Daily Archives: April 15, 2012

Bob Dylan’s Sartorial Splendor

Speaking of rock star style, there are few things I enjoy more than Bob Dylan’s ability to wear clothes. That dude could take the simplest outfit and make it look like a million bucks. I guess it was because everything about him just seemed* so effortlessly cool.

*There was actually quite a bit of artifice involved in the construction of Dylan’s self-styled and carefully crafted persona, especially at the beginning of his career. But I truly believe that the inherent talent certain people possess for carrying off pretty much anything they put on is one thing that cannot be faked.

Right from the beginning, Dylan had an enviable talent for taking very basic items of clothing and somehow making them look fresh:


Plaid shirt, jeans, and work boots. You can’t get much simpler than that. This look has obviously been done a million times before, but there’s something about the way he pulls it all together.

He took classic styles and made them his own:


Wayfarers and a black suit. Pretty much all a man needs.

I like it how every once in a while though he would throw in something whimsical:

polka dots

Polka dots!

I think one of my favourite stages of his style evolution was when he started swanning around in scarves and feathered hats circa the recording of Desire (which is a really great record, by the way). He seemed to really let loose and have some fun with his sartorial choices:


Neckties, fur collars, layers and patterns thrown together with abandon…this is about as close as Dylan got to looking like a hippie, and it was absolutely amazing.

I could honestly spend hours (and I pretty much just have) looking at pictures of Bob Dylan. His outfits are a source of excitement and inspiration for me (tinged with a not-insubstantial amount of envy). I’m not really sure why so many of my style icons are men, but Dylan is pretty much the king of them all in my books.