This Year’s 10 Best Dressed

As the year draws to a close, it’s about time we mulled over the menswear moves that really mattered in 2014, and the stylish men who made them.

After much deliberation, discussion (and possibly a few bouts of fisticuffs), here are – in no particular order – the FashionBeans ten best dressed men of 2014…

Idris Elba

Mr Elba’s style stock is, like his Hollywood career, going from strength to strength. Hotly tipped to be the next James Bond, Elba certainly has the sartorial kudos the iconic role requires, as he’s shown both on and off the red carpet this past year.

Rarely audacious with his approach to style, Elba offers a masterclass to brawny blokes on how to flatter physique and proportions without resorting to the skin-tight t-shirt. He’s strictly stuck to a slim-fit that flatters his musculature without making it farcical – something every heavyset guy should be striving for.

Elba’s stand-out staple for both on- and off-duty dressing is the overcoat. Often choosing to make a statement piece of outerwear the focal point of his attire, this actor/musician fully appreciates the importance of immaculate fit.

Idris Elba Lookbook

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  • He By Mango Wool-blend Overcoat
  • Topman Harris Tweed Blue Coat
  • He By Mango Slim-fit Suit Trousers
  • Ps By Paul Smith Contrast-tipping Cotton Crew Neck Sweater
  • Levis Made & Crafted Tack Slim-fit Washed-denim Jeans
  • Gucci Horsebit Polished-leather Loafers
Eddie Redmayne

Redmayne made the cut last year and owing to another flawless performance in 2014, he’s cemented his place once again.

We dubbed Mr. Redmayne a dying breed of dandy in 2013, and given his knack for British tailoring, this continues to hold. Whether he’s sporting checks or carrying off an unconventional colour, he kills it every time, rarely reverting to the standard black or navy suit.

While he continues to take risks with his wardrobe choices, Redmayne is never in any danger of making a misstep with his style. These bolder choices are anchored by a mastery of the basics: his suits are expertly cut, tie knots exemplary and trousers breaks, impeccable.

Eddie Redmayne Lookbook

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  • Asos Slim Fit Blazer In Harris Tweed Fabric
  • Topman Brown Mid Weight Heritage Fit Suit
  • Reiss Royce Washed Denim Shirt Indigo
  • He By Mango Shawl Collar Cashmere Cardigan
  • Reiss Nabakov Tear Drop Pocket Square Red
  • Thom Sweeney Green Weighouse Slim-fit Wool Suit
Daniel Sturridge

Footballers and fashion – it’s so often a recipe for disaster. Epitomising the old adage that money can’t buy style, the majority of footballers will drop thousands of pounds on the most expensive of high-end labels, only to make them look cheap.

Aside from the consistently well turned-out David Beckham, it’s a hit and miss affair. Firmly on the former end of the spectrum is Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.

A welcome antidote to the considered tailoring and subtle details of many of his list mates, Sturridge swaps timelessly classic for achingly cool and contemporary. Taking his cue from streetwear trends, Sturridge mixes reverse layering with longer lines, oversized silhouettes and statement head wear. And he’s got what must be one of the world’s most comprehensive trainer collections, to boot.

Totally up-to-the-minute and well executed, Sturridge takes no prisoners in his trend-led approach. This man is leading the line for England in both football and fashion.

Daniel Sturridge Lookbook

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  • Siksilk Longline T-shirt With Side Zips
  • He By Mango Mixed Bomber Jacket
  • Allsaints Sylvan Coat
  • Allsaints Amori Iggy Jeans
  • Jimmy Choo Belgravia Crocodile-embossed Leather High Top Sneakers
  • Filling Pieces Mens Black Mountain Boot Grained Leather Sneakers
David Gandy

A veteran of our best dressed lists, and Britain’s biggest male model export, the inimitable David Gandy does masculine power dressing like no other. Particularly fond of double-breasted jackets and three-piece suits, Gandy invariably looks sharp and sophisticated (even in the M&S pants ads).

