I hardly ever post any men in my style related posts, so I thought I’d remedy that with some great men’s style!
As with women I love eccentric, glamorous and extravagant styles and find that I tend to particularily favor the ghoulish, the 50s rockabilly-ish and the elegantly sleazy, and some colourful 80s stuff. I also love leopard print, lamé and lurex just as much on men as on women.
The men I find the most stylish are not neccesarily the men I find the most attractive or even the most handsome, although there is some obvious overlap. Great style can be a very attractive trait, but I have to admit it’s not among the first, second, or even third things I look for in a man (for the record that would be humour, charm and sex appeal).
To me, an attractive man having a great sense of style is just icing on the cake. In fact strike that because I love icing. It’s more like a rather bland glacé cherry on top of the icing, nice to look at but doesn’t really make a difference.
Now, lets look at some well dressed men!
Of course I have to start with my devastatingly sadly departed top crush Rik Mayall. Rik didn’t really have a particularily distinctive style, although he often had great hair. He also wore a lot of pointy shoes, often red ones, and as far as I’m concerned pointy shoes are the best shoes a man can wear. I think he wore a lot of hawaiian shirts as well, and that’s a plus in my book.
Anyway, he did wear some really great stuff in character though, and I like him better the sleazier he looks. Don’t ask me why but there is something about a shabby suit and greasy slicked back hair worn with confidence that really appeals to me, pencil moustache optional.
His look in the pilot episode of The Young Ones was pretty great (second from left). It’s a very typical “alternative youth” outfit and I might very well find it stupid and boring on someone else. I could see a modern skinny legged hipster looking pretty wanky in this outfit. Rik makes it look incredibly cool though, and I have an idea that they abandoned this outfit after the pilot since it just looked too cool for the deeply uncool and awkward character.
The fact that the jacket is completely dirty just makes it even better.
Sans tie and black and white, but the only full body picture I’ve found.
Fun fact, I used to wear almost this exact outfit quite a lot as a teen, black shirt, red tie and all. Just add a few patches to the trousers and substitute red Dr. Martens for the red winklepickers. I hope I didn’t look too wanky.
Both Rik and Ade Edmondson look pretty fantastic as the Dangerous Brothers. I love Ade’s rabid teddy boy look, but Rik’s sleazy look is my favourite with the slicked back hair and dingy suit, and of course the pointy shoes. Also, you can’t see it but they both wear purple suits, and purple suits are, for some reason, the best suits.
Out of character for once. Simple but absolutely perfect. Perfect hair, and I love the very swanky greyish coat with the black t-shirt.
Another perfectly sleazy look from the fantastic Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door.
The most amazing all black western look in A Fistful of Travellers’ Cheques, one of the best comedy films ever. I’ve honestly never seen anyone look cooler than this in western clothes, not even Clint Eastwood.
Another wonderfully sleezy look from the Bottom Digger episode. Again with the greasy hair and shabby suit. Also a velvet suit, which is extra good. Of course he’s meant to look like a completely unattractive, sad and pathetic lecher, but I think he looks absolutely beautiful.
I’m not a massive Elvis fan, but I think he was incredibly stylish. I certainly don’t mind the 70s jumpsuits and very much appreciate their flamboyance, but my favourite is sharply dressed 50s Elvis.
He wore so many great combinations of colours and patterns, just look at this amazing orange jacket with the striped shirt. Of course he had great hair as well to complete the look, and I think he even wore eyeliner sometimes?
So perfectly put together with the socks and shirt.
Great novelty print shirt.
I showed this picture in the Lamé and lurex post, but it’s too good not to show again. Such a great outfit.
Again so perfectly put together, I love the matching jacket and socks, and the fact that the shirt collar is black!
The best part about this is the gloves. I have such a thing for black leather gloves.
In the same vein, the great and very cute Eddie Cochran. Great suit and great hair.
Great look with the cardigan, shirt and t-shirt.
Another great cardigan.
All versions of Gomez Addams are perfectly dressed of course, but my favourite is forever John Astin. Dreamy! And I love the look of cigars for some reason.
Bela Lugosi was a beautiful guy with a very special face, which of course helps, but he had wonderful style, especially as Dracula. The hair and makeup makes it perfect.
I love that velvet lapeled dressing gown.
Such a great look with the hat and polkadot tie.
Another stylish villain, Cesar Romero’s Joker. He’s got the perfect wavy chartreuse hair, and a purple suit!
Looking particularly fetching on the beach.
I know lots of people find Cary Grant super attractive, but I’m not one f them. I do think he looked quite beautiful in some photos from the 30s when he had more wavy hair and, I think, more interesting outfits. I love this one.
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins is just amazing. Some of the best style ever. I love the mix of horror with african inspired themes and patterns.
The rubber snake worn as necklace is just one of the best accessories of all time.
I think Crocket and Tubbs are sleaze bags of the non-charming variety, but I can’t resist their perfectly coordinated pastel outfits, in fact all of Miami Vice is just a visual colour feast to watch.
I can’t leave my favourite Alice Cooper out, and here he is in a pair of fantastic leopard print boots.
I’ve saved the best for last, perhaps the most stylish man I know, Dave Vanian of one of my top favourite bands The Damned. I’m not crazy about his most famous, late 80s Phantasmagoria look, because I’ve never been a fan of puffy, flouncy shirts, but apart from puffy shirts he can do no wrong.
His early style is my favourite and the absolutely perfect combination of horror film character, shabby elegance and a certain sense of humour about it all, but he still has amazing style these days.
Perfect with the black tuxedo jacket, black shirt and black tie.
Amazing makeup and hair.
The perfect leather jacket with Dracula collar.
Love the ring and black lapeled white jacket.
I love this outfit. 70s suits with narrow shoulders and slight flares are some of my favourites, I guess because I think they look especially sleazy.
Always wearing the perfect earring.
Another great earring.
Great look with the coat and sunglasses.
One of my absolutely favourite looks on him. Anyone who knows how to wear a cape without looking either silly or pretentious has a pretty great sense of style. They all look fantastic in this photo though.
Another of my absolute favourite looks. I love all the vampiric black and paleness paired with the greyish coat, and leather gloves! Note the similarity between this look and the fifth photo of Rik Mayall, both extra good.
I do prefer the slicked back hair, but there’s no denying that this is some of the best hair ever.
A more recent picture, looking absolutely fantastic.
I’m sure I’ve left out someone terribly important, but these were the ones I could think of off the top of my head.