Style Icon: Steve McQueen

The highest-paid film star of his time, Steve McQueen had a rebellious nature that complemented his on-screen American antihero persona and earned him the nickname “The King of Cool.” Off screen, the actor was passionate about motorcycle and car racing, and had a natural yet distinctive all-American boy-meets-renegade style that, together with his no-nonsense man’s man personality, made him a style icon both in his time and in ours.

 Style-wise, Steve McQueen excelled at taking classic American sportswear and giving it a rugged, masculine edge. Pieces that were included the actor’s style were aviators, slim-cut tailored suits, sport coats, zip-up windbreakers, khakis, button-downs in pale colors, V-neck sweaters, and shawl-collared cardigans, as well as polo shirts. Of course, as a racing enthusiast, the iconic star was also a fan of clothing he could get down and dirty in, such as racing jackets, simple cotton T-shirts, leather jackets, gloves, boots, and denim, denim and more denim. 

Steve McQueen was most in his element when he would dress down in jeans, but he cleaned up so well that Rolex named its sophisticated Explorer watch after him, officially calling it the McQueen Rolex.

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