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Who Is The Most Stylish Man Of 2018? Semi-Finals: Harry Styles vs. Tom Hardy

Close to the finish line, it's our toughest head-to-head yet
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Last Style Trial, Chadwick Boseman sailed through to the semi-final. And now to decide our first finalist. Nobody wanted this. Nobody.

Two British stalwarts from schools both old and new, head-to-head in what could be the most important vote since that one in 2016. But alas: such is the way of the random sweepstake generator. As Confucius once said: 'Fate can be a real arsehole.'

But arsehole or otherwise, the battle is not to be ignored. For as the final looms, it's a match-up between two titans with an unwavering command of the wardrobe (and an equally unwavering fandom): Tom Hardy and Harry Styles. 

Granted, two very different men on the surface. Though look a little closer, and there's a real sartorial likeness between the Dunkirk co-stars.

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Tom Hardy is About Subtle Transgresssion

For Hardy, it's long been about subtle transgressions; the sort that trim down on the rulebook as opposed to total immolation. We saw, for instance, an all-white outfit at Comic-Con that didn't make him look like a new age progressive trance hippy in South Goa. Then, it was about multiple accessories on the Venom campaign trail, and graphic T-shirts that still work despite their status as a trend of yesteryear.

That's because Hardy doesn't follow trends. As a man happy to beat to the march of his own very confident drum, this self-assurance lets the 41-year-old dress how he pleasesand dress well in the process.

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Harry Styles Looks to the Frontmen of Yore

It's the same quality that lends itself well to Styles, too. Though instead of deregulation, the former Directioneer looks to the frontmen of yore: Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, and so on and so forth. Which means a lot of flaresgranted, a bold moveand lots of color.

This stuff wouldn't work on the everyman. But it does prove the merits of risk-taking. Once in a while, every well-dressed man knows to dress outside his comfort zone. So while we're not exactly suggesting you enlist a sequinned three-piece, there's every reason to try a bold new print.

So, who sails through to the final? Tom Hardy, man wonder and destroyer of norms, or Harry Styles, the young gun that's re-educating his elders.

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This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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