Prominent in the 50s for strikingly handsome looks and slick hair, Aquila stylists recognises James Dean cemented some serious men’s fashion credentials.

Characteristic plain tees and leather jackets (including that iconic red jacket) embodied rebellion during a decade youth wanted a distinguished difference from their parents’ style. Dean’s style portrayed him as real and uneasily defined, much like his character as Jim Stark in Rebel Without a Cause which celebrates it’s 60th anniversary this year.

Dean’s style still strongly resonates today, and is not as far out of reach as you may think. Gentlemen, think about your wardrobe. You’re probably already halfway there (t-shirt and well cut jean). All you need are a few simple pieces to complete the look.

Here are three achievable men’s fashion looks inspired by Dean, selected by Aquila stylists;


A simple ribbed knit over a collared shirt a is all you need for this blasé look. Keep you pallete monochrome with a Xander Charcoal mid-weight crew made from 100% merino wool. Pair with the slim fitting Carlin White. In true Dean style, keep your top three buttons undone.


Confidence is key to pull off suaveness this slick, and when are you ever more confident than when you’re suited-up? Rock the Cannon Blazer made from deconstructed wool and shaped for a relaxed but tailored look. Complete the full look by pairing with the Cannon Pant.


Make a statement with an effortless double breasted jacket. It can complete just about any look your going for, adding that edge and boldness without being to OTT. Try the Liberty Cocoa styled from Italian stretch cotton with a wide collar and strap and buckle detail. In our humble opinion, this is the look that solidified Dean as the king of cool. Finish the look with the Gosling Grey round toe boot.