Being a suave and dapper gentleman is an aspiration for most men, so it’s good to believe it’s an achievable goal, even if it isn’t. The dapper chaps were going to look at in this list have A-lister status and often an army of stylists and fashion designers to prepare them before they hit the red carpet. All this goes to say: Don’t feel too bad if you can’t match their style because they’re here for inspiration.
So, here follows a list of some of the best-dressed men in the world and their fashion credentials for your perusing pleasure. All the men previously appeared on GQ’s top 50 Best-Dressed Men in 2019, but so as not to bore our readers, we’re only going to look at our personal favourites.
At the top of our list, Gosling has an effortless charm that translates into his clothing choices. A lot of his style centres around casual retro-Americana — jean jackets, bomber jackets, printed sweaters with rolled up sleeves or washed-out jeans with a simple white tee. That said, when it comes time to suit up, he goes bold, usually opting for a well-tailored, no-tie look with stand-out colours and a subtle print. Gosling is also a man who knows how to accessorise, often donning a sharp pair of sunglasses and wristwear to complete his look. Off the red carpet, keeping it simple seems to be the key for the Gosling look, which thankfully, means it’s not too hard for us mere mortals to emulate his style.
Beckham has been a regular on the GQ list for over two decades, proving that he has style in spades as well as the longevity to match. If you’ve seen the pictures of him at the recent Royal Wedding, then you’ll understand. Whether it’s a casual look while tramping through an airport or a suited and booted look for one of the various gala’s or red-carpet events he attends regularly, Beckham always looks outstanding on-camera. We’re curious to know how much of that is Posh Spice’s doing.
The Notorious One is no stranger to high fashion, often showing up to UFC press conferences in dazzling suits from Gucci and other designers. Whether you’re a fan of his brash and bold attitude or not, it’s hard not to admire some of his style choices. McGregor, who until his defeat at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov ranked as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC, has a particular affinity for the Versace brand. Only recently, the UFC fighter wished designer Donatella Versace a happy birthday through an Instagram post, showing a series of pictures of the two looking quite chummy indeed. They’re so close, apparently, that McGregor was able to throw a lavish birthday party for his mum at the Versace mansion in Miami, dressing all his family in Versace clothing to boot.
Actor, writer, producer, rapper and musical genius, Glover has a whole raft of credentials under his belt at a fairly young age. On top of all of this, he ranked first on the GQ list this year for his impeccable style. Casual and comfortable are the keywords for Glover’s style. However, he has a penchant for high-end Gucci items like Gucci loafers, often worn in an understated fashion as part of a casual ensemble. When dressing up, he often goes for a 70’s-esque suited style with the no-tie look, sometimes subtle, sometimes bold as hell. It’s a hard style to emulate for those without deep pockets and a personal stylist, but if you can manage it, then he’s the one to inspire you.
Honourable Mention: Jeff Goldblum
Let’s be honest with ourselves here: There’s no other man with this much flavour. Or at least, no other man in his 60s who could pull off this much flavour in his wardrobe choices and get away with it. Hero.
So, there you have it: Some of the best-dressed male fashion icons on the planet. I’m sure there are a hundred other suave gentlemen that deserve a mention, but for the purpose of inspiration, whether you’re looking for some tips on style or a template to reinvent your look, you need to look no further than these mighty few.