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Style Icon: Steve McQueen

Here’s the thing about Steve McQueen: he always looked really cool. He looked cool in a flight jacket in The Great Escape, in a beatnik turtle-neck jumper and desert boots in Bullitt and in blue-tinted Persol sunglasses in The Thomas Crown Affair. He looked cool off-screen, too, whether lounging at his Palm Springs home in skimpy swim shorts, or razzing around the Mojave Desert in motorcycle leathers and a Triumph T-shirt.


Picture: Getty


To celebrate what would have been McQueen’s 85th birthday, we’re paying tribute to a life well spent looking really cool (plus the acting and having kids and all that). Look at him here, in a break from shooting 1966 revenge Western Nevada Smith. For most people, pulling off a convict’s well-worn denim shirt and prison-striped bottoms would be a tough ask. Not Steve. He’s thrown on a boss oversized brown cardigan and turned jail drab into a suave, warm-hued casualwear option that’s fit for cruising around in a riverboat.


And while we can’t all muster the effortlessly rugged poise of Steve McQueen, a denim or chambray shirt paired with earth-toned knitwear is a timeless transitional getup that will see you through many springs to come.