The men that inspire our style

Some men we admire for their sport, some their activism, some their innovation and some their style. This Father’s Day we’re paying homage to the men we admire for the way they dress. Each of these men have left behind a legacy on the men’s fashion scene and for this, we are eternally grateful. Have a gander at our favourite men’s fashion icons…

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James Dean


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The King of Cool wore everything with confidence. His casual looks oozed a nonchalant appeal, and smart outfits looked polished but - with the addition of his perennial Persol 714 sunglasses - also carefree. His style favourites included neutral chinos, bomber jackets and desert boots. Everything had a clean-lines feel - pared-back and unfussy. So what can we learn from the man? Invest in great basics. Make sure they fit well, keep colours neutral and mix and match for a wardrobe that always speaks of unassuming sophistication.


Style notes: Three-piece suits in greys and checks, double denim, turtlenecks and blazers and, of course, a killer pair of shades.

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James Dean


James Dean


The legendary Hollywood actor is forever remembered for his effortless cool and the power of a great white t-shirt. Paired with jeans, rugged boots and tortoiseshell shades, it’s a timeless look that’s remained cool ever since. The red Harrington jacket he wore in Rebel Without a Cause has become iconic in itself. To channel a piece of James Dean’s undeniable cool, pair a black roll-neck with dark trousers, or a plain tee with a leather biker jacket.


Style notes: White tee, rugged jacket, biker boots and thick-rimmed shades.

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Nick Wooster


Nick Wooster


On top of a stellar fashion career and too many collaborations to count, Nick Wooster is an undeniable style icon. With his instantly recognisable silver hair and groomed moustache, he’s become an Instagram and street style favourite. His signature style is a tailored, smart top half and casual bottoms. Think a blazer, shirt and tie with colour-popping chinos or relaxed, ankle-grazing trousers. In the same vein, he is known for his blazer and shorts combo. The result is a smart, playful and confident look. He’s not afraid of colour and pattern, and rarely does he step out without some rule-breaking but effective surprise in his looks.


Style notes: Shorts paired with suits, military accents, varsity jackets, pops of colour.

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David Beckham


David Beckham


David Beckham has remained a style icon for years. He has universal appeal – women swoon, men respect – and an innate ability to pull together an outfit with ease. For casual, he nails layering – shirts worn open over tees, jumper tied around the waist – and denim. His favourites include leather jackets, simple tees and of course, some kind of hat like a beanie or flat cap. His choices are classic but slightly undone. His shirt will be pulled out from the bottom of a jumper and he chooses distressed jeans and hard-working biker boots, which all give a rugged, masculine look.

For formal situations, he always pulls it out of the bag, sporting a suave, well-fitting suit. In a pioneering moment, his Royal Wedding get-up has got us all reaching for our morning suits and slim-fitting grey waistcoats.


Style notes: Hats, slim fit jeans, denim shirts and boots.

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Tinie Tempah


Tinie Tempah


Since he burst onto the music scene, Tinie has carved a reputation as one of the best-dressed men in the country. His great sense of taste means he always look perfect for the situation, pulling it off with effortless flair. He’s inspired us with his mix of Saville Row tailoring and streetwear, his statement patterns that don’t look OTT and his oversized, luxe coats. He doesn’t need to wear glasses but they’ve become his trademark. Ambassador for London Fashion Week Men’s and founder of his own label What We Wear, he’s got a strong fashion repertoire and consistently comes out with looks that stretch the boundaries of menswear. Tinie, great job.


Style notes: Blazers, great watches, eyewear and stellar trainers.

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