Historically Most Stylish Black Men: 8 Dapper Dons Who Were Made in the Past

Let’s face it, men of the former years had exceptional taste. Heading out for a stroll down Madison Avenue called for a double-breasted jacket, titled derby and the cleanest pair of wingtips your closet housed. Refined style came with the territory of being a man—it was in your biological makeup—fashion DNA. And in our humble opinion, the colored brothers back then added a little something extra to their retro looks.

Who could forget Billy D’s dictator mustache? Or Sammy Davis, Jr.’s impeccable suits.  Bump the rappers and entertainers of today, it’s the unsung style pioneers of yesteryear who wrote the handbook for how a respectable man is supposed to dress.

Dapper dons were made in the 20s and 30s, groomed in the 40s and 50s, paraded their swag throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s, and at the brink of the 21st century, cooled down and let the younger fellas live. Join us in celebrating the iconic style of 8 distinguished gentlemen who were made in the past.

 

 

Billy Dee Williams

 

The $ex appeal of pretty boy Billy, shined through whatever he put on. Mr. Colt 45 was such a ladies man!

 

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  • HOUSTON TEXAN

    GORDAN PARKS SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL

  • SISTAHNATURAL

    Teddy P. was the man……Gordon Parks, he was a very distinguishing looking gentleman…

  • Marco

    Right on, momma, but look here, you forgot my man Walt Fraizer. Ya see, this cat Walt was a baaad mutha–shut yo mouth!! We’re not talkin’ bout some square, jive time turkey here, can you dig it?? Walt had all the foxy ladies. This brutha was a cooool cat, outta sight, dyno-mite…now tell me momma, can you dig it??

  • Naki O

    Gregory Hines!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/no1rockfan Gail Fountain

      And Cab Calloway…

  • Danceroflife

    Gregory Hines, Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye.  

  • Danceroflife

    I forgot to add Malcom X  

  • monitorette

    Gorgeous Men, great style, Class, Presence, Not a Single Show Off attitude.
    To all the Jay Zs & Kanyes of the world: Take Note!

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  • MIMI215

    OMG, I attended a show during his last tour, I’ve always loved Marvin Gaye, and to see that man on stage in silk pajamas, Father GOD, take me, I was truly in heaven. Hurt my heart when he died.

  • blackizbeautiful

    Lawd they were FIONE!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/taryn.swain1 Taryn Bryant

    What about Issac Hayes and Smokey Robinson? Back in the Day….Smooth.

  • artist_formally_known_as_cWj

    Marley’s way of presenting himself was not “rock and roll fashion”. Those khaki military shirts were likely more a reflection of the style of a certain East African emperor.

  • Duq

    How could you leave out Miles Davis and include Sammy Davis Jr.?

  • justsayin’

    What about Sidney Portier? “They call him Mr. Tibbs!!”