Even if you’ve never seen a single James Dean movie, you probably know who he is. While the actor tragically died in 1955 at only age 24, he is still remembered as a cultural icon and the epitome of “cool.”

James Dean knew how to make a statement while keeping it simple. Emulate his timeless style with just a few key pieces. Here at Jacket.com, we focus on the outerwear first. Take a look at some of his most iconic looks.

The Iconic Jacket

On screen, James Dean is best known for his red jacket from Rebel Without a Cause. For an updated look, try a bomber style jacket.

Image from Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

Off Screen Rebel

Off duty, James Dean wore a leather jacket like no other. Look for an aviator style with a fur collar to capture his style.

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Long Coat

On the flip side, Dean could dress preppy and still ooze danger and sensitivity. Try a long, double breasted wool topcoat, or a dark trench coat.

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James Dean poster

All Cleaned Up

Both on and off-screen, James Dean cleaned up well with a blazer or suit jacket. Keeping it minimalist, he often wore dark colours and paired it with very few accessories.

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