Friday, September 30, 2011

Esquire's 75 Best Dressed of All Time

Put little stock in these dumb lists.  See for yourself:

The List (from 2010).

Either way, these are some of the images that I found the most pleasant, starting with Arnold Palmer.  Note his masculinity that does not rely on freakishly built biceps or tight clothing.

 There is little that needs to be said about this fellow.

 Clint shows us that tough guys can wear V-neck sweaters.

 Paul Newman makes boating/painting/floor scrubbing clothes look great.

He was odd, but he often wrapped himself in good clothing.

Obviously, the list was thrown together by a small team of young people under a deadline.  Missing are actors like William Powell, David Niven, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Gary Cooper, etc., though they listed characters in films.  The list could go on and on, but at least they're putting something out.


  1. Glad to see these guys made the list. Never thought of Peter Sellers in connection to classic men's style, but he certainly looks good here.

    Best Regards,

    Ulrich von B.

  2. Paul Newman - the man could do no wrong. And, love the image of Cary Grant as well. Sigh. :)

  3. As JMW said, Paul Newman was absolutely awesome. He and Redford were both just awesome in "The Sting" and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."

    Also, I'm probably in the minority here, but I thought Redford was rocking it in "All The Presidents Men." His 70s style was loose and always on the cusp of slightly disheveled, but great (especially the corduroy suit!).

    Of course Grant is mentioned above, but really you could pick out just about anyone from any Hitchcock film and you'd have style for miles. Stewart, Granger, and Dall in "Rope"; Stewart in "Vertigo"; Granger and Walker in "Strangers On A Train." Oh, and I haven't even mentioned the ladies in those films... daaaaaaaang.

    Okay, I'll stop now.

  4. Agree w/ Mr. Midwester on Redford in ATPM, though I'd argue that he nailed the fashion of the day rather than a style that was timeless. No points off, naturally, just not a look that's translatable across eras.

    And I'll go ahead and third Newman and second McQueen. Dignity.

    And yes, Arnie does not by today's standards sport a gym-swollen physique. But in his day it was often remarked -- by the sporting press, at least -- that he was a much more robust figure than the average golfer. A deal was made about his "steel town roots" and blue-collar up-bringing. I believe the word "brawny" may have been deployed.

  5. How 'bout that smoke dangling from Jack's mouth on the golf course...awesome!


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