When a guy can carve a niche for himself as a paragon of style, it's a truly impressive feat. I mean, HULLO, dudes do not have the same range of options as ladies do. It's a lot harder to keep your look fresh and fashion-forward without peplum skirts and crop tops and a variety of heels. But there is an elite tier of dudes who have done exactly that in 2013.
We pay attention to the stories you're reading, tweeting, and posting on Facebook. Based on all that, we've put together a list of your 10 favorite stylish studs from the past 365 days. Now we need your help to crown the winner. One Direction won as a group last year, but only Harry and Zayn are nominated this time around. Will one of them come out on top, or will they split the 1D vote, leaving room for a new champion? It's up to you, so be sure to vote for your fave dude below. And act quickly because the poll closes after Wednesday, December 18th!
Harry Styles' 2013 looks.
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Harry Styles is a fashion icon. But you don’t have to take our word for it—all of Europe says so. (Pretty much.) The youngest member of One Direction beat out ~actual~ models for the title of British Style Icon at this year’s British Fashion Awards AND took home the award for Best Look at the MTV EMA. The dude wears quirky, printed button-ups and black skinny jeans like nobody’s business, and somehow manages to make bed head appropriate for every situation.
Ahh, the ubiquitous ugly holiday sweater. What once was a cheerful way to keep warm in the '80s has now turned into a so-tacky-it's-trendy fair-weather fad. (Thanks a lot, Bill Cosby.) Entire parties get thrown in honor of these sartorial atrocities, reminding us that: 1) Most things from the '80s should stay in the '80s, and 2) no one looks good in red and green. No one. Not even you. Check eBay, Etsy or your local Goodwill, and you'll find yourself swimming in Fair Isle patterns, snowflakes, and discarded knitting projects with triangular Christmas trees and lopsided presents.
What we're offering here are not those sweaters. These holiday sweaters are kiiind of on the naughty side. They're perfect for that inevitably themed party with your friends, but we doubt Granny and Pop would approve. In fact, there's a good chance they'd be straight-up offended. Or maybe they'll deck the halls with LOLs. IDK. Either way, we've rated each from one to 10 in terms of how vulgar and/or confusing your grandparents may find it, along with its party-pleasing potential, should you take it out in public. 'Tis the season to be tacky! (Fa la la la la, la la la la.)
GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER
The Sweater: Granny Got It ($40)
Vulgarity: Nine. It doesn't get much worse than murder.
Confusion: One. We all know how this song ends. Although it kind of looks like grandma is about to get run over by MULTIPLE reindeer.
Party-Pleasing Potential: Five. Points for clarity and the allusion to a campy holiday tune, but there's one major downside: being forced to listen to everyone you encounter sing that song, word for word.
What Would Grandma Say: "Young people these days have no respect for their elders!"
Multiple Mother Monsters.
Photo: @ladygaga's Twitter
Sorry, World. Japan officially loves Lady Gaga the most. (Please don't kill the messenger.) But, I mean, it's true. Japan loves Gaga SO much that they out Tussaud'ed Madame Tussauds (and out creeped Lars and the Real Girl) by making an entire army of Mother Monsters. An army that plays ARTPOP from the heart AND wears 9-inch platform stilettos. #upgrade Also, you can apparently hug these Gaga clones without getting swept up by burly security guards. At least, that's what a video from Yahoo! Japan implies.
Lady Gaga tweeted a photo of three VERY real-looking "GagaDolls" sitting on a couch in Japan with the caption, "Who needs barbies when you can own your own life size pop star that sings to you #gagadollz." Hey, Santa? Is it too late to add this to my Christmas list?
Katy Perry gets prismatic.
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Yesterday, Katy Perry announced via Twitter that she'll be spanning the globe in 2014 to support her new album, Prism, on the Prismatic World Tour (which kicks off in London in May). Obviously, our response was: MEOW! Also, YAY! The release of Perry's fourth studio album has ushered in a new era of style for the chameleonic singer, who's long been a courageous pioneer of rainbow-colored hair and exaggerated sartorial statements.
Since she first started promoting Prism a few months ago, Katy's typically been rotating three thematic looks: 1.) Tiger Style—which reflects "Roar," her first single off the new album and has been worn for several live performances of the song 2.) '90s Schoolgirl Steez—which is trending HARD right now and is usually rocked during non-performance appearances and 3.) "Perfectly Prismatic," the most literal interpretation of her album title—iridescent, mirrored, a Lisa Frank visual spectacular. So which look will she choose to sport on tour?
Demi Lovato in her video for 'Neon Lights.'
Photo: @ddlovato's Twitter
When Demi Lovato debuted the cover art for her new single, "Neon Lights," last week, we were all like, “OOOH” and “AHHH” and “where can we score some glow-in-the-dark nail polish?” Lovato stripped down and submerged herself in water for the beautifully illuminated first shot, and now we’re learning that there’s a lot more where that came from, thanks to a few sneak peek screen grabs from the song’s soon-to-be-released music video.
