Style Icon: Steve McQueen

November 28, 2016

 

Whether racing across the Bavarian Alps on a motorbike or blasting a Mustang around the streets on San Fransisco, no one ever made it look as cool as Steve McQueen. A style icon even today, several decades after his death, is a testament to his impact both on and off screen.

 

Leisure

Even when just bumming around, McQueen never fully let himself go. The key to his casual style was a harrington jacket made by British makers "Baracuta" model "G9". This light, showerproof is casual, cool and smart in one. Easily paired with jeans or preferably chinos. Looks cool layered with chunky knitwear for those Autumn walks.

 

The legacy of this style is quite profound the jacket is still sported by many "A list" celebs and reworkings of the jacket have made it back onto the silver screen on Daniel Craig as Bond.

 

 Weekend Away

Steve McQueen was every bit as stylish off the screen as he was on it, and he had the inimitable trait of being able to look good in practically anything he wore. It was his smart casual attire that really set him apart though.

 

This outfit is everything you could want from a weekend getaway get-up, it’s casual and yet smart enough to be worn should you wish to swing by a 5* hotel for lunch. If you don’t already own a grey tweed blazer this is a great reason to own one.

 

Casual

McQueen loved his cardigans, especially shawl collared ones. Perfect for those days bumming around the house in a T-shirt and Chinos, a cardigan can be thrown on and adds a sense of style and maturity.

 

Another style legacy that has come back to the younger generation due to a certain film spy...again.

 

 

Suiting  

Steve McQueen was always one to push himself, so when the producers were on the search for an actor to play playboy millionaire Thomas Crowne, McQueen wanted the part. Many thought he wasn't suited to it, the character was a wine and cigar connoisseur,  polo player, glider pilot and timeless sophisticate. McQueen was thought of as a rough and tough actor more suited to westerns or gangster pics. So when he got the part, the suit had to be as perfect as his performance. 

 

Steve McQueen’s suiting in The Thomas Crown Affair is the stuff of film legend. Throughout the film he wears the suit like he's owned it all his life, especially here, in his signature grey three-piece with matching waistcoat. Notice the cut of the jacket, cut to create an a broad shoulder silhouette that is as sophisticated as it is powerful.

 

The Style

Apart from perhaps James Dean, no man has ever looked as good in nearly any outfit. We can all attempt to emulate McQueen’s style of dressing, but his "who cares" attitude is something much harder to replicate. In every photo he looks completely at ease, not only with what he’s wearing but also himself, and this is something that we should all strive towards.

 

 

 

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