From sci-fi to serial killers, from the flamboyant to the finer threads, who are the most stylish men on the box? And where did Sherlock Holmes buy that coat from?
Actor: Zachary Quinto
Because every superhero franchise needs one, Gabriel “Sylar” Grey was the resident telekinetic nutcase of Heroes, but despite head-sawing tendencies, he had styyyyle. While most of the Heroes gang didn’t particularly care how they looked, Sylar mixed big coats, usually dark shirts, a Ramones t-shirt at one point and of course that beautiful watch. It’s a shame he got his threads covered in blood so often.
Actor: Tom Selleck
The 1980s was a time when men were men, moustaches were fancy all year around, and chests were unbelievably hairy (though only on the guys). When Hawaiian shirts were cool and Tom Selleck was the man. When your dad probably owned similar cream trousers and if you’re really unlucky, he still does. No one carried it off like Magnum though. The 80s weren’t cool, but he was as close as they got.
Actor: Jeffrey Dean Morgan
If you own Miami’s lushest hotel, you’ve got to look the part. Ike Evans more than steps up to the plate in Magic City wearing both expensive suits and a cream jacket/bow tie combo. And that’s without mentioning the Ray Ban shades that just ooze charisma. It’s an enviable wardrobe.
Actor: Dermot Crowley
The man tasked with controlling Luther has a not-so-different dress code to Idris Elba, but he still has a distinctive look. Schenk is a silent hero in the show, and can often be seen mirroring Luther’s simple suit and big coat combination. Only Schenk adds wonderful, paisley silk scarves to his attire. You almost wouldn’t mind being arrested by a police squad so well-dressed.
Actor: John Simm
It was a shock for Sam Tyler to wake up from a 21st Century car accident to find himself in 1973, but at least he looked good. Sam lived most of his LCD-trip life on the show combining big-collared shirts with a tough leather jacket, luckily rejecting the platforms and flares that the era also had to offer. The leather jacket’s more commonly worn with a t-shirt these days – just ask the Arctic Monkeys – but Sam fitted right in with 1973 Manchester with his shirts, still retaining a modern coolness.
Actor: Steve Coogan
Alan Partridge is a man of many talents, not least when it comes to picking a wardrobe. As displayed in ‘A Partridge in Paris’, Alan is a master of the wacky combination, as he can pull off ice-white knee socks with a chevron-flashed polo, or shorts with a summer suit. Partridge is also the proud owner of a plentiful of pullovers; he once claimed, “I’m no Giorgio Armani… I’m Alan Partridge.” I know which one I’d rather be.
Actor: Matt Bomer
On the other end of the spectrum to Alan Partridge, Neal Caffrey from White Collar is an equally stylish young man, if not for completely different reasons. Despite wearing immaculate suits, mixing tie slides, waistcoats, turtlenecks and that trilby, most of Caffrey’s gear is apparently bought from thrift stores, Star Struck and Cheap Jacks. Looking a million dollars doesn’t have to cost it, it would seem.
Actor: Jon Pertwee
Famously referred to as a dandy by a predecessor, the Third Doctor was a suaver, more fashion-conscious incarnation when he hit screens in the early seventies. Pertwee was famous for his frilly shirts, timeless velvet jackets and cape-like coats, the like of which has even inspired incoming Time Lord, Peter Capaldi’s costume. The Doctor never looked more dapper.
Actor: Mark Gatiss
Sherlock’s coat + cheekbones combo may be poured over by Tumblr, but Holmes the Elder has quite the style himself. Mycroft has a plethora of suits in the show from the likes of Reiss, and Gieves and Hawkes. He’s perma-suited, never without a waistcoat and never seen without the trademark brolly. Even on Christmas Day: what are you trying to say about the British government, Moffat?
