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"Clean shirt, new shoes,
And I don't know where I am goin' to.
Silk suit, black tie,
I don't need a reason why.
They come a-runnin' just as fast as they can,
'Cause every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp-dressed man."
ZZ Top, "Sharp Dressed Man"

"Clothes make the man" is this guy's motto. Impeccably groomed yet never a slave to fashion, the Sharp-Dressed Man is quite simply a guy dressed to the nines, over whom the ladies in the audience will undoubtedly swoon.

A three-piece-suit (that is, one including a Waistcoat of Style) is the usual embodiment of this trope, but more imaginative outfits can qualify as well. Hats, canes, umbrellas, pocket watches, handkerchiefs, and cigars are optional… but in some environments, highly recommended. Awesome Anachronistic Apparel will often overlap.

A Sister Trope of Simple, yet Opulent (since these suits can be exxxxxpen$ive) and more subtly to The Fashionista (his Distaff Counterpart), The Dandy, Costume Porn.

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Compare Bifauxnen.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • The Big O: Roger Smith. Jason Beck actually manages to look good in gold suits, but his oft ridiculous hairdos and Laughably Evil antics tend to kill the effects of this trope. Alex Rosewater actually doesn't look too bad in a white business suit, though he himself doesn't really look as good as his own outfit.
  • El-Hazard's would-be ruler, Katsuhiko Jinnai, is never seen without his suit and tie. Bonus points for stylin' by usually keeping one hand in his pocket, leaving the other free to straighten his necktie.
  • Lupin III: It's a little harder to see in the older Anime, due to the washed out colours compared to today, but that's not an issue with the recent movies.
    • Lupin and Jigen consider suit and tie clothing to be casual wear, no matter the weather. For formal dress, they switch to solid white and black respectively, with accessories to highlight them.
    • Goemon considers a traditional hakama to be casual wear, adding traditional jackets for a more formal outing.
    • Zenigata also wears suit and tie ensembles, generally only changing his tie and hat colours. The trenchcoat gives the impression of a three piece suit for a cop. Interpol must pay well.
  • Baccano!: Being set in 1930's Gangsterland, what were the chances that the show wouldn't use this trope like a horribly addictive drug?
  • Pokémon: Giovanni. And Cilan. Don't forget Riley and Steven Stone!
    • Also, Maxie, albeit with a specially-made uniform. Archie also has a nice suit.
    • "Looker" or "Handsome" in the japanese version, isn't exactly some random nickname.
  • Shota example: Makube Rokuro from Tezuka's Vampires. He keeps the look as he gets older. He appears as an expy in works like Black Jack.
  • Sailor Moon: Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask has four different girls and several men after him, and even when not in Tuxedo Mask form he wears well-tailored jackets.
  • Alucard from Hellsing, whose outfit is like the awesome love child of Vash the Stampede (lampshaded by the author himself in his end-of-tankobon notes) and Carmen Sandiego.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!: Any of the suits worn by Takemichi or his teacher Gateau.
  • Chrono Crusade is a show set in the Roaring Twenties, so of course most of its men are dressed in classy suits.
  • The tenth movie of One Piece didn't really need to put everyone in classy suits. Was it amazingly awesome? Yes.
    • Well, about the tenth movie, there was a dresscode.
    • Sanji in general. Observe.
    • Also, high ranking Marines tend to wear pretty badass suits. The admirals and Garp in particular.
  • Death Note: Light Yagami pulls this off pretty well, when he feels like it for work. He tends towards smart casual otherwise.
  • Monster: The most casual thing you ever see Johan Liebert wear is a grey sweater, which he wears after getting out of the hospital following a massive Villainous BSoD.
    • There was also that cute clubbing dress with the magic make-you-shorter heels. And the wig, obviously. Despite the heels, it was a pretty casual outfit.
  • Darker Than Black: November 11 is always either impeccably dressed or naked as a jaybird.
  • In Durarara!!, Shizuo's inexplicable inability to wear anything other than impeccably tailored bartender suits is something of a running gag.
    • He was given several dozen copies of the outfit by his rich younger brother who hoped that it would encourage him to keep his current job for longer than few weeks. It didn't work, but Shizuo keeps wearing the suits out of respect for him.
