3 Easy, Modern Ways (and a Mustang) to Channel Steve McQueen’s Classic ‘Bullitt’ Style

Think about the coolest, most stylish film you’ve ever seen. Chances are, Bullitt and Steve McQueen come to mind. Sure, the car gets tons of the attention, but McQueen’s wearable apparel has become just as iconic as the kickass Mustang he drove in the 1968 film, complete with epic car chases, a fast-paced tour of San Francisco, and plenty of style lessons any guy can take and make his own.



Ford recently brought back a new version of the Bullitt just in time to celebrate the release of the flick, and the 2019 model combines some of the original’s design cues with a modern twist.

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And now, years after McQueen took the wheel on screen, we think his character’s style still holds up, too. The pieces Frank Bullitt wears are hands down some of the coolest you’ll see in any movie, but you don’t have to own the exact pieces to follow his lead.

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American actor Steve McQueen on the set of Bullitt, directed by Peter Yates. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images) Sunset Boulevard / Contributor/ Getty Images

Here, we came up with a few simple ways to give your wardrobe a modern McQueen-like upgrade—some a simple nod; other pieces, nearly identical to Frank Bullitt’s outfits—that you should be able to get miles out of for years down the road.

And if you’re sticking to a budget? You won’t spend more than around $ 250 for most of this gear (Bullitt not included).

The Shoes

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Astorflex Greenflex Boots

Taking a walk in McQueen’s shoes just got a little more possible. You won’t find a better fit than these casual Astorflex boots that nail the perfect balance of things you can wear to work or the bar. And luckily, our friends at Huckberry have you covered.

[$ 150; huckberry.com]

The Outerwear

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Flint and Tinder Flannel-lined Waxed Trucker Jacket

Because you’re not going to want to wear a blazer with elbow patches everywhere you go. (If you want to spring for a full suit, we like this Polo Ralph Lauren option, patches and all.) While you can’t go wrong with McQueen’s dressed-up attire, this versatile jacket nails his simple, timeless vibe. Its subtle color won’t take attention away from your new Mustang Bullitt, plus it’ll keep you warm when those California temperatures dip thanks to the flannel lining. Not to mention, its waxed coating will stand up to just about everything up ahead—epic car chases included.

[$ 220; huckberry.com]

The Basics

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Flint and Tinder 10 Year Crew Sweater; Proof 72-Hour Merino LS Tee

So a stylish turtleneck might not be your everyday go-to layer for driving fast cars—or getting stuck in rush hour traffic on your daily work commute. A solid navy sweater or crewneck tee will do the trick just fine, and they’ll still help you achieve McQueen’s look without making you want to stretch out your collar to get some extra breathing room. During the winter months, opt for the sweater, which you can wear on its own or under your jacket. For the rest of the year, go for something a little on the lighter side, like this Proof 72-Hour Merino top.

[$ 78, Flint and Tinder 10 Year Crew; huckberry.com; $ 78, Proof 72-Hour Merino LS Tee; huckberry.com]


Photograph by Andrew St. Clair

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

We’re just going to leave this one here for when you find some extra space in your style budget. Don’t worry, it looks good with everything.

[$ 46,595; ford.com]

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Get Steve McQueen’s effortlessly cool style

Tough-guy actor Steve McQueen became a legend not just for his roles in films like The Great Escape, The Cincinnati Kid, and The Thomas Crown Affair, but also for his flawless style.

Here’s how the King of Cool put it all together.

