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