Colgate Couture: Style Icons Every Guy Should Know



Alexis Manrodt

Being a girl, I write a disproportionate amount of articles about fashion that can be applied strictly to the ladies. It wasn’t until a guy friend of mine recently called me out on ignoring the fellas that I realized a lot of dudes care about fashion as well. It shouldn’t have surprised me – looking around, it’s easy to see that Colgate is a very style-conscious campus. In an effort to appeal to the fashionable males on campus, and to help the less-fashionable ones as well, I’ve rounded up the most important style icons according to their fashion aesthetic:


The dandy look originates from early nineteenth-century British culture, when dandies dressed in over-the-top, outlandish outfits that paid close attention to the details, textiles and cuts of each garment. The group was exemplified by the likes of Baudelaire, Byron and Oscar Wilde, who all desired to make fashion equal to art and political expression. Modern-day dandies similarly appreciate luxe looks.

Simon Doonan, a bestselling author and the Creative Ambassador-at-Large of Barneys New York, is perhaps the foremost dandy of our day. Doonan’s style signatures are his multi-colored floral button-downs, which he wears with everything from velvet blazers and skinny ties to metallic leather jackets and tinted sunglasses.

“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star and generally ridiculous human being Scott Disick has also gained a reputation in the fashion community for his dandy aesthetic. His propensity for wearing tailored suits on all occasions and his liking of ascots, pocket squares and walking canes make him the ultimate “neo-fop.”

Other modern dandies include reality star Brad Goreski, David Bowie and Tinie Tempah, dubbed “the dapper rapper” by many media outlets.


Like dandies, wildcards always dress to impress, but it’s sometimes hard to tell who exactly they’re trying to appeal to. Johnny Depp is perhaps the best example of this phenomenon. Having adopted the pirate chic of his mentor Keith Richards, Depp arrives at any red carpet in a clash of patterns and colors, wearing literally countless numbers of scarves, necklaces, rings and other trinkets.

On the other end of the spectrum, international blogger Bryanboy routinely mystifies fashion folks with his inventive fashions. Whether wearing wraparound sunglasses, sequin suits or ladies’ lace-up shoes, he is guaranteed to always be the best and wildest-dressed no matter where he goes.

Another style wildcard is Pharrell Williams, a rapper-producer who has also started two successful fashion labels, Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream Clothing. Pharrell has a knack for combining Mod-style suits with an edgy hip-hop aesthetic. He is just as likely to show up in an argyle sweater and straw fedora as he is to sport an oversized fur coat and tuxedo that would give James Bond a run for his money.


When thinking of icons of classic fashion, names that come to mind often belong to old Hollywood. But you don’t have to channel Cary Grant or Fred Astaire to look classic; instead turn to their contemporaries like James Dean and Steve McQueen, who understood that the power of a simple white v-neck and Levi’s was just on par with a top hat and tails.

Actors like George Clooney and Ryan Gosling embody the new kind of classic look, as they pair designer items like Persol sunglasses with dark-wash denim and cardigans.

For the release of his newest album, Justin Timberlake revamped his casual look to be more polished, with the main changes being his newly smoothed-over hair and custom Tom Ford suits.

J.T.’s “Suit and Tie” collaborator Jay-Z often does a take on the classic aesthetic, favoring a uniform of jeans and a leather jacket during the day and classic suits at night. Jay is in touch with his inner dandy as well, as evidenced by the oversized sable ushanka hat he wore to President Obama’s inauguration in 2009.