Steve McQueen: Style Icon


The “King of Cool”, Steve McQueen, sunglasses style is still one of the most sought after style looks for its enduring and timeless appeal. Steve McQueen’s sunglasses are famously aligned with Persol who continue to carry Steve McQueen sunglasses based on his favorite styles.

Steve McQueen’s Enduring Style

Steve McQueen’s popular extended through the 1960’s and 1970’s when he stared in some of the most iconic films of the era, including  The Thomas Crown AffairBullittThe GetawayPapillonThe Magnificent SevenThe Great Escape and The Towering Inferno. Also an Academy Award nominee for The Sand Pebbles, Steve McQueen proved to have the ideal combination of rugged good looks, impeccable style, and the talent to back it up. McQueen is part of a pantheon of stars of that era, including Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Jack Nicholson whose sartorial appeal never goes out of style.

Synonymous with motorcycle and car racing, Ask Men notes that Steve McQueen “had a natural yet distinctive all-American boy-meets-renegade style” that paved the way for his antihero persona. Classic American pieces, motorcycle jackets and a great pair of timeless sunglasses embody his style aesthetic.

Steve McQueen’s Sunglasses

Steve McQueen’s sunglasses style is typically aligned with his devotion to his Persol eyewear. Persol sunglasses are the epitome of Italian luxury eyewear, and McQueen’s Persol 714 model became iconic when he wore them in The Thomas Crown Affair. Since the release of the film in 1968, Steve McQueen’s sunglasses have become the benchmark for cool, with Hollywood continuing the tradition of using the brand with Don Johnson in Miami Vice, Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale, Billy Murray in Lost in Translation and numerous others selecting Persol as their brand of choice.

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