Let’s face it. Most guys aren’t keen on great fashion. They don’t wake up in the morning and pull together head-turning ensembles that should be on the pages of GQ. So, they look to the guys in the magazines and on the red carpets to guide their choices. The men of Hollywood have the world of men’s fashion at their fingertips. They rub elbows with legendary designers, and they have access to every label imaginable. Some of these guys turn this access into memorable results. In fact, some celebrity men are so talented at pulling together looks that they’ve reached icon status. If you’re not sure where to turn for style inspiration, the following A-listers are prime examples of great men’s style.
As an actor, Justin Theroux’s career has been relatively quiet but productive. He’s found some late-stage success in HBO’s The Leftovers. He co-wrote 2016’s Zoolander 2. He’s also officially become Jennifer Aniston‘s other half. But one area he doesn’t get as much credit for is his style. On the red carpet, he takes some mild risks with cowboy ties or no tie at all. However, his fit is always perfect. His skinny trousers and blazers are cut to perfection. Though his off-duty style is the real draw. When he’s walking the streets of New York, he adopts a rock-inspired, vaguely punk aesthetic. Think sleeveless band tees, skinny gray jeans and Chelsea boots. He’s never afraid to challenge convention, and that makes him a style icon for the ages.
Idris Elba has made a name for himself as a British TV star and in-demand voiceover artist in countless animated films. But he’s also known for his sense of style. On the red carpet, he channels tradition. He walked the Met Gala red carpet in a 1920s-inspired tuxedo, complete with ¾-length tails. When he dresses down, he’s the epitome of cool. Porkpie hats, leather jackets, luxe polos and indigo blue denim. He never tries to push the envelope. He occupies the space between urban and prep. It’s an aesthetic that popular UK brand Superdry appreciates. They partnered with the star for a 2015 collection that brought his style prowess to the masses.
Say what you want about his rants or his marriage or his controversial lyrics. No other star has influenced fashion the way Kanye West has. His Yeezy sneakers are a multi-million-dollar business in their own right. They sell out immediately and resell for prices as high as $1200. His Yeezy collections are often the talk of New York Fashion Week. He has an unmistakable style that guys all over the world are working hard to emulate. The longline t-shirts, the ripped jeans, the suede boots, the denim on denim looks. He’s responsible for popularizing many of men’s fashion’s most popular items. There’s a feverish focus on his style, driven by his passion for design and awareness of the industry. He’s the most fashion-conscious guy on this list and also the most impactful.
As Elliot on USA’s hit drama Mr. Robot, Rami Malek‘s wardrobe is quite simple. His signature black hoodie is one of the show’s most popular touchpoints. But Malek’s personal style couldn’t be further from his character’s. He’s easily one of the most daring red carpet walkers in Hollywood. When everyone else is clad in boring black tuxedos, he shows up in midnight blue. He goes to events in Hawaiian shirts, plaid pants and nautical knits. Elliot doesn’t play by the rules and neither does Malek. That’s why he makes every best dressed list of the season.
Mark Ronson’s music has a vintage quality. He helped Amy Winehouse channel her inner Motown diva for the blockbuster album Back to Black. He resurrected James Brown with Bruno Mars on “Uptown Funk”. When it comes to his style, there’s a similar nod to past eras. He loves a strong blazer: cerulean, tiger print, vertical white stripes. He’s never afraid to test the waters with patterns or color. His suits are cut slim—very reminiscent of the mod style of the 1960s. It’s rare to find him photographed without a suit or a least a jacket. He understands the power of layering. He also understands the importance of looking back to the past for inspiration.
Zayn Malik was already a global superstar as a fifth of One Direction. But when he left the group to go solo, he proved that he was stronger on his own. His new music is daring, obscene and dark-a stark contrast to the pop confections of his former band. Another thing that changed with his sound? His style. He has a profound love for off-kilter choices. Consider the metal arms he wore over his tuxedo to last year’s Met Gala. Or the Louis Vuitton Duster Coat he wore to Paris Fashion Week. Or the Rolling Stones band t-shirt he wore while gallivanting around town with then-girlfriend Gigi Hadid. He doesn’t play it safe. Think of him as a style rebel. He’s the perfect guy to reference if you want to flip the bird to your past.
Jeff Goldblum has lived in Hollywood for a long time. He booked his first role in 1974. At 64 years old, he’s aged more gracefully than any other famous man in recent memory. He doesn’t look a day over 50. As he’s grown older, he’s taken on more refined acting roles, save for that Independence Day sequel. His fashion sense has also become more refined. He’s taken the best parts of traditional style and twisted them upside down. Skinny ties, slim trousers, two-tone loafers, leather jackets, bow ties, fedoras. He has a more adventurous sense of style than men half his age. But don’t mistake this as a mid-life crisis. He pulls it off well every single time.
The best dressed men in Hollywood understand the importance of looking good when no one’s watching. Because someone’s always watching. Let them serve as motivation to improve your wardrobe and win the style war once and for all.