Style is notoriously difficult to pin down; many people are fashionable but relatively few are truly stylish. In my opinion, it comes down to simplicity, elegance and individuality.

In this article I’m going to focus on two great twentieth century male style icons who have simplicity, elegance and individuality nailed. Their appeal is timeless, their images are unforgettable and they continue to influence what men wear now. And take a look at Cary Grant’s fabulous rules for dressing (see the box) – you’ll see that most of these apply to women as well as men.

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