Mr Johannes Huebl
Johannes Huebl is quickly becoming a household name within the world of fashion. Although best known for being one half of an uber-stylish ‘it’ couple, along with fashionista fiancée Olivia Palermo, Huebl is actually an extremely successful model, shoe designer and photographer in his own right.
When it comes to personal style, the German fits the FashionBeans mantra to a ‘T’, with his timeless and refined approach earning him a coveted spot on our top ten best dressed list for 2013. Huebl undoubtedly knows his way around a wardrobe better than most, which is epitomised by his refusal to use a stylist – something so many of his contemporaries are at the mercy of.
With sharp tailoring setting the foundation of his wardrobe, Huebl knows how to dress both up and down with sartorial aplomb. In short, in the ruthless world of menswear, he rarely puts a loafered foot wrong.
Today we explore some of his signature looks and break down how you can take inspiration for your own style…
The Way I Dress: Mr Johannes Huebl
Before we start, let’s get into the mindset of the man:
Key Look: Stripped Back Suiting
As emphasised in the video above, a strong penchant for tailoring is at the heart of Huebl’s style. Yet no matter how many times he is papped wearing a suit, he’s always able to make it appear fresh and modern. Whether it’s as simple as giving the tie a day off or deviating from traditional black, grey and navy hues, Huebl is a master at relaxing this notoriously stiff staple.
Take your lead from our icon by adding an olive green, petrol blue or white/cream suit to your wardrobe this season. These contemporary colour ways challenge tailoring traditions in a considered and refined way – the definition of classic with a twist – and will instantly breathe life into your formal wear collection.
A subtle nuance of his personal style, Huebl shows that going tie-less is a small alteration that can make a huge difference to a traditionally smart aesthetic. Instantly bringing the formality down a notch, when combined with a beautifully cut suit and shirt it oozes laid-back chic without ever appearing sloppy. Perfect for business-casual dress codes or smart-casual occasions, when you want to appear put together but not stuffy, this is a look that any man can pull off.
Once the tie has been left on the rack, the next choice you have to make is whether you’re going to button up your shirt to the top or not. The former is slightly sharper and edgier, especially when set against a dark suit, while the latter is much more relaxed and summer-appropriate. Never unbutton more than two buttons though – having more cleavage on show than all of the women in the room isn’t becoming.
Huebl proves that suits shouldn’t be confined to the work place. Switch the shirt for a tee/polo, lose the tie, button up (or don’t), mix up the palette, opt for a patterned version – a great suit will transcend effortlessly from day to night with just one or two minor modifications:
Modern Lookbook Inspiration
- Asos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In Poplin
- River Island Brown Check Slim Suit Jacket
- Asos Slim Fit Suit Jacket In 100% Linen
- Reiss Miami B Patterned Two Button Blazer Stone
- Reiss Como Modern Fit Wool Suit Indigo
- Reiss Heaver Tailored Suit With Notch Lapels Black
- Paul Smith London Byard Single-breasted Wool Suit 193278
- Richard James Wool Suit
- Alexander Mcqueen Slim-fit Houndstooth Check Wool Suit
Key Look: Stylish Separates
If you restrict your suit jackets to the appropriate, matching trousers you will never fully harness the power of your wardrobe.
Separating (and then mixing) suits is a long-lauded technique within menswear, and something Huebl uses regularly to great effect. However, not one to play it safe with a classic grey suit jacket and navy trousers combination, Huebl often takes a bolder approach – matching timeless shades with striking coloured/patterned pieces to really hammer home the contrast between top and bottom (see statement legwear section below).
The key to mixing and matching your tailoring lies in the fit: both suits should feature the same cut. For instance, you wouldn’t pair a skinny jacket with wide-legged trousers – it will throw out your entire silhouette. Match slim legs with slim-cut jackets and straight legs with more relaxed, fuller cut blazers.
Of course, separates don’t always have to be part of a suit. You can switch the blazer for an unstructured sports coat or sub out the trousers in favour of some sharp chinos/jeans. So long as the cuts are similar and your colour matching is on point, there is no end to the combinations you can create with your existing wardrobe:
Modern Lookbook Inspiration
- River Island Dark Grey Double Breasted Blazer
- Selected Casual Linen Blazer
- He By Mango Double-breasted Jersey Blazer
- Reiss Prom B Two Button Blazer Wash Navy
- River Island Light Brown Herringbone Blazer
- Blue Blue Japan Slim-fit Rinsed Denim Jeans
- Asos Skinny Fit Smart Trousers In Cotton Sateen
- Reiss Medway Classic Twill Chinos Grey
- He By Mango Linen Cotton-blend Suit Trousers
Key Look: Statement Trousers
As men’s fashion continues to take braver and bolder strides, colour and print have become an essential part of the modern wardrobe. No longer the preserve of flamboyant dandies, the everyday male has started to appreciate and get a handle on statement pieces.
One thing we love about Huebl’s look here at FashionBeans is that while his personal style is the epitome of timelessness and sophistication, he isn’t afraid to mix it up by throwing in modern references and bold garments to help individualise his look. And more often than not this comes in the form of a statement trouser.
Regularly seen teaming bold coloured or stark white legwear with some form of tailoring, Huebl isn’t afraid to incorporate a brighter piece within his smarter looks, and neither should you be. That said, why stop at colour? Printed trousers are trending for spring/summer 2014 and there are currently plenty of darker versions on the market that would separate your outfits from the crowd in a subtle yet confident way.
Yet it’s important to note how Huebl anchors his statement trousers with dark, neutral shirts and jackets in order to increase their impact and let them take centre stage:
Modern Lookbook Inspiration
- Asos Slim Chinos
- Dockers Alpha Khaki Chinos Skinny Fit Paisley Print
- Topman Black And White Printed Ultra Skinny Trousers
- Band Of Outsiders Regular-fit Cotton-twill Chinos
- He By Mango Premium Poplin Chinos
- He By Mango Slim-fit Printed Garment-dyed Chinos
Key Look: Off-Duty Smart-Casual
Arguably, Mr Huebl nails the term ‘smart-casual’ better than anyone right now.
With this in mind, take your lead from our icon and reach for classic, well-fitting pieces with a refined edge. Shirt and knitwear pairings are ideal for creating these type of looks, especially when worn under a sharply cut top coat or unstructured jacket.
Of course, it would be a mistake to neglect the bottom half of your outfit and, much like Huebl, you can’t go wrong with a pair of seasonal weight chinos in a slim fit. Whether you’re running errands or attending a summer event, they strike just the right balance of casual and formal and look superb when combined with a loafer or brogue.
In the end, Huebl proves that, these days, dressing down doesn’t automatically mean sloppy. If you have followed our advice and built a capsule wardrobe full of timeless, understated and versatile pieces, you can mix and match these staples to produce comfortable and effortlessly stylish looks that ooze laid-back chic:
Modern Lookbook Inspiration
- Balmain Metallic-striped Cotton Sweater
- He By Mango Slim-fit Stripe Textured Shirt
- He By Mango Padded Gilet
- Reiss Curzon Concealed Placket Mac Navy
- Burberry Prorsum Double-breasted Cashmere Pea Coat 189817
- River Island Grey Skinny Stretch Chinos
- He By Mango Vintage Leather Belt
- Boss Black Salamio Loafers
- Churchs Suede Oxford Brogues
Johannes Huebl a modern-day icon whose timeless and refined approach to style is executed with deft sartorial poise and nonchalance. The epitome of FashionBeans’ ethos, he is someone every reader could learn a thing or two from.
But now we want to hear your opinion – where do you rate Johannes on your list of best dressed men? Let us know in the comments section below…