Icon of Style | James Dean

Giorgio D'Antonio

James Dean: A Style Icon.

James Dean style icon cowboy hatA good rule of thumb when looking for inspiration for your wardrobe, is not the current fad in the nearest Details magazine, but looking back on someone that did it better. A time when dressing well was expected but also had rules that were meant to be broken, letting an original shine that much brighter from those afraid to take chances. During mid century America, James Dean was one of those. He didn’t care about keeping himself pretty like his fellow actors, but got dirty and real. Living life, instead of fearing it, is what makes him a style icon and much more.

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A look that would do fine today: boots, trousers, sports coat, argyle V neck sweater with collars just doing their thing. Casual cool.

Casually dressed James Dean style icon

I’d be relaxed too if I had Jack Purcell‘s on my feet.

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Chino’s, V neck, pocket watch: classic but rumpled, making the look his own. You should too.

Summer sunglasses james dean style icon

Aviator sunglasses will never lose their appeal. And every man should wear a watch.

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The look that started it all: a classic white T

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The coat’s lapels give away his pea coat. Trousers aren’t tight but give enough room to take some chances.

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Doing what he did best. Looking cool.

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The artist at work in a striped Oxford.

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It all starts with being comfortable in your own skin.

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And the “Little Bastard” that did him in.

Style lives on.

There are plenty of good discussions on how James Dean portrayed that ultimate cool and originality, but the important thing to keep in mind, is he took risks, taking on what life has to offer.  So live life the way you want to and take some chances. Do what you’re afraid to do because life is short. As it was for him.

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