  • Soul Eater gives us Death The Kid, son of the Grim Reaper, who is a teenager in a perfectly symmetrical suit.
  • Code Geass has a slightly more intricately sharp-dressed man in Lelouch vi Britannia's alter-ego, Zero. Fashioned with gold trimmings, his purple tailed suit and cravat are impeccably sharp. That's good, because it draws attention away from the fact that his pants and his shoes are sown together.
  • Bleach:
    • As Director of Karakura General Hospital, Ryuuken Ishida always wears a perfectly pressed suit and tie. Flashbacks reveal that, even as a teenager, "casual-smart" was his most dressed-down style. As he fights in his suits and favours the colour white, he is also a Badass in a Nice Suit and a Man in White, basically covering every non-evil angle.
    • Shinji too fights in a suit and tie with Badass Longcoat to boot.
    • Many Quincies dress in impeccable military uniforms, but Robert combines the uniform coat with a white suit, making him more sharply dressed than most.
  • While there are probably a few other examples in Gundam's broader franchise, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing sees this intersect with Awesome Anachronistic Apparel for Treize Khushrenada, who is never seen without his blue-and-white Napoleonic-style dress uniform and cavalry boots (and frequently wears a hussar-style cape), with the lone exception of one shot of him bathing. This extends to his "private army", the military arm of OZ called the Alliance Special Mobile Suit Troops, who on Earth are never seen without their cavalry boots and dress uniforms, even in circumstances where they really wouldn't wear them (like combat operations in the desert).
  • When Roy Mustang is not in his military uniform, he is almost always dressed in a full suit, complete with waistcoat, over which he tends to wear a black wool coat and his trademark embroidered white gloves. He is, both In-Universe and in the fandom, an object of much female admiration.
    • The mangaka, being well aware of his popularity, drew several pieces of official art in which Roy wears tuxedos. Edward Elric, Alphonse Elric, and Maes Hughes are also seen in a number of said art pieces dressed to the nines, as well as the members of Roy's military unit.
  • Tohsaka Tokiomi of Fate/Zero is almost always dressed like a 19th-century riverboat gambler.
  • Defied by Ryo Saeba from City Hunter: while he does have the fashion sense for this, he's a Sweeper and fashionable clothing leaves little space for the concealed weapons he needs, so, as he explained to a fashion designer he was bodyguarding, he prefers casual clothing that can hide a dismantled pistol with ammo, plastic explosive with detonator and condoms, and isn't too much trouble to rip off to release the tear gas or just explode in the face of an enemy.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman:
    • Being a celebrity and the CEO of a huge, wealthy company, Bruce Wayne tends to wear suits a lot in his "day" persona. So do Tim Drake and Dick Grayson on occasion, and they look good in them!
    • Averted with The Joker in Death of the Family. He's dressed up in a plain old repairman jumpsuit, and is not even close to looking sharply dressed this time around.
    • In Batman: White Knight Jack Napier's sanity allows him to dress much more stylishly, as opposed to the garishly dressed and messy haired Joker.
  • "Sharp Dressed Man" might as well be Tony Stark's theme song.
  • Astro City:
    • None of the above characters can hold a candle to The Gentleman, who has never been seen wearing anything other than his impressively elegant tuxedo, complete with sash and buttonhole rose. Throw in his unfailingly polite manners, charming personality, and wholesome sensibilities, and you've got the quintessential Nice Guy.
    • "Ned" Carroway from "The Deep Dark Woods" is addicted to being a costumed Mook partially because it allows him to imagine himself as a Badass in a Nice Suit. Pity his criminal skills aren't as sharp as his clothing sense...
  • The Justice Society of America villain, Johnny Sorrow. In this case he is a sharp dressed ghost; he appears like a floating elegant red suit with a mask and black gloves.
  • Doctor Octopus briefly traded in his green and orange tights for nice suits.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas:
    • Jack Skellington, proving the immediate sex appeal of this trope, despite being a talking, walking skeleton.
    • The Melting Man also qualifies despite his obvious attributes.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 1920s silent comedy star Raymond Griffith always wore white tie and tails, usually with a top hat, cape, and walking stick. Even when playing a spy trying to steal a shipment of gold in The Wild West, as he did in Hands Up!.
