Mimicking Male Fashion Icons: Samuel Windsor

One of my favourite brands Samuel Windsor, have launched a #dresslikeyouricon campaign. As the name suggests they have challenged a few people to dress like a fashion icon of our choosing. Hearing about the project I had to get involved. I love getting creative when it comes to my styling choices.

*This article contains gifted items of clothing from Samuel Windsor

Inspiration

Fashion is all about taking inspiration from someone. Many of the biggest designers take inspiration from someone or something to create their masterpieces. Celebrities are one of the biggest influences on the fashion world, for both men and women. Their reach is pretty unmatched and if they look cool in something you bet that something will be a trend in the near future.

In the men’s style game there has always been some pretty big players. Think Marlon Brando, Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen and more recently David Gandy, David Beckham and Russell Westbrook (who has a serious fashion-game off the court). But for me, I had to pick was the iconic James Dean equipped with his Harrington jacket and white tee.

Known for his role in the movie Rebel Without A Cause, Dean was a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement. He has gone down in history not only for his acting but his flawless sense of style.

The Harrington Jacket from Samuel Windsor

The Harrington jacket is something a little out of my comfort zone but that’s what fashion is all about. Trying new combinations. I too rocked the stone Samuel Windsor Harrington jacket. Unfortunately I don’t own a pair of Levi 501’s which I am pretty sure Mr Dean would’ve been rocking back in the 50’s. So I just went with some black denim *slips back into comfort zone*. Admittedly I planned to wear the white tee along with this fit but the weather in Dublin was cold despite the sun. So I had to revert back to the warmer roll neck.

Keeping in theme with the original images of James Dean, I decided to give the pictures a black and white edit. Though I’m not as cool as him I gave it my best shot. I’d like to think of my interpretation as a modern day twist on his sense of style. As I said, taking inspiration and putting your own twist on it is how fashion evolves. I don’t think he would’ve been rocking Nike Air Force back in his day but hey, that’s my spin on it.

Let me know what you think of the style and how well I did/didn’t pull it off. I’d love to get some feedback on it! I’ll post a couple of pictures over on my Instagram so make sure you’re following me there – @jacksultana. Also, keep up with what the other participants in the project have done with their styles over on the Samuel Windsor blog and by using the #dresslikeyouricon hashtag.

-Jack

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