He is the epitome of Hollywood cool, the rebellious leading man, and is a constant source of style inspiration for men across the world. Whether it is his tailored look in The Thomas Crown Affair, the Bullit rollneck or the paired down all-American looks he favoured whilst riding his bike. Either way, there are some classic staples you can invest in with the hope of some of that Steve McQueen style magic rubbing off on you.
You can’t look any further than the Persol brand if you want a piece of Steve McQueen’s eyewear style. They house their own special edition versions of the originals he became famous for wearing. In The Thomas Crown Affair it was a particular pair of Persol 714 sunglasses and it was from this moment the brand would follow him in both his professional and private life. The folding 714 frame is the inspiration for the special edition Persol 714 SM model that comes in both Light and Dark Havana as well as Black.
The Baracuta’s G9 was his go-to jacket of choice appearing in both films and on the cover of Life magazine in one. In the UK we have associated this jacket more recently with the mod movement and I guess there is the element of rebellious informal nature of the jacket that Steve McQueen liked. James Dean had previously worn one when playing the lead in Rebel Without A Cause.
Superga was created in Italy in 1911, but hit new heights in popularity when the brand merged with Pirelli in the fifties. As you can see in the image above, Steve McQueen matched his trainers with chinos for a laid back Riviera style. Investing in these well priced footwear will mean you have a versatile trainer that can be worn like Mr McQueen above or smarten with a suit.
In his spare time, Steve McQueen liked nothing more than spending time tinkering with motorbikes on his ranch. Kitted out in raw selvedge denim from US mills he wore his jeans in a slim silhouette. Paired with a lumberjack shirt and sometimes a full beard, jeans do wonders in building his roguish off-camera image. Here at AGR we are fans of how he used to choose a chunky shawl cardigan knit over his denim shirts. In his roles as cowboys on the big screen the studios often put him in double denim, almost as a purposeful polar opposite to his other roles where he typically had a smarter wardrobe. If you are looking at the higher end of the market then Mr Porter is a great destination for denim from the likes of APC. Or for a more affordable option with fantastic longevity then look no further than Uniqlo.
Whether wearing an abundance of suits as Thomas Crown in 1968 or attending premieres looking smart. When it came to suiting it has to be tailor made. The grey Prince of Wales which has become the iconic look from the film Thomas Crown Affair (shown wearing Persol sunglasses earlier on) was made by Savile Row’s Douglas Hayward. Off screen and in his everyday life it was a slim fitted two-piece style favoured by the late Steve McQueen.
Sam Brady is a menswear expert, having worked in or around the field for the past 14 years. He has built up a keen eye for detail when it comes to the production of clothing, and is happy showcasing the craftsmanship of Savile Row and Jermyn St. But he understands the need for an interchangeable modern man’s wardrobe that mixes high street and luxury clothing.