There’s a reason why when men talk about style, we talk about Robert Redford. Or James Dean. Or Paul Newman. Or Marlon Brando.
Menswear — especially men’s formalwear — is largely built on enduring aesthetics and a resistance to trends. Accordingly, the clothes those guys are given a second life in men’s magazines, where inspiration is just a turn of the page away.
But it goes beyond the cut of their suits: we reference these men not only for their personal style, but also their demeanor, their posture, their antics. Cool has no expiration date, so to speak. Which is why Turnbull & Asser — a British clothier so iconic they own a Royal Warrant — is now making faithful reproductions of outfits formerly worn by some of the 20th century’s most admirable men.
Like: a shirt inspired by Robert Redford’s wardrobe from the Great Gatsby. It’s the same shirt Turnbull & Asser made for the 1974 film adaptation, a blue fine micro check finished with a rounded collar that hearkens back to the classic tailoring of the 1920s.
It’s one piece of the British label’s Legend collection, a small but growing line that recreates famous looks from the likes of James Bond, Winston Churchill and Gordon Gekko. For each piece, the aesthetics are spot on, and since they’re all separates, they’ll can easily be incorporated into your existing wardrobe.
Because in the end, style isn’t about straight recreation: it’s about finding inspiration to build your own sartorial personality.
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