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April 13, 2016 Last updated: July 28, 2016

Style Inspiration: How Steve McQueen Rocked His Khakis

steve mcqueen pointing gun wearing khakis

Today we published a comprehensive piece on why and how to wear khakis. For those who’d enjoy even more style inspiration on how to wear these classic cotton trousers well, we’ve put together a photo gallery of the guy who wore them best: Steve McQueen. Here’s how the King of Cool rocked his khakis from summertime casual to a more dressed up night on the town.

steve mcqueen great escape on motorcycle

McQueen was so cool, he could even make being a POW seem cool. He did it by pairing his khakis with two great choices — a crewneck sweatshirt, and a leather jacket.

steve mcqueen great escape movie leaning against motorcyle

steve mcqueen great escape movie hands up with baseball mitt

steve mcqueen sitting in chair khakis rolled up

Khakis pair especially well with denim and chambray shirts.

steve mcqueen khakis denim shirt

older steve mcqueen khakies sports coat standing next to car

You can dress up your khakis like McQueen does here with a button-down shirt and sport coat. Choose an unstructured, soft-shouldered jacket to match the casualness of your pants.

steve mcqueen sitting on stone stairs

Pairing your khakis with a sweater and desert boots makes for a sharp casual look during the cooler months.

steve mcqueen sitting on rock next to ocean

steve mcqueen squatting sitting on navy ship

A polo shirt + khakis is an easy get-up when the temperature starts rising. But as McQueen also proves, all you really need is some khakis, a plain white tee, and a pair of canvas kicks to keep and look cool all summer long.

steve mcqueen sitting smiling on railing next to ocean

steve mcqueen sitting on stairs of house white shirt khakis

mcqueen summer casual4

steve mcqueen astride motocycyle

Finally, for transitional seasons like fall and spring, where temperatures are unpredictable, you can’t go wrong with wearing a Harrington jacket over your khakis.