1. PO0714 Aviator/Pilot by Persol

This solid-gold 100th-anniversary pair is a bit pricey ($ 2,770), but you can score the folders (No. 714) he wore in Thomas Crown for a lot less. ($ 370, sunglasshut.com)

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2. Heavyweight Oiled Nubuck Leather Biker Jacket by Schott

He rocked his in The Great Escape; it’s been a part of the zeitgeist ever since. ($ 830, schottnyc.com)

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3. Light Brown Yak & Wool Blend Cardigan by Joseph Abboud

There’s barely an image out there of him not in a chunky knit. Add a Sherpa collar and leather belt details for a Papillon-worthy look. ($ 395, josephabboud.com)

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4. Cabildo Tobacco Cord

McQueen loved his tobacco—whether in the cigs that eventually took him out young (age 50) or in the rich, saturated shade of a shirt. It’s a man’s man’s color. Just don’t smoke it. ($ 165, haspel.com)

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5. Slim-fit Denim Shirt by Michael Kors

Chambray was the unspoken hero in McQueen’s casual-cool wardrobe. It can be worn with just about anything (even denim), anytime. ($ 129, michaelkors.com)

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6. Monaco Calibre 11 by Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer used McQueen’s likeness posthumously in a campaign for the Monaco style he wore as a racecar driver in Le Mans. Now it’s back to pay homage, with this Gulf Special Edition chronograph. ($ 5,900, tagheuer.com)

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7. Parker Slim-fit Selvedge Jeans by Michael Kors

Everyone does blue jeans. Risk-takers like The Getaway’s Doc McCoy wear white—or, in this case, ecru. ($ 148, michaelkors.com)

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8. Scout in Cognac Suede by Thursday Boots

These versatile chukkas blew up after McQueen rocked them at Lt. Frank Bullitt in 1968’s Bullitt. ($ 149, thursdayboots.com)

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You Could Own Steve McQueen’s Fire-Beating Rolex Submariner

In the 54 years that it’s been in production, the Rolex Submariner has transformed from a straightforward diver’s tool watch to a rugged, refined timepiece that guys who can’t swim wear with tuxedos. A new one will set you back by at least $ 7,500. But the one Steve McQueen wore during the 1960s and ’70s, which the auction house Phillips plans to sell on October 25, has an estimate of between $ 300,000 and $ 600,000.

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Looking Back: Alexander McQueen’s ‘Highland Rape’ 1995 Runway

Designers from Vivienne Westwood to Oscar de la Renta and Isaac Mizrahi have long mined Scottish tartans for inspiration. But perhaps none is more closely associated with the theme than Alexander McQueen, who broke out with his seminal “Highland Rape” collection in 1995 and reprised it for fall 2006 with his “Widows of Culloden” effort, which he described as “very ‘Macbeth.’” WWD called it “a moment” that lived up to the hype — “fabulously creative and achingly wearable.” Afterward, McQueen said, “I wanted to show a more poetic side to my work….I find beauty in melancholy.”

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McQueen’s ‘Savage Beauty’ Becomes Victoria and Albert’s Most-Visited Exhibition

MCQUEEN MANIA: “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” which closed August 2, has become the Victoria and Albert Museum’s most successful paid-for exhibition, with 493,043 people seeing it during its 21-week run. For the final two weekends, the V&A kept the exhibition open throughout the night for the first time in its history in order to accommodate what it said was “unprecedented” demand.
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Martin Roth, director of the V&A, called the show “one of the most unpredictable, dramatic and spectacular exhibitions we have ever staged,” and said it exceeded expectations.
The exhibition opened at the V&A on March 14, with visitors later attending from 87 countries, mostly from the U.S. and Europe. They also came from countries including Afghanistan, Cambodia, East Timor, El Salvador, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Senegal, Suriname and Uzbekistan.
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The museum said the online audience totaled 3.5 million, including some 2.95 million visits to the exhibition’s Web pages. The specially commissioned interactive Web feature, “The Museum of Savage Beauty,” which provides an insight into the techniques, inspiration and stories behind the exhibits, has been visited 191,000 times. The accompanying exhibition films, hosted on YouTube,

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A Look at Alexander McQueen’s “Savage Beauty”

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Today, “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” a retrospective of McQueen’s groundbreaking work, opens at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum after its record-breaking run at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Here we revisit our 2011 article on the monumental exhibit.

Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, May 2011

As “Savage Beauty,” a retrospective of Alexander McQueen’s astonishing and provocative work, opens at the Costume Institute, creative director Sarah Burton shares with Sarah Mower her memories of working at the late designer’s side.

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