In the 1930s and 1940s, there was one main man leading the charge for fashionable men everywhere. Fred Astaire. The American burst onto the scene as a singer and dancer, but there’s nothing Fred Astaire didn’t do during his time in the limelight.
Men’s style has been rapidly evolving through the ages, and there’s always someone at the forefront of fashion. Here at Mainline Menswear, we’ve looked through the history books and have brought you the five most stylish men spanning over nearly the last 100 years.
From dancing, to acting, to television presenting, Astaire always looked fashionable. His signature look was a well-pressed suit, worn by most of the men in that era. But somehow Astaire always managed to pull it off just that little bit better than most. Maybe it was his charm and wit that helped make him look stylish in any outfit. But whatever you put it down to, Fred Astaire has definitely earned his place as a style icon.
In the 1950s, Elvis Presley burst onto the scene, with his iconic look known by all. On stage Elvis was famous for flared jump suits, sequined ankle boots and more. In public however, Elvis rocked a more conservative look. Sharp suits, pleated slacks, letterman cardigans and short-sleeved shirts gave Elvis the look of a perfect gentlemen. Paired of course, with his signature black quiff hairstyle – making him one of the most recognisable pop stars ever.
Another musician claims the prize for the 60s and 70s, in the form of Bob Dylan. He had countless looks, including the classic rockstar style; pointy boots, a chambray shirt, tapered jeans and a blazer. Effortless, timeless style – pair with black sunglasses and you’ve got Bob Dylan circa 1965.
In the 1990s, the grunge look took the fashion industry by storm, and there was no one who embraced it more than Kurt Cobain. His down-to-earth grunge look was often comprised of ripped jeans and an oversized jumper or cardigan. Accessorised with a beanie and sunglasses, Kurt Cobain became a style icon in a matter of months for his recognisable look and the attitude he paired with it.
A notable mention for the 90s goes to young Leonardo DiCaprio. He paired baggy shirts with slacks and a boyish charm, winning over the crowds with his schoolboy-esque style.
From the 2000s onwards actors began to take over the fashion scene, with another notable mention to a slightly older Leonardo DiCaprio. However, our top style icon is the world famous George Clooney. The silver fox has dazzled the world of fashion for over twenty years, his style constantly evolving with the new trends.
George Clooney has set the bar for black tie fashion. Although, he is sometimes spotted wearing his ‘dad jeans’ on his days off. Whenever he’s dressed up he always looks dapper in a suit, open collared shirts and smart trousers. He’s also not afraid to accessorise, using scarves, sunglasses and watches to add extra bits of flare to his outfit. Clooney has been at the height of fashion for many years, and it doesn’t look like he’s ready to step out of the spotlight any time soon.
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