Magic City: Stevie’s Red Striped Shirt
Steven Strait as Stevie Evans, swaggering and impulsive hotel lounge manager
Miami Beach, spring 1959
Series: Magic City
– “The Year of the Fin” (Episode 1.01, dir: Carl Franklin, aired March 30, 2012)
– “Time and Tide” (Episode 1.08, dir: Ed Bianchi, aired June 1, 2012)
Creator: Mitch Glazer
Costume Designer: Carol Ramsey
As the summer begins winding down, BAMF Style is channeling the effortlessly cool attire in warm weather that the men of Magic City showed off in each episode. This Casual Friday seemed like a perfect time for the inaugural post on Stevie Evans, an unapologetic womanizer who still has some maturing to do before becoming securely comfortable in his own role in the world of the Miramar Playa.
Though his role as manager of the Atlantis Lounge makes him little more than a glorified bartender who’s reduced to making a few extra bucks on the side as a pimp, Stevie seems satisfied with his role – and its many perks – until the events of New Year’s Eve 1958 send him down a collision-course with the most dangerous gangster in Miami Beach.
What’d He Wear?
Red is established early on as a preferred color for Stevie Evans, from the cherry tones of his sleek Corvette to many of his shirts worn over the course of the show. It’s an appropriately attention-getting color for the most brash of the Evans boys on the show.
Stevie spends much of his screen time in the first and final episodes of Magic City‘s first season wearing a cool red self-striped sport shirt made by Anto, the Beverly Hills shirtmaker that contributed many shirts to the show’s male leads. Stevie’s shirt is a luxurious lightweight silk with a notched camp collar and set-in short sleeves.
Stevie wears the shirt fully buttoned down the plain front with four large dark red four-hole sew-through plastic buttons visible above the trouser waistline. He keeps his Kools in the patch pocket over his left breast.
Stevie wears a similar shirt in the second season episode “World in Changes” (Episode 2.05), although that shirt is a thicker material with wider spaced stripes and a left collar loop for an under-collar button. In that same episode, he wears it under a dark tweed herringbone-striped sport coat.
Stevie always wears this shirt (and many of his sport shirts, for that matter) with a pair of black flat front trousers with a medium rise that looks low due to Steven Strait’s tall, lean 6’2″ frame. They are worn beltless with two-button tab adjusters on each side of the waistband and a squared, extended tab in the front that closes through a single button. There is an on-seam pocket straight down each side and two jetted back pockets; only the left back pocket closes through a button. The bottoms are plain-hemmed.
Stevie’s shoes and socks are also black. He wears a pair of leather split-toe loafers with high, plain vamps.
All of Stevie’s jewelry and accessories are gold. Around his neck, Stevie taps into the Evans family’s Jewish heritage with a gold Star of David pendant on a thin chain. Like Stevie’s other accessories, this was uploaded to YourProps.com by user PacificFan and can be found here.
On his right pinky, he wears a gold ring with a flat rectangular surface that is split diagonally. One half is very finely textured while the other features a small round diamond mounted on a jet age-evoking starburst. (The page for this ring explains that it’s just a gold-colored metal with a gemstone rather than a diamond, but…)
Stevie’s gold wristwatch is a vintage Hamilton Electric “Thin-o-matic” currently featured on YourProps.com. According to the page, “the [watch’s] case and band end piece are both 10K Gold Filled and the band type is an expansion band. The crown works properly and the watch functions properly.”
Go Big or Go Home
At the outset of Magic City, Stevie seems to be living the good life, unburdened by the responsibilities of his father or more academically ambitious brother. He spends each day easily puffing away on his Kool Menthols – the cigarette of choice in the Evans family, apparently – while pouring out drinks at the most stylish hotel bar in Miami Beach and bedding a seemingly endless stream of beautiful women. And, of course, there is that fuel-injected ’57 Corvette…
How to Get the Look
It may be New Year’s Eve when the show begins, but in the warm locale of Miami Beach, Stevie Evans can dress to look cool and comfortable for a warm summer day.
- Red thin-striped lightweight silk fitted short-sleeved sport shirt with notched camp collar, plain front, and breast pocket
- Black flat front medium-rise trousers with 2-button tab side adjusters, straight on-seam side pockets, jetted back pockets, and plain-hemmed bottoms
- Black leather split-toe high-vamp loafers
- Black dress socks
- Gold thin necklace with gold Star of David pendant
- Gold pinky ring with split rectangular surface and small corner diamond
- Hamilton Electric “Thin-o-matic” 10-karat yellow gold wristwatch with white dial on gold expanding bracelet
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Love the Magic City posts… oh to live like the Evans’ during that era. There are some really cool shirts worn by Nicky Grillo in season 2 that I wish I had in my closet.