Bruce Springsteen may not be the first (or second or third) person who pops into mind when thinking of living style icons to emulate. But if you look back a bit—before his era of blue collar Americana (denim vests and bandanas and oversized Old Glories)—and you’ll find The Boss had serious style chops. Though jeans were always his staple, Springsteen’s style was much more rock n’ roll than that of the working men who claimed him as their hero; he donned Chelsea boots as loyally as any Londoner and leather jackets as effortlessly as Elvis. With that in mind, we’ve recreated six of Springsteen’s lesser-known looks, showing a side of him you may not have seen before, one that can best be summed up with the simplest but perhaps most culturally powerful word in the English language: cool.
Officer Boot $450 at Rag & Bone; John Varvatos Collection ‘Nappa’ Leather Biker Jacket $2,198 at Nordstrom; Single Needle Shirt In Red Blue Multi $168 at Steven Alan; Rocker Indigo Jeans $260 at Jean Shop.
Bellfield Satriani Jeans in Black $92.72 at Bellfield Clothing; Persol Folding 54mm Keyhole Sunglasses $380 at Nordstrom; Levi's Made & Crafted Stripe Oxford Shirt $165 at American Rag Cie; Hudson 'Pattinson Chelsea' Boots $260 at Topman.
ASOS Racer Back Tank With Contrast Rib $18.81 at ASOS; Chuck Taylor Classics $55 at Converse; Chamula Bendable Horsehair Bracelet in Black $75 at Mohawk General Store; RB23X in Sussex $225 at Rag & Bone.
Standard American Strat $1,729.99 at Fender; Short-sleeve Popover In Vintage Oxford Cloth $64.50 at J.Crew; Washed Black Skinny Chinos $50 at Topman; Wooyoungmi Slim-Fit Wool-Blend Suit Jacket $820 at Mr. Porter; James Chelsea Boot $258 at The Frye Company.
Baldwin Denim 76 Dry Jean $135 at Steven Alan; Salute V-neck T-shirt $70 at All Saints; Barbour Tailored Jacket in Wax Cotton $379.17 at ASOS; Christopher Raeburn X Grenson Canvas and Textured-Leather Boots $625 at Mr. Porter.