Exclusive: Charles Melton is a Big Athleisure Fan

The 'Riverdale' star talks his signature style and love for Virgil Abloh in an exclusive interview with L'Officiel USA.
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Photos courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

Charles Melton has had a big year. Season 3 of Riverdale, his second on the show after taking over the role of Reggie from Ross Butler, has continued to elevate his platform among Gen-Z fans, and he also landed a lead in The Sun is Also a Star alongside Yara Shahidi. Additionally, the actor was part of perhaps one of the most talked-about videos of the year when he made a cameo in Ariana Grande's "break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored." If anyone defines the current cultural moment, it's Melton.

But before he became a regular presence both onscreen and in the hearts of young CW fans everywhere, Melton started his career as a model. Throughout the early 2010s, he starred in editorials at several publications as well as working with Kenneth Cole and several up-and-coming designers. While a brief appearance on American Horror Story: Hotel marked the start of his shift into film & TV, the star knows how to work for the camera and thus was a natural choice to cover the Saks Men's Fashion Book for Fall 2019. In the photos, the actor shows off some expert tailoring as he poses on a sunny rooftop, giving both fans and fashion people something to be excited about.

With Riverdale's Season 4 premiere just a few weeks away, Melton's life is about to get a lot busier as he walks red carpets and gives the world further insight into the show's latest episodes. Obviously, having style together from head to toe makes that process easier, so the actor spoke exclusively with L'Officiel USA about his fashion staples, his love for collaboration, and the perfect shoe for every occasion.

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What is your favorite fall trend?

I like being able to layer in the fall.


What style staples are on your must-have list for the fall?

Dope hoodies, a nice pair of chucks, and black Levi’s 511s.


How would you describe your signature style?

I like to feel comfortable and be able to break out into a full sprint in order to save someone’s life, so I would say athleisure.


What has your experience been like working with Saks for their Fall 2019 Fashion Book?

It was exciting to collaborate with Saks and peruse their menswear.


Do you have any favorite brands? 

There isn’t one brand in particular. It really depends on the season and usually what I see professional athletes wearing. Virgil Abloh is great. I love how he expresses his artistry through fashion. It’s ever-evolving.


What is your go-to everyday shoe?

I tend to wear Adidas and Converse sneakers.


What shoe would you want to wear just for the fashion statement? 



What are your favorite footwear brands? 

Adidas and limited-edition collaborations with streetwear brands.


What is your ideal outfit when heading to and from set for Riverdale?

I like to be comfortable and would put on an Adidas sweatsuit.


What shoes from the new Saks men's shoe department would Reggie want to wear? 

Reggie would probably grab the Balmain high tops.


Which pair of shoes would you wear to a red carpet event?

A nice pair of Prada dress shoes.



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