Marked a vital style moment for the genre; perched on a horse and wrapped in that alpha poncho, he introduced a level of insouciance to western clothing, which, to this day, has yet to be matched
Clint Eastwood’s style is packed with lessons in western dressing.
Western-style clothing is a mainstay in menswear. From open-collared shirts and double denim get-ups to straight-cut leather trousers, top designer brands such as MSGM, Ralph Lauren and Gucci make regular nods to the mood. The reason is simple: it’s cool. And that’s in part thanks to the work of one of western style’s key proponents: Clint Eastwood.
With a career spanning more than 50 years, Clint Eastwood starred in some of the western genre’s biggest hits, from A Fistful Of Dollars and The Outlaw Josey Wales to The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. His turn in the latter (by Sergio Leone in 1966) marked a vital style moment for the genre; perched on a horse and wrapped in that alpha poncho, he introduced a level of insouciance to western clothing, which, to this day, has yet to be matched.
From sharp fedoras and fringed jackets to leather buckle belts and paisley neckties, Clint Eastwood’s film archive contains some of the greatest fashion moments known to man, making him the ultimate reference for a ranch-style upgrade. So, in recognition of Clint Eastwood’s style, we’ve sourced six of his leading looks and the tips to take from each.
Why it works: Starting at the top. What would western style be without an immaculate, wide-brimmed fedora? We dread to think. Eastwood was rarely seen without one; he always favoured either a dark brown or beige design, crafted in felt or leather and often decorated with a plaited hat band. We’re especially into this one he wore in The Outlaw Josey Wales – we suggest sourcing one similar just in time for summer.