Whether you’re hoping to land tickets for RadioTimes.com’s marathon cinema screening of Fargo, or preparing for a box-set binge in front of the TV at home (with all the windows thrown open to recreate that chilly Minnesota climate), you’re going to want to wrap up warm.
But since you may not want to fork out just to look like a hapless insurance salesman or a cold-blooded killer for the whole of the autumn/winter season, we’ve come up with some more affordable and stylish takes on the outfits worn by Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton in the black comedy-drama.
Here, our fashion expert Kim Atkins shows you how to get the Lester Nygaard or Lorne Malvo look without having to rob a bank – or murder your wife…
Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard
“Martin Freeman’s style in Fargo is practical, comfortable – and geeky. But with a little refining this outfit could look really stylish. Tone down the puffiness of the jacket and lose the shirt and tie and, voilà, you’ve got yourself a great cold climate look. It is all about quality materials when dressing for extreme weather but if you’re looking for an outdoors look for a cold winter day in the UK, you might not need to be quite so concerned about frost bite. I have heard on the fashion grapevine that Freeman’s jacket, hat and gloves may all have been Polo, Ralph Lauren, however nothing like them is around currently. But I’ve found you a great selection of alternatives that will have you prepared for playing in the Minnesotan snow in no time.”
Thunder Cloud Down Parka in Red, Patagonia £449.99, Leather Gloves, H&M £24.99, Levi’s Mens 501 Enzyme Wash Jeans, Get the Label £44.99, Wildery Hooded Parka, Ted Baker London £279, North Coast Waxed Carpenter Hat with Thinsulate and Stormwear, Marks and Spencer £25, Bowden Men’s Leather and Wool Utility Boots, J shoes £195.
“This Patagonia jacket is a fantastic option for this look; it still has little design aspects that Freeman’s actual jacket has, such as the double pocket feature. The jacket has all the specs that you would want from a serious cold climate jacket, including a recycled polyester shell for mountaineering level waterproof/breathable performance and a 600 fill power duck down. All sounds pretty toasty warm and dry to me! The second option is one that I have chosen for those of you not looking to go gallivanting around in arctic conditions. The Ted Baker Jacket is another great match for Freeman’s look and with the addition of the fur hood this jacket is an on-trend parka which will see you comfortably through the winter. Team the jacket of your choice with some heavy-duty, relaxed style jeans. For your footwear, I really like these new Utility boots from J shoes. These are a special edition boot, featuring a wool panel, made by British Brand Peregrine. A little different to your normal military style boot, these will certainly make you stand out from the crowd.”
Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo
“Billy Bob Thornton’s outfit is opulent and indulgent for an outside look. Rather than being sensible like Lester, Lorne instead is dressed to the nines. I can see this being a very wearable business outfit on a cold winter morning, just be prepared to spend a little more on some quality pieces. I have found an extravagant option, and an affordable version for you to replicate Billy Bob’s mobster style.”
Etro Wool Coat with Fur Collar, Stylebop.com £1,365, Pure Wool Tailored Fit Harris Tweed Herringbone Jacket, Marks and Spencer £299, Chelsea Fur Scarf, Not on the High Street.com £165, Aspinal of London City Briefcase, House of Fraser £550, Barbour Burnished Leather Thinsulate Gloves, House of Fraser £33.60.
“If we ignore the outrageous price for the Etro coat for a moment, it really is a gorgeous piece. It is darker in colour than Thornton’s coat, however it does have a gorgeous fur collar which matches really well to the original. But back in reality it is just too much money, so my suggestion would be to invest in a great grey tweed coat, like this example from Marks and Spencer, and then add a fur scarf to imitate the designer version. Much more sensible and therefore allows you some extra cash to get some quality accessories. The Barbour gloves are on sale at House of Fraser so get them quick. And I just couldn’t help myself but include this stunning leather briefcase from Aspinal of London. A leather briefcase is more work-appropriate than Lorne’s hard case so make the switch and your winter work look for the City is complete.”
Fargo season 1 is released on Blu-ray and DVD on 22nd September 2014
Fargo Season 1 is drenched in the trademark humour, murder and “Minnesota nice” that made the film an enduring classic. Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton stars as Lorne Malvo, a rootless, manipulative man who meets and forever changes the life of Martin Freeman’s small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard, played by Bafta winner Martin Freeman