Dude Style Icons—For Women

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Jared Leto illustrated by Annie Kreighbaum

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Olivier Theyskens

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Jared Leto illustrated by Annie Kreighbaum

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Olivier Theyskens

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Brigitte Bardot's cat eye is something to behold, sure, but the oft-name-checked style inspiration can get a bit stale after a while. Which isn't to say tear down your “Paris in the '60s' moodboard immediately—just take a break and look somewhere else for a change. A suggestion: Men. Taking beauty cues from the boys can be a beautiful thing. We shouldn't have to even mention it but we will anyway—Jared Leto’s impeccably styled messy bun and highlight game is something everyone should want, male and female alike. You go, Jared. Please carry on being an inspiration for us all.

Beyond Mr. Leto, there's plenty of Y chromosome to admire. From Mac DeMarco's breezy nonchalance or Kanye West's ever-evolving look, men often simmer on a slow burn when it comes to style and beauty—but their influence is felt, no doubt.

Stacey Nishimoto finds inspiration in the endless treasure trove that is Ziggy Stardust, et. al.: “David Bowie inspires me incredibly, yes. He did his own makeup in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and he was really flamboyant, and it was just so glamorous and elegant.”

And while Rita Ora admittedly looks to Debbie Harry and Marilyn Monroe, there's also Freddie Mercury in her trove of reference: “[He] was an amazing beauty icon—anybody who has balls and owns their look,” she said.

But none is as forward and honestly chic as designer Olivier Theyskens. Odile Gilbert, after styling the hair at one of his shows in 2011, told us “Olivier has very strong opinions about how the girls should look…he’d like for them to look like him.” And with that hair, why not?

Photo and illustration by ITG . Read more Quotes here.

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