Be Like Steve…

Famously referred to as the ‘King of Cool’, Steve McQueen‘s impeccable style and timeless way of casual dressing is arguably what has made the Hollywood actor a true American icon for men’s style.

Here we help you get some of his best looks for every occasion.

Steve McQueen Persol and jacket

The signature pieces

Lightweight jackets are an essential part of the modern gentleman’s wardrobe, and here Mr McQueen shows us why. He teams his navy Barracuta Harrington with a matching cable knit jumper, which allows the tartan lining of the jacket to be the focal point.

These Persol shades have become synonymous with ‘good old Steve’, and the brand even produces a model named after him, attesting to his status as a true icon of style.

Barracuta Harrington jacket, £279

Persol round-frame tortoiseshell acetate sunglasses, £180

Steve McQueen wearing neutral chinos and blazer, resting against a vintage car

Weekend style

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

The particular outfit he’s donning here is everything you could want from a weekend get-up, as it’s laid back yet smart enough to be worn for a multitude of occasions. If you don’t already own one, we suggest investing in a wear-with-everything blazer which smartens up any outfit, pair with a jumper like Steve or a plain white T-shirt. It would easier to buy than a 1957 Jaguar……

Reiss blazer

Reiss wool blazer, £275

Orlebar Brown knitwear

Orlebar Brown cotton mélange jumper, £195

Club Monaco cotton chinos, £80

Steve McQueen wearing Thomas Crown suit

The suit

Steve McQueen’s tailoring in The Thomas Crown Affair is the stuff of legends. Throughout the film he looks every bit the millionaire businessman, especially in his signature grey three-piece.

The broadly cut shoulders of the jacket, the pleated trousers and the perfectly dimpled tie all add up to create an outfit that is as sophisticated as it is powerful.

Reiss 3 piece suit

Reiss wool jacket, £250, matching trousers £110 and waistcoat, £110

Steve McQueen wearing white t-shirt jeans and converse shoes

The attitude

Barring James Dean, no man has ever looked as good in a t-shirt and pair of jeans. Period.

We can all attempt to mirror McQueen’s style of dressing, but his relaxed 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, something that we should all strive towards.

Reining Champ cotton t-shirt, £40

Nudie Jeans

Nudie slim-fit organic stretch-denim jeans, £120

Converse Jack Purcell signature canvas shoes, £80


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