Let me clear this up: I love both BBC’s Sherlock and CBS’ Elementary equally, for different reasons; one reason happens to be the costumes. The wardrobe that one Sherlock wears from another says a lot about the kind of Sherlock he is. For example, Jonny Lee Miler’s Sherlock is more modern, sleek, and “cool”, while Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock is not as tailored and fashion forward (which is totally fine, because not only are the Sherlock’s different, the stories they are telling and the moods suit the costume choices). Also, because of the actor’s themselves, Jonny’s Sherlock is more edgy despite his well-put together outfits. I love BBC Sherlock’s famous trench coat and scarf, and I love CBS’ Sherlock because of he looks like the frontman for a cool band, plus his scarves and coats. So, pushing all feuds aside over which Sherlock is better (dude, relax, they’re both great! So is RDJ’s Sherlock!), let’s take a look at their fashion face-off!
Now onto BBC’s Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the beloved sociopath.
Sarah Arthur is the costume designer and gears toward darker, richer colors for Sherlock, and of course… that coat.
For me, CBS Sherlock is more interesting to look at because of his fashion choices; on the downside, I’m so into what he is wearing I don’t necessarily focus on the character as much (but that’s my problem, not anyone else’s). I appreciate how BBC Sherlock stays true to a certain color palette and fit. CBS Sherlock does the same thing with more tailored clothes and a mixture of patterns and colors, but just in a more playful way. I like how BBC Sherlock’s color choices reflect his darker side and makes him a bit intimidating. He’s like a giant shadow who you don’t see but sees you completely.
Conclusion: In terms of FASHION, WARDROBE, COSTUME, whatever you may call it, CBS SHERLOCK is the winner. Why? Because they are really completely re imagining what a modern Sherlock would wear. For me, Sherlock is a bit off, but something about him is effortlessly cool. BBC’s Sherlock is cool too, but I wouldn’t mind dating CBS Sherlock simply for his closet.