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No disrespect to the Hall of Famers—from Kanye to Clooney, Gosling to Pharrell—but this year we're feeling a different, right-this-second strain of pro-level style. We speak of men who look just as sharp on the street as they do on the red carpet. Who realize that, in the camera-phone age, every little walk to the corner can turn into a photo op. And who rarely bother with suits—but when they do, they really make it count. So, with no further ado…
Yes, it helps to have his genes. But it also helps to have his jeans—and his leathers, and his tees. For Lucky, personal style is rock 'n' roll simple.
While most fashion models toil as anonymous walking coat hangers, boy wonder Lucky Blue Smith has become insta-famous on Instagram for his innate style: Levi's jackets, mall-rat hoodies, and platinum hair.
"I've never really looked at myself and thought, 'Oh, I'm really good-looking.' When I look in the mirror, I see a skinny punk 17-year-old who just wants to go skate and hang out with some friends, and maybe talk to a couple of chicks." — Lucky Blue Smith
Any Hollywood schmo can hire a stylist to doll him up in a suit. Dressing casually is actually harder. Doing it well requires a sixth sense—you might even call it a “fashion sense”—for how to loop your belt and perch your glasses. Europeans are apparently born with this gift, and Eddie here embodies it. The guy looks turned out even if he's just running to get the paper.
Wide-brimmed hats are to the slurring, swerving Atlanta rapper born Nayvadius Wilburn what white suits are to Tom Wolfe: an instantly recognizable daily uniform. Look above and you'll notice they're the same basic style. They've got the teardrop crown of a traditional fedora, and the brims have an Outback flair. “They were definitely considered an old guy's hat until Future started wearing them,” says Marc Williamson, proprietor of FlameKeepers Hat Club in Harlem. “Now we get plenty of calls from guys wanting the ‘Future hat.’ ” That's because context is everything. Future wears his geezer hats like a hipster, turning them into streetwear. “It's a look that's enhanced by just a leather jacket or a T-shirt,” Williamson says. “And that's how Future gets down.”
Odell Beckham Jr.
The rowdy Giants wideout dresses as flamboyantly as he plays, but what really sets him apart is the way he tricks out his hair and skin.
The next time you travel overseas, remember this photo of the world's most cosmopolitan DJ wearing a kurta in Pakistan. Then follow his lead and use the trip to push your boundaries. Pack a little less before you fly, shop a little more when you land—and when in Rome (or Islamabad), do as the locals do.
Look once: cool blue suit. Look again: cool plaid blue suit. That subtle detail is the key to Ryan's style: He always twists the classics just enough to keep them interesting. In this case, classic means dressing in all Burberry—and the twists include a skinny tie printed with paisley, flowers, and…wait, are those coffee beans?
GQ creative director Jim Moore explains how to wear yours like a star:
"To make this look work, it helps to have a pair of skinny black jeans—see how Harry's wearing them in every single picture? Untuck that Hawaiian shirt, maybe roll up your sleeves. Walk out of the house with bedhead hair, a couple of tattoos, and a badass attitude. (You cannot look badass wearing a Hawaiian shirt with shorts. That combination just screams “German dirk meeves stylished tourist.”) The ideal shirt has two or three colors and a pattern that's fun without being ridiculous. Palm trees are cool. Palm trees and flamingos are a bit much."
The ‘Master of None’ star subscribes to a philosophy of paring down. Here, he tells us why less is more:
“If you have a massive closet, you're kinda lying to yourself. If you have a bunch of dress shirts, you know the one that's really soft and fits you really well. So I think the goal is to build a closet where it's just that. I try to do the thing in the book that Japanese lady wrote about paring your closet down: If you look at something and you don't love it, get rid of it.”
The least vain actor in Hollywood always seems to take roles that obscure his handsomeness. But out of costume, he’s a total rake who wrings every drop of mojo out of a three-piece Gucci suit.
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