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
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
There’s a lot that’s been said about being a gentleman in modern society and what it takes to be thought of as one. Throughout history there have been many great gentlemen of style in fashion, politics, entertainment, grooming and philosophy, all of whom have had something to say about the traits of a gentleman. Here are a few of our favourites that best describe the behaviour and character of gentlemen.
1) George Bernard Shaw (Irish Playwright)
“A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out”