In addition to having a slew of dapper dudes looking their best, we also tapped the amazing celebrity stylist Ilaria Urbinati—she dresses Armie Hammer, Ryan Reynolds, and Bradley Cooper, to name a few—to tell us why these guys look so good. Eye candy and education: yup, today's story has it all…
WHAT: Visiting Good Morning America earlier this month.
WHY: “This is so rad. Great style is all about contrast—menswear not excluded. What works is that even though it looks bright, its really just two colors: blue and brown. This is a great for a dude who doesn't want to wear a suit, and wants to look sharp without looking too serious.”
WHAT: Running errands in Los Angeles last month.
WEAR: Black sweatshirt and t-shirt; leather pants; Nike sneakers.
WHY: “This is signature Kanye. He loves an extra long tee. What's cool about this is the black-on-black-on-black with the bright pop on the sneakers—you just don't see it coming and gives the look so much confidence.”
WHAT: Hanging out with girlfriend Diane Kruger in NYC earlier this year.
WEAR: velvet blazer; gray sweater; light-wash jeans; chukka boots.
WHY: “Perfect fall look! The cozy sweater makes you want to bring him over to cuddle by the fire, but the velvet jacket keeps it dinner appropriate. It’s a totally unexpected and gorgeous combo.”
WHAT: On the red carpet at this year’s Costume Institute Gala in New York.
WEAR: Givenchy suit.
WHY: “This is a great example of an accessory elevating an entire outfit. The tux is simple and the fit is perfect, the bow tie is classic (fact: real men wear bow ties with their tux), and then your eye gets to the shoe, and it's the perfect reminder that he's a rad musician with a rebellious streak.”
WHAT: Arriving at LAX.
WEAR: knit beanie; gray t-shirt; medium-wash jeans; lace-up boots.
WHY: “What works here is that he's not just wearing any ole thermal—it's cashmere, which keeps the look luxe. In contrast, the jeans are weathered, like he's really broken them in himself, which is always sexy. The boots make it masculine and a little tough, the bag adds an element of adult-ness and dresses up the look, and the skullcap gives it a bit of a cool guy Paul Newman-on-the-docks element. He manages to look sexy and rugged instead of your typical lazy airport outfit.”
WHAT: Making his way around the Cannes Film Festival in May.
WEAR: cream jacket; AllSaints tie; olive pants; leather shoes.
WHY: “This look is so East Coast. I’m obsessed with cream on white on men. The palette of muted neutrals is what makes this look so chic, and the dark accessories bring the whole thing away from looking too yacht-y. It’s not your grandpa's rain slicker.”
WHAT: Leaving the Live with Kelly and Michael show last month.
WHY: “I normally have a pet peeve about men not buttoning the jacket, but he really pulls it off because the jacket is fit extra slim in the waist and the pant hits at the right spot. My favorite thing here is the shiny oxblood Burberry shoe, which really dresses up the summer suit and brings it nicely into fall.”
WHAT: Heading into the New York premiere of Jobs.
WHY: “This was one of my favorite looks! The unstructured suit is very relaxed, but still well tailored. The brown and orange accessories make it chic and summery in that elegant Italian old man way, and the pocket square is a great juxtaposition to the t-shirt. Really well played!”
WHAT: Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the 40/40 Club in New York two months ago.
WEAR: Tom Ford suit.
WHY: “This is an unfussy look that screams power: the giant lapels (classic Tom Ford), the luxe silk linen, the double ticket pocket, the patent shoe, and then the no tie/top button buttoned says ‘I'm still in with the cool kids'. But like, he's the godfather.”
WHAT: Heading into the One Direction: This Is Us after party in London last week.
WEAR: Burberry Heart Print Cotton Shirt ($595) in Black.
WHY: “Printed shirts are going to be pretty major on men this year, so he's definitely getting a jump on the trend. The nearly all-black ensemble keeps it feeling rock ‘n’ roll and helps to pull off that really bold oversized print. And the fact that he's got the swagger of a young Jagger doesn't hurt.”
WHAT: At the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Jimmy P.
WHY: “You can't go wrong with a slim dark suit; the key is to keep the proportions in line—slim lapel, slim tie, and slim shoes. The tie bar adds a nice touch, and the sheen of the suit gives it a red carpet premiere-worthy quality.”
WHAT: Hosting a Memorial Day bash at Pure Nightclub in Las Vegas.
WHY: “I love that he knows he's literally one of the only people on the planet who can pull this off. The gradient colored shirt is hip at the moment and the fuchsia is really—believe it or not—what’s making this look work, otherwise he'd just be the preppy dude in shorts and a khaki jacket. The chukkas take the look out of the Hamptons and into the city.”
WHAT: At the UK premiere of his film The Lone Ranger.
WHY: “Obviously I'm totally biased, but what works about this is that you have a classic slim cut suit, but done in a really unexpected color. And the fact that he's wearing it with such confidence really helps! The brown cashmere tie and oxblood shoes bring the red down and ground the look.”
WHAT: At a special screening of his film Only God Forgives.
WEAR: Salvatore Ferragamo suit.
WHY: “There's nothing better than a light-colored suit for summer. I love that he paired it with a stark white shirt and no tie, as it makes the whole look feel cleaner and sexier. The brown shoe is the only way to go here, plus, his tan and the messy blonde hair don't hurt.”