MEN of STYLE 2017

Wel­come to our an­nual list recog­nis­ing those gents from both home and abroad whose sense of style we ad­mire, both in their dress and ap­proach to life.

Men's Style (Australia) - - Sailing Into Spring -

Our 8th an­nual Men Of Style list pays trib­ute to lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional guys with a good grasp of their per­sonal style

Rami Malek AC­TOR

The star of cultish US TV se­ries Mr­robot is carv­ing out an off­screen niche as one of the sharpest dressers around, whether it’s wear­ing a coloured velvet tux to the Met Ball or rock­ing smart ca­sual with a twist to an event. Check him out – the fella knows what he’s do­ing.

Idris Elba 1 AC­TOR

The hand­some Brit will soon be seen in Thor: Rag­narok op­po­site this is­sue’s cover star Chris Hemsworth and has been mooted as a James Bond re­place­ment should Daniel Craig stay true to his word. The nicely sym­met­ri­cal Elba al­ways looks put to­gether just right, par­tic­u­larly when ef­fect­ing an “I woke up like this” vibe in ca­sual wear.

Ryan Reynolds 2 AC­TOR

Canada’s other favourite Ryan (apart from Gosling), Reynolds is a very as­sured dresser, favour­ing tight sweaters and flat-front trousers that show off his lanky frame when go­ing ca­sual, but also do­ing three­piece suits or this de­con­structed English gent look with aplomb, too.

Luka Sab­bat 3 MODEL AND STYLIST

One of the male mod­els du jour and deemed a “cool kid” by all the right mag­a­zines, Sab­bat and his so­cial me­dia ac­counts are con­sid­ered highly in­flu­en­tial amongst those who want to know “what the kids are think­ing”. Looks in­ter­est­ing in nearly any­thing, from slim suits to over­sized tees and as­sy­met­ri­cal shirts.

Shaun Bir­ley MENSWEAR IN­FLU­ENCER, @SHAUNBIRLEY

How would you sum­marise your per­sonal style? I get a lot of my fash­ion sense from Europe and tra­di­tional Ital­ian cuts. In my down time I can’t get away from my linens or ‘re­sort wear’. Have you de­vel­oped a sense of style by ob­serv­ing oth­ers? Trial and er­ror? All of the above? Trial and er­ror was some­thing I learnt in front my mir­ror rather than in public. But I have some style icons I look to both in Aus­tralia and over­seas. The ma­jor­ity of them are based in Lon­don and Italy. I also look at those with sim­i­lar body shapes to mine and that helps me know what does and doesn’t work for me. Does hav­ing an es­tab­lished so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing add some pres­sure to feel like you’re al­ways cam­era- ready, dress wise? Def­i­nitely. I do have a few great wardrobe sta­ples I go out in. Some cus­tom shirts and chi­nos for my ca­sual look. Some­times the sim­ple items are the best if they are well cut, but through the work week I wear a suit every day. So I’m of­ten caught out in what I’ve been wear­ing on my In­sta­gram any­way. For guys find­ing their way in terms of a per­sonal style, what’s your best piece of ad­vice? Bench­mark your­self against guys who are a sim­i­lar shape and build as you and get a few per­sonal but var­ied style icons – guys who do for­mal, ca­sual, street or hol­i­day modes. Mix their styles and those el­e­ments that are unique to you. Also, try some of the more risky things on – you might re­alise that once it’s on, it works! Ev­ery­one needs state­ment pieces.

David Beck­ham PHI­LAN­THROPIST

A sta­ple of this list through­out its eight years be­cause Becks, now 42, re­mains a hughly in­flu­en­tial menswear icon. Wit­ness his head-turn­ing ap­pear­ance as a Cen­tre Court spec­ta­tor in Ralph Lau­ren at this year’s Wim­ble­don. Few do it bet­ter.

Dan Ric­cia­rdo FOR­MULA ONE DRIVER

We were as sur­prised as any­one at how com­fort­bale the un­af­fected kid from Perth looked when we dressed him up proper for the cover shoot of our Au­tumn 2017 is­sue. Since then we’ve seen Ric­cia­rdo do a cou­ple of other shoots and he is to­tally get­ting a han­dle on this mod­el­ling ca­per.

