Figuring out what to wear in the morning is a hard enough task as it is. Looking good? Even harder. But that’s what we have Hollywood for: to showcase the latest and the greatest—from sleek designer suits to casual streetwear—in every color, style, and size.
Here are 12 guys who did it right in 2012. So take notes—for your wardrobe’s sake.
1. Adam Levine
He’s the reason The Voice is your girlfriend’s favorite show—and why she’s asked you if you’d ever get a tattoo. But instead of being jealous, steal his secrets. The Maroon 5 front man-turned-media mogul is on the right track. (He also has a track record with two Victoria’s Secret models, so he’s doing something right.) Do grunge his way without overdoing it—a V-neck and a beanie, a flannel, or a patterned sweatshirt—and follow his lead for a sleek, yet cool, dressier look.
2. David Beckham
3. Andrew Garfield
With Andrew Garfield’s dual citizenship—to the U.K. and the U.S.—comes a dueling sense of style: a perfect blend of casual and chic. The Spider Man star has a knack for making everything—from a tee layered with a hoodie or sweater, to colored pants, to classic suits—look just as clean.
4. Liam Hemsworth
This Aussie star of The Hunger Games stays close to his Aussie roots—self-admittedly still a big fan of surf gear. And while beanies, patterned tanks, and hip sneakers have their place—you’ve probably seen photos of him cruising the streets with fianceé Miley Cyrus—the 22-year-old star also cleans up well. Discover how to Suit Up Like Hemsworth, and remember the number one rule: Fit is everything.
5. Kevin Durant
He might be one of the best basketball players in the world, but he’s also one of the most subtly stylish athletes. From a hint of color to one key accessory (those thick rimmed glasses), Durant makes a statement while looking stylish—not silly—every single time.
6. Frank Ocean
Once a ghostwriter, this singer-songwriter came into his own this year. And part of that meant stepping out to show the world his unique sense of style. If you’re one of those guys who thinks “this doesn’t match,” just look to Ocean. He’s a king of mixing cool sneakers or tribal-printed streetwear with high-end buttoned-up shirts. Classic options with geeky glasses and off-beat accessories has never looked so good.
7. Dwyane Wade
Photogs have snapped this Heat star everywhere, from Fashion Week—where he was buddy-buddy with Vogue top dogs—to post-game interviews, to Miami fundraisers for his philanthropic organization Wade’s World. The common theme: He looks damn good no matter where he is, which is—like his Twitter page suggests—everywhere. But we also like him because he gives credit where credit is due—partially crediting his look to stylist Calyann Barnett.
He raps: “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man.” And he is: rapper, producer, actor, entrepreneur, and style icon. And every successful company knows that in order to succeed (and stand out), you have to be different. Jay’s approach to what he wears? Be comfortable. Be you. You’ll be hard pressed to find somebody making Converses, a great pair of jeans, and the right jacket look so good—whether it’s courtside at a Nets game or strolling city streets.
9. Ryan Gosling
There’s always something to learn from a guy who few women won’t swoon over when you say his name. Though he—yet again—got snubbed as People’s Sexiest Man Alive, he’s certainly one of the most stylish. (Don’t worry, we’ve got your back, Ryan). Gosling makes a white T-shirt, a Gucci suit, and a hipster tank look equally as sharp, but it’s the way he wears the everyday things—cotton stripes, edgy jackets, and hip shoes—that can help you upgrade your look, too. (Take these Style Cues from Ryan Gosling.)
10. Robert Pattison
The man can make a pale, blood-sucking vampire look good. But in real life, he’s also mastered the whole “what to wear” question. He can wear the runway on his back—think: a hunter green Gucci suit—to a premiere, and look just as good the next morning with the whole hungover-in-jeans-and-a-T-shirt-on-a-coffee-run look. Damn you, Edward.
11. Henrik Lundqvist
Though this butterfly goalie hasn’t been making headlines in a New York Rangers uniform—thanks, Gary Bettman—he has been tending to his off-ice style. Not only does he have a Vezina Trophy (given to the best goaltender in the NHL), but he also won the Most Stylish Athlete award at the 9th Annual Style Awards this year. Plus, he started a clothing collection of tees and hats called The Crown Collection, which is sold at Madison Square Garden. (Pick one up at the next Rangers game . . . whenever that might be.)
12. Justin Timberlake
He can wear it all, from fedoras to bowties to slick glasses to slim suits or rugged leather jackets. And he’s worn it all, thanks to his boy-band days in *NSYNC uniforms. But with a line of his own—William Rast—and as the face of style in many eyes, he’s come into his own. And since he takes cues from icons like Johnny Cash, maybe that explains the all-black thing he pulls off so well.
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