11 Men's Grooming Icons That Stand The Test Of Time

October 03, 2015

We all have men that we look to for style and grooming inspiration, whether that be via a celebrity or Instagram account, but very few of these styles can stand the test of time. There are fashion's that come and go, but it's hard to stay on top with a style game, that inspires gents for generations to come. We break down the top 11 gentlemen that are able to do just this, with their very own unique style. But who will be our number one?

11. Gene Kelly

The Singin' In The Rain star, had one of the most popular hairstyles amongst gentlemen worldwide. The side part was worn by Kelly in the 40s and 50s, and is still with us in 2015 and we can't see it leaving anytime soon. Popular wearers include David Beckham, Justin Timberlake, and Jon Hamm (Don Draper in Mad Men).

10. George Clooney

Many a lady has swooned over the "silver fox" look of George Clooney, and there's a good chance that your partner or mum will feel the same. You will struggle to find a photo of the Oceans Eleven star with a hair out of place, which earns him his place on this list.

George Clooney TIFF 2011

9. George Best

The man who famously once said "I spent a lot on booze, birds, and fast cars. The rest I just squandered," knew how to pull off the now ever popular beard and longer hair look. Along with David Beckham, the Northern Irishman could well be one of the most stylish footballer's of all time, and we can't see this look going away anytime soon.


8. Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp has played eccentric characters, such as Edward Scissorhands, and Jack Sparrow, and has his own unique style to go with it. He has shown he can cut it with a look that Sinatra would be proud of as John Dillinger, but we prefer the long hair and goatee look that he has made his own.

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"Johnny Depp 2, 2011" by Arnold Wells Uploaded by MyCanon - Johnny Depp. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

7. Elvis Presley

The King of Rock and Roll, showed in his younger years what a grooming icon he is. Another man, like the below mentioned James Dean, that has perfected the pompadour, you can see why this style is here to stay. We just can't help falling in love with the King's look!


6. James Bond

Ok, so he may not be a real person, but James Bond is one of history's biggest advocates of men's grooming. Whether that be the current Mr.Bond, Daniel Craig, or a more classic Bond, à la Sean Connery, shaving brushes and shaving cream finish the look of this timeless character.

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5. David Beckham

Perhaps the most iconic gentleman of our time, Becks is a man that can pull of almost any style (some more questionable than others). From curtains, to that mohawk, to his now more gentlemanly look, you can always look to David Beckham for grooming inspiration.


4. Frank Sinatra

Ol' Blue Eyes is not just a legend of music, but will always be a legend of style & grooming. He certainly did it his way, and being one of the most recognisable gentlemen ever, the Sinatra look is one that has stood the test of time.

3. Paul Newman

Famous for playing iconic characters such as Butch Cassidy and Luke Jackson, Paul Newman's style is rightly revered and coveted by men of all generations. How many men look good with both a beard or clean shaven? Well, Paul Newman is certainly one of those men.


2. James Dean

There are few gents as iconic as James Dean. The subject of a new movie and a Taylor Swift song, the look is one of the most recognisable you will see. The tragic death of Dean at 24, just goes to show how iconic this man is, that his famous pompadour and white tee look, can still be seen as so stylish.


1. Steve McQueen

Once the highest paid movie star in the world, Steve McQueen is a true grooming icon. Even if you've never seen a movie starring him (come on you must have seen Great Escape), you can guarantee that you've seen a photo of this man on an Instagram account somewhere, and taken inspiration from him.


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