‘ Try more risky things on – you might find that once it’s on, it works.’

An­thony Pitt FOUNDER, THE ACADEMY BRAND

How would you sum­marise your per­sonal style? Laid­back, sim­ple, ca­sual mod­est… I like a bit of colour but I don’t em­bel­lish things. I like my look to be stream­lined and clean. I’m more likely to take one thing off than put some­thing else on. And you’re usu­ally wear­ing Academy Brnd, we imag­ine... I got burnt many years ago when some­one asked me about the shirt I was wear­ing and I re­alised I wasn’t head to toe in Academy. Now I do! Have you de­vel­oped a sense of style by ob­serv­ing oth­ers? A men­tor? Trial and er­ror? All of the above? To be hon­est it’s just what I’ve al­ways felt con­fi­dent in. I’ve al­ways worked in a cre­ative in­dus­try and there’s enough pres­sure in the role and pres­sure on what you’re wear­ing, given we don’t wear suits or a ‘uni­form’, so I’ve al­ways just dressed to re­flect my char­ac­ter. Rather than look at oth­ers, if you dress to feel con­fi­dent in your­self, then good things hap­pen. It’s why I pre­fer clean, laid­back and ca­sual… For guys find­ing their way in terms of a per­sonal style, what’s your best piece of ad­vice? Con­fi­dence is evey­thing. You need to walk out the door feel­ing good about your­self and that doesn’t hap­pen if you’re try­ing to look like some­one else or wear clothes like some­one else. Look at your­self and what you feel good in, and then make sub­tle tweaks. Don’t repli­cate a whole out­fit or a per­sona. Start with what you feel great in and then make sub­tle changes. Some­times clas­sic is bet­ter, sim­ple is good. Play to your strengths.

Jeff Gold­blum1 AC­TOR

The dis­tinc­tive US ac­tor is still rolling in work at age 64 and look­ing as good as ever. A sil­ver quiff, thick black frames and a love of a black leather jacket fit in with his whole jazz-pi­anist-in-a-late-night-dive vibe... which is ex­actly what he does when not film­ing movies or Menu­log com­mer­cials.

Michael B Jor­dan 2 AC­TOR

The Creed and Fan­tas­tic Four star told Esquire last year that his style is “still evolving” but one thing he’s al­ready learnt is that keep­ing it sim­ple and clas­sic is the best place to start, mean­ing you’ll tend to see Jor­dan in black, white or neu­trals. Cites Phar­rell as a fash­ion in­flu­ence.

Zhengyang Zhang 3 MODEL

De­scribed ear­lier this year as a “break­out model”, i.e. in de­mand, Bei­jing-born Zhang trained in tra­di­tional Chi­nese dance be­fore be­ing dragged onto a cat­walk. HIS lithe frame, an­drog­y­nous look and killer bone struc­ture have in­stantly made him a de­signer favourite, and yet he has a good grasp of a per­sonal style as well.

Nami Nguyen MENSWEAR IN­FLU­ENCER, @ NAMI_ MAN

The Mel­bourne-based In­sta­gram star is de­scended from tai­lors, works in fash­ion, and has a dis­tinc­tive look which makes him one of Aus­tralia’s more in­ter­est­ing on­line menswear pres­ences. From suits to street, and some­times some­where in be­tween, there’s a Euro­pean sen­si­bil­ity which com­bined with his own back­ground and the Mel­bourne back­drop makes for a com­pelling ac­count.

Chris Pine AC­TOR

Most re­cently seen as Steve Trevor in Won­der­woman, Pine is a fault­less red car­pet pres­ence, chan­nelling an old-school Hol­ly­wood glam­our in his suits, tuxes and turtle­necks. Still in his mid-30s, he’s one of those chaps who’s also look­ing bet­ter as he gets older.

