Cartoons

You may not have realized it, but your sartorial consciousness was already being formed at a much earlier age than the day you discovered your first Americana blog or received that particularly slick belt on your 12th birthday…

It all began during your footie-pajama’d Saturday morning routine, thanks to an assortment of surprisingly stylish characters (of the cartoon variety). Whether it was Curious George’s yellow-hatted caretaker, Beast’s Renaissance-chic or Smithers’s bow tie. There was a lot to learn from the fastidiously drawn fashionistos of animated film and television—most importantly, the cardinal menswear rule of “building a daily uniform.” But who were the most stylish?

We’re glad you asked, because we’ve rounded up all 24 of them, with respect to their signature looks. Pants optional.

 
Fred Jones from Scooby-Doo.Fred Jones

 
The Man with the Yellow Hat from Curious George.Man with the Yellow Hat

 
Beast from Beauty and the Beast.Beast

 
Launchpad McQuack from DuckTales.Launchpad McQuack

 
Muttley from Dastardly and Muttley.Muttley

 
Arthur from Arthur.Arthur

 
Speed Racer from Speed Racer.Speed Racer

 
Tennessee Tuxedo from Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales.Tennessee Tuxedo

 
Shere Khan from TailSpin.Shere Khan

 
Porky Pig from Looney Tunes.Porky Pig

 
Scrooge McDuck from DuckTales.Scrooge McDuck

 
Inspector Gadget from Inspector Gadget.Inspector Gadget

 
Bruce Wayne from Batman: The Animated Series.Bruce Wayne

 
Jonny Quest from Jonny Quest.Jonny Quest

 
Richie Rich from Richie Rich.Richie Rich

 
Archie and the gang from The Archie Show.Archie

 
Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio.Jiminy Cricket

 
Waylon Smithers from The Simpsons.Waylon Smithers

 
Sterling Archer from Archer.Sterling Archer

 
Carl from Up.Carl

 
Bernard from The Rescuers Down Under.Bernard

 
Tintin from The Adventures of Tintin.TinTin

 
Bill Badger from Rupert.Bill Badger

 
Babar from Babar.Babar

It’s good to be king.

—N.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Najib Benouar