Who would you rather, Chris Evans or Chris Evans’ ‘Knives Out’ sweaters?

Actress Ellen Pompeo grabs coffee while rocking oversized shirt during outing at Alfred's

Usually, this is the time of the year when I’m trying to see as many of the Oscar-bait films as possible. But I gave myself a little treat and went to see Knives Out over the Thanksgiving holiday, because it felt like it was made just for me and other Agatha Christie fans. That’s what the film was – a classic murder mystery about a rich family with secrets. Instead of Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot, we got Daniel Craig with a strained Southern accent as a “gentleman sleuth” or something. Anyway, I did enjoy it – that’s my spoiler-free review. If you love a Christie adaptation, you’ll enjoy Knives Out. The film was written and directed by Rian Johnson, and you could really tell that he loves the whole murder-mystery/sleuth genre too.

What was great about the film is that it really felt autumnal/wintery and New England-y too, there was some vintage flare while still remaining true to modern times. The best part was obviously seeing how rich people dress, and of course, Chris Evans’ sweaters have already been making headlines for a week now. Chris’s character is named Ransom and (no spoilers) he’s a wealthy trust-fund type who lives a life of leisure. He’s the “playboy.” But he’s not dressed up like an LA bro – no, he wears beautiful sweaters and great coats and he just looks like money. The Hollywood Reporter did an interview with the costume designer, Jenny Eagen, about the sweaters.

“I’m not sure if it’s the sweater or who’s wearing the sweater,” jokes Knives Out costume designer Jenny Eagan to The Hollywood Reporter. “That might be part of it, too. He looks pretty great.” She and Evans chose the Aran cable-knit sweater during a fitting so rushed that she doesn’t know the brand, just that it worked perfectly for his character Ransom, the spoiled grandson of acclaimed book author Harlan (Christopher Plummer), to convey his privilege and wealth. For Ransom specifically, director Rian Johnson wanted him to be “this eccentric spoiled boy,” Eagan says. “He’d grown up privileged and used his money to buy fancy cars, to buy fancy clothes, but you could tell that he didn’t necessarily appreciate those things.” She liked the white hue not only because “it was a beautiful color with his eyes,” but also because “wealthy people can always wear white — nothing ever gets dirty.”

Eagan decided to add some holes and rips to Evans’ sweaters (he wears a pale blue one in a later scene) to show Ransom’s nonchalant attitude. “He just didn’t care…. I imagine it laying on the chair in his bedroom and he just threw it on day after day,” she says. “But giving it little nicks or little holes here and there, meaning he didn’t take care of it…the holes and the tatter gave him a touch of that disrespect. It was a disrespect to the family, a disrespect to the name, a disrespect to his clothes.”

During the process of creating the rips, Eagan would put on the sweater and imagine where she would pull at it if it was too tight. She envisioned the character negligently throwing it into the washing machine and dryer, shrinking it and then stretching it back out. She used tools like a Dremel or sandpaper to create the tears: “I don’t get scared. I just go for it. Sometimes it feels natural, like the neck. You always know if it’s made of knit, if you break a thread, it unravels.”

As spectacular as the sweater is, the other elements of Evans’ wardrobe convey Ransom’s overall arrogance: “There’s a little bit of that attitude. He’s better than everybody. He spends all of his money, but he doesn’t have to fit a mold and be classic East Coast prep boy. It’s a little bit of an edge.” Take, for example, his classic dark Ray-Ban sunglasses worn in the Boston cold. “They just read pretentious to a certain degree, but not over-the-top. He’s making a statement; he’s always trying to make a statement. He draws attention to himself whether it be the car, the expensive coat, the expensive sunglasses,” Eagan says.

Eagan bought most of the costume options at places ranging from Barneys to boutiques in Los Angeles, Boston and New York, before working with the actors in the fitting room to select the final outfits. “That’s where [what] we call the magic happens,” Eagan says. “You’re like, ‘Wow this is perfect.’ And that was kind of how Chris’ whole fitting was. Everything went on and it’s like, ‘Well this is fast. OK great.’ Because he just fits in clothes so well. Also it depends on the attitude they come in with. If they’re really into it and they’ve thought about it a lot, it’s very quick for them because they get it. They gravitate to it.”

She says that was especially the case with Evans’ tan cashmere coat from New York brand Theory. “He put it on and it was like, ‘Wow,’” she says. “He was like ‘This is comfortable.’… It just felt like a second skin to him.” They had multiples of the coat (since two dogs jump on it and get it dirty onscreen), so Evans might have taken one home as a souvenir. “I do think he took one, if I had to guess,” Eagan says. “I do remember him asking and I remember saying, ‘You have to ask the powers that be.’ But I do think he did take one of those.”

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

I hope to God that Chris took the cream cable-knit sweater too, because good lord, he looked good in that. Some would argue that all men just look better in winter clothes, and maybe there’s something to that. But these days, it just feels like too few men are actually wearing those thick cable-knit Aran sweaters and they really SHOULD. We should tell men “you’ll look like Chris Evans if you wear this sweater.” Maybe they’ll do it. I’ll also say this: I think Chris was perfectly cast here. When he finally arrives in the story, you’re like “whoa, a MOVIE STAR.” That’s what it feels like. And the costumes definitely add to that.

Actress Ellen Pompeo grabs coffee while rocking oversized shirt during outing at Alfred's

Actress Ellen Pompeo grabs coffee while rocking oversized shirt during outing at Alfred's

Actress Ellen Pompeo grabs coffee while rocking oversized shirt during outing at Alfred's

Production stills courtesy of ‘Knives Out.’

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  1. Char says:

    I’ll take Chris and the sweaters, plus a nice fitting pair of pants, since this is America’s Ass.

  2. LaraK says:

    He really is the best Chris to look at.
    Hemsworth is funnier, and Pine has the personality, and Pratt is…well… the worst.
    But this one is the yummiest.

    • Darla says:

      Agree, though the cast of the avengers say Evans is the funniest of them on their group texts. I remember it because I always thought Hemsworth was funnier too. It may be a different kind of funny. Who knows. But delicious to look at, oh yes. And I don’t even care for blondes…usually.

    • Ann says:

      Agree. He is my favorite Chris. So freaking good looking.

    • Agirlandherdog says:

      It’s interesting to see people’s preferences. I love Hemsworth’s comedic timing, but I’ve never read or seen his interviews, so I don’t know if he’s actually funny. For me, Chris Evans is my forever Chris. Not just because of the face or body, but because of his personality. He’s so smart and is constantly using his platform to promote things he believes in. It just adds to the appeal.

    • horseandhound says:

      hemsworth beautiful. pine looks like like an aristocrat. there is something elegant about him. but evans is the best because he seems authentic, like somebody you can have a real connection with. and he’s very handsome.

  3. spikeslayer says:

    Mmmmmm-murica

  4. Jerusha says:

    Both, please.

  5. Rapunzel says:

    Can’t wait to see this film.

    • smcollins says:

      Me, too! I love films like this and the cast looks phenomenal.

    • Lightpurple says:

      Saw it on Thanksgiving. It’s a blast. It could use a little more Toni Collette and Michael Shannon but it is fantastic fun. The entire cast seems to be enjoying themselves immensely, including the dogs.

      Yes, there are dogs, one of whom steals a lot of scenes.

      • Lala11_7 says:

        “It could use a little more Toni Collette and Michael Shannon” THAT should be the standard line for ALL casting calls for movies!

    • Snazzy says:

      Me too!! Looks so good. Also, I’ll take Chris Evans and Chris Evans’ sweaters please!

  6. Rogue says:

    Just seen the movie and enjoyed it. Chris was good- he does have acting chops& on a shallow note I’m jealous of his long lashes!

    • Lightpurple says:

      The lower lashes were actually quite distracting in some scenes.

    • HK9 says:

      It’s unfair that some men are gifted with such long luxurious lashes. You know how much I have to pay for that shit?? :-)

      • Joanna says:

        Ikr?! I’m always jealous of men w long lashes

        @hk9, what do you do for your lashes?

      • HK9 says:

        I get lash extensions from my wonderful eyebrow guru. I used to do lashes from MAC, and then I had a wedding to go to and eyebrow guru had such wonderful pics on her Insta for eyelash extensions so I gave it a whirl. They look great but my wallet sighs every time so I just leave it for big occasions but I’d love to have them all the time.

      • Sassy Pomeranian says:

        Use Latisse! I’ve been using for 10 years and it’s AMAZING. I have short straight eyelashes and the glue on type we’re destroying and thinning them out even more. Latisse changed my life. Lengthens and gives it a slight curl

  7. Lightpurple says:

    No pictures of the blue sweater?
    The blue sweater was EVERYTHING!

    This movie is so much fun!

  8. BANANIE says:

    He looks amazing in that sweater! And that coat, although I don’t think I would call that coat “tan.” It’s a lot darker/brown.

    • BeanieBean says:

      I thought the same thing. I was surprised when I scrolled down & saw this coat. I just saw the movie, and was thinking back to him in a tan camelhair coat & couldn’t quite place it.

  9. Christine says:

    Saw this with my husband and two sons, ages 13 and 9. I was the ONLY ONE to notice Captain America’s sweaters. Anyway, I urge everyone to see this movie. It is clever, has a few good twists, and it is so fun to see such a talented ensemble cast. Jamie Lee Curtis is phenomenal!

  10. SJR says:

    Minnesota here, and our phrase “Plenty Good Looking” applies to Chris Evans 100%.
    That dark coat looks good on him, and yes he does “Movie Star” very well. :)

    Now, some photos with Chris Evans and Keanu Reeves both dressed beautifully, would get some serious fashion sales underway.

  11. Fiji says:

    The movie was a blast. The cast was amazing and yes, Chris Evans and the sweaters were ridiculously gorgeous.

  12. Vanessa says:

    We saw this movie this weekend and for once, all five cousins agreed we thought it was great. A Thanksgiving Miracle! I highly recommend it. That said, Chris Evans always looks like he’s wearing makeup? Like, powdery foundation? He’s more pretty than handsome to me. I will take his car in the film instead :)

    • Lightpurple says:

      That car was a work of art.

