Menswear is rather limited. You can wear a suit, a more casual at work look known as business casual, or you can go casual in your jeans, T shirt and soft jacket or hoody. Your colour palette seems limited to black and blue.
Since reading an article in the Financial Times on who dressed best in 2015, I have chosen seven well-dressed men from the arts, design and sport. They all have an air of confidence about how they dress – a slight departure from run of the mill, but apart from Alessandro Michele, they are still in the mainstream. I offer you a selection of well dressed men collated from mens’ magazines and newspapers, with my opinion about what is working well for them. Do give me your view, or name a few others.
Back in 2012 we went to see the Heatherwick exhibition at the V&A. It was amazing. This guy designs Buddhist temples, zipper bags, the London Olympic cauldron, the Paddington rolling bridge and our new London red buses. At the exhibition I was fascinated by his experiments with fabric – origami type stitched pieces, embroidery and organic patchwork. He is interesting as a natural dresser – soft cottons, big scarves, little vests and messy hair. But he looks confident and happy with his arty English style.
Spielberg protege and Star Wars geek director Abrams looks really nice in his glasses. At nearly 50 his hair is thick and well tended. His deep colouring is flattered in navy, dark brown and denim. Although he looks a little silly in the American cap, overall Abrams shows how to look smart but also relaxed, competent and creative.
To be honest I don’t follow football much but Jose Mourinho did attract my attention. The man who now runs Watford is a very handsome Spaniard with both dancing and football in his genes. He manages to dress almost exclusively in navy blue, combining it with a little grey and white; his hair and beard are also flamboyantly grey and white, while he combines the formal jacket with a button down or open necked shirt and (often) a jumper. He chooses nice casual shoes so he can run about on the pitch but you can be sure that (like most southern Europeans) he will wear good leather shoes on a night out.
Clementine is a British pianist, songwriter and singer who has played and modeled for Burberry. With his high top/flat top hair, bare feet and colourful clothes he looks dramatic and interesting at 26. Let’s see what he achieves.
Michele is the 43-year-old creative director at Gucci. His expressive-romantic wardrobe personality comes through in both what he wears and what he creates. While you can find him jeans and T shirts – often with a necklace – with rings on his fingers, flowing hair and beard he looks like an aging hippy. But. He is genuinely creative and has challenged male ideas of stylish.
44 year old Jamaican writer Marlon James won the Booker prize in October for A Brief History of Seven Killings. His striking dreadlocks (with a little red scrunchie), his ability to wear bright colours like yellow and red, and his ability to both showcase and subvert smart suits makes him a stand-out stylish guy.
Colin Farrell is rather pleased with himself but he generally gets it right in the style stakes. An almost 40, Irish man (which always does it for me), he can wear just about anything and make it look fresh and stunning. With a preference for the three piece suit and a moustache he is somewhat retro in his dressing but is clearly a dramatic-classic and often looks great. Two silver earrings show an expressive side too. Even when he wears a mismatched shirt and tie (middle picture) he makes it look deliberate and understated rather than silly.
Who would you nominate for best-dressed awards?