• Best of 2011: Most Fashionable Man

    We’re continuing our 2011 superlatives with a look at the men who have set our stylish hearts on fire:

    Of course Kanye West typically dominates this competition, as he snatched the title for 2009 and 2010. But this year there may be a shake up.
    Let’s take a look at who you nominated:

    1. T.I.

    T.I. came out of his jail term with a renewed and certified swagger, characterized by nubby sweaters, smart readers, and looks from his clothing line, Akoo.

    The Atlanta native adds edge to Burberry cardigans with diamond encrusted dog tags, along with look-at-me watches, and relaxed fits.

    2. Dwyane Wade

    Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade showed he had skills off the court, demonstrating his sartorial talents with pastel colored blazers, well tailored suits, and fly kicks.

    A true fashion aficionado, he made cameos at Men’s Fashion Week in Milan and Paris, sitting front row at the Spring/Summer 2011 shows for DSquared 2, Versace, and Givenchy:

    Whether dressed in a tux or dressed down in a striped henley, Dwyane showed he knows how to dress his frame for maximum effect.

    3. Kid Cudi

    Though Kid Cudi’s music has fallen a bit off our radar, he’s still making a splash on the fashion scene thanks to a wardrobe bubbling over with Balmain separates, leather jackets, and Hermes collier de chien cuff bracelets.

    For performances he’ll swag out in Christian Louboutin rollerball loafers, but then go for chill in curdoroy button downs for post-show parties.

    In 2011, Cudi even tried his hand at design, collaborating with French brand Surface 2 Air on Thriller inspired leather jackets.

    With a repertoire of hot jackets, easy t’s, and jeans, Cudi really can’t go wrong.

    4. Chris Brown

    With a blond buzz cut, and a free wheeling spirit, Chris Brown has been a champion of casual cool in 2011.

    Rarely in a suit, you’ll catch him hanging out with friends in Marc Jacobs hoodies, Varsity Jackets, cargo shorts, and sneakers.

    5. John Legend

    Unlike Chris Brown, John Legend stays in suits, lighting up red carpets in close fit two pieces and perfectly coordinated accents.

    The Ivy League crooner keeps it dapper at all times, only toning it down with lighter hues or crisp shirts sans blazers:

    6. Kanye West

    Mr. West truly made a mark on the fashion world in 2011, designing his first women’s collection, DW by Kanye West.

    In addition to his design prowess, Kanye also showed up and showed out in a series of conversation starting outfits, most notably the women’s Céline blouse he wore to perform at Coachella:

    Always one to push the limits, West isn’t afraid to wear what other men would never dare. He can rock everything from a leather kilt to a furry vest to a Givenchy leopard bomber, all the while dripping swagu:

    A true trendsetter, he motivated guys to run out and buy Givenchy Rottweiler shirts, was the first to wear the Versace x H&M collection, and re-ignited the need for snakeskin snapbacks:

    Who is 2011’s Most Fashionable Male?

    Reminisce on Kanye’s style here. Look at Chris Brown’s style here. Check Dwyane Wade’s outfits here. Look back at John Legend’s looks here. And peep Kid Cudi here.


    Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style magazine in the world.

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