Men’s winter style comes in many forms, varieties and designs. The rustic combination of denim and wool, the classic gentleman’s tweed or the Parisian chic of roll necks and trench coats; all of these represent a single element of a gentleman’s winter wardrobe. Tailoring these designs into outfits, however, takes inspiration and fortunately for us there are a fair few male style icons out there to inspire us. We’ve put together 3 of our favourites who represent great men’s winter style for you to review.
The star of “Mr Selfridge” with roles in “Entourage” and “Grosse Point Blank” is a firm favourite as one of the top men’s style icons around right now. Already named as one of the top men’s fashion icons by Men’s Fashion Magazine, the charisma and versatility of his looks has made them instantly recognisable and influenced the way men style themselves everywhere.
The classic era of black-and-white movies has always been renowned as one that provided a variety of Hollywood stars who were timelessly stylish and elegant. Despite the lack of colour photography, the way they dressed and looked is considered incredibly suave, even by the standards of today. So far, our style icons have come from relatively modern backgrounds but today we’ll be covering the men who added style to the silver screen and carved their names in history as icons of men’s fashion.
5) Marlon Brando
The actor and star of “The Godfather was always renowned as a master of his art and a commander of personal style. Both on and off the screen his masculinity and charisma was infectious, with many interviewers regarding him as one of the most passionate actors who ever lived. Voted “The Greatest Actor of All Time” by AskMen and undoubtedly one of the all-time greats of Hollywood, Brando is undoubtedly a model of sophistication and smart styling. View Post
At The Male Stylist we’ve covered various aspects of what makes a gentleman; his style, his fashion, his manners and his eloquence. There’s a lot of literature on this topic but very little media is devoted to the art of being a gentleman. Every now and then advertising manages to encapsulate this idea and present it in a format that goes beyond selling a product, instead it touches upon an aspect of gentlemanly character and style. Today we run through 3 of our favourite examples of advertising and what they say about a gentleman’s style.
3) Volkswagen – The Great Pretender
Volkswagen have always been renowned for doing great things with their advertising campaigns, providing thought provoking and humourous marketing that assumes their customer is much cleverer than other companies think. This one is a particular favourite of ours, a discussion on the art and value of subtlety, why it’s important and what shouting can by symptomatic of beneath the surface. Using the Freddie Mercury’s lyrics from Queen’s hit “The Great Pretender” it shows the difference between brashness and subtle styling, we love the clarity of the message and the poignancy of the lyrics timed with the imagery. Enjoy gents, it’s a lesson in the value of whispering to encourage people to take notice. View Post
In the past the majority of our style icons have not often originated from the UK, many are from America and a few others from Canada and Australia. With the exception of those British stars we have already mentioned in our style icon lists, we’ve put together a list of our favourite style icons from across Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the UK. An article to prove that our homegrown talent is just as stylish as any other nation’s.
5) Benedict Cumberbatch
The star of hit BBC drama Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Fifth Estate and the soon-to-be released Imitation Game, Cumberbatch has always been a class-act to watch on the big or small screen. His style commonly reflects his character, a sophisticated blend of charismatic wit and sharp intellect that is shown in his slim-fit tailoring and clean-cut style. Currently ranked by Empire Magazine as “The Sexiest Movie Star” in Hollywood he is a great style idol for the tall, slim gentleman who enjoys a darker touch to his outfits. View Post
A few weeks back we covered 5 of our favourite style icons under 30 who represented the best in young gentleman’s fashion and demonstrated how age is no barrier to looking your best. However to show we aren’t biased towards youth so we decided to put together a list of 5 stylish gentlemen over the age of 50, with the aim of proving that a gentleman, much like a good wine, can just as easily get better with age.
5) Pierce Brosnan
The ex-007 actor and Mamma Mia star turned 61 this year and appears to be showing no signs of changing his charismatic and debonair style soon. Whether he’s wearing beautifully tailored suits or simply dressed in a casual shirt and chinos, he is always an example of sharply dressed style. For any maturer gentlemen looking to develop a style that’s clean-cut and suave, Brosnan is a style icon worth watching.