The Biggest Style Moments Of 2016

Looking back on a mixed year for menswear.

BY Finlay Renwick | Dec 22, 2016 | Fashion


The best dressed men and biggest fashion moments from a year in the life of celebrity style.

The Omnipotent Alessandro Michele

Alessandro Michele

The designer responsible for the soaring cult of Gucci, Michele's eye for the flamboyant and penchant for wild patterns and embroidery saw the brand rule 2016, with celebrities queuing up to be next on his list of modern muses.

Chiwetel Ejiofor: The most stylish man at Wimbledon

Chiwetel Ejiofor

As per usual, there were plenty of stylish guys mingling amongst the centre court crowd at the All England Club this summer, but none more so than actor and all round smooth operator Chiwetel Ejiofor wearing Thom Sweeney. That's the pose of a man who knows things are going pretty well.

David Beckham and his favourite hat

David Beckham and his hat

Yeah, we're not really so keen on paperboy hats as a general rule, but Beckham made his work by using it as an anchor for everything from airport dressing down to corduroy tailoring. How? Well, he is Becks after all.

Jared Leto became the Marmite of Menswear

Jared Leto

Either an avant garde style visionary or a bit of a w****r, Jared Leto's menswear mantra for 2016 appeared to consist of, "Gucci, Gucci and more Gucci." As aggressive as some of his looks have been, at least there's someone out there pushing the envelope a bit...

Prince George doing big boss things with Obama

Prince George

By a clear margin, the award for the biggest boss move of the year has to go to future king and ice cold fashion maverick Prince George, the young monarch taking time out of his hectic schedule to hold court with president Obama in a luxurious dressing gown.


Eddie Redmayne's suit game supremacy reigned on

Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne is the current high priest of interesting tailoring, managing to work in myriad patterns, textures and materials without ever seeming like a showoff. This year was, of course, no exception.


Frank Ocean wears Vans to the White House

Typically something of a camera shy recluse, Frank Ocean made a rare public appearance at the White House earlier this year where he dined with the Obamas and some other very important people. His choice of footwear? Checkerboard vans—obviously.

What is it about Obama and casual power moves?

Michael Fassbender, the suavest man in Venice

Michael Fassbender

There he is, Fassbender. Loose and carefree in the heat of Venezia, Alicia Vikander on his arm and an easy smile on his face. Dressed down, but then again... not? This is how you do warm weather 'smart casual' if you're not one to take too many wardrobe risks. 

The stylish Return of Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling

With two big films out this year (The Nice Guys, La La Land) Ryan Gosling was back on the red carpet style circuit, bringing his signature mix of smart off duty and esoteric formalwear back to the fore. If you're looking for 'air tie' inspiration, there's no one better.

Pep Guardiola finally brought some flair to the Premier League

Pep Guardiola

While Tony Pulis' dad cap might be very 'on trend' this year, it's Pep Guardiola who is really leading the line for stylish Premiership managers. He might be good at organising a team, but he's even better at organising his wardrobe.

Jaden Smith and his bold, bold jacket wardrobe

A somewhat polarising addition, Jaden Smith doesn't really seem to do a whole lot apart from like quite pouty and tired, but he certainly knows how to rock a loud power coat.

Roger Federer actually really knows how to dress well

Tennis players spend approximately 94 percent of their adult lives ensconced in polyester, so it was a pleasant surprise to see Roger Federer step out like a total natural for the Paris shows this autumn. The man certainly knows his way around a roll neck.

Usain Bolt wins summer... and everything else

While Europe and America were busy trying to fend off the frigid grip of a Northern Hemisphere winter, Usain Bolt was living it up in Australia in what has to be the slickest summer get-up of the year. 

Makes us question everything we thought we thought about an all-cream suit.

Zayn Malik in Versace robot arms

The theme for this year's Met Gala was 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.' So Zayn Malik wore some Versace robot arms.

He does look pretty thrilled about it, to be fair.

Ben Affleck's wandering trousers

Oh Ben... Oh Ben, oh Ben, oh Ben.


From: Esquire UK