new, but surprisingly more affordable when found elsewhere, for close to $1,560.
Overall, Baker always makes his style decisions based on his own feelings and never tries to conform to a ‘group.’ To him, the concept of looking like a gentleman is just as important as being one on the inside. He dresses well to be happy with and confident in himself first and foremost, then secondly is anyone’s opinion of him. “I have always been a surfer, but I have never been a guy who was big on surfing clothes. To me, that always felt like you had to stake a claim: ‘I am a surfer, so I have to dress like one.’ That doesn’t make sense to me,” Baker says. “I am a surfer and I don’t give a damn if you know it or not; it’s for my own pleasure. I like aesthetics. I like a well-cut suit. I appreciate things that look good. But I am not a slave to it.”
Simon Baker’s style tips in a nutshell:
- Wear things that give you confidence and really take a second to consider an item before purchasing
- Don’t feel like you need to look like a ‘rocker’ or a ‘skater’ or a ‘punk’ even if you are one
- Appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty of longstanding brands, as opposed to newer ‘flash-in-the-pan’ companies. There is a reason many of these French and Swiss businesses have stuck around for over 150 years!
Baker was last seen in a new Australian movie called Breath (which he also directed and produced), which depicts the lengths surfers will go to reach new extremes when riding the waves.