There were a lot of stylish men in 2011, and we did our best to wade through them all, week by week, and pick out the best ones.

Some were just good. Others were frighteningly great. And then, there were the five best—the five gentlemen who stood atop humanity in an impeccably cut tuxedo, basking in their own handsomeness and the potential for human achievement. Those are the five we bring to your attention today…

Our top five MOTHs, in no particular order:

Jamie Hince
When you’ve just married Kate Moss, it’s safe to say you get a few extra swagger points. The Kills front man compounded it with a powder blue double-breasted suit from YSL that looked straight out of a senior prom circa 1981. And we mean that in a good way.

Fabrizio Rollo
There’s just so much going on here: the chambray, the ruffles, the neckerchief, the unseasonal pants, the uber-pleat, the sockless loafers. As gentlemen of understated style, we would have been too modest to try out even two of those at once. But that’s why we’re not working for Vogue Brazil.

Amare Stoudemire
We love it when athletes step up for Fashion Week. Ten years ago, that meant they looked as if they’d been assaulted by a Gucci store—but in recent years, NBA players in particular have produced some good looks. Amare gets extra points for pulling off the fedora without looking like he’s trying too hard—a feat that’s ruined many a blogger.

George Clooney
Wearing a tuxedo, driving a motorboat around Venice with Cindy Crawford. Typical Sunday.


Ryan Gosling
And finally, the MOTH that launched a thousand ships.

Gosling already had a rep as a good actor, and like most would-be leading men, when he showed up on the cover of GQ, he knew how to wear a suit. But it wasn’t until this year’s Cannes Film Festival—when he showed up with two (two!) colorful tuxes and a self-assured pajama shirt—that we knew he was icon material. Legend-building at its finest.

—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom