Folk-purists screamed “Judas” as a new-age Bob Dylan plugged in an electric guitar, to which he yelled back “you’re a liar”.
Ditching the folky work-wear look, deciding Cuban heeled boots, slim fitting trousers and buttoned up shirts were more his thing – oh, and of course those dark sunglasses, in 1965 Bob Dylan arguably became the coolest man in the world. Dylan reinvented himself every decade over his 50-year spanning career. As his music changed, so did his image; but it is the mid-60s Dylan that sparked most controversy, yet most iconic. His askew, beatnik style overruled the rugged look of workman boots and baggy jeans. Rock’n’roll sensibility had kicked in as his fame grew, opting for flamboyant silk shirts and pointy-toed Chelsea boots – as made famous by The Beatles. There was a long period where no person saw the blue of his eyes; night and day they were covered by trademark black wayfarers, an appearance almost as enigmatic as his profound lyrics.
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During the blossoming of Dylan’s musical career, an unruly, snarled mop of hair burgeoned. During this time Bob seemed indifferent about his hairstyle, however this tangled-up afro completed his ico nic look. If you have curly hair, grow it out to a medium length. The ‘poofy’, tangled style will come with back-combing and scrunching, while using a paste or wax to make it tangled – you want it to look like an effortlessly, cool “I’ve just got out of bed” look. Jackets
The right jacket or coat can do wonders, simple yet distinguished. A black/navy blazer or trench coat adds impeccable class to any outfit. Dylan wore blazers open, straying more towards rock rather than corporate – opt for collarless for the full Bob-effect. Trench coats should be worn with a few buttons open to reveal a shirt collar, come just above the knee and the belt tied at the front – preferably double breasted. Shirts
You can never go wrong with a smart white oxford shirt, a classic look under a blazer or trench coat. If you want to stand out, wear loud shirts. Dylan is the first person I’ve seen that can pull off a polka dot shirt, with a devil may care appearance – and he pulls it off incredibly. Pinstripe may scream Dad shirt, but under a waistcoat and worn with slim trousers you will encounter chic Dylan. The shades
Wayfarers must be dark, be as mystifying as Dylan’s lyrics. Try for vintage 60s/70s styles for full effect.