Justin Lee Collins? Bob Geldof?! Brandish’s Top 5 Unlikely Male Style Icons

Round these parts we know who looks good and who doesn’t, but who are the more unlikely chaps working individualistic looks that we admire?

justin_lee_collins.gif5. Justin Lee Collins

Will Reid: Although Justin may be prone to a too-tight t-shirt, The Friday/Sunday Night Project presenter’s sheer charisma and the fact that those tight tees usually bear a cult band logo mean he’s earned his place on this list. With his faded flares and large Aviators Justin has made many a Friday night worth staying in for, and if he gets his shaggy-yet-manicured locks cut, I for one will weep.

The Top 4 can be found after the jump…


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4. Walter Herrmann

Jason Dike: In case you were wondering, Walter Herrmann is a little known NBA player. While most NBA stars have gone down the Godfather route since the dress code was introduced, Herrmann has a distinctly 70s porn star vibe going on. His look consists of blond flowing hair, slim-cut suits, open-necked shirts with huge spread collars and a small gold medallion to top it all off. It’s so bad that it flips right around to being amazing.

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3. Paul Merton

Jason Dike: Purely because he wears a Panama hat better than anyone I’ve ever seen.

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2. Bob Geldof

Will Reid: Sir Bob is someone I feel rather embarrassed for suggesting, but come on – he was asked to design a charity bag for Mulberry (and in dove grey and a floral print it was actually bang-on trend!). About a month ago I saw him at the airport and was in awe of his pork-pie hat and shaggy yet unusually tidy hair (also sported by no.5 on this list, of course). And let’s face it, a man who stole a bottle of champers from an airport lounge while also taking on world hunger deserves some acknowledgment.

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1. Marty McFly

Richard Gilzene: I racked my brains trying to think of an unlikely advocate of timeless individuality and style and sort of struggled to come up with anyone satisfactory. An indication perhaps of how quickly unique dress sense amongst the famous is spun into a trend and inevitably over-exposed nowadays.

So I settled on a (strictly speaking, fictional) young man who has received high praise from me on Brandish previously: Marty McFly.

Over 20 years since Back to the Future was released, his quintessentially ’80s getup still looks cool enough to wear now – even with the acid wash denim two-piece and orange gillet. A lesson in layering, offsetting colours and how to wear mid-tops with skinny jeans in one outfit. Seriously.






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