Actor: Arnold Stang
Gang leaders need sharp outfits, and Top Cat is no exception. Rocking a purple waistcoat and matching Heisenberg hat long before Walt and Jesse ever bought the RV, kids’ cartoon fave TC is the smartest cat in America. Just don’t copy the look. You won’t pull the local girls in just a purple waistcoat and hat.
Actor: Greg McHugh
Despite a whole episode focussing on an identity crisis, Howard is the most iconic dresser in the Fresh Meat house. Greg McHugh is apparently regularly tweeted with questions as to where he buys his jumpers, the most regular being the one covered in white… elephants, are they? Then there’s the dressing gown, that swishes behind him like he’s a student version of the Tenth Doctor, and the geology pun t-shirts. If he didn’t drape his sleeves in blood whilst working at the abattoir, maybe Howard would feature higher up on the list.
Actor: Bryan Greenberg
Of course, trying to make it in fashion and wearing nice clothes, is as obvious as trying to make it on X Factor with a sob story. No surprise then that ladies man Ben Epstein is dressed for the occasion, whatever the occasion, as he manages to make a jeans, t-shirt and jacket look so much smarter than it actually is. It’s all effortless. Even down to the stubble.
Actor: John Slattery
They’re all pretty neat on Mad Men, right? Roger Sterling’s one of the most sharply-dressed on the show though, as his beautiful suits are adorned with a handkerchief folded with three points. Waistcoats are a regular feature, as are the most enviable ties of the cast. Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman could take a few tips, here.
The Daleks have no concept of elegance, the Time Lords have – according to the Doctor himself – “No dress sense, dreadful hats” and the Ice Warriors don’t even allow each other out of their clattering, green, probably-stuffy armour. That just leaves the Silence to look cool then, with their skinny ties and slimming tuxedos. It’s just a shame you can’t remember how well-dressed they are.
Actor: Will Smith
These days, you’d probably only step out of the house in fluorescent shorts, baseball cap and baggy t-shirt if you’d lost a particularly nasty bet or absolutely lost your mind. Will Smith was the height of fashion in the nineties though, as his eyeball-smacking get-up swept across the globe. You can’t think of the decade without picturing the outfits. He looked better in the Fresh Prince than he does acting opposite Jaden, let’s face facts.
Actor: Robert Vaughn
The great Robert Vaughn, once of the Magnificent Seven, is the elder statesman in long-con drama Hustle, so it’s only fitting that he’s dressed to seduce the stupid and greedy. Albert’s smart suits, ties and pocket watch place him in league just as elite as the marks. He even looked spotless when he was sent to prison in Series 5.
Actor: Harry Shearer
Long before Matt Smith practically trademarked the short trousers, bow tie and jacket, Waylon Smithers was the hottest dresser in Springfield. A contrast to Mr Burns’s formal suit and hunched posture, Smithers is more eye-catching and actually, that purple tie really shouldn’t go with the green jacket or blue trousers, should it? Says a lot about the style icon himself that it does.
Actor: Patrick Baladi
There aren’t many people that David Brent wants to be. His exuberant overconfidence whiffs around The Office, but boss Neil becomes somewhat as a style icon to David, when he rocks up to work in a tan leather jacket. Ricky Gervais later claimed that Baladi looked so suave in the sitcom, he could’ve been Bond. The only difference between Brent and Neil Godwin though, is that Brent got his jacket from “Sergio Giorgini”.
Actor: John Barrowman
The first omnisexual character on family television, Captain Jack was a flirty immortal with a swishy double-breasted coat, braces and a tight shirt. He developed his own look on Torchwood, showcased it in his return to Doctor Who, and even insisted on stripping down to his shirt on occasion, “Because I look good.” He was a style icon. The ladies loved him, but then so did the men, aliens and just about everyone else.
Actor: Ian Somerhalder
He may be over 150 years old, but Damon Salvatore dresses pretty well for his age. Shunning the cardies and corduroys of many men of a certain age, Damon prefers dark shirts and leather jackets to contrast against his strikingly blue eyes. Proof that not all vampires need dress in silly capes.
