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THE BEST-DRESSED MEN IN THE WORLD 2020
'the dressing room's zug' favorites:
1. david beckham
After some hiccups in the noughties, this decade has seen David Beckham full morph into a seasoned master of menswear and 2019 was testament to Goldenballs’ consistency with (to our knowledge) not one foot put out of place.
We’ve had an endless roster of complementary haircuts and the odd addition to an already sizeable collection of tattoos, and as always Mr Beckham came up smelling of roses. For us Beckham was at his best this year at Wimbledon and it’s no exaggeration to say that all other attendees paled in comparison. But he also excelled – as he always does – in smarter casuals like suede bombers and envelope-pushing tailoring from Dior. He’s still got it.
2. mahershala ali
When Mahershala Ali won his second Oscar at the 2019 awards ceremony, he accepted the gong wearing what is best described as a formal beanie. The fact that he looked elegant and not ridiculous as he did so will tell you plenty about how well this man can dress.
In a year when he also headlined True Detective and landed the role of Blade in the MCU, his style has been all about quiet swagger. He looks as sharp in double denim as he does in red-carpet tailoring, but it’s the latter that got us rubbernecking this year. With micron-accurate cuts, interesting colours and offbeat accessories, he proved that the suit is still a long way from dead.
3. zac efron
Zac Efron’s hair had almost as big a year as the man himself. Rocking a shocking white bleach at the start of the year (and somehow pulling it off), Efron had our attention long before his role as serial killer Ted Bundy got everyone talking.
When you’re this annoyingly good-looking, you can afford to take risks with your style, but what we like about the way Efron dresses is that it’s not at all try-hard. He leans on classics like denim jackets, shearling coats and slim-fit two-pieces. There’s a lot of experimentation in menswear right now, and that’s great, but here’s a reminder that for a lot of guys, the old ones are still the best.
4. donald glover
As one of the world’s most successful multi-hyphenated people, ever, it’s no surprise that Donald Glover’s wardrobe defies neat categorisation, reason or logic. On paper, Glover’s eye-poppingly bold patterned suits, mad flourishes and penchant for going shirtless under tailoring sound like things that render him ineligible for a best dressed man list, but here we are (again) finding ourselves nodding in approval of Glover’s so mad it’s good wardrobe.
5. shawn mendes
What had you done by 21? Singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes has had himself three US number-one albums by the age, and all while crafting himself a piece-perfect modern rock and roll style that pays its dues to the past while still feeling fresh today.
Tailoring embellished with ritzy touches are his forte – finished off with a pair of Chelsea boots and rock star bling – while Parisian brands Saint Laurent and The Kooples are among his favourite brands, each possessing the slim-fitting monochrome style that has turned the squeaky clean pop idol into one of menswear’s coolest figures.
6. pierce brosnan
To say that Pierce Brosnan (at 66 years of age) was having some sort of second wind would be inaccurate, truth be told he’s been consistently stylish since anyone can remember. Highlights this year include mastering classic suiting, proving that suede bombers look perfectly at home on those past the flushes of youth and making sunglasses worn almost anywhere feel not a jot ostentatious, just achingly cool.
Oh and then there’s the expertly styled shock of silver hair which only adds to Brosnan’s timeless appeal. All in all (another) vintage year for the man formerly known as Bond.
7. dylan sprouse
It’s a sweet life Dylan Sprouse leads. Not only has the former Disney child star bagged himself a Victoria’s Secret Angel and the sort of bone structure people go under the scalpel for, but he’s also got one of the finest wardrobes around to boot.
Luxurious knits, chunky leather jackets, electric tailoring – everything screams expensive and well done. Cut also plays a key part – not too slim so as to accentuate his slender frame – it’s a wider fit that harks back to a classier time. He might only be a hot young thing in Hollywood right now, but he’s dressing like a legend.
8. timothée chalamet
The fandom is real with Timothée Chalamet. From 60-year-old Ohio mums to teenagers in Korea, there’s something about the Hollywood A-lister that incites frenzy. For some it’s the passionate acting, for others, it’s the cherubic locks. Both are great, but what’s caught our eye the most is his boundary-pushing approach to red carpet dressing.
A muse for high fashion genius Haider Ackermann, the designer has pushed the actor into all manner of space-age tailoring this year, while the star was among the first to sport the infamous Louis Vuitton holster. Sure, both, would look an absolute train wreck on 99.9 percent of men, but they look out-of-this-world on Chalamet. And more importantly, they offer a small glimpse into what men could be wearing ten years from now. Bejewelled holsters at the ready.
9. harry styles
Harry Styles is best known for his soft-rock sounds and Jagger-esque dance moves, but in recent years the ex-Directioner has also established himself as one of the best-dressed men in the music industry.
Out of the boy-band bubble, these days his wardrobe reflects the switch from pop puppet to viable frontman, with a slew of coloured suits, crushed velvet textures and plenty of IDGAF swag. You can’t bribe the door on your way into a Gucci campaign, you know.
10. michael b jordan
Our best-dressed man of 2020 carried his form throughout this year without breaking stride or tweaking the formula (why would you?). The Michael B Jordan winning combo includes fine tonal tailoring and easy-to-copy streetwear looks. No wonder luxury label Coach bagged him as the face.
But here’s something that’s not as easy to steal from the Creed star: he seems to have a Mary Poppins-style bag storing an endless collection of incredible coats.