The Best-Dressed Men Of November 2021

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The Best-Dressed Men Of November 2021

Words by The MR PORTER Team

29 November 2021


Mr Jake Gyllenhaal

Mr Jake Gyllenhaal at the LACMA Art + Film Gala, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 6 November 2021. Photograph by Axelle/Getty Images

Mr Jake Gyllenhaal’s turns in Southpaw, Love & Other Drugs, Spider-Man: Far From Home and Stronger might show his range as an actor. But he’s always taken a risk-free approach when it comes to his attire – think lumberjack shirts, well-cut T-shirts and indigo denim. Even when he’s dressed by Gucci – a brand that gives you free reign to go as jazzy as you please – he treads a less divisive path, with a wide-lapel blazer, point-collar shirt, mustard trousers and a steel Santos de Cartier watch that have just enough 1970s chutzpah without looking like he’s cosplaying Tony Manero. As for choosing to go sans tie at a formal, we can only assume that, if the rumours are true, he’s saving his neck for Ms Taylor Swift’s red scarf. Ms Dionne Warwick’s kind offer to cover return postage costs might explain its conspicuous absence – or perhaps it’s still languishing in his bedside drawer?

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Mr Dwyane Wade

Mr Dwyane Wade in New York, 15 November 2021. Photograph by TheHapaBlonde/Backgrid

Not sure on how to approach curating a seamless colour palette for your outfit? Take a leaf out of NBA giant Mr Dwyane Wade’s book and stick to one colour in different hues. His grey gradient from the simple grey T-shirt all the way down to the socks and sneakers gives 50 Shades Of Grey – yes, the entire franchise – a run for its money. Other style notes from Wade: high-waisted straight-fit trousers will always make a look more polished, trucker soles are cool and a woven pattern jacket makes for an understated statement.

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Mr Jeremy Irons

Mr Jeremy Irons at the House Of Gucci premiere, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, 16 November 2021. Photograph by Mr Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Image

Mr Jeremy Irons rocked up to the movie premiere of House Of Gucci wearing what could only be described as four different peoples’ outfits at once. The riding boots. The tunic. The crocheted cap. The inexplicable tassel necklace. Was it a sartorial identity crisis, or just a fit too sophisticated for our drip-deprived minds to fully comprehend? As one MR PORTER editor put it, “He looks like he’s got a potion and a key that you need for the next level of your quest.” Still, the gumption of it has us charmed – nobody makes the best-dressed list by playing it safe.

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Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X at the WSJ Magazine Innovator Awards at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1 November 2021. Photograph by Ms Janet Mayer/Instar Images

Lil Nas X has meant business in 2021. There’s been the matter of his huge debut album Montero, accompanied by water cooler-moment music videos, boss red-carpet looks and a knack for shutting down trolls in truly CEO fashion. So, it makes sense that the 22-year-old musician would round out the year dressing for work, on this occasion of picking up a WSJ Magazine Innovator Award in New York. Seen here teaming a Thom Browne outfit – serious-minded grandfather-collar coat, sharp white shirt and kilt – with Rick Owens platform boots and a Dachshund bag (also Thom Browne), the overall mood is professional-but-make-it-pure-pleasure. Which is very much a Lil Nas X vibe in 2021.

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Mr Tom Holland

Mr Tom Holland at an event for Spider-Man: No Way Home, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, 16 November 2021. Photograph by Mr Steve Cohn/Shutterstock

Here’s your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man swinging into action, in this instance a press event in Los Angeles. The latest instalment of the Marvel franchise sees the web-slinger slung into a multiverse, where an infinite number of alternative Peter Parkers exist, and probably the odd (very odd) Peter Porker. Meaning that, somewhere out there, in all probability, there’s a wall-crawler in a suit as good as this. Perhaps the red check and corresponding stripes worn here by Mr Tom Holland are a nod to the new integrated suit, which makes its debut in the film. Either way, it’s got our Spidey sense tingling.

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Mr Tyler Mitchell

Mr Tyler Mitchell at the LACMA Art + Film Gala, Los Angeles County Museum of Art on 6 November 2021. Photograph by Mr Steve Granitz/Getty Images

Isn’t it a real shame that Mr Tyler Mitchell spends most of his time behind the lens? Which isn’t to say he’s not a magnificent photographer – there’s clearly a reason why he’s the most booked-and-busy man on the planet these days. It just means images of him showcasing his impeccable style are far rarer than we’d like. All the more reason, then, to savour this one of him dressed to the nines in a pinstriped, periwinkle blue short suit and poet shirt at LACMA’s glitzy Gucci-sponsored Art + Film Gala. (Sadly, no points will be awarded here for guessing who designed it.)

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Suga from BTS

Suga from BTS at Incheon International Airport, South Korea, 17 November 2021. Photograph by Mr Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images

However nefarious and macabre their motives, gangsters have always been rather stylish folk. What we wouldn’t give for the phone number of a 1950s ’Ndrangheta foot solder’s tailor, for example. K-pop star Suga and BTS have taken this idea and run with it – appearing as they do as if they are a gang outfitted by the best fashion houses of the 21st century. But they prove an important point. You don’t have to commit terrible acts of violence to look great. You can simply be the most successful pop band in the world.

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