The London-born actor John Boyega is in New York promoting his new movie, Breaking, and while Boyega is no stranger to a bold color (he wore a cherry-red suit to the ESPYS last month), he took a more tonal approach this week. In fact, he busted out two monochromatic looks in one single day. The drastic color change—from dark to light—almost feels like a subtle nod to his time in the Star Wars universe, defined by the battle between the light and dark sides of the force.
To start his day, Boyega went all-black, simple and to the point with a boxy, oversized T-shirt and slouchy cargo pants. The outfit’s real star? Shiny black dress shoes from Celine. Staying minimalist with the rest of the outfit to highlight the flex-worthy shoes is one hell of a style swerve.
Later in the day, Boyega did a complete wardrobe change and showed up dressed in all-white for his appearance on The Daily Show. This time he went slightly more formal: a flowy jacket paired with a crisp white tee and high-waisted trousers. (Don’t sleep on the power of a great, plain white tee.) The only thing that didn’t change between the two outfits was the glimmering key pendant around his neck.
Both of these looks pull from the wave of quiet luxury cresting in menswear. It’s about dressing in classic pieces that focus more on the fit and feel than anything overly showy—think of the simplistic-but-beautiful clothes from The Row and Fear of God. Boyega’s Star Wars portrayal of stormtrooper growing into a good-guy fighter helped turn him into a household name. But when it comes to his off-screen fashion, make no mistake: both the light and dark sides of the style force have plenty to recommend them.