  • In every film he was in, veteran character actor Terry-Thomas would be dressed in a suit with waistcoat and cigarette holder, often with a bowler, cane and occasional monocle as well.
  • Peter Guillam from the 2011 version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Most of the important characters really, since they're all government spies, but Guillam's Waistcoat of Style Fanservice tendencies and randomly brightly coloured ties single him out.
  • The Italian Job (1969), The first thing Charlie Croker does upon getting released from jail? Visiting his tailor and his shirtmaker.
  • The Adjustment Bureau: All the members of the eponymous organisation wear fifties-style suits, complete with Nice Hats.
  • Jimmy gets a nice red suit, presumably with his severance pay, towards the end of Quadrophenia.
  • Thanks to a Limited Wardrobe, the titular Blues Brothers wear the same two suits and pairs of sunglasses for the entire movie. Subversion, since it's literally the same two suits, but the movie takes place over several days, and we hear a background character remark on how bad they smell.
  • Pulp Fiction: Presumably, a standard dress-code Marcellus Wallace requires of his henchmen, given that he, Jules, Vince, and the Wolf are all Badasses in Nice Suits.
  • In the '60s Doctor Who film (starring Peter Cushing) Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D., the collaborator (played by Philip Madoc) wears a great-looking off-white trenchcoat, in contrast with the run-down appearance of all the other humans.
  • Any character played by Fred Astaire, such as Jerry from Top Hat.
  • Marvel Cinametic Universe:
    • Loki likes to dress in nice suits whenever he visits Earth in all Thor movies and The Avengers. Oddly enough, these suits serve no real purpose; the first time he made himself invisible to the humans, and the second time he needed to get to an old scientist in the middle of the fancy party in Stuttgart. Perhaps he just likes Midgardian fashion (or just has to be wearing the best, no matter what style he's dressed in and no matter whether anybody would actually see him... which would be in character), or perhaps the filmmakers just like putting Tom Hiddleston in nice suits for the ladies to enjoy!
    • Not quite as fanservicey, but Agent Coulson's suits get progressively nicer and sharper with each movie he appears in. When he first shows up in Iron Man, his suit fits poorly to exaggerate his unimpressive comic relief status. By The Avengers, he's proved he's really a Badass Normal / Unfazed Everyman and is decked out in Dolce & Gabanna.
  • Jay of Okja is only ever seen in a suit.
  • The Blank version of Oliver Chamberlain from The World's End.
  • Richard Gere's clothes in American Gigolo were, for the time, impeccably fashionable, and the movie is credited with establishing Armani's popularity in Hollywood.
  • The evil Djinn of Wishmaster looks quite refined while wearing a suit in his human guise, to the point that the clerk selling the suit is clearly floored by him. He rewards her interest by turning her into a mannequin.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class and in his elderly years is always well-dressed as befitting a professor and principal. Costume designer Louise Mingenbach refers to Professor X as "Mr. Fancy Pants" in the "United Colors of X" featurette on the X2: X-Men United DVD, and Sammy Sheldon has stated in the "Suiting Up" documentary on the First Class Blu-Ray that she made Charles' attire as stylish as she could while keeping him, "honest, real, studious." On the "Two Worlds, Two Battles" segment of The Rogue Cut, Patrick Stewart says that his character "has been seen as something of a peacock over all these years. Quite exotic-looking suits."
    • X-Men: First Class has several examples.
      • Sebastian Shaw.
      • Azazel is always wearing a black suit.
      • Riptide, as with every other male member of the Hellfire Club.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service: The heroic Kingsman British spy agency is full of these; they began as a tailor shop and still use one as their front.
    Harry: A suit is the modern gentleman's armour. And the Kingsman agents are the new knights.
  • Lampshaded in the live-action George of the Jungle when the title character mentions to the audience that his suit is from Armani.
  • The DC Extended Universe has a few snazzy dressers.
  • Ben Whitaker in The Intern insists that this is the proper way for a gentleman to dress, and has a closet full of tasteful suits. When he lets fellow intern David room with him while apartment-hunting, David starts following Ben's example and dressing more professionally himself (online startups have very lax dress codes, if any, and Jules clearly doesn't hold her employees to any stricter standard than "clean and suitable for being in public").

