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

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 Left:Sunset Boulevard / Contributor/ Getty Images; Right: Silver Screen Collection / Contributor/ Getty Images


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.

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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Courtesy Huckberry

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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Courtesy Huckberry

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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Courtesy Huckberry

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]

Bonus

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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]