No disrespect to the Hall of Famers—from Kanye to Clooney, Gosling to Pharrell—but this year we’re feeling a different, right-this-second strain of pro-level style. We speak of men who look just as sharp on the street as they do on the red carpet. Who realize that, in the camera-phone age, every little walk to the corner can turn into a photo op. And who rarely bother with suits—but when they do, they really make it count. So, with no further ado…
Yes, it helps to have his genes. But it also helps to have his jeans—and his leathers, and his tees. For Lucky, personal style is rock ‘n’ roll simple.
While most fashion models toil as anonymous walking coat hangers, boy wonder Lucky Blue Smith has become insta-famous on Instagram for his innate style: Levi’s jackets, mall-rat hoodies, and platinum hair.
“I’ve never really looked at myself and thought, ‘Oh, I’m really good-looking.’ When I look in the mirror, I see a skinny punk 17-year-old who just wants to go skate and hang out with some friends, and maybe talk to a couple of chicks.” — Lucky Blue Smith
For a certain type of rich guy, luxury means comfort. It means clothes that fit loose, so as not to constrict the swag. Clothes that look appropriate for watching, or even playing, sports. Dressing this way is a power move. It says: I can get in anywhere without so much as a collared shirt, because I am me. Drake plays this look to the hilt. He likes it so much that he started his own line—OVO, full of cotton tees, fleece sweatshirts, and sporty jackets—seemingly just so he’d have more stuff to wear himself.
In 2018, the platonic ideal of an alpha-male movie star does not look like Cary Grant—or, God help us, Hugh Grant. It looks like Idris, a dandy who relishes the chance to dress up, and who takes black tie as a challenge to blow everyone else away with a broody monochrome Giorgio Armani look that pretty much radiates masculinity. We’re not sure if Idris is really campaigning to be the next James Bond, but he’s damn sure been dressing the part.
Odell Beckham Jr.
The rowdy Giants wideout dresses as flamboyantly as he plays, but what really sets him apart is the way he tricks out his hair and skin
The next time you travel overseas, remember this photo of the world’s most cosmopolitan DJ wearing a kurta in Pakistan. Then follow his lead and use the trip to push your boundaries. Pack a little less before you fly, shop a little more when you land—and when in Rome (or Islamabad), do as the locals do.
Look once: cool blue suit. Look again: cool plaid blue suit. That subtle detail is the key to Ryan’s style: He always twists the classics just enough to keep them interesting. In this case, classic means dressing in all Burberry—and the twists include a skinny tie printed with paisley, flowers, and…wait, are those coffee beans?
The least vain actor in Hollywood always seems to take roles that obscure his handsomeness. But out of costume, he’s a total rake who wrings every drop of mojo out of a three-piece Gucci suit.
It’s no surprise that David Beckham has led the masses with his impeccable yet never over the topstyle. Getting everything from formal wear to day to day looks just right.
Thanks to the enigmatic role of James Bond, Daniel Craig has not only become one of the most influential actors in the world but is also a fashion inspiration. His suave, uncomplicated look has inspired men of all ages.
Tom Ford always has something interesting and provocative to say about fashion, but the most important thing the designer can teach us about getting dressed is maybe through looking at what he himself wears every day.