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The Lookbook: Miles Davis

Dress (almost) as cool as the famed jazz musician

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One of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis had the style to match his jazz chops. Like his music, Davis’ fashion sense evolved over time, bringing a different vibe to the table each time. While many of Davis’ wardrobe choices after the 1960s may seem anachronistic or outlandish today, his earliest styles remain classic and understated. RealClearLife has selected two outfits from the ’50s and ’60s that you can still pull off today.

 

Formal Outfit, Circa 1959

WEST GERMANY - CIRCA 1959: Jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis plays trumpet as he performs onstage in circa 1959 in West Germany. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Miles Davis onstage in West Germany in 1959. (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Double-Breasted Checked Virgin Wool Blazer, $825 (Sandro)
Double-Breasted Checked Virgin Wool Blazer, $825 (Sandro)
Button Down Collar Cotton-Poplin Shirt, $295 (Tomas Maier)
Button Down Collar Cotton-Poplin Shirt, $295 (Tomas Maier)
Ribbed Silk Tie, $180 (Turnbull & Asser)
Ribbed Silk Tie, $180 (Turnbull & Asser)
Silk Pocket Square, $95 (Turnbul & Asser)
Silk Pocket Square, $95 (Turnbul & Asser)
Checked Virgin Wool Trousers, $280 (Sandro)
Checked Virgin Wool Trousers, $280 (Sandro)

 

Casual Outfit, Circa 1962

NEW YORK - AUGUST 1962: Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis and producer Gil Evans record the album "Quiet Nights" at 30th Street Studios in August 1962 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis and producer Gil Evans record the album ‘Quiet Nights’ at 30th Street Studios in August 1962 in New York City, New York. (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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Suede Bomber Jacket, $1,395 (APC + Louis W. Ferris)
Suede Bomber Jacket, $1,395 (APC + Louis W. Ferris)
Cotton-Pique Polo Shirt, $420 (Bottega Veneta)