The suit makes the man. It’s a fact. Throughout history, the most iconic men – real and fictional – have donned a good suit.
We run through some of the best men ever to wear a suit: from the classic to modern, and formal to outrageous.
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David Bowie is to have an exhibition dedicated to his costumes at the V&A. That’s how influential his style is. In his heyday he wore some borderline mental outfits, but he also knew how to counter that and incorporate boundary pushing style into his formal attire. It was the same with his music, it was almost bipolar the way he could switch from piano ballads, to funk, then to punk. There has never been anyone like Bowie, and there probably never will be again.
Going for the bright look? Try this purple blazer.
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The Modern Gentleman
Ed Westwick as Gossip Girl’s playboy/bad boy Chuck Bass has to be the most stylish TV character ever. You might have missed this show if you haven’t been forced to watch it by your girlfriend, but the suits and the Upper East Side decadent lifestyle are worth watching.
Going for the New York elite look? Try out this Peter Werth suit.
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Pete Doherty has a bad rep. If he went on a puppy stamping spree (probably in The Sun tomorrow), it really couldn’t damage his image anymore than his ultra rockstar living already has. But the Doherty of the papers and the Doherty of the actual fans are two different things. Everybody (mostly the tabloids) loves a villain, so the character is distorted. We’ll probably never know the real Pete, but his dabbling into fashion design and his love of vintage wear has made him one of the most stylish indie icons ever, regardless of his personal mishaps.
Going for an indie look you can play down? Try this grey Nottingham slim suit.
Photo by Ken McKay
The Classic Brit
Dermot O’Leary may seem like an odd choice, but the X-Factor host epitomises classic British elegance through the simplicity of his suits. Low slung waistcoats and flawless navy shades; Dermot plays it safe, but his appeal lies in how he pulls it off so well.
Wanting to add some sophistication to your suit? Try out this navy satin two piece.
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The Screen Legend
The scene in Casablanca where Humphrey Bogart looks so solemn in his white dinner jacket and bottle of booze is iconic. Bogart was the definition of masculinity, if you cut him open he bled nails and bourbon. He also wore his suits like a man – confident, no messing.
Wanting to add some golden age allure to your outfit? Then this black skinny tux if for you.