Actor: Timothy Olyphant
It’s perhaps a cliche for a Deputy Marshal to almost never be seen without his hat, but Raylan wears it fantastically well, don’t you think? Often wearing a nice jacket, tie and jeans to complete the look, he steals the show, clothes-wise, in Justified. And to add more insult, he never gets hat hair: it always looks meticulous.
Actor: Chris Noth
Sex and the City might not be aimed at the male demographic (see Mr Big’s reaction to that bombshell just above), but guys, if you ever find yourself watching it, look out for Sarah Jessica Parker’s main love interest, James “Mr Big” Preston. Mr Big has a collection of classic dark suits to die for, and wears expensive ties with a schoolboy knot. They’re worth looking out for, even if you don’t like the show.
Actor: Ed Helms
The snazziest dresser in Dunder Mifflin, Andy Bernard rotates the brightest selection of ties, bow ties and jumpers ever seen in the workplace. He buys his attire from Brooks Brothers and J. Crew, and even owns a pair of trousers with tennis rackets on them. Stylish, but boldly and bravely so.
Actor: Rob James-Collier
Doing more for the white bow tie than almost anyone else on television at all, Thomas Barrow is perhaps one of the most British characters of one the most British shows on air. Thomas is constantly suited, often with a double-breasted jacket, and sporting the slickest TV combover this side of sixties. Oh, and he looks great in army uniform too. Of course.
Actor: Matthew Gray Gubler
Uber-genius and heart-throb to many, Spencer Reid has developed his own competitor to the admittedly more famous Windsor knot. Often seen with his top button undone, wearing check shirts, sometimes horn-rimmed glasses, a cardigan and the loosest ties on telly, Reid’s not only astoundingly clever – with an IQ of 187 – he’s pretty stylish too.
Actor: Marc Warren
Mickey and Albert are the professionals in Hustle, dressed to kill and more importantly, strip any bent millionaire of their riches. Young pretender Danny Blue takes a more casual approach to wardrobe, often turning up to work in a suit, but sometimes just playing it cool with a bright shirt and jeans. Warren still managed to look about ten years younger than he actually was when he filmed the show. Did you know he’s nearly fifty now?
Actor: Aziz Ansari
A blinding contrast to Ron Swanson’s wardrobe, Tom Haverford is a fashion icon in Parks and Recreation. His finest outfits include a burgundy suit and a white evening jacket, and he even went as far as to replace the insoles of his shoes with red carpet, just so he’d always be walking on it, feeling as good as he looks. Smooooooth.
Actor: Neil Patrick Harris
If there’s one legacy of How I Met Your Mother, it’s the lesson that high-functioning sociopath Barney taught all men: suit up! Usually donning skinny ties with his outfits, Barney was the best-dressed guy on the show by a mile. One YouTuber’s even gone to the trouble of compiling every suit Stinson ever wore.
Actor: Giancarlo Esposito
Los Pollos Hermanos owner and drug overlord Gus Fring hasn’t got all that much to compete with in the fashion stakes in Albuquerque. Walt cooks in his undies, Jesse wears baggy hip-hop clobber and if Hank’s ever seen out of uniform, it’s fair to say he doesn’t suit a suit. Gustavo most certainly does. The last we see of him, he’s straightening his tie…
Actor: Richard Ayoade
There are no words that can possibly describe how wonderful Richard Ayoade is, but unfortunately, the credit for Moss’s outfits has to go to Maurice’s mother, who still buys his clothes. Fancy ties, check shirts and big-rimmed glasses give the computer nerd his classic look. As Moss himself observes, “I like being weird. Weird’s all I’ve got. That and my sweet ass style.”
Actor: Peter Dinklage
Stephen Merchant once asked Warwick Davis in Extras where he bought his clothes from. Whilst we could ask two-metre-tall Merchant the same question, the more pressing query concerning custom-made clothiers is where Tyrion Lannister gets those fur capes, waistcoats and tunics. He looks the absolute business. Do all masters of coin dress like this?
