It would be near impossible not to exude crushing charisma on or off the silver screen for a former English-finishing-school-resident-turned-cowboy. Born in rural Montana to English parents, Gary Cooper would get a taste of two totally separate worlds that would only benefit him during his later years as an esteemed actor during Hollywood's Golden Age. The star easily adapted to the strict, proper expectations handed down to him during a stint at a boy's school in England which would lend a sincere and confident gentlemen quality to everything he navigated thereafter. Becoming a real cowboy later on, herding cattle with his father back home on their Montana ranch only solidified this quiet confidence, and refined but rugged good looks.
A former school teacher urged Cooper to dive into theater and dramatic arts; a woman and mentor of sorts that he would never forget. His Hollywood reign wouldn't come easy however, and it wasn't until he would join his parents in LA after they settled on the west coast to oversee inherited land, that Cooper would finally find his starlit way. An introduction to a casting director by a former, fellow Montana cowboy put him in a few minor roles and the rest is cinematic history. Throughout his lengthy film career, Gary Cooper was never caught looking anything less than stellar, whether in passing on the streets or on the big and small screens. Impeccably tailored three-piece suits were a regular occurrence on the actor as were preppy, perfectly fitting sweaters and of course, classic polos. If Cooper were alive today, we could expect to see him in slim, more modern silhouettes fashioned in a way that still gave nod to the traditional, respected cuts of the past. Which is exactly why Gary Cooper will remain a true style icon for generations to come.
Vintage Gary Cooper's Polo Style