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The Manly Men aesthetic is characterized by a masculine and tough style that embraces elements such as well-tailored[1], regular colors, dark colors, bland colors, leather, beanies, sunglasses, and cool details.

History[]

The manly men aesthetic can be traced back to various periods and cultural influences. While the concept of masculinity and its expression has evolved over time, the manly men aesthetic celebrates traditional notions of masculinity, emphasizing strength, courage, independence, leadership, and assertiveness.

In the 17th century, Charles ll of England, Scotland, and Ireland, following the earlier example of Louis XIV of France, decreed that at court, men were to wear long coat, a vest or waistcoat, a cravat, a periwig or wig, and breeches gathered at the knee, as well as a hat for outdoor wear. By 1680, this more sober uniform-like of coat, waistcoat, and breeches became the norm for formal dress.

In the 1920s, the manly men aesthetic was largely inspired by gangsters like the Peaky Blinders. While the manly men aesthetic still was about men wearing smart, tailored suits, the decade saw a rise in diverse attire from leisure day clothes to sports wear.

In the 1950s and 1960s, the manly men aesthetic show the rise of the masculine icons such as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Marlon Brando, and James Dean, who epitomized courage and coolness masculinity. Regular colors, more dark colors, leather jackets, pants, and tailored suit became popular elements of the manly men wardrobe.

In the mid-to-late 1990s, this era of hypermasculinity started to incorporate elements of Grunge, Streetwear, Nu Metal, and Y2K Futurism. It distances itself from tailored suits to more looser fits, bold patterns, and various textures. It even shifted more towards casual and relaxed styles, suit jackets became more oversized, often featuring broad shoulders and longer silhouettes, influenced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, and Backstreet Boys.

In the early-late 2000s, the manly men aesthetic shifted to more UrBling, Hipster, Preppy, and Skater fashion as well as suits, baggy pants, vests, flannels, tracksuits, polos, T-shirts, and bucket hats, often seen on the likes of Usher, Jay Z, Eminem, Orlando Bloom, Matt Dallas, Ashton Kutcher, Zac Efron, Jesse McCartney, Dwayne Johnson, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Chad Micheal Murray, and Ryan Sheckler.

Today, the manly men aesthetic along with the girly girl aesthetic continue to evolve, influenced by various subcultures, fashion trends, and individual interpretations. It can be seen in a range of styles, from elegant-inspired looks to modern takes on masculinity. The manly men aesthetic celebrates masculinity and manhood.

Visuals[]

Manly Men visuals encompass a range of elements that evoke masculinity, edginess, and tough aesthetic. Here are some examples of manly men visuals:

  • Leather prints: Manly men gravitate towards clothing featuring leather. This can be found on leather jackets and leather vests.
  • Regular colors: Regular colors hues like blue are commonly associated with manly men visuals.
  • Dark colors: Dark colors hues like black, gray, dark blue, burgundy, charcoal, and brown (not really a dark color as it’s more neutral) are also associated with manly men visuals.
  • Bland colors: Bland colors hues like white and beige being another one with manly men visuals.

Fashion[]

Manly men fashion that embraces masculinity, edginess, and tough aesthetic. It often incorp

  • Jeans: Manly mens often gravitate towards jeans as their go-to clothing and of course comfortable.
  • Leather: Manly men gravitate towards clothing featuring leather. This can be found on leather jackets and leather vests.
  • Regular colors: Regular colors hues like blue are commonly associated with manly men fashion.
  • Dark colors: Dark colors hues like black, gray, dark blue, burgundy, charcoal, and brown (not really a dark color as it’s more neutral) are also associated with manly men fashion.
  • Bland colors: Bland colors hues like white and beige another visual of the manly men fashion.
  • Well-tailored suits: Well-tailored suits is another thing manly men like, the fit allows them to showcase their body shape more flattering.
  • Cool Accessories: Manly men fashion often accessorize their outfits with beanies, sunglasses, scarves, watches, wallet, and shaving products.
  • Masculine footwear: Manly men fashion incorporates masculine footwear choices such as, oxfords, loafers, tennis shoes, or combat boots.

Media[]

Television[]

  • Power
  • The Walking Dead
  • True Detective
  • Breaking Bad
  • Vikings
  • Mad Men
  • Two and a Half Men
  • Suits
  • Sherlock
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Reacher
  • The Boys
  • Friends

Film[]

  • All Rocky Movies
  • All Indiana Jones Movies
  • All Predator Movies (including both the 2010 and 2018 one, and The Prey)
  • All James Bond Movies
  • Scarface (1983)
  • The Terminator (1984)
  • 300 (2007)
  • Top Gun (including the 2022 sequel)

Characters[]

Here are examples of some characters that are manly men in the media.

  • James Bond
  • Indiana Jones
  • Maximus

Food and Drinks[]

  • Hamburgers
  • Cheeseburgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Pork
  • BBQ
  • Beef
  • Chicken Wings
  • Sloppy Joe
  • Pizza
  • Steak
  • Beer
  • Cocktails
  • Martini
  • Whisky
  • Sodas

Activities[]

  • Working out
  • Lifting weights
  • Playing the guitar
  • Mechanical work
  • Riding motorcycles
  • Eating food
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Camping
  • Chopping wood
  • Eating junk food
  • Watching sports TV
  • Watching movies and series primarily aimed at a male audience
  • Posting on social media
  • Shaving
  • Going on dates with a romantic partner
  • Going out with friends
  • Smashing things

Gallery[]

  1. also see Metrosexual
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