Back to the office? Do you leave your home to go shopping? Simply putting on “any old suit” or stepping out in the same outfit you just trained in won’t suit the fashionable man.
However, you may find yourself in a massive style rut. Although menswear is often all about “just changing your tie”, you might like to be more creative with your look. Also, after two and a half years of navigating a pandemic (i.e. staying home most of the time), there is suddenly an increased need to dress head-to-toe and not not just put on a nice shirt for a Zoom call.
Enter fashion influencers. No, they are not just for women’s style. Many menswear influencers have amassed huge followings for their regular and accessible style inspiration. Going through a few of their snaps, you’ll realize that you, in fact, have something to wear.
Mariano Di Vaio
The 33-year-old Italian blogger has served as a brand ambassador for a who’s who of designer brands, including Dolce & Gabbana and Hugo Boss. His feed is curated with styles for multiple occasions, from casual monochromatic tracksuits with white sneakers to sharp yet stylish blue plaid suit jackets. He’s Italian, so you can see him sporting head-to-toe white after Labor Day carefree, much to the delight of his 6.7 million followers.
Many of this male style influencer’s first shots were in trendy flat poses. These days, you can find Phil Cohen, a virtual creative director, making appearances in videos that have become must-sees for his nearly 860,000 subscribers. You might not be able to dress up while jumping in the air like he did in this video (although he shows you how), but you can copy many of his looks. Think reversible knits, tailored pants and all the Levi’s jeans your dresser can handle.
Justin Livingston moved to New York from Mississippi to pursue a career in fashion. Some two decades later, it’s clear he certainly stood out in a crowd full of other hopefuls. Livingston has over 296,000 followers and he shares photos of himself looking stylish and well-travelled. A recent article included Livingston mingling with locals in tapered pants, a long-sleeved shirt and a beret in front of the Eiffel Tower. Of course, he also got it all in New York street style. Leather trench coats, men’s handbags, faux leather pants, and graffiti layers that prove comfy season is also style season are all recent OOTDs.
Luke Sabbat, aka Mr. Fallback, even makes taking out the trash stylish. The influencer recently stepped out in Japan trash bagging in cream leather pants and a white three-quarter sleeve T-shirt. It was impressive. There are plenty more where this came from, and her feed is made for daring men willing to take fashion risks and make them stellar. He wore a long white fur coat over sweats, a bright blue Tommy Hilfiger hoodie over a collared shirt and combat boots with shorts and a men’s handbag.
Will Taylor is an interior design writer, but he also has 341,000 followers on Instagram for his personal style. He recently shared wetsuit style tips, looked fashionable serving as a pool boy in shorts and a t-shirt, and gave off some major (but comfy) western vibes while sitting by the fire in a cowboy tuxedo.
One of the most followed fashion influencers with a number of 1 million, Johannes Huebl is a German model, photographer and designer. Her looks are generally classic and accessible. Relaxed jeans and a sweater, as he showed in a recent post taken on a walk in Berlin, are perfect for autumn days, while cuffed jeans and a blazer will make you look chic effortlessly.
Leo Mandella catches eyeballs when he steps out in bold styles that match his ice cream and serve as early Halloween inspiration. He also attracted more than 707,000 accounts on his Instagram page. Recent posts have included looks from Versace and Prada dungarees.
Brock + Chris Lin
This account gives 273,000 followers two influencers for the price of one. Watch them make lounging in a hotel look cozy yet fashionable, look like urban cowboys brought up in crisp white shirts and pants and brown Banana Republic jackets, and prove that the personal care can always be stylish.
Blake Scott Silva
This LatinX influencer gives a variety of looks. It shows the differences — or lack thereof — between the $2,700 and $500 suits. He also looks flawless in white and LA chic in an open-neck shirt and white t-shirt.
You cannot pin Mario Rios. The fashion influencer’s biography simply reads “moving around in different spaces.” His feed shows that, but you’ll never see him look offbeat, as his appearance is as varied as his travels. He recently wore a slim blazer and wide leg pants in Paris and combat boots, leather shorts and a sweater vest while filming for Interview review. A post with a sequined top racked up over a million likes.
Fashion influencers can offer inspirational and ambitious looks to help you figure out what to wear. Each men’s style influencer has their own personality that shines through on their grids. Some feature bold, bold looks that play with texture and color, like sequined tops and hoodies over workwear. Others stick to the classics – crew neck sweaters, denim and white sneakers. In other words, there’s probably an inspiring look for you. Ultimately, what makes these influencers fashionable is that their styles are personal. Consider taking a bit of each, but injecting your own life into your outfit for a look that’s authentically you.