Despite bowing out of the world game over six years ago, David Beckham remains an idol to millions of people across the globe. His two-decade-long marriage to former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham and philanthropy work has helped keep him in the public's eye, all the while holding his unspoken status as one of the world's most stylish men.
A bonafide fashion icon, Becks has pioneered some of the most emulated looks in men's sartorial fashion over the past 25 years. From his ever-changing hairstyles (remember the mohawk? *shudder*) through to his expensive collection of made-to-measure suits and casual everyday tee and jeans look, the former Manchester United player has worn it all and continues to inspire men around the world with his accessible choices.
We can't all bend it like Beckham, but we sure as hell can dress like him. Here are a bunch of easy ways you can channel the football legend's influential style.
Staples never go out of style
Old mate Becks didn't have to do much to keep his cool, and you don't have to either, just adhere to the time tested adage that staple classics never go out of style. Beckham bases his wardrobe around tailored suits, well-fitted jeans, leather jackets and stylish shoes all in simple colourways that are easy on the eye. At the end of the day, they're items of clothing every man should have in his collection, at least before the age of 25.
Becks takes influence from style icons like James Dean and Steve McQueen, always opting for quality and simplicity. When he's not suited and booted, Beckham is a huge fan of a vintage jacket to make a statement when paired with a basic tee/Chelsea boot combination.
A two-button, tailored suit is infinitely more versatile than you first thought
During his early career at United, Beckham wasn't the best dresser, something he admitted on The Late Late Show With James Corden a few years back. Since entering his 30's a decade back, Becks has ditched the leather suits and all-white boy band ensembles he used rock on the red carpets of the '90s for a more considered, classically tailored approach.
When it comes to his extensive suit collection, Becks keeps things straightforward, preferring a fit that's not overly structured alongside dark colour palettes (blues, greys and blacks) that accentuate his boyish good looks and can be worn in a large variety of combinations. Pairing these suits with tees and sneakers is a common look for the footballer, while the two-piece classic matched with a light coloured shirt and sharp, flat pocket square is also a favourite of the man. Occasionally, Becks opts for a two-tone contrast during the British summer months, like at Wimbledon, for example.
Hair today, gone tomorrow
Becks is fairly mellow when it comes to his choice of clothing, favouring the classics as we've seen so far, but the same can't be said for his hairstyles. Golden Balls has never been shy of experimenting with his hair, helping pioneer the man-bun years before it became an expected look for local hipsters while also somehow managing to make the mohawk not completely hideous. He's also shaved his head, worn cornrows (we don't recommend this, at all) bleached his hair and even, once, rocked a comb-over. Only Beckham could get away with such a history.
Despite the variety, Becks has always worn his hair to play to his strengths. Blessed with a chiselled jawline and pronounced cheekbones, recently he's made sure to keep his hair out of his face while rarely sporting a full beard, preferring a little three-day growth to enhance his matured look, but one that doesn't overpower his pretty boy charm. The lesson here is to wear your hair however you like and don't be afraid to take chances, just be certain your new trim fits the shape of your face.
The Peaky Blinders look
If changing your hairstyle every six months is too much work then why not take a chapter out of Beckham's playbook and grab yourself a flat cap. Surging in popularity thanks to the BBC drama Peaky Blinders, flat caps are a unique accessory for those starting to thin out up top or give their outfit a subtle edge.
Becks loves the flat cap so much his fashion label Kent & Curwen collaborated with the Peaky Blinders team for a 1920s-inspired capsule collection. Previewed in January this year, the collection includes trousers, jackets and of course, flat caps.
While not currently available to purchase, the pieces will no doubt be expensive when they hit the market, so if you can't be bothered waiting you can purchase a wide range of flat caps from UK site Peak Blinders Authentic Headwear.
All-hail the 'All-Black Power Play'
The common theme surrounding Beck's style is keeping things basic, so it's no real surprise the former England captain loves getting around in a confident all-black get-up. From all-black suits to black bombers, cap and shoe combos, Becks loves a good monochrome outfit. All-black is an outfit that not only makes you appear slimmer but is also an easy combination of clothing you most likely already own, making it even easier to achieve Beck's cool style.
The best thing about wearing all-black is while it's almost too simple an outfit, it's not something commonly done by many people, thus making it a powerful statement across all levels of dress codes. Plus, if you want to spice things up and add some colour to your outfit, try a pair of brown boots or a flannel shirt.
If, after all this, David Beckham doesn't quite nail the style you're after, it might be worth checking Jason Statham's wardrobe go-to's for a little more inspiration.