David Beckham is an official legend: soccer star, a multi-millionaire businessman, heart-warming father and husband to a pop star turned fashion designer. What man could want more?
David Beckham also something of a style icon. Whether he’s experimenting with new trends or showing us how to effortlessly wear a classic suit, this man never puts a fashion foot out of place.
Of course, his chiseled jaw and other wins in the genetic lottery means that Beckham would probably look great in a paper bag, but that shouldn’t distract from the obvious skills he has in putting an outfit together!
The good news is it’s relatively easy to pull off many of his trademark styles. Here are our top tips to help you steal David Beckham’s distinctive and enviable style:
Stick to Simple Pieces
One of the things we like most about David Beckham’s sense of style is that he chooses simple, classic pieces that fit him well and then makes them his own.
Whether he’s teaming a white v neck tee with blue skinny jeans or a black crew neck tee with one of his trademark leather jackets, Beckham doesn’t have to rely on faddy (or unflattering) fashion trends to make his style distinctive.
Beckham balances sporty lounge wear (no doubt a hangover from his soccer-playing days) with more urban and fashion-forward pieces to create a sports luxe trend that is bang on trend, but he doesn’t do this using anything more than the basic staples most men already have in their closets.
If you want to nail David Beckham’s casual style then there are some essentials that you should have in your closet:
–Fitted black and white cotton tees. Ensure they are slim fitting to show off your toned physique and select either crew or v neck depending on which style best suits your body shape.
–A buttery soft leather jacket. David Beckham is never far away from his trusty leather jacket! He tends to favor a biker style and has his own collection for Belstaff (which is often the brand he chooses to wear himself). The key to getting this right is to choose something that fits your waist (just below your jean line) and fits like a second skin.
–Slim black wash jeans. When he is wearing jeans, David Beckham likes them dark, and he likes them slim-fitting. Not only are black jeans a great way to show off a gym honed body, they also work fabulously with Beckham’s trademark double denim style.
Beckham loves to pair a light denim button-down with a simple tee, tucked into his favorite black jeans. Add a beanie hat and this is the outfit you’ll most often find him wearing to stroll around Brooklyn.
Although his sartorial style is relatively simple, Beckham doesn’t shy away from adding accessories to his outfits. This is a great way to spice up your look and give it a fashion-forward edge without trying too hard.
Modern fashion accessories also tend to be more inexpensive than buying a whole new outfit, making this a great option if you want to update your style on a budget.
You could be wearing the plainest and most simple outfit (such as the white tee and jeans mentioned above) but you’ll look like a fashion model if you team it with the right pair of sunglasses and a statement hat. David Beckham loves hats! And he is fairly indiscriminate about the kinds of hat he will wear. From the everyday baseball cap, to the more statement-making trilby and paperboy cap there isn’t a hat that Beckham doesn’t have in his armory.
For casual everyday wear, he often favours the hipster favorite: the knitted beanie hat. Other accessories you will often see Beckham sporting include numerous bracelets and bangles, sunglasses (particularly the Ray Ban Wayfarer) and recently he has taken to using a wallet chain.
No matter what accessories you like, choose one and commit to it: incorporate into your everyday outfits until it becomes accepted as your signature style. That is the key to pulling off casual wear like Beckham!
Although he is often spotted in casual wear, David Beckham certainly knows his way around a well-fitting suit. Whether he’s attending movie premieres, mingling with the British royal family, or attending fashion events with his wife, Beckham understands that when it comes to tailoring, the fit is king.
Beckham tends to stick to classic suit colors (usually black, occasionally grey or navy blue) and the crispest of white shirts. To inject interest into the look, when needed, he will then add color and pattern using a high-end statement tie.
Attention to detail is key here; Beckham finishes off every formal look with accessories such as silver cuff links, tie clips, and occasionally even a well-placed pocket square.
David Beckham also cleverly reuses his tailored formal wear by pairing his suit with a block-coloured tee and his favorite kicks to create a smart-casual look that can be worn again and again.
Consider this if you are thinking of investing in a new suit, as it means that you will be able to wear it considerably more often, and justify a splurge on a higher price-point piece.
Are you guilty of wearing the same old hair cut for the past 20 years, and asking for the same old trim every time you visit your hair stylist? Then it’s time to mix things up! David Beckham never shies away from trying something new when it comes to his hair!
Hair experimentation is part of the brand Beckham trademark: in recent years we have seen him try the man bun, the buzz cut, the side-swept Hollywood look, and even the modern mullet!
This same spirit of experimentation also applies to his facial hair, which can swing from full beard to clean cut via an array of designer stubble styles in any given month.
Embrace your inner Beckham and try something new the next time you visit your hair stylist! Experimenting with your hair is one of the quickest and easiest ways to keep your look fresh and ensure that everyone notices your sense of style, and wants to know what you’ll do next!
Tried something new and don’t like the way it looks? Don’t worry! Just throw on one of the main man’s trademark hats to disguise your bad cut and no one will even notice!
Show off your Tattoos
Finally, it would be impossible to talk about David Beckham’s style without mentioning the tattoos that form such an essential part of his look. Beckham’s body is covered in an incredible number of tattoos (more than 40, at the last count) and the star is incredibly proud of his ink.
Why is this important to imitating David Beckham’s style? It all comes down to being comfortable in your own skin and being true to who you are. David Beckham is aware that not everyone love his tattooed look, but it makes him happy so he owns it.
When asked in an interview how he felt about his tattoos, Beckham replied: ‘I don’t regret any of them. They all have a meaning. I think that’s what’s important about tattoos, if they have a meaning you’ll never regret them.’
Thinking of adding some ink yourself and love David Beckham’s tattoo style? Some good rules of thumb to replicate this are to stick to black and white inkings (Beckham never uses color in his tattoos) and ensure that each new tattoo compliments any existing tattoos you already have – if you’re in doubt, then ask a reputable tattoo artist for advice.
Beckham also ensures that each of his tattoos relates to a loved one, so that he’ll never have buyers regret in the future! Whether they’re representing the birth of his children, the loss of his grandfather, or his significant footballing triumphs, they are memories he never wants to forget.
‘When you see me, you see the tattoos. You see an expression of how I feel about Victoria and the boys. They’re part of me.’
David Beckham’s style may be enviable and distinctive, but it is also very easy to replicate. Whilst we can’t help you to look like him, following these straightforward tips will definitely help you to dress like him – who knows, it may even help you to snag your own Victoria too!
What we like most about David Beckham’s style is that it is so effortless and that it straddles so many different trends. Beckham isn’t a hipster, but he enjoys wearing a hipster hat or two! He isn’t Aristocracy, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t pull off the occasional English country gent look!
He is incredibly versatile in how he looks, whilst still remaining authentic to who he is, and that sense of truth and fun that he injects into his style is just one of the reasons why we all love David Beckham! Why not take his style and make it your own?