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A master of the silver screen and 90s style, Denzel Washington everybody

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Did somebody say, Denzel? When we were young (some of us not yet alive) our mothers were tacking up posters of Denzel Washington on their walls. Why? Besides the fact that he's appeared in just about every action movie known to mankind, the man is a hunk. Pure and simple. To look like a young Denzel Washington is the supreme (and most overused) compliment, so much so the very sentence has become a cultural cliché. And that's without the touching on his steadfast politics, activism or inimitable style.

During the 90s his style was arguably at its peak. All crisp suits, leather bombers, blue jeans and hats. So many hats. Some may laud him for his prolific film career, and it's true. He's a master of the silver screen. But let it be known, everyone is sleeping on his style. Find our favourite Denzel Washington style moments, below.

Holding his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work on Glory in 1990.

 

With his son, a baby John David Washington in New York City in 1990.

 

A crop-top moment on the set of Ricochet in 1991.

 

Attending the Oscars with his wife Pauletta in 1991.

 

Flex Alexander poses with Denzel who is wearing an anti-apartheid shirt.

 

Off to the airport.

 

Denzel Washington during the 'Mississippi Masala’ premiere at Gramercy Theater, New York City in 1992.

 

We love this coat.

 

Hanging out with Halle Berry.

 

King of off-duty style in 1993.

 

The beard years begin.

 

The cap phase begins.

 

Another hat!

 

Styling inspiration to us all. Oh, and the hat!

 

A lowkey sports moment from Washington, paired with another flat-brim cap of course.

 

Hosting the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards with Whitney Houston in 1996.

 

A bomber jacket to swim in.

 

Not personal style per se, but a nonetheless iconic fashion moment from his 2001 film Training Day.

 

Directing Antwone Fisher in 2002.


For more in the way of men's style, revisit Mick Jagger's most iconic fashion moments. Or Tupac's if that's more your speed.

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