Steve McQueen, Badass Man of Style

Among the most referenced men’s style icons, Steve McQueen’s pulchritudinous choices in clothing and accessories continue to be studied by men who command respect.

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Known as the “King of Cool,” Steve McQueen’s Hollywood career spanned three decades, from the 1950’s to the 1970’s.  Among the most notable films of McQueen’s career is 1963 film classic The Great Escape, in which three Allied prisoners of war in a POW camp.  The video clip below is a scene showing a daring motorcycle escape jump that McQueen requested to be added to the film because he was an avid motorcyclist.  The scene is a good representation of McQueen’s effortless style and badass personality.

Grunts: Pulchritudinous.

In matters of personal style, it is helpful to take a look at how other men successfully create their own. This is why Gentlemen’s Gazette praises Steve McQueen’s iconic style in their article, Gentleman of Style: Steve McQueen.

Steve McQueen could pull off casual work wear, western attire, and 3-piece suits while looking equally authentic in them all – not many men have that kind of range. He rocked a certain nonchalant confidence that is the envy of every man who has perused a style gallery of his most famous looks.

Take a look at some of McQueen’s best looks.

Image of Steve McQueen Style
Steve McQueen Casual Style with 3-roll-2 sports coat, sweater, chinos and chukka boots.


Steve McQueen in Persol sunglasses
The king of sunglasses, Steve McQueen in Persol frames

Image of Steve McQueen on motorcycle

Steve McQueen Motorcycle EnthusiastAccording to Gentleman’s Gazette, there are a few basic guidelines that McQueen went by that other men can use too.

  • He kept his look classic and simple.
  • His fit was spot-on.
  • He mastered layers.
  • He knew what looked good on him.

McQueen was selective about his accessories, often only adding a classic watch and a signet ring to his wardrobe. You can about his life, career, legacy, and style here.

If you’d like to make his cool-guy look work for you, keep these things in mind:

  • Keep it casual, but not too casual.
  • If you wear a suit, make it count.
  • Layer jackets over simple layers.
  • Find a signature pair of shades.
  • Stock up on sweaters and khakis.
  • Invest in a classic watch.

If finances are a consideration when shopping for a classic watch, take a look these at Homage Watches.


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Stephanie Kimmell

Stephanie Kimmell is the firstborn daughter of Missouri's Pecan King, worthy scion of a Vietnam veteran sailor turned mad engineer-orchardist-inventor-genius. Formerly a Certified Professional Midwife, delivering babies at home, she's now a student at Pittsburgh State University. A Zymurgist greatly interested in the decoction of fermented barley and hops, she is in many ways a modern amalgam of Esther Hobart Morris, Rebecca Boone, and Nellie Bly. She hunts, butchers, and will cook most anything. When not studying or writing, she makes soaps and salves, spins wool, and occasionally makes cheese from cows she milked herself. Kimmell is a driven epistemophilic who loves live music and all sorts of beer. It will be interesting indeed to see what she writes in the coming days.

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