The late Hardy Amies said it best when he declared: “A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them.” Beyond this guiding principle, the formula for a stylish man is harder to pinpoint. So for 2017's selection of Esquire's Best Dressed Men in the Gulf, we’ve looked at men who wear their clothes with a sense of individuality, confidence and consideration:
33, Spanish, Restaurant general manager
Alberto Rodríguez is the man with the bold suits we all want to wear, but don’t possess the confidence to pull off. As general manager of Bu! in Abu Dhabi — a contemporary, energetic pan-Latin concept famous for its good food, Latin vibes and salsa nights — his style captures the flamboyant Latin culture while always remaining sartorial. “I use colours for an elegant and sharp look. Whatever I wear reflects my mood for that day. That’s why I love fashion — I feel like a painter, drawing a new piece when I choose what to wear.”
Shoes, watches and suits are the three components that represent the foundation of Alberto’s style. Each item is given as much attention as the next. “Dress for the occasion and just wear it your way; always remember the shoes are very important, so choose them carefully and with love.” This eye for detail continues with his envious watch collection, “Watches, watches and more watches… I love them!”
Always classic, sharp and dapper, Rodríguez likes to have fun with fashion, and claims to have no regrets for any of the looks from his younger years. “Every item I have worn has had a moment.”
Bold, confident and not afraid to take chances are the qualities of a perfect candidate for this list.