Born in 1930's Beech Grove, IN, Steve McQueen would continue to set the perpetual style bar incomparably high during his era in film and race cars, even long after he died in 1980. An original rebel, the legendary actor/racer joined the Marine Corps only to be demoted several times over due to bad behavior before he finally vowed to take his disciplines and US Military representation seriously. McQueen put much of his efforts into the Marines at long last, becoming quite the heroic leader in an Arctic exercise by pulling five other Marines to safety before a massive tank crash.
To truly adapt a personal style uniquely one's own, a certain cocktail of personality and lifestyle traits need to naturally transpire. Undoubtedly so, McQueen developed and absolutely honed his trademarks throughout a rather impressionable lifetime from troubled kid to determined, forthright, unsettled artist. It was he who singlehandedly put the wicked combination of Persol sunglasses with a tailor-made three-piece Glen Plaid suit by Saville Row's Douglas Hayward (wholly unavailable to anyone else), topped off with the classic Patek Phillipe Pocket Watch on the most covetable items list for menswear--even to-date--with his iconic lead role in The Thomas Crowne Affair. But off-screen the star was certainly no slouch. McQueen favored more obscure Rolex timepieces and all-American, clean and classic lines with everyday wear from shawl collar cardigans to chinos and white tees, polos and Jack Purcell kicks by Converse. Also, most notably, the style icon popularized slim fitting suits in chicly modern black and white.
Regardless of his business or casual attire, the star always managed to take his personal style 100 degrees further navigating the roads in a beloved Jaguar XKSS or '67 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, and especially his "Bullit", a 1968 Highland Green Mustang GT Fastback. Hey, they don't refer to him as "The King of Cool" for nothin'.
Forever a style icon: Mr. Steve McQueen.