The New Icons Of Style

Every morning across the United States, Japan and other places that aren’t Libya, young men awaken from their peaceful slumber, pull on their carefully worn Levi's, pomade the shit out of their hair and otherwise pray at the sartorial altar of James Dean. Others channel Paul Newman, blue eyes twinkling in a pair of crisp khakis, while some favor Steve McQueen. Maybe even Kanye West or Bob Dylan or, shit, I don’t know, the free-spirited father on My Two Dads, who seems to inspire a particular subset of young men residing in Chelsea. With maybe the exception of that last one, these well-trodden icons of men’s style are a little tired for anyone looking for that next level steez I hear all of the kids talking about these days.

But do we really need celebrities and dead people to tell us how to dress? Why not look a little closer to home the next time you try to bite someone’s style? Style can be found in unexpected places as you go about your day, you just need to know where to look. Hint: EVERYWHERE!

Steve Dool is a writer based in New York City. Follow him on Twitter.


  • MaG

    on the money about babies. they don’t know sh*t, except about sh*t. let’s not exclude the homeless man on the train. dude has the science of not looking like he/she cares about what they put on their body (or not put on if you’re in the Valley) before hopping a turnstile to a tee.

  • Ferp

    i guess this post is tongue in cheek, but big up to my fellow Third World immigrants. recent arrivals in particular; they have that ill flip-flop and soccer jersey look down.

  • David

    I mainly style myself after NES video game characters. Particularly River City Ransom because those guys have the Japanese-Americana-Which-Came-First-The-Chicken-Or-The-Shuttle-Loom kind of style on LOCK.

    • MaG

      i dig this. i’m stealing it. really, i’ll just pick a Capcom character and go with it. probably Bison. he be killing that red ensemble. and the cape? top notch.