When someone is asked to call to mind a fashion icon, the responses would likely vary from person to person. Someone who prefers to stick to the classics might name our Commander-in-Chic, Michelle Obama. A girl who is partial to a grunge or boho look would likely nominate one, or both, of the Olsen twins. For others, Sarah Jessica Parker will spring to mind with her collection of quirky styles made famous by the character of Carrie Bradshaw.
In all of this, however, someone is missing: the man. There are countless men who have influenced the history of fashion equally as profoundly as any woman. Steve McQueen managed to combine his bad boy, motorcycle-riding edge with a pair of chinos in a way few can emulate. Icons like Clark Gable and Cary Grant embodied a suave masculinity that is rarely found in male fashion today. I think that’s a shame.
Luckily, this Fashionisto was paying a little homage to the greats. I ran into him on the streets of Rome and knew instantly that he should be featured. His simple style reminded me of one of my favorite male fashion icons: James Dean. Dean’s style was simple and practical, but most importantly a step away from the older generation. He was, after all, a rebel without a cause.
The Fashionisto comprised the body of his look with some timeless basics: a fitted black T-shirt and cuffed dark-wash denim. Every guy should invest in a pair of dark-wash jeans; they go with nearly everything a guy could want but are a classier option than cargos or faded jeans.
My favorite element of the look was the pair of statement socks that the Fashionisto was rocking and the sleek pair of black oxfords. Oxfords are another good investment for guys, because they’re comfortable but much more appealing (and mature) than a pair of Nikes.
Of course, the Fashionisto’s James Dean look wouldn’t be complete without a pair of suave shades. Don’t forget the Dean attitude to match.