Editor’s Note: The men on this list have the power to influence style globally. No matter what they choose to wear in public, they exude confidence and sophistication. As style icons, they demonstrate that dressing like a grown-up is comfortable, fun and appealing. From our fashion writer Charley A. Prescott we present — in no particular order — Made Man’s Top 10 Most Stylish Men of 2010.
The epitome of “machismo,” three-time Super Bowl champ Tom Brady is more than a great quarterback. As an individual, he is capable of easily transitioning from football gear on the gridiron to high fashion on the street. We love Brady’s sense of style because he knows how to properly wear any form of attire with total fearlessness. For men everywhere, he proves that fashion and masculinity can go hand in hand.
Regardless of how you feel about him, West remains true to himself when it comes to fashion. Since entering the music scene with The College Dropout, West’s personal style has experienced a distinctive transformation. Back then, he referred to himself as the “Louis Vuitton Don,” wearing a monogrammed backpack whenever possible. Over the years we have seen him sport a mullet, shutter shades, velvet blazers with denim and countless custom-made suits. As hip-hop’s most high-profile face, West’s sense of style has advanced to a point of admiration by fans and fashion critics alike.
Remember his long curly hairdo from back in the day? Justin Timberlake’s style sense has made great strides since the boy-band *NSYNC first came on the scene. Nowadays Timberlake’s modern mode of dressing comes across as effortless sophistication.
As one of the most successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in America, Shawn Carter, AKA Jay-Z, demonstrates how a man should dress. In his younger days, the New Yorker’s sense of style underwent an obvious conversion. He said goodbye to athletic jerseys and hello to legit fashion. His wardrobe changes influenced the world of hip-hop style. Outside of the boardroom, Jay-Z can make a scarf, cardigan or a fitted baseball cap look good. The mogul is known to favor classic labels like Armani and Ralph Lauren, and he is not afraid to blend contrasting elements. Also, he always maintains an enviable accessory on his arm — the gorgeous singer Beyonce.
Award-winning British DJ and producer Mark Ronson is a remarkable talent whose penchant for slim-cut suits and occasional oddity earned him a spot on our list. If you’re wondering who this guy is — he contributed to the international success of well-known artists such as Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse. His sister Samantha Ronson also works as a DJ and is Lindsay Lohan’s ex-girlfriend, and his other sister Charlotte works as a designer. When he is not busy producing music, Ronson is a man-about-town wowing onlookers with his ensembles.
On the field, he is the face of soccer. Off the field, his signature style gets rave reviews in the press. From Los Angeles to New York to London, in terms of savoir-faire, David Beckham is always on point. A man who wants women to think he has flawless style cannot go wrong by emulating Beckham’s sophisticated taste in apparel.
Onscreen we have seen him play eccentric roles like Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean and Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow. Without a doubt, people everywhere are continuously intrigued by Johnny Depp’s persona. Uncontrived, rugged and comfortable could all be used to describe his trademark sense of style portrayed off-camera. Frequently spotted wearing anything from a vintage suit to ripped jeans, the actor is capable of wearing every article of clothing with panache.
Named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, Robert Pattinson ranks as a one of the most fashionable men of the year. If elegant grunge were an actual look, the best dressed Brit of Twilight fame would be renowned for it. With disheveled hair, tailored suits and skinny neckties, his natural sense of style is what women want.
A leading designer of luxury clothing, Tom Ford is a master of finesse. Anytime he is spotted in public we are presented with the perfect example of refinement and how to approach fashion. Relative to his rules of style, Ford told Details, “I hate the trend of short suit jackets. When a man’s butt is showing below the bottom of his jacket, I think it makes him look like a female flight attendant from the back – not my idea of sexy.”
Often scrutinized in the media for his fashion choices, Brad Pitt ranks as one of the most stylish men in 2010 because his look is constantly changing. From his scruffy beard to choices such as a pale pink suit, he often chooses to dress boldly. Since becoming a dad, and lowering his Hollywood profile, Pitt’s style has embodied an air of I don’t give a damn, which is refreshing to say the least.
(Charley A. Prescott is a freelance writer who specializes in fashion and grooming.)