THE MOST ICONIC LOOKS FROM MEN’S FASHION.
Men’s fashion has been notoriously infamous for looking lacklustre as opposed to women’s fashion. Seldom have we discussed ‘Best dressed men’ at red carpet events or debated over who wore it better. A tuxedo fits the same on all male bodies; there’s nothing flattering or otherwise to discuss about it. What difference does it make if a man chooses to wear a bow tie over a regular one anyway?
On paper, men’s fashion doesn’t overstep the barriers drawn by a few silhouettes. Their style has been encapsulated within this tiny sphere which is miniscule when compared to women’s.
And yet, despite the many limitations there have been certain moments throughout history where men’s fashion became more than just clothing, it became an attitude,
an alternative language to channel emotions and a means to showcase a sense of individuality for the person who wore them.
These were the iconic trends that the last 5 decades have witnessed, some were magnanimous, some were ergonomic and some just downright bizarre. But what they all had in common was how they jolted the sartorial world.
Take a look!
The Burberry Trench Coat
The iconic trench coat has now become synonymous with Burberry. The fact that it even turned out being a fashion ensemble is in fact just another happy accident. Back in the day during the WWII, Thomas Burberry designed the coats as means to safety and protection for the soldiers who wore it. Nonetheless, it’s changed the face of gabardine as we know it.
Mick Jagger’s ‘Mr.Fish’ dress
Mick Jagger’s dress was iconic in more than one way because it was singlehandedly responsible for ushering the ‘peacock revolution’ into men’s fashion, which was a fight against the fashion industry’s gender norms.
The king of cool was not only a musical icon but also a style icon. With his signature hair, embellished jumpsuits and a belt that could put a woman to shame, he’s inspired a generation of men to put on blue suede shoes and sway their hips from side to side. Just like him.
Keith Richards' purple, velvet suit.
Another man to spark a sartorial trend right in the middle of the peacock revolution is Keith Richards, whose bright purple suit is still an inspiration to designers working towards blurring the gender norms by designing velvet. Truly legendary.
Michael Jackson’s red, embellished admiral suit.
When Michael Jackson turned up for the 11th AMA, he made an iconic impression with this sequin-studded and embellished red admiral jacket that he wore with his signature gloves.
This is still a people’s favourite.
Ralph Lauren’s iconic polo t-shirts.
In the year 1971 when Ralph Lauren designed the colourful, short-sleeved polo shirts that featured a pony mounted, mallet-swinging player; little did he know he’d created a look so iconic that the garment would become eponymous with the sport.
Steve Jobs’ mock turtleneck shirt. You would associate Steve Jobs with technology, but chances of you imagining him to be the crux of a fashion trend are bleak. And yet Steve Jobs’ minimalist uniform that boasted of a mock turtleneck shirt was a style statement which gave the company, St. Croix almost a 100% increase in their sales.
The mock turtleneck was actually designed by Japanese designer Issey Miyake.
Harry Style’s floral suit.
Gucci may have created the floral suit, but Harry Styles made it famous. No man has looked more confident (and masculine,) while wearing a suit that was predominantly feminine.
Harry turned up for the band's farewell performance in his floral pantsuit, after an eighteen-month hiatus and immediately catapulted to the top of the favourite sartorialist chart with this one.