Style Icon: Springsteen
By Sarah Kershaw, 23 April 2015
Bruce Springsteen is probably a firm fixture in your dad's record cabinet and karaoke repertoire but, even though he's old-school, there's a lot to be learnt from The Boss. The New Jersey native's poetic lyrics, soaring sound and epic, three-hour-plus live sets have likely inspired most of your favourite musicians – from Killers and The Hold Steady to Kings Of Leon and Arcade Fire – and with retro 70s and early 80s looks having a major catwalk revival right now, it feels like the right time to celebrate the 65-year-old superstar's style.
Matching his clothes to his lyrical themes – all restless dissatisfaction and emotional struggle in working-class America – he's favoured a uniform of leather jackets, sleeveless waistcoats, scruffy T-shirts and bandanas since the 70s. Then, of course, there's his fondness for denim, denim and more denim, which is hardly surprising since its the quintessential American worker staple, and his ever-present chunky boots.
Look at him here for example, in his glory days (sorry, couldn't resist), working beaten-up leather like the Boss he is. Paired with classic blue jeans and a flamboyant neckerchief, it's just the look for strolling into some Nebraskan saloon and discussing life and love into the wee hours over whisky shots (as we imagine he does most weekends). Or, of course, for exuding some macho heartland confidence wherever you happen to be spending your Saturday afternoon.