There are plenty of well-dressed men to be found in literature. Dorian Gray sashayed stylishly through the pages of Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel. Heathcliff and Hamlet both used black to represent their angst and anger. And Mr. Darcy is so nattily dressed in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that he might as well be called ‘Mr. Dandy’.
But ‘well-dressed’ is not necessarily ‘stylish’. Style requires more than rules; it needs panache, pizzazz and a healthy dose of individuality. Thankfully, there are authors will skill enough and characters will style enough to turn heads even from a turned page. Here, we’ve ranked the 10 most stylish men in literature…
#10: Jack Carter, from ‘Jack’s Return Home’
Who is he? The hard-hitting, heavy-drinking protagonist of Ted Lewis’ 1970 novel. Famously played by Michael Caine in the 1971 film adaptation, he is a merciless London mob enforcer on a mission of vengeance in the North.
What does he wear? Much the same as he does in the seminal British film. Sharp-suited at most times (and birthday-suited during others), Carter is a man with a mob-funded wardrobe stuffed with trim tailoring.
Why does he make the cut? From his “black mohair socks” to his cufflinks, Carter is a character who respects his accessories. He even ensures his tie is properly knotted before getting into a gunfight/car chase combo.
#9: Arsène Lupin, from ‘The Arrest of Arsène Lupin’ and others
Who is he? A creation of French author Maurice Leblanc. Recently the inspiration of Netflix’s Lupin, the original Arsène featured in 17 novels and 39 novellas by Leblanc as a gentleman thief and master of disguise.
What does he wear? Interestingly, we’re not sure. Despite being constantly referred to as ‘suave’, and ‘the man of a thousand disguises’, Leblanc was curiously vague when it