We’ve been compiling this list for over 6 months, carefully choosing the Australian men we think regularly deliver great style. It’s been a difficult task to narrow the field down 10 (plus one extra). In fact, if we’re being totally honest, it should be 20, but for this year you’ll get ten and you’ll like it. Below you’ll find DJs, marketers, restaurateurs, publishers and various other magnificent bastards, all of whom are top-notch examples of what Australian style has to offer. If you’re unhappy that you didn’t make the cut, don’t worry – next year we’ll be inducting a new group of Australian gents into the list and you’ll have a whole year to show us why you deserve to be one of them.
Didier Cohen, Sydney – Model/DJ
This model slash DJ slash fashion collaborator really delivered the style goods in 2013. Sure, Didier might enjoy Instagram selfies, but we’ll forgive him because he keeps in killer shape and sports a diverse range of men’s fashion from suits to shorts. In 2013 Didier’s big achievement was his Cotton On range, a testament to affordable European-inspired fashion that can be dressed up or down. With over 60,000 followers, Didier is perhaps our most popular inductee to this year’s best dressed list. (Picture via Brandon Voight)
Drew Hoare, Sydney – Marketing
Drew is the marketing guy behind the Australian menswear brand, MJ Bale. Not only is he an identical twin who’s a keen runner and man about town, Drew is also a master of classic Italian style that encompasses magnificently tailored suits, shirts and accessories. He was even street snapped by the NY Times while in Paris for Fashion Week. Not bad for an Aussie bloke. If you want to steal his style, take a cue from the Viola Milano man-bracelets he is often spotted wearing.
Andy Murphy, Melbourne – DJ/Producer
It’s not easy being good looking, stylish and a talented DJ/producer however Andy Murphy manages all three and still has time to eat corn flakes with his wife Laura in the mornings. No matter whether he’s playing a swish corporate party or the main stage at Stereosonic, Andy puts as much consideration into his style as he does his music. Combine that with an solid work ethic and blooming profile in 2013 and we tend to think he’s worthy of a spot in our list.
Daniel P Dykes, Melbourne/London – Publishing
Daniel is perhaps my standout pick for 2013. Now living in Europe and running the massive Fashionising.com, Daniel has spent 2013 busily increasing his frequent flyer miles whilst updating Instagram with some killer outfits, all of which are totally masculine and in a league of their own. Daniel was one of the first people we saw rocking the mirrored sunglasses trend and, of course, a beard worthy of any fashion-conscious north-side hipster. Daniel is definitely one to follow.
Tommy Tudehope, Sydney – Social media consultant
We discovered two things when we had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Tudehope this year. One: he’s just as polite as he looks in photos. Two: he also happens to be just as well-dressed. Tom is a successful social media consultant and part-time blogger, but most importantly he’s a rockstar when it comes to suiting. Greens, blues, separates – you name it, he’s got it. Here’s what to take away from Tommy: although he’s not super tall, he knows exactly how to dress to give the illusion of height and size. We believe that’s a fine skill for any man to possess. Bravo Tommy! Photo: Men in this Town
Chris Kyvetos, Melbourne – Creative Director/Entrepreneur
Chris is the master of asymmetrical awesomeness. The brains behind the new and super hyped Sneakerboy concept, Chris always wears highly directional (and often black) menswear designed by the likes of Rick Owens, Saint Laurent and Maison Martin Margiela. One key feature of Chris’ style is his seemingly endless collection of luxury brand sneakers. To top off an already great year, Chris was recently called one of the BOF’s 2013 500 most influential people in fashion. Très impressive, non?
Nick Tobias, Sydney – Architect
Nick’s style would quite easily be at home in The Hamptons or at the Portsea Polo, but the architect and namesake of Tobais & Partners instead chooses to make a statement when he’s snapped at parties and around town. Falling closer to the preppy side of men’s style, Nick mixes colours and patterns perfectly, much like a barman mixes spirits come happy hour. Definitely a gentleman.
Michael Klim, Bali/Melbourne – Athlete/Entrepreneur
Kilmmy is a consistent stayer in the men’s style stakes. The former racing tadpole is never far from a soiree and continues to put together different looks that encompass all of men’s fashion from luxury street, to smart casual, to formal when the occasion calls for it. In 2013, Michael’s profile has continued to rise as he’s busied himself splitting his time between Bali and Australia and running his skincare line, Milk. Throw his glamorous wife, Lindy, and their three cool kids into the mix, and you’ve got a truly formidable troupe.
Grant Pearce, Hong Kong – Publishing
It would be criminal not to include Mr. Grant Pearce in our list of the most stylish men of 2013. Now living in Asia and working within the Conde Nast empire as editorial director for GQ Asia Pacific, Grant is never far away from a well cut suit. With his fashion pedigree, friends and ability to move up the ranks in the cut-throat world of men’s fashion, Grant is undoubtably one of the most influential Australian men when it comes to style.
Gareth Moody, Sydney – Fashion Designer
If any man was so cool he could walk on water, it would be Gareth Moody. Gareth encapsulates effortless style that’s both directional and flattering to the male figure. Once a member of the Ksubi tribe, Gareth is now the man behind the ultra cool Australian menswear label, Chronicles of Never. Gareth’s signature ‘black and drapey with a touch of leather’ style has served him well in his homebase of Sydney, where he’s dated the likes of Lara Bingle. Combine all that with the fact that he’s been blessed genetically, and it’s no wonder he’s made our list. (Picture via GQ Australia)
Maurice Terzini, Sydney – Restaurateur
Maurice, restaurateur and facilitator of You Only Live Once and the famous Icebergs New Years Day party, receives our stylish ‘man out there’ award. Whilst 2013 may have been a touch quieter than previous years for him, he continues to rock some seriously cool getup. Maurice often looks as though he’s just stepped out of a Mad Max film, wearing amazing designer pieces from high-end retailers like the mighty Assin. It might not be to not everyone’s taste, but there’s no denying he knows how to work it.