Monday, 7 February 2011

Steve McQueen: The King of Cool

Why He's A Style Icon

Steven McQueen was the highest-paid film star of his time, he had a rebellious nature that complemented his on-screen American antihero persona and earned him the nickname “The King of Cool.” Off-screen, McQueen was passionate about motorbike and car racing, he had a natural yet distinctive all-American boy-meets-renegade style that, together with his no-nonsense man’s man personality, made him a style icon both in his time and in ours.

So why is McQueen such a fashion icon? Well, style-wise, Steve McQueen excelled at taking classic American sportswear and giving it a rugged, masculine edge. Hallmarks of the actor’s style included aviators, slim-cut tailored suits, sports coats, zip-up windbreakers, khakis, button-downs in pale colours, V-neck sweaters, and shawl-collared cardigans, as well as polo shirts. Of course, as a racing enthusiast, the iconic star was also a fan of clothing he could get down and dirty in, such as racing jackets, simple cotton T-shirts, leather jackets, gloves, boots, and denim, denim and more denim.

Interestingly, although Steve McQueen was most in his element when dressed down in jeans, he cleaned up so well that Rolex named their sophisticated Explorer watch after him, officially calling it the McQueen Rolex. Additionally, the Tag Heuer Monaco watch the actor donned in 1971’s Le Mans made such a splash that the company re-released it in the 1990s. This style icon was also the first man to grace the cover of the fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar.

Dress The McQueen Way

You could dress the McQueen way.... Assuming you already own a pair of blue jeans, grab a fitted shirt or polo from our wide selection topped with a v neck jumper and a Baracuta Harrington G9 which is similar to the one Steve McQueen wore one on the front of Life Magazine, the ultimate US coffee table magazine and one of the quintessential items you’ll need to emulate Steve McQueen’s style.

The Harrington Jacket’s sleek style won’t be out of place in a busy urban environment and will give you seriously masculine sex appeal a la Steve McQueen when paired with simple basics.