James Dean Style Icon.

[su_quote cite=”Morrisey”] “I was fascinated by the fact that he always looked so good, regardless of what kind of clothes he stumbled into; he could wear an old rag and he was still quite stunning, and equally he could clamber into a tuxedo and it would also be incredibly fetching. So for me he is the only person who looked perfect persistently.”[/su_quote]

James Dean Style

James Dean. A man who requires little introduction when it comes to style.  He was an impeccably cool, timeless trendsetter. His style icon status has left a worldwide legacy of which every modern gent can gain inspiration from.

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It’s rather plain to see that James Dean was an exceptionally handsome guy, behind this good-looking exterior lived a persona of youthful rebellion.

James Dean style

Although considered an icon at the time, Dean was never thought of as a particularly ‘well-dressed man’. His prominent status within Hollywood in fact led more and more to adopt his care free attitude and don similar looks which now enshrine the 50’s.

A significant part of Dean’s effortless style was simply that – effortlessness. Dean didn’t over complicate things; avoiding excessive, unnecessary pieces. His outfits portrayed a minimalist feel that resonates with modern gents.

James Dean coat

James Dean’s most iconic look was the classic greaser with slicked-back hair. Jeans and a tight white T-shirt finished off with a red windbreaker (and cigarette). Relatively unspectacular by today’s style icon standards, however his rebellious aesthetic interrupted mainstream looks of predominantly preppy and buttoned-up mid-century styles.

James Dean red jacket

Though more known for his causal style Dean did possess a few more formal pieces in his style repertoire such as the shawl collar dinner jacket.  He also began to incorporate grey wool trousers into casual wear, a trend now prominent in current men’s fashion.

James Dean style

His eternal sense of style is simple enough to infuse into your wardrobe, and to be honest, you’re probably already halfway there (everybody has a T-shirt and jeans; they just have to be cut right).

james dean fashion

James Dean managed to live a fast and interesting life in his short time on Earth – before his tragic demise in 1955 at the age of just 24. The fact that we are writing about him today speaks volumes about his legacy and impact on men’s fashion.

If the world had been fortunate enough to hang on to such an iconic actor for longer who knows what further influence the man could have had on modern gent’s style.

What would James Dean wear?

ASOS Leather Bomber Jacket - RedMen's Ted Baker Baelor shearling collar leather jacketJigsaw Cotton Micro Dot Slim Fit Jacket, NavyTOMS Twill Brogues - Brown

Kin by John Lewis Jersey Stripe Polo Shirt, NavyGant Rugger Jumper with Breton Stripe - CreamTed Baker Fortero Wool Trousers, GreyMen's Ted Baker Socroft slim fit selvedge jean


  1. Back when American men still had exquisite style. Nowadays- here in Los Angeles- you see everyone in casual setting wearing athletic sneakers with baggy pants, unflattering jeans with flip flops , tshirt that fits like pajama, odd color combination and in business setting – over-sized suits blazer with trousers that are too long they touch the floor.

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