Alexan­der Skarsgard 1 AC­TOR

Stylish Swede Skarsgard has been lauded in our pages be­fore as a man who un­der­stands how to make the clas­sic tra­di­tions of menswear work for him in con­tem­po­rary times, up­dat­ing his look with a sur­pris­ing print or some state­ment loafers. Well worth ob­serv­ing.

Matthew Zor­pas 2 MENSWEAR BLOG­GER

Known to the on­line world as The Gen­tle­man Blog­ger, Lon­don-based Zor­pas has been doc­u­ment­ing a fash­ion-led life­style since 2012, in the process es­tab­lish­ing him­self along­side the likes of Adam Gal­lagher as one of the fore­most in the ca­per. “In­vest in a good pair of for­mal shoes every year,” he ad­vises. “Shoes can ei­ther make a look or break it.”

Conor Mcgre­gor 3 UFC STAR

Conor rates his sar­to­rial chops higher than any­one else, we think, judg­ing by the re­cent ver­bal bol­lock­ing he gave Fl­loyd May­weather for wear­ing a track­suit in pre-pub­lic­ity ap­pear­ances for their ‘fight’. Mcgre­gor, mean­while, faced up to him in a three-piece suit, the pin­stripes of which were com­posed of the words, ‘Fuck You’. Quite.

Roberto Mal­izia MENSWEAR IN­FLU­ENCER, @THISISMALICE

How would you sum­marise your per­sonal style? I’ve al­ways loved to chal­lenge my­self by ex­per­i­ment­ing and get­ting out of my com­fort zone, from suit­ing to con­tem­po­rary and street style. I like to be as ver­sa­tile as pos­si­ble… and that’s what a real in­flu­encer should be, in my opin­ion. Have you de­vel­oped a sense of style by ob­serv­ing oth­ers? Trial and er­ror? All of the above? I’ve got a few peo­ple I’ve watched and taken some tips from. My look is very unique so I had to do it in my own way. I have to say though that the two who have im­pressed me the most for style and at­ti­tude are Justin O’shea and Luka Sab­bat. Does hav­ing an es­tab­lished so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing add some pres­sure to feel like you’re al­ways cam­era- ready, dress wise? Fash­ion is my bread and but­ter 24/7 so it doesn’t mat­ter where I go or what I do, I’m al­ways com­fort­able with what I wear. There’s no pres­sure at all be­cause it’s in my com­fort zone. For guys find­ing their way in terms of a per­sonal style, what’s your best piece of ad­vice? Style is only a re­flec­tion of your per­son­al­ity. You can’t push it, you have to find the right bal­ance by ex­per­i­ment­ing and gain­ing con­fi­dence with it. At­ti­tude is a very im­por­tant de­tail in your over­all out­fit.

Christo­pher 1 Korey RE­AL­TOR

Dress­ing “like a boss” seems to be the daily mo­ti­va­tion for New York City real es­tate agent Christo­pher Korey, whose In­sta­gram ac­count is filled with shots of him in tightly fit­ted suits (the guy clearly likes to work out), power ties, waist­coats and some se­ri­ously de­sir­able overnight bags. Whether it all helps him sell more prop­er­ties we have no idea, but we’re guess­ing a head-turn­ing ap­pear­ance can’t hurt in that su­per com­pet­i­tive town.

Kris Smith 2 MODEL AND MYER AM­BAS­SADOR

He’s made an al­ter­na­tive ca­reer out of wear­ing nice suits to the races and on the cat­walk at Myer’s sea­sonal shows but the for­mer league player of­ten looks the goods out­side of of­fi­cial du­ties rock­ing a more ‘street’ vibe in high-tops, ta­pered pants and a bomber.

Jaden Smith 3 AC­TOR

Will’s boy has be­come some­thing of a poster boy for a bunch of la­bels, in­clud­ing Louis Vuit­ton (that’s him at their show in Paris last March). Af­ter an on­go­ing ap­pear­ance in Baz Lurhmann’s The Get Down, Jaden’s film ca­reer has gone a lit­tle quiet... but his edgy fash­ion sense is any­thing but.

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