  • In Time Scout It turns out Malcolm's quietly a clothes horse. His favorite persona for Victorian London is as an eccentric globe-trotting gentleman and he has to keep up with changing styles. Contrast Ancient Rome, where he's usually a collared slave, which is how he was dressed in the opening.
  • Sherlock Holmes was always considered this and, contrary to the stereotype, would never commit such an embarrassing fashion faux pas as to wear an outfit for the countryside, a deerstalker and an inverness cape, in the city.
  • In the Aunt Dimity series, Bill and his father are noted to dress this way, with Willis Sr. retaining his sartorial habits into his retirement.
  • FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast is almost always seen in one.
  • Nero Wolfe is noted as being an incredibly well-dressed man. He is obsessive about how neat his clothes are. He also sleeps in silk pajamas.
  • Mr. Hall and Mr. White are this for Parellity.
  • Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory may have strange ideas of proper colors for his outfit, but his Stage Magician-esque suit, top hat, and walking-stick do have a certain style and grandeur all the same. Adaptations usually go with more coordinated ensembles, but preserve the inherent eccentricity. (The 1971 film gives him a bowtie, the 2005 film a Badass Longcoat...)
  • Dimitri from Vampire Academy is always well-dressed and well put together. He looks stylish when wearing his dusters.
  • In Michael Connelly's books, LAPD Detective Jerry Edgar is frequently noted for being the sharpest-dressed guy in the division. Bosch notes an occasion where Edgar arrives to a homicide scene in jeans and a t-shirt and suspects that he dressed down to avoid the "dirty work" of notifying the victim's next of kin.
  • The Hearts We Sold: The Daemon appears to the heartless troop as a handsome gentleman in a nice suit.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel: Gunn after getting his brain upgrade—he stops wearing the suit after discovering what the upgrade cost him.
  • From Selfie, Henry is well-dressed, and may cross over from this trope into The Dandy at times (he wears bow ties, for one thing.) In one episode he mentions his categorization system for his clothes.
  • In Auction Kings, Jamie wears some very strange but stylish suits.
  • In Game of Thrones, Renly Baratheon is always handsomely dressed for the occasion, whether he's at court, on a hunting trip, or commanding an army of about a hundred thousand men.
  • Project Runway: Tim Gunn is quite the silver fox in his go-to shirt and tie combo.
  • In The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert's suits are a major part of his personality. In one sketch, he reveals that beneath his suit is another suit.
    • In other segments, he's had suits tailored for specific purposes, like one with a hoodie for his rap battle against Michael Steele.
    • In his Pistachios commercials, not only is Colbert himself dressed sharply but his eagle as well.
  • Keith Olbermann is another notably snappy dresser. As of 2016, he has been hired by Gentlemen's Quarterly to do political reports while wearing really.nice.suits.
  • Barney Stinson of How I Met Your Mother pretty much lives and breathes this trope. He even wears suit pajamas(Suitjamas, which are now available online) in case easy women come by in the middle of the night. He swaps to more comfortable and much less stylish nightwear and is proven to have been right the first time that very night. His tailor (or "suit guy") is the aforementioned Tim Gunn.
  • Face from The A-Team is always impeccably dressed, a characteristics of most of actor Dirk Benedict's characters.
  • Spoofed with Cat in Red Dwarf who goes to absurd lengths to protect his clothes, even above protecting himself and others from physical harm.
  • Most of Hugh Laurie's pre-House characters.
    • Black Adder the Third: Prince George may be the most stupid Upper-Class Twit in England, but he also has the (allegedly) biggest wardrobe as well (His main expenditure are socks).
    • Jeeves and Wooster: Most of the male cast. In Bertie's case, it's only through Jeeves' best efforts.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The original Master, played by Roger Delgado.
    • The Count Scarlioni wears a three-piece cream linen suit, a turquoise cravat, and a black shirt (so we know he's evil).
    • The Fourth Doctor unexpectedly starts dressing in a much sharper style in his final season, after dressing in a theoretically classy but rather scruffy style for most of his run. He keeps his Messy Hair though.
    • Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor. Yow.
    • David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor. Apart from the trainers, anyway.
    • Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor thinks he's this, but looks more Adorkable than anything else. In real life though, his off-beat clothes have been endlessly copied by young men around the world (especially the bow tie). To Matt's credit, he can rock a tuxedo when the situation calls for it.
    • The Silence.
    • Peter Capaldi brings back the class for his Twelfth Doctor. His signature black and red Crombie coat gives a a cutting figure and adds some drama whenever he appears on the scene. According to Capaldi, the Twelfth Doctor's wardrobe was inspired by David Bowie, a man who practically lives and breathes this trope. From around his second series, Twelve starts alternating between this and a more casual hoodie-and-coat look to reflect him loosening up.
  • Patrick Jane in The Mentalist. Subverted somewhat, in that while Jane is only ever seen in his hallmark three-piece suit, his curls can get unruly, the suit itself is somewhat rumpled, and his shoes are very worn.
  • Dan Fielding of Night Court, who always seemed to wear tight-fitting double breasted suits. Judge Harry Stone also usually dressed well (suits and fedoras), if a little dated.
    • Though one episode showed that he sometimes wears a dickie made to look like a shirt and tie under his robes to hide the fact that he's really in his undies.
  • Burn Notice: When not running a job, Michael seems to prefer wearing Armani suits.
    • Or Michael himself:
      Michael, selling his cover to the sniper pointing a rifle at him: The label? The label is Armani. Cops don't fit Armani.
    • To the point that even a Burn Notice promo was to ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man".
  • Very characteristic of 70's detective shows. See Kojak, Hawaii Five-O, and The Rockford Files.
    • Comedies as well—see Det. Ron Harris on Barney Miller, easily the best-dressed guy in the squad room.
  • As of season three of Gossip Girl, Chuck Bass is never seen in anything but suits (except occasionally when he's in pyjamas).
  • Criminal Minds: Agent Aaron Hotchner is almost always seen wearing a suit and tie. And damn does he look fine when he does.
  • Firefly: Simon Tam is always the best-dressed member of the crew (except for Inara). My word, but he does look nice in a waistcoat.
  • NCIS: Tony DiNozzo. Go check his closet if you don't believe it.
    • After Director Shepard dies in a firefight, Abby comments on how Jenny was always so sharply dressed.
  • Hetty in NCIS: Los Angeles is known for her dress sense. When Abby from NCIS volunteered her services to the L.A. branch, Hetty complimented her on her Perky Goth attire, because it demonstrated that one can be a professional and still possess a sense of style.
  • Smallville: Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow is very sharp-dressed when he's not in his Superhero uniform. So's Clark after he starts working at the Daily Planet, and for a short period even earlier when Lionel Luthor swapped bodies with him. For the Man of Wealth and Taste/ Badass in a Nice Suit variant, we have Lex Luthor, Lionel Luthor, Earth-2 Clark, and Alexander.
  • Sherlock: While all the characters are dressed well, the cut on Benedict Cumberbatch's suits and coat for Sherlock is phenomenal. (Lestrade and Mycroft also look quite fine.)
    • Lampshaded in-universe by both Sherlock and John, who acknowledge the coolness-conferring powers of the coat—it's one of Sherlock's stated reasons why he looks taller in pictures.
    • Sherlock's wardrobe has become so popular that people have begun asking after it in clothing shops. Journalist Alexis Petridis comments, "So it is that Britain's latest men's style icon is a fictional asexual sociopath first seen onscreen hitting a corpse with a stick. Surely not even the great detective himself could have deduced that was going to happen."
    • The Big Bad, Jim Moriarty, is only ever seen in something less than a suit when he's out of character.
  • Mads Mikkelsen's version of Hannibal Lecter from Hannibal became one of the most prominent examples of this trope since the series aired. This Hannibal is one of the most sophisticated characters in live-action series because of his classy style. He wears ties that became a unique trademark of the character due to their distinguished and imposing type.
  • Daniel Jackson from Stargate SG-1. There is a reason why a music video was done to this song.
    • There's also an episode of Stargate Atlantis where John and Ronon wear suits to Sheppard's dad's funeral. Yowza!
  • When out of uniform Walker from Dad's Army was always dressed in an impeccably tailored suit in keeping with his "profession" as a high class black-marketeer.