    • Kerfuffles says:

      OMG I thought he looked like he was wearing makeup in this movie, too! Some kind of lip gloss and powder situation. Not complaining, he still looked great, but I was wondering if it was going to part of the plot somehow (not a spoiler — it was not).

    • Tomato says:

      Yeah I noticed the make-up too – some foundation and lip color. I noticed it in his Captain America get-up too (particularly in Cap2). But oh well, definitely not complaining. When a man looks this good…just keep doing what you are doing :D

  13. J ferber says:

    Chris Evans, please.

  14. Esmom says:

    I’m on a sweater kick lately (mostly just looking, although I just got one online for 60% off!!) so I probably would appreciate his sweaters, which look pretty amazing.

    It was interesting to read about the creative choice to rip them. It seems that old money people tend to wear their clothes to threadbare states, not as much out of carelessness as out of frugality. Jmo.

  15. Skyblue121 says:

    Loved the movie and I did notice the frayed cuffs on the sweater.

  16. savu says:

    Chris Evans has never been my particular cup of tea, but dear god. On the way home from the movie last night I told my boyfriend him in those sweaters was really doing it for me 😂 I’m so glad I’m not alone!

  17. girl_ninja says:

    Christopher looks wonderful in cardigans as well. For your pleasure look up Chris Evans Concord youth theatre. *scrolls dreamily through the interwebs*

  18. Franklymydear... says:

    He’s pretty hot…but ripped up sweaters with holes in them? That’s a weird choice. It would distract me from the movie, I think, to see an obviously wealthy guy in ratty sweaters when everything else is nice. Is his car all dirty and banged up? His sunglasses bent and scratched? If he’s so careless with his sweaters, I would assume he would have disdain for all of his expensive belongings. Maybe that costume designer just wanted more time with Evans to try on new sweaters and then try on beat up, nasty sweaters? Not that I’d blame her…

    • Lightpurple says:

      The car is a beautiful, vintage BMW.
      The sunglasses are perfect.

    • Starkille says:

      Yeah, this costume designer fakes herself way too seriously and also has no idea what she’s talking about…Ray Bans and Theory are not even “expensive” as far as fashion items go, no one with actual money is going to be wearing Ray Bans or Theory coats! And before anyone jumps on me I have personally never spent more than £20 on a pair of sunglasses because I lose them constantly.

  19. A says:

    I must be the only person on this planet who doesn’t get the sweater hype lol maybe cause I hate sweaters. I haven’t watched Knives Out yet but with all the rave reviews, especially for Ana de Armas’ performance, I’m definitely watching it soon.

  20. Laura Bee says:

    It’s funny, I saw the movie on Thanksgiving (it was great) and I was so entranced by Chris Evans and the sweaters that I didn’t even notice the holes.

  21. Cay says:

    Saw the movie this weekend and loved it. I have some kind of mental block about the Chrises because I still don’t know the difference between Evans and Pine, but whichever one was in the movie was delicious in those sweaters. He was so gorgeous, it was distracting. And the holes in the sweaters were hot, hot, hot. Yes, I did notice all the holes and they made me want to rip them farther. Yum.

  22. Alice says:

    He is super yummy and the movie was a blast! A classic whodunit!

  23. The Recluse says:

    Saw Knives Out on Black Friday and enjoyed it. So much fun.
    And you could tell that Chris was having a blast playing Ransom. I think he said that he went almost straight from the Endgame shoot to this production, so he must have enjoyed shaking off his Steve Rogers character so he could cut loose with this one.

  24. Thea says:

    I haven’t seen it yet, but I really want to.

    I saw an interview where Chris said he took all the sweaters home.

  25. Joanna says:

    Haven’t seen it but he looks perfect for the role. He has that hot wealthy playboy who could be a dick look. Basically bad boy hot. Mmmm

  26. kgeo says:

    LOL! I am a sweater person. I buy up really great used wool and cashmere and if you ever need help on sweater care, look here. This is funny because my mom knitted my husband pretty much the exact same sweater out of fisherman’s wool. It’s better than the one on Chris. It’s better than pretty much any other sweater ever and my husband looks great in it. He gets too hot in it though and pretty much only wears it hiking or hunting, whatever…Hmm, I guess it probably adds to the overall appeal…
    Anyway, back to the question, that’s still a nice sweater, and I would.

  27. JulieCarr says:

    I thought the ripped/damaged clothing was a great touch. It came across as Ransom trying to look/act like real old money…in the least substantial way possible. His car looked like a show car, his house looked like a show house and even his more expensive pieces of clothing looked pristine, so his ‘careless’ attitude towards material things only extended to the things he could easily replace.

    Another nod to him pretending to be something he’s not was when he calls the main house his ancestral home, when it was bought in the 80’s.

  28. tealily says:

    I loved this film and I loved the holes in the sweater.

  29. No Doubt says:

    I saw the movie…I think Chris is a very attractive man, but they did not do him justice in this. He looked pale and the slicked back hair didn’t help anything. Bad makeup and lighting I suppose.

  30. Lena says:

    I saw this movie last Friday and I though sweater Chris looked like a douche, which he was supposed to be in the movie so good costuming!