Notorious in the 60's as the lead in 'The Great Escape', 'Bullitt' and 'The Thomas Crown Affair', Steve McQueen is renowned for his effortless king of cool style.
McQueen became famous for his clean cut meets biker edge. His rev-head habits, racing cars and motorbikes in his spare time away from filmmaking, heavily influenced his fashion sense. But his biker looks weren’t all edge and leather – McQueen helped make items such as knitwear masculine.
His easily transformable style from knits to signature grey textured suits, make McQueen the icon he is known as today. One day the world would be greeted by a rugged desert McQueen, the next, businessman McQueen.
No matter what look McQueen set out to achieve, he was certainly a style icon. A rebel with an effortless attitude, collar cardigans, and tweed suits.
Here's three McQueen-inspired looks for some inspiration:
McQueen and loosely fitting wool knits go hand in hand; a necessity for every weekend wardrobe. Take the Mason Knit for example. This is a staple knit that will pair effortlessly with most smart-casual outfits, especially Chinos.
Knitwear can be worn with a number of items, including suits, bomber jackets and overcoats. McQueen was famous for wearing his knitwear and made the classic cable knit 'cool'. To finish McQueen's lounge look, you can't go past a classic pair of chukka or desert boots, such as the Sanches Taupe.
A casual look is best achieved, as demonstrated by McQueen, with a neutral colour palette and the simple yet effective addition of a textured piece. Combine the Ridley Cobalt Check Blazer and Sutton Jean to achieve this look. Finish with a pair of classic Chelsea Boots. This look shows your casual side but tells people that you are still stylish and elegant at the same time.
Take the McQueen look up a notch circa 1979 with Steve McQueen in 'The Getaway'. How can we ignore the McQueen grey suit? To get this look, start with the Kesh Charcoal Suit.
Pair with a crisp white shirt and a dark navy tie for a subtle contrast. The contrast of colour here will help achieve that edgy McQueen look.