  • Derren Brown has a fairly distinctive three-piece, with no-tie look that he likes. Combined with his trademark goatee, and it might as well be a uniform.
  • President Bates of 15/Love, something that the school doctor definitely noticed.
  • Elijah on The Vampire Diaries.
  • Harvey Specter on Suits. Three-piece suits are an abundance on that show, a fact that is often commented on. Justified since all lawyers in the firm are Harvard grads (except for Mike), and they are working for a top law firm in New York. It's pretty much a requirement.
  • Jimmy Carr is nearly always decked out in an increasingly delicious array of suits. It should also be mentioned that his hair is just as impeccable as his style, with nary a lock out of place even when he's sharing an ice bath with a particularly friendly Georgie Thompson.
  • Niles Crane from Frasier. Frasier too, (though less strikingly), but he at least changes when he goes home, unlike his brother. Could lead one to presume Maris insisted Niles stay dressed to the nines while he was in her sight.
  • Earth: Final Conflict's Ronald Sandoval.
    • William Boone wears one most of the time as well. His replacement, Liam Kincaid, opts for a leather jacket instead.
  • The Wire—"The Bunk is strictly a suit-and-tie motherfucker." The one time he's seen in casualwear, it's to make a point about him being outside his usual habitat—and gets Daniels to quip, "I thought you were born in pinstripes."
  • You will be hard-pressed to find Richard Gilmore of Gilmore Girls in anything other than a suit and tie.
  • James West and Artemus Gordon of The Wild Wild West must spend a good part of their paychecks on their gorgeous period suits.
  • Mr. Lucky and Andamo are always stylish, especially when entertaining guests aboard their luxurious floating casino/gourmet restaurant.
  • Frequently overlaps with Badass in a Nice Suit on Chuck. Casey is in a sharp suit practically Once an Episode, and especially in later seasons Chuck himself can really work one. Then there's Devon. Even Sarah rocks a nice suit from time to time.
    • Villains especially get in on the act. Special mention goes to Tommy, Vincent and Shaw.
  • In Parks and Recreation, Tom's love of fine clothing (and diminutive frame) becomes a plot point when he starts a business renting his wardrobe out to fashion-conscious high-schoolers.
  • Johnson in Sze U Tonight, who always wears a suit and tie.
  • Jason King was the television embodiment of the late 60's/early 70's British dandy.
  • While all of the ADAs on Law & Order: SVU dress very nicely, Rafael Barba takes this to extremes; his (three-piece, naturally) suits tend to cost upwards of four figures, and are beautifully tailored. Just to cap it off, he wears extremely flashy ties with coordinating pocket squares (often in a fancy fold), suspendersnote  instead of a belt, and even coordinating socks. Not for nothing has this man been said to rival Mycroft Holmes in the suit porn department.
  • Lucifer Morningstar, the titular character of Lucifer, is an emblematic instance of this trope. The pride and allure central to this archetype express themselves through this trope.
    Lucifer: The Devil does, in fact, wear Prada.
  • Heavy, the rogue CIA operator in Season 2 of Powers, wears an old-fashioned suit, with a Badass Longcoat and a wide-brimmed fedora.
  • Property Brothers: Drew does like his suits, ties, and dress shoes. No, really, he does — it's not just an attempt to make it clear which twin is in which shot. (Though for the Brother vs Brother spinoff, the nice clothes stay in Drew's closet since he's getting hands-on with the renovations, and doesn't want to ruin them.)

  • ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man" is the trope namer. It was apparently inspired by a movie starring Sean Connery. It's also a subversion - the narrator is totally overdressed and looks more like a fop than anything else.
  • Mod bands have this trope as one of their tenets. The Who pre-Woodstock is a good example.
  • Enforced for The Beatles in their pre-Yellow Submarine days—they all dressed alike, and they all looked impeccable, with matching haircuts, suits and shoes. Left to their own devices, things were a little different; Paul kept it up, but Ringo and George leaned heavily on the dandy side, while John, more often than not, was a raging slob.
  • One of main selling points of the New Wave Music/New Romantic movements starting in the late 70's was the prevalence of slim clothes in contrast to the flaring outfits mainly associated (to this day) with Disco music. This soon overlapped with their embracing of Music Videos.
