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.

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Gentleman’s style is not an older man’s game anymore as young actors and stars are showing themselves to be just as stylish as their more mature colleagues. We’ve put together a list of our top 5 style icons under 30 to show that even younger men can pull-off the gentleman’s look without it aging you.

5) Daniel Radcliffe

Following the end of the Harry Potter franchise there was much speculation about where Radcliffe’s talents would take him next or whether he would be forever typecast in his iconic schoolboy role. Luckily for everyone his determination and work ethic made him a roaring success in the theatre, as his roles in Equus and The Cripple of Innishmaan brought him critical acclaim and success. However, his style also matured with him as he grew from a small bespectacled boy into a suave young man, dressed in immaculate tailoring. His use of colours and patterns in his outfits is subtle yet powerful and reflect his character perfectly, certainly an icon for anyone pursuing a youthful look. View Post