Actor: Alec Baldwin
He’s been Phoebe’s over-excited boyfriend and murdered by Kim Jong-Il, but fortunately Alec Baldwin was given the chance to show his smart side in 30 Rock as Jack Donaghy. The striped ties and sharp suits are courtesy of Dunhill and Zegna apparently, not to mention the tuxedo: “Why are you wearing a tux?” “It’s after six, what am I? A farmer?”
Actor: Idris Elba
There’s a half-joke some way into the third series of Luther – you have to keep track of them, there aren’t many – about John Luther’s super-consistent wardrobe. Grey shirts, the red charity shop tie and iconic grey coat are always on display, with John himself claiming the Paul Smith coat to be his “lucky” one. Cool as it may be, especially when he combines it with flashes of red, but lucky it certainly isn’t, given how often people around him die.
Actor: Misha Collins
Adored by roughly two thirds of the Tumblr population, Castiel is probably the slickest dresser to fall from heaven. The suits are simple enough and the ties are loose and left to swish in the wind, but it’s the glorious trench coat that has become a staple of the show ever since he arrived in the fourth season. A cosplay favourite and an influence to many.
Actor: Jon Hamm
The Batman of Mad Men, Don Draper is the most exquisitely dressed of all the Mad Men, looking absolutely timeless no matter the suit. His suits usually take a shade of grey, his pocket squares the brightest white, and his ties are usually a manly blue, possibly striped, but always meaning business. He’s a man who manages to outshine everyone, just by wearing grey. That’s how cool Don Draper is.
Actor: David Tennant
So many fashion faux pas in one outfit: his belt colour doesn’t match his shoes, he does the bottom button of his jacket up and actually, his whole suit is made from a pair of old trousers. But somehow, Ten still made this skinny pinstripe suit look incredible, better still when coupled with the fake-suede overcoat. No one else can pull it off, that’s for sure.
Actor: Simon Baker
Mums’ favourite and girly-named Jane took the bold decision after his family were murdered to always wear the same clothes that he was wearing when it happened. Though it didn’t do Miss Havisham any favours, Mentalist star Simon Baker has become a style icon to many, perma-waistcoated, never wearing a tie, and often rolling up his sleeves to hunt Red John. The dazzling grin only adds to the look.
Actor: Mads Mikkelsen
Former Bond baddie Mads Mikkelsen has fought Daniel Craig at a luxury casino, played a count and a musketeer. But he’s easily most dapper in Hannibal, wearing big-knotted ties, waistcoats and dark shirts, as he eats his way through murder victims. Who’d have thought, when Anthony Hopkins appeared in Silence of the Lambs, that one day, that character, would have a blog dedicated to the fancier ties in his wardrobe?
Actor: Adrian Lester
The greatest con artist of his generation, there’s a reason Michael Stone always plays the high-flying investor, top newspaper editor or CEO when conning the greedy City boys of London. Ash and Danny play the labourers, the gas fitters and the working class, because Mickey just doesn’t suit anything other than the chicest suits. There are worse ways to be typecast, I guess…
Actor: Michael Kenneth Williams
Head of Atlantic City’s African American community and vendor of illegal liquor, Chalky White is a man with incredible power. So what better way to show that than with a brilliant gold bow tie? Chalky couples this with red pocket squares, check jackets, lavish plaid suits and perhaps best of all, a red overcoat with astrakhan collar. He’s a character so stylish, he needs a good few seconds of introduction every time he appears on screen. Just so you can take in that incredible get-up.
Actor: Hugh Bonneville
He owns grand estate and he married a millionairess: whether World War I was on or not, Robert Crawley is the most dashingly dressed in Downton, with his white bow tie, sumptuous suits and white handkerchief. Downton Abbey is a study of how the other half lived, and on the Earl of Grantham’s showing, it was dressed to kill.