Brett & Kate McKay • April 13, 2016 • Last updated: June 30, 2023
Style Inspiration: How Steve McQueen Rocked His 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.
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.
Khakis pair especially well with denim and chambray shirts.
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.
Pairing your khakis with a sweater and desert boots makes for a sharp casual look during the cooler months.
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.
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.
Be sure to listen to our podcast about the complex life of Steve McQueen: