Steve McQueen’s tailoring in The Thomas Crown Affair is the stuff of legends. Throughout the film he looks every bit the millionaire businessman, especially here, in his signature grey three-piece with square-bottom waistcoat. Notice the broadly cut shoulders of the jacket, the pleated trousers and the perfectly dimpled tie; these all add up to create an outfit that is as sophisticated as it is powerful.
Steve McQueen was every bit as stylish off the screen as he was on it, and he had the inimitable trait of being able to look good in practically anything he wore. It was his smart casual attire that really set him apart though.
The particular outfit he’s donning here is everything you could want from a weekend get-up, as it’s laid back yet smart enough to be worn for a multitude of occasions. If you don’t already own one, we hope this picture persuades you to purchase a grey tweed blazer. It would easier to buy than a 1957 Jaguar, after all.
Double denim is a notoriously difficult move to pull off, but of course, McQueen did it effortlessly. The trick is to use different shades of denim, so go with an indigo pair of jeans and a stonewash shirt, which creates a much-needed visual contrast.
A keen motorcyclist, Steve McQueen was often seen wearing sturdy leather boots like these, which complete the rugged aesthetic of this masculine look.
We’ve talked about how lightweight jackets are an essential part of the modern gentleman’s wardrobe, and here Mr McQueen shows us why. He teams his navy Barracuta harrington with a matching cable knit jumper, which allows the tartan lining of the former to be the focal point.
These Persol shades have become synonymous with the late star, and the brand even produces a model named after him, attesting to his status as a true icon of style.
Barring James Dean, no man has ever looked as good in a t-shirt and pair of jeans. Just admire this picture for a second.
We can all attempt to emulate McQueen’s style of dressing, but his nonchalant attitude is something much harder to replicate. In every photo he looks completely at ease, not only with what he’s wearing but also himself, and this is something that we should all strive towards.