Every era has its own style godheads. The party-hardy kids of the early aughts raided thrift stores for Mick’s and Keith’s slinky silk shirts and the Ramones’ badass biker jackets. Some 10 years later, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, and Muhammad Ali populated the Tumblr mood boards of guys negotiating the relationship between masculinity and their newfound obsession with clothing. Now, as we hurtle headfirst out of a global pandemic and into what some predict to be a new Roaring Twenties, there’s no one particular decade, tribe, or figure that serves as a style North Star. Which is precisely why it’s never been more exciting to get dressed—the guardrails have fallen, and men’s fashion is now the ultimate choose-your-own-adventure game.
Out of this wonderful chaos, a new constellation of style inspiration has emerged. Some of the names on this list are ones you might expect (hello, Kurt), while others have not