There’s nothing better than a well-dressed man!
Women flock to the brother that can rock a double-breasted blazer like nobody’s business and then turn around and look absolutely scrumptious in a pair of distressed jeans and a plain white tee. The art of presentation is everything when it comes to men’s style but a few risky touches can also help to add a more diverse aesthetic.
Throughout 2016, we witnessed a plethora of “fashionistos” who dominated the street style scene in ways we couldn’t imagine but we also watched as style icons and influencers were born. From distinguished NBA ballers to the music industry’s finest artists, the contenders for Best Dressed Man of the Year are sure to leave you speechless!
1) Dwyane Wade
Our first nominee is no stranger when it comes to setting trends on and off the basketball court. With his gorgeous wife Gabrielle Union at his side, Mr. Wade made it clear that he is more than just a bomb shooting guard and a handsome face – this man proved that impeccable style is key when it comes to snatching dubs.
Dwyane Wade’s dapper appeal transcends way beyond a mere suit and tie; yet, it is his undeniable confidence that is key to pulling off such dope ensembles. Whether he’s uplifting his take on male anklets or jazzing it up in a tailored set, the Chicago Bulls mainstay keeps it fresh despite the malicious feedback received from so-called “critics”.
Dwyane’s personal favorites include funky sneakers, fitted trousers and quirky accessories. Wade is also a lover of all things casual and cool.
If you watch his red carpet appearances, you’ll notice that her consistently emits this effortless vibes that is translated into his overall look. Say what you want, but Dwyane’s modest sophistication is enough to bring us to our knees.
2) Jaden Smith
Jaden Smith is a complete breath of fresh air. He’s like the cool kid on the block that makes you want to loc your hair and invest in an oversized denim jacket. Jaden is also reminiscent of that quiet skater guy who never went to class but his shoe game stayed more consistent than his daily attendance.
Of course, we’re all aware of his privileged upbringing (hey Will and Jada!), but this young man is totally coming into his own. The rising 18-year old actor made us laugh with the debut of his character Marcus ‘Dizzee’ Kipling in Netflix’s The Get Down, he captured our hearts with his edgy Fashion Week ‘fits, and he even made mismatching look like nonchalant perfection.
Jaden has also given birth to a style approach that combines the 90’s grunge era with sprinkles of modern day touches. As the official face of Louis Vuitton, Jaden also raised eyebrows when he was captured in a dress for the brand’s yearly campaign. Cutting edge? Yes. Influential? Without a doubt. But, is he worthy of the Best Dressed Man of the Year title?
3) Gucci Mane
On May 26, 2016, Gucci Mane was released from prison after serving three years. With his resurgence into the free world, the rapper returned with a new mindset, a slimmer figure and killer style to match.
We watched in amazement as Gucci transitioned from dismissing the presence of any kind of shirt (in exchange for multiple gold chains) to keeping it grown and sexy in the hottest labels including Gucci, DSquared2, Alexander McQueen and Maison Margiela.
With the help of stylist Shun Melson, Gucci’s look is glamorous, over the top, and screams ‘Money.’ Whether he’s flaunting a lux snow white fur for the ‘Gram or making bold statements via Snapchat in matching metallic separates, Gucci is king of the concrete catwalk and he’s just getting started! We can’t wait to see what he wears in 2017!
4) Zayn Malik
Heartthrob Zayn Malik is next on our list! Known for his start in the wildly successful boy band One Direction and his very public relationship with supermodel Gigi Hadid, this young man has taken the fashion world by storm with his piercing brown eyes, his eclectic tats and a loyal fan base that spans the globe.
The Pillow Talk crooner’s edgy style showcases rock-and-roll undertones with a classic simplicity that generates a subtle “bad boy” appeal that only he can pull off. Zayn isn’t afraid to embrace a pastel-hued coif nor does he turn a blind cheek to trendier pieces including the distressed t-shirt movement, embellished bomb jackets and over-the-top printed pieces.
While the 23-year-old superstar stays true to his sartorial roots with every man’s wardrobe essentials (think versatile footwear and jeans galore), Zayn is also a pro when it’s time to break necks and turn heads. Although Zayn is just starting out on his solo career, we think it’s safe to say that he’s off to an amazing start.
5) Russell Westbrook
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is the epitome of iconic! Aside from his relaxed nature and infamous witty remarks, he is a force in men’s fashion. Russell’s off-kilter pre/post-game outfits remained an overwhelming favorite on Instagram and his insouciant attitude only fueled the fire for his peculiar pairings.
Millions of onlookers took note of the athlete’s avant-garde style and, immediately, everyone felt the need to express their futile opinions – while some coined Russell’s style choices as “tacky” and “nutty”, there were also a wide range of influencers who praised the 6’3” powerhouse for his fashion-forward musings.
Russell Westbrook’s style is exceptional because of his fearlessness and his commendable passion for going against the grain. While you can spot other well-dressed NBA legends in the typical suit and tie combo, Russell’s brave sartorial attempts place him outside the bounds of what society deems as “hot” or “trendy”. It’s evident that this man marches to the beat of his own drum – and we’re here for every delectable moment.
6) A$AP Rocky
Ladies, A$AP Rocky is gorgeous. He’s even distinguished himself as the prettiest man out there. He’s ultra-talented, outspoken, unpredictable and he possesses a firm grasp on what he considers to be stylish.
Now, you won’t catch this fashion killa in just any old outfit – better yet, A$AP is known to rock only the finest – whether the artist-turned-actor is decked out in Dior Homme, Gucci, Rick Owens or Loewe, he is an avid fan of using style as a means of self-expression. After indulging in a few of A$AP’s most notable interviews, one can instantly conclude that this Harlem-bred fashion star was cut from a different cloth. The intrigue that surrounds A$AP Rocky lies within his ability to bridge high-end designer names with affordable brands that can be purchased at your local department store.
A$AP also encourages the idea of embracing the concept of individuality; even if you listen to the eloquent words spoken over his jarring beats, A$AP Rocky proclaims that his style is a true representation of who he is as a person. Floral embroidered denim, neon camouflage and vintage-inspired silk blouses may intimidate the manliest of men but it’s all in a day’s work for this guy. Long live, A$AP!
7) LeBron James
And, rounding out of Best Dressed Male nominees is The King himself, Mr. LeBron James! The 6’8” Cleveland Cavaliers small forward and shooting guard already has three NBA championships under his belt and his road to global domination is currently underway.
Despite his massive frame, LeBron James always kills it when it comes to the fashion game. The 31-year-old superstar showcases an impressive range within his enviable wardrobe and he effortlessly lays the blueprint for those who feel that size may dictate and/or limit their style options.
LeBron loves to jazz it up in printed blazers, eye-popping sneakers and impeccably cut custom trousers; in addition, he also amps up his debonair ‘fits with bomb accessories that include sleek sunglasses, lavish leather backpacks and the occasional fedora. While LeBron conquers his opponents on the basketball court, he also smashes the competition off the court with his show-stopping style. To all my men out there, you better take notes!
Quite the list, no?
So, which best dressed contender gets your vote as Style King of 2016?
Signing Out — Esmesha