In honor of passing the 20-million follower mark on Twitter (*throws confetti*), Demi shared several pics from the rain-drenched shoot and OMG HER HAIR GLOWS, TOO. (Wait, is that why she dyed it neon blue or was the black light-friendly tint just a happy bonus? Hmm.) But that's not all that glows! Demi gets decked out in all KINDS of neon makeup: nail polish, lipstick, super thick cat-eye liner. SO FUN. We can haz, plz?
Rihanna rocks a bob and a bodysuit out in NYC.
Photo: Splash News
YAAS, Rih! We see you, girl! And not just because you may be the only person in NYC not wearing pants outside in November! (To be fair, it did get above freezing temps recently.) Rihanna debuted a brand new ‘do while out and about in the Big Apple this weekend celebrating the end of her Diamonds World Tour, and while we are DYING to know what her real hair looks like (because it changes shape on the reg these days), we are LOVING its latest incarnation. Rih stepped out with a chunky bob and bangs, cut by her long-time hairstylist, Ursula Steven, who was also responsible for the sleek, asymmetrical bob that helped put her on the map in 2007. Wearing a velvet, long-sleeved, mock neck playsuit from her River Island collab and thigh-high boots, Rihanna werqued her leggy mod look with a double dog tag necklace and a bold red lip. Gah, so good.
Miley Cyrus performing "Wrecking Ball" at the 2013 EMA.
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• Miley Cyrus stayed inside this week and has been totally MIA. JK! She was everywhere: calling for peace with her clothing on the 2013 MTV EMA red carpet, performing two songs at the EMA in way more clothing than we're used to, looking all future-istic (heh) in Future's video for "Real and True" AND showing off her handmade merch in a new promo video for her upcoming tour. PHEW. *wipes brow*
• HARRY STYLES. That is all. Actually, what we meant to say was: in other EMA news, Harry Styles (who attended in ~spirit~) won the award for 'Best Look.' Duh, duh, one thousand times DUH.
• Earlier this week, Rihanna let us peep a few advance pics of her #gothglam style from the set of "What Now," which gave us plenty of time to appropriately prepare for the return of the mullet.
• Selena Gomez lost her hair AND her shirtless bed companion in the new issue of Flaunt magazine. But she did find a picture of her hair in the end, so, there's that.
• The apple does NOT fall far from the swaggy tree in Drake's family. The rapper recently debuted his video for "Worst Behavior," which features his dad, Dennis Graham, lookin' RULL fly in a slew of luxury suits. And one of his BFFs in an owl suit.
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Robert Pattinson and his new goatee at the 6th Annual Go Go Gala.
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Dear Robert Pattinson’s New Goatee,
Look, I know we don’t really know each other that well, but I’ve got a bone to pick with you, sir. You’re new around here, I get that. But first impressions are hard to change and my first impression of you and your finely-tuned shape is, well, not great. I don’t necessarily want to make you feel unwelcome, but like, what exactly are you doing on R. Patz’s face? Why are you here? What is your purpose?
The unkempt beard was one thing. That, we could at least relate to—because TBH, shaving (your face, legs, etc.) can be a total time suck and sometimes it’s just SO much easier to let your follicles run free for a while, you know? Also, I don't believe for a minute that you're around for a role, so don't try to play that card with me. As far as I’m concerned, ~all~ characters can be conquered by a prosthetic facial piece. I mean, you saw Tom Hanks in Castaway, right? There is no way that man grew a curly blond beard on his own.
Katy Perry on set at her COVERGIRL shoot.
Photo: @covergirl's Instagram
Now that Katy Perry is the newest face of COVERGIRL, she’s got some business to attend to. We imagine that includes things like experimenting with different shades of eye shadow, creating some sort of prismatic lip-illusion and just generally looking really pretty. Man, life as a COVERGIRL sounds hard, right? *sigh* But before she gets down to the nitty-gritty, Katy decided to have some fun by taking over the cosmetics giant’s Instagram account earlier today and only snapping photos of cats. JK! But that would have been hilarious.
Rihanna filming a scene for "What Now."
Photo: Def Jam Records
OK. Now that we’ve seen a few sneak peek pics and behind-the-scenes footage from Rihanna’s new video for “What Now,” we are officially afraid. Like, we’d even go so far as to say that “Disturbia” ain’t got nothin’ on this. And that video was RULL scary (but also pretty sexy, because Rihanna). Despite the soft, balladic nature of "What Now," the concept behind the video, which was shot in a warehouse in Thailand over 22 hours, is supposed to be “eerie” and “creepy,” says Rih. Well, mission accomplished from what we've seen so far, which includes a lot of mullet, retching, writhing, and possibly an exorcism. #goth