This week, the inspirational style figure that I have chosen for you is someone that you might not be overly familiar with, but this isn’t a bad thing. We constantly see the same guys being featured in the best dressed lists, and yeah they’re cool and we can get some good ideas from them, but there are lots of other guys that fly under the radar who have great style and dress well. That’s why this week my style icon is German-born model Johannes Huebl.
Being a model, Johannes Huebl has the advantage of getting the advice from the designers, stylists, and fashionista’s of this world – including one of the most respected women’s fashion icons right now, his girlfriend Olivia Palermo. But behold! There is no advantage any more, now that we are stealing his style and giving you a breakdown of his key pieces and accessories.
Johannes attends lots of parties and events, as you probably do when you’re a world-class model for Models 1 and dating a New-York socialite, so the most frequent look that Huebl wears is a well tailored suit. Ranging in colour and print, the suit is the perfect way for a man to show he means business when the invite states ‘dress to impress’. There’s lots of things to consider when buying a suit: colour, print, two buttoned or three buttoned, material, single or double pleats, two-piece or three-piece. If you need some expert advice on how to choose the perfect suit for YOU, then check out Matt Allinson’s brilliant basic series.
As for Huebl, it seems that he prefers a two-buttoned, fitted suit in a variety of colours. Keeping the prints plain, the colour palette ranges from camel to olive (which I love), and black to grey. His colour choice is very much dependant on the occasion and time of year, with darker colours being more appropriate for winter and lighter colours chosen for spring and summer. I particularly like his choice of colour combinations. He certainly has a penchant for (light to mid) blue shirts within his tailored looks, opting to provide separation by utilising on trend styles such as contrasting collars and cuffs or gingham dress shirts. They work extremely well when paired with grey, olive, camel or black tailoring, and by pairing with a solid colour tie it keeps the whole outfit refined and sharp. A very easy look for all of you reading to reproduce.
If you would like to dress down the suit slightly, then Huebl often wears a scoop/v-neck tee or basic piece of knitwear under a suit jacket. The suit trousers can also be switched out for slim fitting jeans, with lighter washes suitable for spring/summer, and dark indigo or black washes perfect for autumn/winter or those times where you want to look smarter. These outfits are ideal for those occasions which do not require a formal dress code, and could definitely be incorporated into your arsenal of looks for parties, nights out or dates. However, the key factor in pulling off this smart-casual look is a slim fit. All of Johannes clothes fit perfectly and really frame his body shape well. It also creates a more refined and sharp look – essential when utilising tailoring pieces.
Huebl also shows that accessories are just as important as the suit itself. Pocket squares are always present in the top pocket of his suit jacket. My basic advice for you would be to match the colour of your pocket square with the colour (or the dominant colour) of your shirt. This gives the impression you know what you’re doing, whilst adding some flair and traditional suave of your look. Other accessories present in the look book include masculine watch styles and classic wayfarer shades.
When it comes to casual everyday outfits, Huebl knows how to do it well. Often spotted wearing a leather jacket and jeans, this is a simple and timeless casual look. If you invest in the timeless basics, you will always be able to pull together a look for any occasion. His look is never sloppy however; you will hardly ever see him in graphic t-shirts and the like. He uses casual shirts a lot for his everyday looks, and dresses them down by leaving a few buttons open (either top buttons or cuffs) or allowing them to hang un-tucked.
He looks well put together and sharp in every photo you see of him, and you will find that a lot of the men who are considered ‘stylish’ and ‘well dressed’ always utilise smarter pieces on a daily basis. It is something to consider if you want to stand out in a world full of jeans and t-shirt combinations. Your style doesn’t have to be loud or over the top in order to get noticed – being well put together and using great fitting clothing is enough for others to sit up and take notice.
Huebl certainly knows how to dress well, and I personally love his classic, timeless style.
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