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.
Last night in the motherland of Nike, otherwise known as Portland, Oregon, Drake took a concert breather to let the crowd know he drove 28 hours through a snowstorm to stand there before them. He praised the city's roaring populace of bicyclists and single women. And then he announced his induction into the Team Jordan family, claiming it was the best day of his life. Not long after, he posted some teaser pics to his Instagram account.
Last week, Kanye West said "OK BAHYE" to Nike after a five-year partnership and signed a reported $10 million deal with Adidas. Three Stripes publicly confirmed their alliance yesterday.
COINCIDENCE? Prooooooooobably not.
Harry Styles at the 2013 British Fashion Awards.
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Harry Styles is going to need a bigger trophy case if he keeps winning all these style icon awards. At the MTV EMA he won the award for "Best Look" and, now, he was named "British Style Icon" at the 2013 British Fashion Awards. British style icon and king of my heart: you're killin' it, Mr. Styles.
When Harry won his award at the MTV EMA, we were like, "Duh, look at how he pulls off bold prints. Also, that hair!" Back then, we didn't know how he could work the runway. We didn't know how a casually draped scarf looked around his neck. I mean, look at that thing (see above)! Of course he's winning all the awards. He even wore black jeans with intact knees to the ceremony. He didn't even bestow that honor upon the Midnight Memories album cover. Or to the premiere of This Is Us. He was vying for this award. Hard.
A still from Justin Bieber's "All That Matters" music video.
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It's hard to tear your eyes away from all the mouth action (yea, I said it) happening in Justin Bieber's "All That Matters" music video, but if you are of sound enough mind and strong enough will to do so, you may have noticed something peculiar about the wardrobe. And no, I'm not talking about that blonde girl in the denim overall crop top that may or may not be from Rihanna's debut River Island collection. It seems The Biebs has pulled a page from Kanye's book of answers with this video steez by wearing a KILT. And a leather one, at that! Yep, the pop wunderkind took a momentary break from his super-saggy (not to be confused with swaggy), butt-baring pants in favor of these Rick Owens leather skinnies with an attached matching kilt.
He rocks Tom Ford.
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ICYMI: Jay Z doesn't pop Molly, he rocks Tom Ford. Oh. You've heard his song "Tom Ford," and you already knew that? Well, apparently, Jay doesn't think we got the message. Or maybe he just loves Tom Ford THAT much. Or, even more likely, Mr. Carter realizes that his words are good enough to wear. Last night, Jay Z kicked off his Magna Carta World Tour in St. Paul, Minnesota and took to the stage in a custom, black and white jersey tee emblazoned with lyrical references to his standout hit, "Tom Ford." Hov repped the designer's name on the back of the shirt, along with Ford's birth year (1961) and the word "Molly" crossed out.
Harry Styles and his hair performing on 'Good Morning America.'
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HEY, MEN. Want long, luxurious locks like Harry Styles? You're in luck! Great Lengths, a British hair extension company, has a line of "Men-Hancements" (LOL), which the men of London are using on the regular. British men are so into extensions that the company says that men will account for 10% of their sales this year. That's a lot of "men-hancements," y'all!
The site has pictures of models and men who decided to "men-hance" themselves and, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but none of them come close to approximating the undone, voluminous coiffure that's now signature to Harry. That hair, with its front height and side curls cannot (and should not, IMHO) be attempted by anyone else: we saw that last week in the One Direction ad for Macy's.
Harry Styles, Liam Payne, and Cindy Crawford walk the runway at 1D Day.
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One Direction members, part-time Macy's salesmen, American Music Award winners, and... models? Yep. Two members of 1D have ditched singing to parade their beautiful faces all over the globe. JK! Over the weekend, though, was a 7-hour livestream for 1D Day, and Harry Styles and Liam Payne took to a catwalk to strut their stuff. Judging the walk off? Oh, Cindy Crawford, our OG House Of Style host, NBD.
Harry and Liam took to the runway in fan-made shirts: one featured song lyrics, another song titles, and one just had 5 stripes and, TBH, I'm not sure how it was relevant to 1D. One of the shirts Harry couldn't get over his headband in time, so he just carried it in front of his tattooed torso, which was pleasant, but also unusual. I mean, CHELLO, you're Harry Styles. We've seen you shirtless before! You were shirtless throughout 1D Day! Why so shy in front of a professional model? You know her. You made pizza with her kids, remember? She won't judge you too harshly!
Justin Bieber released the short film for his new fragrance, The Key, this weekend—and from what we gather, once you purchase said perfume, the Biebs has full license to break and enter your room without any legal implications. Don't say we didn't warn you. Of course, if you like the idea of Justin waking you up at 3am on a Tuesday to go look at taxidermied animals and dance on a rooftop, then you're in luck. Maybe still sleep with a bat under your bed just in case, though. JK! No need to be scared. Justin Bieber will only sneak into your room to do fun things, according to his film.
One Direction on the red carpet at the 2013 AMAs.
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Does anyone know what vitamins One Direction takes? What magical concoction gives them the ability to host a 7-hour livestream for 1D Day yesterday and then roll up to the AMA Red Carpet looking fresh, coordinated, and as cute as ever? Because HEYYY, I WANT SOME.
For their arrival, the guys stuck to a black and grey palette, but in varying forms of dressiness: Harry had on a tuxedo jacket, while Niall had on a charcoal bomber jacket. Liam, as usual, had on an inexplicable trench coat. All five guys wore tight black jeans and, unusually, Harry's weren't ripped at the knees! These must be his formal jeans. Louis, as always, skipped socks because having smelly feet must be his ~thing~. Zayn's turtleneck was not out of place, despite being in L.A., because, as you may have heard, it's 61 degrees there and all Angelenos are freaking out about the cold front. If Zayn gets too cold, Liam could lend him his coat. He always has one with him.
A still from Eminem's 'Rap God' video.
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Eminem's "Rap God" video is on its way! Em released a teaser for the video and he's wearing...a suit? Like, I think the last time Eminem wore a suit was in the "Without Me" video when he was playing a game show host? Dude doesn't wear suits, so we're going to cherish seeing him in a jacket, even if it is extremely shiny. His sunglasses are likely in place to shield his eyes from the sheen coming off that suit.