The stud of 20th century film, known for not only his remarkable handsomeness but for bringing his sly charismatic charm and undeniable magnetism to every role. Newman had a natural poise, intelligence and good humor that was unmatched with other actors of his time. On or off the screen, he was a true gentleman in every sense of the word; classy, chivalrous, and courteous. Newman’s rugged, iconic Americana roles and baby blue eyes solidified his status as an iconic movie star. But his effortlessly cool, confident and polished style outside of film is what makes him our icon of style.
Many men understand the importance of a well-tailored suit, but Newman knew it was a necessary staple of wardrobe. His suits always looked elegant but understated, as he opted for straight leg trousers, slim, square ties and sleek loafers. His color scheme was always classic, mixing only neutral shades and a darker spectrum for more formal events. He also liked more statement-making pieces like dramatic bow ties or Fall-colored and printed long ties, even though his formal style never came off excessive. He mostly focused on the overall fit and silhouette of these looks.
Newman’s love for fitted button-down shirts were his leisurely go-to for any and all occasions. Whether oxford or chambray, slightly unbuttoned or buttoned to the neck, sleeves rolled or not, Newman nailed casual prep while making it timeless and breezy. Newman always had a likeness for the details, so these were paired often with chinos or neutral jeans, a dark leather belt and a nice loafer or laced-up sneaker. And even here he was all about the fit; even his sweatshirts were a flattering fit to his frame. These outfits were simple and always looked polished yet unplanned.
Newman accessorized all of these looks in a handful of different ways. He was often wearing one or two thick, detailed gold bracelets. In times of travel, he might be seen with a large leather satchel or a thick patterned scarf draped around his neck. But Newman always had on a smaller-faced leather band watch. It was his way of accessorizing that made outfits feel complete, whether for function or style.
Newman’s jacket collection is one worth mentioning. His wide range of worn, masculine jackets made it look like he just hopped off a motorcycle (which sometimes he did). His statement- making jackets usually paired with fitted trousers or slim-fit jeans, loosely tucked-in shirts, and slicked back hair. He pulled off leather, army, and corduroy jackets in times of vacationing, date nights and off-days. Newman’s classic way of mixing and matching made him look effortlessly pulled together.
Words By Alanna Powers