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Nat King Cole: Style Icon

November 16, 2010

Back in his heyday, Nat King Cole’s flair for looking as though he had just stepped out of the pages of a fashion magazine solidified his status as a cosmopolitan style-setter. These days, in reviewing photos of the music legend, what’s most striking is not how on-trend Cole was in his era, but how timelessly stylish his ensembles remain.

Largely opting for dressy attire rather than casual clothing, particularly when performing, Nat King Cole favored suits over all else. What’s more, apart from the odd occasion, the singer preferred neutral hues, such as blue, gray, black, and white, as well as preferring classic patterns such as tweed and stripes to more unorthodox combinations.

To pull off Cole’s look, try this suit from John Varvatos, adding a crisp white dress shirt, matching pocket square, fashion-forward tie, and polished leather shoes. Don’t forget about grooming, either, as the soulful crooner’s penchant for polished looks included cropped haircuts and clean shaves. Also, as the most stylish of men, including Cole, tend to do, play around in the accessories department when you want to be experimental with fashion. Vary your ties widely in width and punchy patterns without being overly dramatic, and seek out a pair of thick black-rimmed glasses that would make the geek-chic crowd drool with envy. But don’t fuss too much — just think suave and refined and you’ll nail Nat King Cole’s look every time.

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One Comment
  1. Katherine Henderson permalink

    NIce post! Nat King Cole has definitely mastered his polished look. Crisp, clean, and timeless.

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