  • Robert Palmer was almost always seen in a suit on stage or in music videos. He even got voted best dressed man of the 80s and is known as the "Gentleman of Rock & Roll" or "The James Bond of Rock" because of his penchant for Armani.
  • This is more or less Franz Ferdinand's M.O. when it comes to costumes. Of course, these get into various states of disarray as a show goes on.
  • Nick Cave is rarely seen not wearing a suit.
  • Most of the members of The World/Inferno Friendship Society could qualify as this, but none more so than Jack Terricloth.
  • British Blackened Death Metal band Akercocke are rarely seen without their snazzy, turn-of-the-century style suits, sometimes with sharp facial hair to match. Check this out for size, rookies
  • David Bowie's stage wardrobe has invoked this more than once:
    • The Thin White Duke, the persona he created for Station to Station (1976), dressed this way; this was partially inspired by the elegant suits he wore in several scenes of the film The Man Who Fell to Earth.
    • 1983's Serious Moonlight Tour had him dress in natty pastel suits.
    • 1990's Sound+Vision Tour featured black-and-white suits.
  • Alexander Rybak is, at his most informal, wearing a vest and slacks. Helps that he's Adorkable as all hell.
  • Steam Powered Giraffe. They were voted "Best Costume—Group" in the 2013 Steampunk Gazette Reader's Choice Awards.
  • "And as long as I've got my suit and tie, I'mma leave it all on the floor tonight..."
  • As per their shtick as Ministry officials, the guys from Ministry of Magic usually perform in dress shirts, waistcoats and Hogwarts (movie) house ties.
  • Tosin Abasi will wear a suit every so often.
  • All four members of KISS on the cover of Dressed to Kill.
  • Postmodern Jukebox: The male members of the band tend to sport suits/tuxedos/other fancy wear.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Ur-Example is Ric Flair, especially during his title reigns in the 80's and as leader of the Four Horsemen. He still manages to look every bit as put-together and "Slick Ric" now, though. And the rest of the Horsemen aren't too shabby themselves, especially during their WCW reformation, walking around in tuxedos.
  • The ultimate example is undoubtedly Vince McMahon himself, who favors dark colors, pinstripes, and wiiiiide shoulder pads that make him look practically hulking (and he's already a fairly large man). In his younger years, he often wore brighter colors, and during the Attitude Era he tended to go with plain black dress shirts and jackets. Popular folklore has it that he even has the crotch of his pants tailored as loose as possible so that his famous "grapefruits" will swing all the more masculinely as he swaggers down to the ring.
  • Evolution, as befits an Expy of the Four Horsemen (even including Ric Flair).
  • Chris Jericho has been rather fond of these since his most recent Heel–Face Turn. Of course he fully realizes (and plays up) that they do in fact make him look like a super villain. The extraneous use of unnecessarily complicated words certainly doesn't help. Jericho is basically using the same gimmick that Nick Bockwinkel did for many years in the AWA.
  • The Miz has also been known to suit up on occasion, even going so far as to don a 1930s-era waistcoat.

    Tabletop Games 
  • GURPS 4th Edition has the Fashion Sense Advantage, which grants a +1 on reaction rolls thanks to knowing just what to wear (or how to wear it).
  • Aberrant includes the Style skill to represent a character's fashion sense. Empathic clothing grants a bonus.

  • In The Golden Apple, Ulysses and the boys have a song about how smart they look dressed up in store-bought suits.
  • The Wiz and his subjects of the Emerald City don snazzy outfits when Dorothy and her friends first meet them.

    Video Games 
  • Art of Fighting has a few of these; most notably: italian stallion Robert Garcia, who's always dressed to the nines. There's also series antagonist, Mr. Big, who comes complete with A Lady on Each Arm.
  • Metal Gear: A recurring bonus feature in the series: Solid Snake or Big Boss, in a tuxedo.
  • Ace Attorney: Everyone's favorite cravat-wearing prosecutor, Miles Edgeworth. Who cares if he wears magenta?
  • Castlevania: The other Alucard, who is edging in on The Dandy. In the 18th century he wears period-appropriate finery in black with white and gold trimmings, topped with a red-lined black cloak; in the near future, his Paper-Thin Disguise consists of a perfectly tailored double-breasted suit, still black, with a blood-red pocket square.