He’s got suiting separates down pat and is one of the few guys going who can pull off the tricky double-breasted waistcoat, though – admittedly – being a model probably doesn’t hurt in this respect.

What’s key to Gandy’s success is his understanding of his own form. This man truly knows himself and by that we mean he selects those elements of traditional tailoring that are perfectly suited to his body shape and size. Wide jacket lapels, sweeping overcoats and broad neck ties have become hallmarks of his style because Gandy, being tall and athletic, knows he carries them off far better than the competition.

David Gandy Lookbook

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  • M&s Collection Luxury Pure New Wool 2 Button Check Suit Including Waistcoat
  • He By Mango Side Tab Wool-blend Suit Trousers
  • Kg Kurt Geiger Freedman Oxford Toe Cap Shoes
  • Boglioli Slim-fit Herringbone Wool-blend Overcoat
  • Reiss Piemonte Double Breasted Blazer Grey
  • Reiss Saint W Wool Front Waistcoat Charcoal
Jack Guinness

David Gandy may be a hard act to follow but fellow British model Jack Guinness puts up a good fight in this year’s pantheon of style. Having appeared in campaigns for Barbour, Paul Smith and UGG, Guinness also DJs, is an ambassador for the British Fashion Council and sports an instantly recognisable and enviable beard.

Guinness’ style is just as eclectic as his CV. While this model’s wardrobe may be rooted in a distinctly Savile Row-inflected Britishness, he’s certainly not afraid to take some risks and try his hand at seasonal trends. While Guinness is definitely taken by tailoring, he – unlike Gandy – puts his own idiosyncratic slant on suiting, typified by cropped trousers and bold patterns.

Despite the inherent riskiness of some of these sartorial choices – all-over bright blue paisley, anyone? – Guinness navigates the proverbial potholes with elan, proving his status as a burgeoning style icon we’re bound to see more of.

Jack Guinness Lookbook

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  • He By Mango Cotton Cropped Chinos
  • Noose & Monkey Skinny Suit Jacket With Piping
  • He By Mango Slim-fit Tailored Cotton Shirt
  • Austin Reed Light Green Orange Overcheck Jacket
  • Nick Bronson Navy Radi Stripe Knitted Silk Tie
  • Ami Wool Double-breasted Blazer
Luke Evans

Star of two Hobbit films, a Dracula reboot and the 300-esque Immortals, Welsh actor Luke Evans speaks a sartorial language of timelessness both universally recognised and appreciated.

He’s a man who knows what he likes when it comes to clothes, and dresses accordingly. Much of what Evans opts for on the red carpet is perfectly well executed but nothing to write home about. Every so often, though, he knocks it out of the park with some statement evening wear, mixing up formal staples with intricate fabrics.

Evans is without doubt one to emulate when it comes to dressing up – ideal inspiration for the party season.

Luke Evans Lookbook

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  • Topman Brown Mid Weight Heritage Fit Suit Jacket
  • Reiss Marlon Velvet Slim Tie Burgundy
  • Reiss Slater Slim Denim Jeans Grey
  • Dolce & Gabbana Virgin Wool Shawl-collar Cardigan
  • John Lewis Velvet Shawl Collar Jacket Claret
  • Collezione Online Only Pure Cashmere 2 Button Herringbone Jacket
Robbie Rogers

Also unpicking the misconception that footballers and formidable style are mutually exclusive is stateside ‘soccer’ star Robbie Rogers. Unlike many of the Brits that appear here alongside Rogers, the footballer – in true American form – favours louder fabric and colour options, often blowing more conservative red carpet choices right out of the water.

An assured smart-casual expert, Rogers flouts plenty of tailoring traditions with aplomb, whether that’s by ditching a shirt for a tee, brogues for loafers with no socks, or subbing in smart, well-cut separates (like a blouson jacket, lightweight jumper, button-down shirt and chinos) where suiting might be the more obvious sartorial option.

