With a line of iconic films, a passion for motor racing, and a rebellious on and off screen anti-hero persona, Steve McQueen has remained the undisputed ‘King Of Cool’ more than 50 years on from his Hollywood heyday. A style hero so regularly featured on blogs, magazines and documentaries that it almost borders on the clich√©, but having a Style Icon series that omitted McQueen would be an unforgivable oversight and would, frankly, just feel wrong. So without further ado the latest addition to our Icon series is everyone’s favourite on-screen anti-hero Terence Steven McQueen.
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Equally at ease in a well tailored suit as in leather and denim, part of McQueen’s appeal was his ability to look effortlessly cool in both refined and rugged outfits. The key was that McQueen knew what suited him and wore it well. Whether it was Persol shades with a polo and chinos or a v-neck sweater with a button-down shirt, McQueen excelled at wearing the simple things well with minimal effort – arguably the defining hallmark of a style icon.

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The cultural significance of the iconic McQueen silhouette has continued to grow from the 1960s onwards with many of the characteristic features of the McQueen look, such as khakis, desert boots and Harrington jackets, subsequently absorbed by the style concious Mod movement as well as by other British subcultures such as the Skinheads and Casuals, no doubt inspired by McQueen’s ability to appear pulled together whilst still oozing masculinity.
McQueen made the Harrington jacket in particular an essential for every man’s wardrobe virtually single handedly, with Hollywood stars such as Daniel Craig, Ryan Gosling and Jason Statham following in his Baracuta wearing wake. McQueen achieved his much emulated look of effortless cool by pairing his jacket with simple low key pieces such as white tees, wool knits and beige chinos, proving that the key to cool is more often than not in minimal, versatile styling.

 

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