V of BTS is the Most Fashionable Man of 2022
By Megan Collins | Final Up to date: Apr 5 2022
And the best-dressed man of 2022 is…V of Ok-pop group BTS!
Because the Venn diagram of BTS followers and Model Girlfriend followers is definitely two separate and distinct circles, positioned at reverse ends of a regulation-sized soccer pitch, let me provide the rundown.
BTS, brief for Bangtan Boys, is the title of a Ok-pop group with a very devoted fanbase.
Calling themselves ARMY, many of those followers categorical ardour for the band and its seven members—Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, the aforementioned V, and Jungkook—to a level that I’ve by no means proven for a musical act, sports activities crew, alma mater, or frankly, my family.
Did ARMY’s skillful social media mobilization, the place SG Insanity movie star fashion face-offs go down, assist V to victory?
Completely. However after shaking off the frustration that my very own decide for this yr’s high spot, Tom Holland, bought bumped within the Candy Sixteen, I embraced the thought of a BTS fan-fueled championship.
And never simply because it’s been nice for engagement on SG’s Instagram, although…wow. Like I stated, these followers are devoted.
However as a result of, extra importantly, an SG Insanity title for V, née Kim Taehyung, provides us the possibility to highlight somebody whose private fashion feels fairly completely different than the aesthetic we often function on Model Girlfriend.
BTS fashion hits the SG Insanity bracket
It will be foolish to disregard the influence the South Korean boy band has had on popular culture within the final a number of years, whether or not you’re ARMY or in any other case.
So when choosing this yr’s SG Insanity contenders, it was a no brainer to incorporate V, the group’s designated trend plate.
Distinguishing the boy band’s boys
That stated, the group often seems all collectively, carrying coordinating outfits from whichever design home they’re presently serving as international ambassadors.
Which for me, has meant a steep studying curve in studying who every member is.
Regardless of mainlining Boy With Luv, BTS’s upbeat collaboration with Halsey, virtually continuous whereas coaching for a race pre-pandemic, I nonetheless was solely vaguely accustomed to the group’s particular person members.
So after I realized V was headed straight for the championship title, I spotted I wanted a crash course in BTS and BTS fashion.
I knew a pair. J-Hope I acknowledge simply, along with his candy and barely goofy smile that jogs my memory of a Sesame Avenue muppet.
RM is the one one who speaks fluent English and has due to this fact turn into the default spokesman for the group on crimson carpets and late evening speak present couches around the globe. He’s bought the demeanor of a pleasant park ranger, or a non-creepy youth pastor.
However the remainder? I wanted BTS flash playing cards.
I’d prefer to defend myself—I can’t inform the (white!) brothers of Bridgerton aside both!—however to be trustworthy, the work of placing every member’s face to reminiscence has made me painfully conscious of my own-race bias (ORB), the cognitive phenomenon that reveals folks of 1 race have a tougher time readily recognizing or figuring out people of one other.
Social scientists chalk up ORB to the dearth of significant publicity to different cultural and racial teams. Simply because I’m not outing myself as a bigot, although, doesn’t make the confession any extra palatable.
Clearly I’m so glad we’re lastly seeing extra variety in movie star tradition.
I’m additionally painfully conscious that celebrating these sorts of “firsts” in 2022 (I see you, SG Insanity Remaining 4 contender and Marvel’s inaugural Asian superhero Simu Liu!) must make method for normalizing illustration, interval.
One remaining caveat (doth I protest an excessive amount of?), I additionally assume my lack of familiarity with BTS is an element of not immersing myself in popular culture the way in which I did after I was youthful. I can’t even watch any award present on MTV anymore as a result of I solely acknowledge the movie star profitable the lifetime achievement award (they’re often round 35).
So should you don’t know who V is, or can’t inform BTS from Backstreet Boys, know you’re not alone right here.
However! I hope you’re taking it as a possibility to broaden your private fashion perspective. And go hearken to “Boy With Luv.” It’s a bop!
Under, 4 BTS fashion classes to remove from the band and V himself:
1. Coordinating has come a great distance since junior promenade
You could not have a crimson carpet to stroll, however take it from a Ok-pop septet adored by literal hundreds of thousands, dressing in sync is a vibe!
Not matching, however coordinating outfits can look actually, actually good.
The lesson: Don’t be afraid to verify in along with your important different when getting dressed for an occasion.
Even a small contact like a pocket sq. that brings out the colours of your date’s jewellery is a low-key flex that communicates a united entrance and appears nice.
2. Have enjoyable experimenting with traits
SG’s not suggesting each man commerce in his slim-fit chinos for a relaxed silhouette go well with (although if it’s from Louis Vuitton, you’ve bought our blessing), however it may be useful to look to trendsetters like V and BTS to see examples of learn how to strive a development.
these are a number of the finest becoming fits I’ve seen on a crimson carpet in a whiiiiiiiiiiile. discover how all of them have a break of their pant!!!! as a result of that’s right!!! pic.twitter.com/CCsGUm0A9C
— Caroline Reilly (@ms_creilly) April 4, 2022
The lesson: Try fashion-forward celebrities for inspiration on attempting new traits. BTS fashion adjustments from season to season, and yours can too!
No disgrace within the private fashion progress recreation.
3. Maintain your pores and skin!
I’m extraordinarily into the liberty that V and his bandmates have in enjoying with stereotypical magnificence requirements.
I do know it’s turn into a trope to speak concerning the depth of Korean skincare routines (so many steps!), however these guys’ faces seem like glass. What are they utilizing, and may I purchase some?
And sure, they undoubtedly put on some make-up. In an period the place Harry Types has began a nail polish line and Pharrell is hawking eye cream, then V and the remainder of BTS are merely preserving with the instances.
The lesson: It’s time to undertake a correct skincare routine, should you haven’t already.
And if you wish to strive somewhat highlighter on these cheekbones? Go for it.
4. Embrace the hassle
On the danger of sounding like a valedictorian at Euphoria Excessive, my hope for the longer term is that extra guys—particularly of the cis, straight selection—really feel comfy dressing in the way in which that makes them really feel their finest, most assured selves.
I hope if you wish to dye your hair, or get Botox, or put on a Cuban heel, you do!
V and BTS’ fashion may not be what Model Girlfriend followers are used to, and I do know it’s simple to be dismissive of popular culture you’re not personally into, but it surely’s good to embrace change when it comes pulling down your just-for-fun annual fashion competitors!
SG Insanity 2020 winner Harry Types put it completely when he defended the recognition of boy bands to Rolling Stone:
“Who’s to say that younger women who like pop music – brief for widespread, proper? – have worse musical style than a 30-year-old hipster man? That’s less than you to say. Music is one thing that’s at all times altering. There’s no objective posts.”
Types is true. Music is at all times altering, and so is fashion. So go on and hearken to the kids. They’re taking on anyway.
The lesson: We’re not making enjoyable of anybody anymore for making an effort with their look, or attempting one thing new or completely different. It’s 2022, and we’re not enjoying that recreation anymore.
If it makes you are feeling higher about your look, and extra assured taking in your day, then it’s #SGapproved.
Need extra movie star fashion? Try trend classes from previous SG Insanity winners Barack Obama and Harry Types.