How 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' Nailed Aspirational Millennial Dressing

In the new Prime Video series Mr. & Mrs. Smith, aimless 30-somethings played by Donald Glover and Maya Erskine get inaugurated into a shadowy spy organization and, with that, are treated to a major life upgrade. The pair are moved into a primo Manhattan town house complete with a private pool, a deluxe horsehair mattress, and—as a cherry on top—a closet full of luxury fits.

If the original Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the 2005 movie on which the 2024 series is ever-so-loosely based, had but a few memorable wardrobe moments (Angelina Jolie in Brad Pitt’s oversized white dress shirt is burned into the culture), the TV show keeps the looks coming over its eight-episode run. And thanks to the costume designer—and former GQ fashion director of 20 years—Madeline Weeks, we get some truly enviable style on display. John and Jane Smith embody aspirational millennial dressing, or exactly what you want to wear when you’ve made it to adulthood. Despite their unusual line of work, they also provide a blueprint for good business casual (even if your day-to-day involves fewer shoot-outs and more sitting in front of a screen).

Weeks told GQ that she looked to quintessential ’70s thrillers like Robert Redford in Three Days of the Condor and Serpico with Al Pacino as inspiration for John. Jane, meanwhile, was informed by womenswear icons Jane Birkin and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy.

Robert Redford in Three Days of the Condor.

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That swaggering ’70s influence is most seen in John’s fitted jeans—tailored vintage Levi’s 517s—and skintight Margiela tanks. “I always wanted to see his body through his clothes because he’s so, so, so physical and such a beautiful man,” Weeks told me. “I just always wanted to have that sexy, kind of smoldering, thing going as the undertone throughout. Anytime you see him, you want to kind of feel that.” Even the scenes where it seems there isn’t much clothing were carefully considered. “When Donald walks into [Jane’s] bedroom in that first episode and he doesn’t have his shirt on, I was like, ‘Who makes the sexiest pants?’” They went with Dries Van Noten.

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