We’ve seen the slow uprising of a new slew of unexpected it-men in the form of our favourite movie and tv personalities. Of course we’re all familiar with the universally accepted fashion icons and heartthrobs, A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator, Evan Mock and of course Harry Styles, however, there’s something quintessentially different about our new unsung heroes. Although they might not be the first that come to mind, Jonah Hill, Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Steve Harvey have succeeded in embodying the it-man vibe in their own unconventional but oh-so perfectly stylish ways.
From basketball dad-chic and effortless contradicting prints to suave uniforms and even a budding beauty influencer, these men have indulged in their signature and casually meme-able looks, unaware of their cultural impact as fashion icons.
Comically oversized basketball shorts and tees don’t normally constitute style, yet don’t be fooled by the simplicity of Adam Sandler’s fits. Becoming the subject of many memes and the poster man of pandemic style, Sandler’s clear distaste for high fashion paparazzi prepped looks in favour of comfort is both refreshing and amusing. Paired with his deliciously practical accessories of his phone, keys and a pair of sunglasses (only when it’s sunny, never for style), Sandler’s style is unironically reminiscent of what one might call schlub-chic.
Instead of pulling looks from the runway he creates them with ‘Old Jewish Men of New York’ creating a pair of shorts named after Sandler’s epochal silhouette, meant to fit at least three sizes larger. If that isn’t the sign of an influencer then we don’t know what one is.
Seeming to have undergone a style transformation over the years that follows in suit of his lifestyle changes Jonah Hill somehow manages to simultaneously combine and elevate the soft-boi, skater-boy and zen aesthetics without making it seem like he’s trying too hard. That being said his wardrobe and portfolio are filled with high-fashion collaborations with his 2020 adidas collaboration, donning a matching dusty blue Gucci suit and matching metallic loafers with his now wife, and even better his vibrant Marni looks featured on his Instagram.
Not one to shy away from a kaleidoscope-esque printed Hawaiin shirts, beanies and of course a pearl necklace. With his most recent head to toe tie-dye ensemble and longer bleach blonde locs skater style meets zen yoga instructor for Jonah.
As an avid fan of the mirror selfie, it’s clear that he looks good and enjoys doing so.
One to dole out reputable fashion advice, take his ‘flipping 5 suits into 75 Suits’ advice on his daily talk show, Steve Harvey has earned himself the unofficial crowned title of everyone’s fashionable uncle.
Notably sharp, with his classic and also daring suit ensembles Steve Harvey was an obvious choice, mirroring the look of the ‘rich man’ that Cher’s mother would’ve wanted her to marry. However, an instagram deep-dive shows more variety and a wardrobe that extends past suits to more adventurous and colour-filled outfits.
Steve Harvey has cemented himself as the dapper, more literal fashion icon for everyone to aspire to.
Joining Jonah in his youthful and edgy bleach buzz-cut, Seth Rogen is a strong contender for the buzz-cut fashion boi title with his relaxed vibe, matching his new Cannabis lifestyle brand.
In this case Rogen has become the most unpredicted beauty influencer with his clever marketing ploy of matching his outfits and nail (gel or acrylic – who knows?) extensions with the Houseplant ashtrays. This new aesthetic, although fully contrived, appears to be something he may continue doing, working hand in hand with not only the brand but the goofy characters he plays in his films.
These four newly anointed icons in the style hall of fame, always leave us pleasantly surprised. The fact of the matter is that there is an undeniable appeal to unconventional fashion icons. Especially those who may not emulate teen heartthrob energy but perhaps do it even better?
Their impeccable and curated style have sent shockwaves online as they serve niche looks. Whether it be with unintentional viral outfits (in the case of Adam Sandler) or planned explosive outfits, such as Steve, Jonah and Seth. Long live fashion’s unexpected it-men we say!
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