Star of the silver screen, an icon for youth rebellion; James Dean was a Hollywood wonder whose life was tragically over by just the age of 24. Although it has now been 61 years since his death, alongside his acting achievements, Dean’s style is still widely celebrated and imitated by men the world over. So, we’ve selected some of the signature items that explain why decades after his period of fame, James Dean continues to be a fashion hero for men of all ages.
Perhaps one of his most famous looks, James Dean’s red windbreaker, white tee and denim combination in Rebel Without A Cause is a model look for casual-cool. Update your wardrobe with a luxurious and achingly cool bomber jacket. Made from a luxurious suede, it’s perfectly appropriate for this time of year and will look amazing with just about anything.
The silver screen icon was also a master of knitwear and was frequently seen in a fantastic selection of sweaters. For this season, why not, like Dean, go for a neutral-toned or white jumper, with a crew neck (if v-necks aren’t for you), and pair them with almost any chino or pair of denim jeans.
Formal outfits can often take the predictable sartorial route; plain suit with a shirt and tie. Yet unsurprisingly, Dean wasn’t one to follow the status quo, and when it came to smarter wear the star was wonderfully alternative in his choices. Next time you have to dress up, make like the star and opt for a contract two-piece – adding texture to either your pair of trousers or blazer.
Stripes are thought by many to be difficult to pull off, but it’s a print that can easily be introduced to your wardrobe. The trick is keep the stripes narrow and stick to the classic colour mix of navy and white. Pair with some tortoiseshell shades and sleek trainers at the weekend for a contemporary remix on Dean’s style.