  • All of the Resident Evil 4 ports give the option to dress Leon in a sexy 1930's mobster suit.
  • Devil Survivor 2:
    • The male Tico, dressed in a suit and tie with a Osbaldeston knot.
    • Joe is in a pinstriped suit, which he says is an expensive, $5000 suit by Armani. It's actually just a rip-off, cheap suit by Armanyo.
    • And the uniform of JP's, in general. But Yamato improves it with a Badass Longcoat that has a rather military design to it.
  • Persona:
    • Katsuya and Baofu in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment are both trying. Katsuya's outfit falls a little too far down into business casual to quite fit, while Baofu's suit should count... except it's a bright gold color, and poorly complemented by his long black hair, leather gloves, and small round sunglasses (and general air of not having showered in a week). He thinks he's pulling it off anyway. Tatsuzou Sudou, Japan's Foreign Minister and a major antagonist, pulls it off a lot better.
    • Persona 3 Portable allows the purchase of tuxedo armor for all the guys (including Ken but, oddly, not the male main character), allowing either lead to exterminate Shadows (and various other evil) with a team full of Badasses In Nice Suits. In the main game itself, Akihiko's casual clothes tend to be very well-tailored and sharp, namely his white winter clothes.
    • Persona 4 Golden gives us the Agent Suits, male or female, complete with sunglasses to wear in the fog.
  • In Team Fortress 2, the Spy is this, despite his work being on a battlefield. He sometimes sarcastically laments his victims getting blood on his suit, and even has a knife in his sleeve named "The Sharp Dresser" (it's a promotional weapon from the Assassin's Creed series). The Dead of Night is an all class-item that pretty much makes all the mercenaries looks nice.
  • In PAYDAY The Heist, Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains wear suits in most Heists, except Counterfeit, where they wear repairman uniforms ; Diamond Heist, where they wear bullet proof vests with suit on top; and No Mercy, where they wear scrubs. In Green Bridge, they wear yellow rain ponchos over their suits.
    • PAYDAY 2 does the same by having adding more heisters in snazzy suitsnote , even when they throw four layers of body armor over them.
  • In the Saints Row series, all of the pre-release/teaser images for The Boss always shows him in a very nice tailored black suit with the Saints Fleur-de-Lis as buttons (and the pattern on his vest). Pierce and Oleg are also rocking very nice suits (they also have these in-game all the time, except when Oleg is introduced). Zimos also ditched his Pimp Duds in the teaser art of the Saints in Saints Row: The Third.
  • Mass Effect 2 has the Illusive Man, who always, ALWAYS, is well-groomed and keeps his style. Even in 3 when he appears with Reaper tech implanted in his body on the Citadel, at the end of the game.
    • Male!Shepard also rocks a futuristic suit (with some white thrown in) when infiltrating a high-society party in the "Stolen Memory" DLC. Naturally, the Female!Shepard wears a Little Black Dress instead. Neither outfit leaves room for concealed weapons, so alternative means of arming oneself are used.
  • The Evil Within: Both Sebastian, under the Not-So-Badass Longcoat he loses early on, and his partner Joseph have a pretty snazzy character design, which is more apparent on Joseph due to his more slender build and the fact that he doesn't get a smudge of dirt on him throughout the game. Joseph is also never seen without his leather gloves.
  • Final Fantasy VII series: Both the Turks and especially Magnificent Bastard Rufus Shinra.
  • Klaus and, to an only slightly lesser extent, Raeger in Story of Seasons (2014) are very well-dressed gentlemen. Perhaps not coincidentally, they are frequently the two most popular male love interests.
  • Despite being a Country Mouse, Keaton from Fire Emblem Fates is well-dressed in a waistcoat and a dress shirt.

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  • Archer lives and breathes this trope as part of his James Bond lifestyle. He is always sharply dressed unless Woodhouse is not available to pick his wardrobe. Even his stealth mission gear is stylish.
    Archer: I was the first one to recognize the tactical potential of the turtleneck.
  • The Sovereign in The Venture Bros. always wore a snappy suit, due to being based on David Bowie's "Thin White Duke" persona.

"Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society."

Alternative Title(s): Sharp Dressed Woman