Nothing new under the sun about the King of Cool. We know about his childhood, his life, his skyrocketing career, his love life and his death. If you don’t know much about Steve McQueen, you can watch this documentary on Youtube and redeem yourself.
(Here’s a link to another movie-inspired outfit, by the way…)
This is a blog about style, as you know, so I’ll talk about McQueen’s style. My relationship with McQueen begun when daddy made me watch “The Magnificent Seven”. I loved it! When my dad asked me who was my favorite character I picked Vin. He smiled a complacent smile. Vin was also his favorite character.
What I find most remarkable about McQueen is that he was a jack of all trades and a master of each and every one of them. Also, he had a wonderful gusto. I tried to put together an outfit that reminds me of McQueen’s style in general, this time.
The first word that came to my mind was “driving”. I wanted something “classically sporty”. So, I thought about this terrific McNeal Trench coat in Putty beige: it’s a two-pockets, regular shape hardwearing trench with cotton inserts, lapel and shoulder collars, trims on the shoulders, long raglan sleeves, light fodder, the usual waist belt with buckle, plus the typical 2-row button strip. It is made of 65% Nylon and 35% Baumwolle. Baumwolle?? Yes, it means cotton in German. German?? Yes, McNeal is a German clothing company!
But don’t worry, we’ll go back to the Land of Spaghetti: this pair of Teleria Zed 5-pockets trousers in Midnight Express blue are indeed 100% Italiani. Details, details, details! I picked them because, in a way, they are similar to Steve McQueen: whatever they do, they do it well. By looking at this trousers from the outside all you’ll notice is that they look great. By wearing them, all you’ll notice is that they fit like a glove and that they are extremely comfortable to wear. Yet, it is by taking a closer look on the inside that you’ll discover their true value: they are extremely well-made. For example, the external waistband is hand-assembled, while the internal one (also handmade) sports beautiful tie-jacquard inlays. There are high-tenacity threads everywhere. The cross-sawn buttons are reinforced with flap ribbons, the frog is handmade as well, even the rivets are assembled by hand! I just love them.
The shoes I’m wearing are a pair of vintage, anti-static leather driving shoes by Lion Shoes. These shoes are light, flexible and incredibly comfortable while you are driving. In fact, giving their strategically reinforced rubber soles, you would still feel the pedals, but they will not hurt your feet like it usually happens with normal shoes. I think good old Steve would have appreciated. There’s a caveat, though: they are not quite so comfortable while you’re walking, but it’s the same thing with all driving shoes. You can’t have the cake and eat it at the same time.
The tweed driver cap in Jambalaya brown is from Spada Roma. I bought it especially for this blog post because I think that its shape and color are just perfect. I also happen to believe that this cap, coupled with the Tie Shop Rome driver gloves in Raffia are the two devilish details of this outfit. Take them off and this outfit wouldn’t deserve a blog post.
Now for the extra-fine Merino turtleneck sweater in Silk Brown by Hunt Gallery (which is a spin-off brand of the Antica Sartoria Napoletana). This is the hidden gem of the ensemble. Merino sheep produce wool that is soft, warm and comfortable to wear, but at the same time extremely thin and light. This sweater is so well-made that you can wear it directly on the skin. In fact, you should always wear turtleneck sweaters directly on the skin. By the way, we, Italians, call this kind of sweater “Dolcevita” precisely because of that.
The two-coloured (Laser and Cocoa Brown) cotton scarf is by MCS Marlboro and you can find it at Mosca ’54. I picked this one because of its fabric. Trust me: you don’t really need a wool scarf while wearing a turtleneck sweater, it’ll be too much. I like how the colours of the scarf complement the shoes without matching them.
You might have noticed that this week’s outfit comes with two pair of shoes. The other ones you see here, while I’m not wearing the Trench coat, look like Stan Smiths, but in fact they are a pair of Blends. They are plain Tennis shoes. If a well-dressed gentleman with a good sense of taste should fancy just ONE pair of sneakers, these are the shoes he should go for.
Yet, I decided to switch shoes for the Trench coat because if you wear the Stan Smiths under the trench coat, you would look like some random nerd whose on his way to rent a porno VHS from the closest sexy shop (a DVD would be too cool for you, sorry). It’s really that simple: don’t wear sneakers under a trench coat!
The wristwatch is my beloved vintage Philip Watch, but this time with a Cigar-brown strap. The reason why I picked this particular watch for this outfit is because it goes faster than any other watch I have. I mean, according to this wristwatch, an hour only lasts a little longer than 34 minutes. Great outfits are sometimes made by small details like this one. Wasn’t it the same for Steve McQueen?
The classic Ray ban Aviators with green lenses and gold frame are a must for this outfit. To be honest, Steve McQueen would have probably worn a pair of Persols, or Carreras. At this point, however, you should know full well that the reason why I chose the Aviators has to do with the first commandment of style: “thou shall always add a personal touch to your outfit”. Had I gone for the same pair of sunglasses that Steve McQueen used to wear, this outfit would have been great for the next Carnival, but nothing more.
So, the following are the reasons why you should never dress like the great Steve McQueen:
1 – You didn’t join a gang of little rascals and terrorised the entire neighbourhood as a kid
2 – You weren’t subsequently arrested and put in a reformatory
3 – You didn’t join the Marines and make their tanks go faster
4 – You didn’t make money by winning motocross races
5 – You didn’t drive a Solar Productions/Gulf sponsored #48 Porsche 908/02 almost as fast as Mario Andretti’s Ferrari (with your leg in a cast) at the 1970s 12 Hours of Sebring
6 – You didn’t piss Yul Brynner off in “The Magnificent Seven”
7 – You were never considered one of the best actors of all times
So, don’t even bother.
Here’s the flat lay for this outfit:
PRICE BREAKDOWN IN EUROS
McNeal Trench Coat 190 (Sale)
Teleria Zed Trousers 89 (Sale)
Lion Driving Shoes 99
Blend Sneakers 29 (Super Sale)
Spada Roma Driving Cap (15 Sale)
MCS Scarf 29
Hunt Gallery Turtleneck Sweater 49 (Sale)
Philip Watch Wristwatch (200 used)
Ray Ban Aviators (99)
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