We write lists for everything. Our shopping list, our to do list, our top 10 female celebrity crush list (no, just me?) But when it comes to style there’s only one list that matters. With more dapper gents than you can shake a stick at, and a lot more respectability that Heat’s ‘Torso Of The Year’ award, the GQ Best Dressed Men 2012 list brings together the UK’s finest fashion representitives. It’s the only list every man wants to be on, and the definitive run down of Britain’s most stylish figures. There are actors, footballers, musicians, presenters, models, fashion royalty and actual royalty gracing the pages of GQ this month, all in the name of style.

The first thing that struck me about the panel’s choices was the variety of different styles compared to previous lists – and I guess that kind of represents British style today. You’ve still got the classic Savile Row traditions, but running throughout this list are some curve balls with a rocky, preppy, geeky and urban edge. What’s also clear is how our British influence is yet again spreading beyond these shores, with our musicians, actors and models taking the world (particularly the USA) by storm – enhancing our international style credentials.

So without further a do, lets take a look at what GQ describes as a “real shake up” of a best dressed list. As always, if you want to share, rant, congratulate or commiserate then leave your comments below.

The GQ Best Dressed List 2012

Note: Each of the following lists are in descending order.

Numbers 50 – 21

Prince Charles, Patrick Grant, Piers Morgan, Luke Sweeney & Thom Whiddett, Douglas Booth, Eddie Redmayne, Adrien Sauvage & George Lamb, Dominic West, Noel Gallagher, Labrinth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gerard Butler, Amir Kahn, Daniel Craig, Richard Ayoade, Jack Whitehall, Chuka Umunna, Professor Brian Cox, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Alex Turner, Miles Kane, Gary Oldman, Paul Weller, Faris Badwan, Prince Harry, Zac Goldsmith, Luke Evans, Charlie Watts, Mark Ronson.

Numbers 20 – 11

Sir Elton John, Angelo Galasso, Dermot O’Leary, David Gandy, Gary Barlow, David Furnish, Jarvis Cocker, David Beckham, Ed Westwick, Dizzee Rascal.

The Top Ten

The Top 10 GQ Best Dressed Men 2012

GQ’s Best Dressed Man 2012: Tinie Tempah

“His style is cool and contemporary, with a true passion for elegance and proportions. He definitely deserves to be right at the top of the best dressed list.”
Domencio Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, designers.

As covered on these very pages many times, Tinie Tempah is widely regarded (and now confirmed) as a very stylish guy, combing all the things that are great about British style, music and popular culture today. Tinie uses a ‘mish mash’ of styles to great effect; combining smart and casual, urban and geek, high fashion and high street; often all in the same outfit.

But this doesn’t mean that Tinie Tempah doesn’t have his favourites, or his key pieces from which we can draw inspiration. He has become well known for a number of compulsory items, from blazers and printed tees to the gleaming high top, there’s very much a Tinie Tempah look.

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5 Things We Can Learn From The Best Dressed List
1. Rock Is Still Cool

Alex Turner, Jarvis Cocker, Miles Kane, Sergio Pizzorno, Paul Weller, Faris Badwan, Noel Gallagher and Ian Brown. Urban takeover? Think again. One of the things us Brits do best is produce rock and roll royalty. Luckily for them (and us), music and dressing impeccably runs seamlessly side by side.

2. Tailoring Rules Britannia

I mentioned in my introduction that Saville Row traditions still run strongly throughout the top 50 best dressed list. All you have to do is look at the style credentials of the top 10 to see that almost every one has some kind of tailoring as a key component in their personal ‘look’.

3. Style Is Ageless

What do Prince Charles, Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, Paul Weller, Charlie Watts and Elton John have in common? They are all in the GQ Best Dressed list, yet they all could be considered ‘more mature’ gents. While the young bucks are making a charge, there’s still very much a place in stylish Britain for a man over 50.

In case you have missed them, why not check out our dressing for your age article series:

4. Specs Are In

Geek is back, and it has been for a few years now. But this year’s list shows that geeks (and in particular those of the four-eyed variety) are amongst the most stylish in the land. Tinie, Jarvis and Elton rock the geek specs, and so can you.

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5. David Beckham Doesn’t Come Top Of EVERY List

As a nation we are obsessed with golden balls. And hey, I’ll admit that I spend a fair amount of time talking about how amazing the bloke is. But if this year’s list tells us anything, it’s that even Becks can come a very dignified and stylish second (or 13th), and that even the most fashionable among us need to stay on our toes.


Read more about every man who made the best-dressed list, including thoughts from everyone from Kelly Rowland to Tom Ford, plus the ten worst-dressed men in the world, in the new issue of British GQ.

Now we want to hear your view. Make sure you let us know your top 5-10 most stylish men in the comment section below. Who knows, maybe FashionBeans will feature them in their very own dedicated style icon article…