Year End: Stylish Guys

Year End: Stylish Guys
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 02, 2009

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Ninety percent of looking good in a suit is the fit. Rapper/actor Ludacris’ wool suit molds to his shoulders perfectly. He may like his jeans baggy, but it’s obvious that Luda knows a good suit must fit just right.

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Nobody does subtle, effortless cool like this man. Singer/producer Ryan Leslie shows us just how versatile a suit can be by donning a trim blazer with slim-not tight- black pants and a fitted black button-front t-shirt.

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Classic doesn’t have to be dull. Actor Taye Diggs keeps it simple without losing any style points. The pop of color with his tie takes this look from board meeting to after-work drinks with ease.

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Mixing and matching separates can create a balanced look but keep in mind while the colors and patterns may not coincide, they do have to go together. Actor Terence Howard centers his attire around the color purple proving a fashionable man never hides from color.

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Maxwell is sporting one of this year’s big trends: The skinny tie. Once a throwback to the ‘80s and ‘50s, the skinny tie has made a comeback thanks to fashion forward men like Maxwell. He keeps his look decidedly modern with a slim cut and perfectly hemmed trousers.

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Actor Lance Gross plays it cool in a light gray suit that radiates against his beautiful complexion. His playful choice in footwear certainly reinforces his desire to stand out among the crowd.

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Actor Columbus Short keeps is classic in this black suit and tie, giving a modern twist to the tuxedo. Nothing is more sexy than a sharp dressed man and Short has that down pat.

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Proving once again that he is not to be underestimated when it comes to setting trends, Diddy reveals that navy is the new black. A classic white shirt shows his true gentleman swagger.

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The consummate rule breaker singer/actor Tyrese opts for a mismatched look that is all his own. Pay attention to the velvet blazer as a unique play on texture and the unbuttoned collar that draws the eyes toward his pearly whites.

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Actor Michael Ealy demonstrates how one hue can be worn in different shades to create a seamless look. His choice of wearing a pocket square gave this look a jolt of sophistication and gentleman chic.

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Taking chances has always been singer Usher’s fashion m.o. and judging by the last couple of years, it’s been paying off for the crooner. This polished three-piece suit worn with bowtie gives him a distinguished air that screams elegance.

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Nick Cannon keeps the focus on his casual pin-striped jacket by pairing this centerpiece with gray slacks and a crisp white shirt. From the red carpet to the boardroom of TeeNick, Cannon is ready for action.

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