We predicted it back when Moonlight premiered at Telluride last year, but now we’re going on record to say that Ashton Sanders is the style icon we need and deserve, and he will be on every best dressed list of 2017. 

From Docs with 3-piece suits to his impressive turtleneck collection, there’s no denying Ashton’s got game. Even Raf knows it. While we eagerly await the Moonlight star’s take on summer style, fashion writer Taylor Okata checks his top 10 looks from the past year.

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Calvin Klein AW17 Runway Show

Feb 2017

I’m all about a tonal look—very apropos for a Calvin Klein runway show. The oversized Dickies workwear jacket on top of the suit, plus beanie and sporty sunglasses, gives me more Vetements than Calvin Klein. The eyewear is so 90s/Y2K, which has seriously been trending. It’s only a matter of time before Hackers is remade. I also love the scarecrow chic pose with the editorially styled white bandanas as well. Cue “Firestarter” by The Prodigy.

26th Annual Gotham Awards

Nov 2016

Tonal look, part two by Louis Vuitton. I’m typically not a fan of the jacket hanging off the shoulder trend, but this color is beautiful and he looks fantastic. I would have done a different shoe, but I get the point of going with a Doc Marten because it says “I’m casually wearing Louis Vuitton.”

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InStyle Golden Globe Awards Opening Party

Nov 2016

I appreciate anyone who wears a bold print on the red carpet and camo is a top menswear trend for Spring 2017. Bottega Veneta, Givenchy and Valentino all highlighted camo in their collections, but Ashton went with Public School for this one. Who would want to blend in anyway?

23rd Annual SAG Awards

Jan 2017

Here’s a more subtle, print-on-print situation. This one by Tiger of Sweden. I love that he went with a jacket/pant combo versus a traditional suit, buttoned all the way up. I can see he has a sense of a uniform with the way he dresses—Doc Martens, print-on-print, tonal colors, turtlenecks. Consistency is key.

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74th Golden Globe Awards, After Party

Jan 2017

Pulling off a moto jacket over a suit is difficult to say the least. Yet, it makes sense here given it’s Saint Laurent. And wearing no tie was the move to make. Somewhere, Hedi Slimane is proud.

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LAX

Feb 2017

We all know LAX is the tabloid’s red carpet, and I’m all about a good LAX moment. I’m into the Southern California components here—the glasses, jacket, white socks with Vans SK8-Hi’s. No LAX arrival is complete without a proper fur.

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2016 International Film Festival Rome

Oct 2016

Double-breasted suits, especially checkered ones, were trending during Fall/Winter 2017 Men’s Fashion Weeks. Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, and Sunnei made some of the best versions. This Topman look is definitely more mod than the oversized versions we saw during Fashion Week; and, nothing says mod like completing the look with a turtleneck aka the anti-tie.

ASOS US Edition of Magazine Launch

Nov 2016

In regards to his iconic style, Jimi Hendrix was known for his incredible use of color, prints and textures. Ashton has spoken about looking to Hendrix for style inspiration, and we can see a bit of that here with his bandana, necklace and unbuttoned lace shirt. If you want to wear lace or take part in sheer ambition, it’s definitely wise to reference Hendrix, or Prince. Skin is in.

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89th Annual Academy Awards - The Oscars 2017

Feb 2017

Raf Simons recently took the lead at Calvin Klein and has already proven to be a brilliant match for the brand. This type of anticipation in American fashion probably hasn’t happened since Helmut Lang’s first show in New York in the late 90s. Two weeks after Simon’s debut, Ashton came through in this custom, double-breasted wool suit designed by Raf Simons for Calvin Klein. (Raf also dressed four of Ashton’s fellow cast members.) It was a perfect decision, and the timing couldn’t have worked out any better. Did you see the brand’s underwear ad campaign released the very next morning, post-Moonlight victory? Win-win.

Vanity Fair's The Oscars 2017 After Party

Feb 2017

Insert gif where he takes off his shades and angles his body to show off the kilt. He gave us a moment with this look! It’s punk, it’s rude boy—I’m here for it. He swapped out the shoes and trousers from his Oscars look, replaced them with Vans Sk8-Hi’s, a kilt (by Fear of God), and of course threw on a fur, BECAUSE MOONLIGHT JUST WON BEST PICTURE.

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