Robbie Rogers Lookbook

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  • St&ard Longline T-shirt With Raw Edge
  • House Of Hounds Suede Dress Slippers
  • Jefferson Grey Slim Fit Suit Trousers
  • Polo Ralph Lauren Slim-fit Cotton-blend Pique Polo Shirt
  • Etro Woven-wool Bomber Jacket
  • River Island Grey Check Blazer
Douglas Booth

At just 22, English actor Douglas Booth is a bona fide spring chicken, but that’s not to say his sartorial-savvy is in any way sub-par. Already a firm favourite on best-dressed lists, the Noah star demonstrates a knowledge of what works and what doesn’t that’s well beyond his years.

Like much of the company he keeps here, Booth is partial to a classic three-piece suit and some statement double-breasted tailoring, both of which he carries off exceedingly well. But it’s his easy approach to less formal looks that really sticks. Whether it’s a simple heather grey sweatshirt and a pair of slim black jeans or a camel shawl neck cardigan flung nonchalantly over a perfectly fitted white tee, Booth does off-duty like no other.

Douglas Booth Lookbook

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  • Reiss Bless Crew Neck T-shirt White
  • Richard James Wool Shawl-collar Cardigan
  • Levis Vintage Clothing 1950s Marled Cotton Sweatshirt
  • Reiss Vincent Three-piece Check Suit Grey
  • Ted Baker Pashion Slowfox Wool Tuxedo
  • He By Mango Double-breasted Check Suit Blazer
Benedict Cumberbatch

Completing our collection of British celluloid stars who have lit up lenses both on- and off-duty this year is a man whose style is just as unmistakably English as his name.

Best known for his role in the BBC adaptation of Sherlock, Cumberbatch’s look is every bit as sharp as the fictional detective’s mind – though, mercifully, the deerstalkers are few and far between. While Cumberbatch might often lack the flair and daring of some of his list mates, he consistently delivers both when dressing up and down.

Key to Cumberbatch’s success is his knowledge of the best cuts for his tall, slim frame. He manages to avoid encroaching on the awkward, boyish ‘buying your first suit for prom’ kind of look that so many skinnier guys often fall foul of. His secret? A tapered jacket fit that nips in at the waist without being too tight, as well as trousers that are slim through the leg and break just at the shoelaces.

Benedict Cumberbatch Lookbook

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  • Next Neutral Suit : Jacket
  • Reiss Jenson Slim-fit Velvet Blazer Navy
  • Reiss Mayfair Peak Lapel Tuxedo Black
  • Polo Ralph Lauren Loryelle Merino Wool Cardigan Olive Sage Heather
  • Ted Baker Babshad Geometric Print Shirt Red
  • Reiss Fairline T Wool Mix Formal Trousers Navy
Robert Konjic

While not a household name, what Swedish-born Croatian model Robert Konjic lacks in prominence he more than makes up for in the personal style stakes. Bringing something of a European, continental swagger to his attire, Konjic doesn’t shy away from trying his hand at some of menswear’s more challenging feats, like pairing an Acne leather jacket in chalk blue with a black t-shirt, or a scoop neck tee with a suit.

On the back of his work with brands from Gucci to Nicole Farhi, Konjic has developed a keen sense of style that enables him to pick and choose elements and team them in unexpected ways. Given that he’s now reportedly taking classes with acting coach Jon Campbell, we could be set to see a lot more of Konjic in the future.

Robert Konjic Lookbook

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  • He By Mango Textured Blazer
  • Cheap Monday Denim Jacket
  • Grenson Sharp Brogue Boots
  • River Island Black Crew Neck T-shirt
  • Loewe Leather Biker Jacket
  • Nudie Jeans Tight Long John Slim-fit Rinsed-denim Jeans
Final Word

There you have it, the ten game-changing men who threw down the gauntlet to their peers this year. Though these men made the cut, there were dozens more that were hot on their heels – a clear indication, if ever we needed one, that gents everywhere are taking matters of fashion and style more seriously than ever before.

Honourable mentions go to David Beckham, Oliver Cheshire, Patrick Grant and Tinie Tempah, who were narrowly displaced in the final rundown.

So, were these the ten you expected? Is there anyone that you feel has wrongly missed out? Who would you take your spot as number one?

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