Anyone who knows me understands that I am a die-hard feminist (you can always find me bumpin’ Beyoncé’s “Formation”). But don’t let that fool you—I am so here for men too, especially those with indisputable style. My support of equal rights does not preclude my ability to recognize the fire fits I’ve spotted on Hollywood’s leading men this past year. In many ways, we can consider these men the unsung style heroes of 2019 because of their embrace of camp, which was also notably the theme of this year’s Met Gala.
Camp’s origins can be traced back to 17th-century France; Molière even created a term about it, “se camper,” which means “to pose in an exaggerated fashion.” From striking a pose to its current usage as a descriptor for some queer men’s style, camp fashion, aka dramatic style, isn’t just for the few. It’s for everyone who doesn’t care about holding up patriarchal beauty standards. This year more than proved that.
Seeing men publicly embrace the spectrum of style, from feminine-inspired red carpet looks to power suiting to grunge galore is a reminder to us all that true style has no gender. Because why hold on to the antiquated notion that men shouldn’t wear pearls or paint their nails or care about their clothes at all? There’s something that empowers people of all gender identities when you can break the boundaries of style and look damn good doing it. Ahead, enjoy scrolling through 19 of the best dressed men of the year whose style had my edges snatched throughout 2019.
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