Cary Grant – British actor Cary Grant epitomizes an Old Hollywood sophistication that men still try to emulate today.
James Dean – It's almost impossible to separate actor James Dean from the characters he portrayed. His casual style has inspired self-proclaimed rebels for decades.
Steve McQueen – According to British GQ Editor-in-Chief Dylan Jones, the key to dressing like a male style icon is to "look effortlessly cool, as though you haven't tried too hard." Steve McQueen (seen here with his first wife, Neile Adams) had that down pat.
Bob Dylan – It's not just actors who can pull off the style icon label. Bob Dylan remains a sartorial role model for a certain breed of anti-establishment dresser.
David Bowie – On the other end of the spectrum are mavericks like David Bowie, "who goes against the grain, and genuinely leads fashion as opposed to following it or interpreting it," according to Jones.
Today David Beckham is known as much for his personal style as he is for his football career. (It likely doesn't hurt that he's married to an award-winning fashion designer.)
Jon Hamm – On Mad Men, Jon Hamm's portrayal of ad exec Don Draper sparked nostalgia for the days of sharply tailored suits and day-drinking at the office. Only the former was revived (or attempted) en masse.
Kanye West – Kanye West's recent turn as a fashion designer may bring mixed reviews, but the rapper's influence on contemporary street style is undeniable.
Hu Bing – While still relatively unknown outside of China, Olympic rower-turned-model (and LCM style ambassador) Hu Bing is one of China's most popular actors and style icons.