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Paul McCartney at 80: A Life Full of Fun and Fashion
Famed musician and former Beatle Paul McCartney has always had an intimidating sense of style. To celebrate his birthday on Saturday, we take a look at his best fashion moments.
While the former Beatles may be known for their countless contributions to music, Paul McCartney also has a well-documented penchant for fashion. Thanks to the late Linda McCartney, American photographer and musician’s first wife, McCartney’s quirky and grotesque outfits have been immortalized forever—from his classic 1970s long-sleeved T-shirts to his jackets.
The life and times of the Liverpool star can be traced through his clothing choices as well. Beginning with the sharp ’60s suits during Beatlemania and continuing his solo career – as teams become more vibrant, daring and individualistic; Like McCartney’s first appearance in the 1973 James Bond movie “Live and Let Die,” which included a velvet-embellished tuxedo jacket, a bare bodice, and a tie necklace.
It was anywhere McCartney’s runway—including on the runway, where he was often pictured getting in and out of a plane wearing purple aviator sunglasses or patterned Western T-shirts with a baby sitting on his hip. As Linda picked up, the musician steered clear of sewing when off stage and instead opted for a casual, country-inspired wardrobe filled with fisherman knits, Wellington boots, and fly jackets for when she’s around the family.
With McCartney turning 80, here are some of his hottest looks over the years.
McCartney wears a scarf with a striped jacket and purple pants at the launch event for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club, May 19, 1967, in London. attributed to him: Jeff Hochberg / Getty Images
The singer who participated in the documentary “The Magical Mystery Tour” in Cornwall in 1967. Although the original designer of the jacket from Fair Isle is unknown, it has since been replicated by fans all over the internet. attributed to him: David Redfern / Getty Images
There’s a cool and casual side to the singer’s look, as seen here in a photo with McCartney’s then-girlfriend Jane Asher and an Old English Sheepdog in Glasgow, Scotland, December 1967. attributed to him: Daily Express/Photo Archive/Getty Images
In 1968, McCartney spiced up the classics with a sheer polka dot shirt. attributed to him: Watford / MirrorPix / Getty Images
Traveling can’t stop a good outfit. Here in 1971 at Gatwick Airport near London, McCartney wore a highly patterned Western shirt with his wife Linda and two children Mary (left) and Heather (right). attributed to him: Central Press / Getty Images
After the Beatles, in 1971 on their family farm in Scotland, McCartney embraces a country-inspired wardrobe. attributed to him: Eminent Standard / Getty Images
The former Beatle wore another lively weave for his TV appearance in 1972. While performing his lead tune for the new Bond movie “Live and Let Die,” McCartney paired a beaded necklace with a funky cardigan. attributed to him: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images
Captured alongside his wife Linda in 1972, McCartney wears kookier and kookier clothes after creating a new pop band called Wings. attributed to him: Eminent Standard / Getty Images
Clashes with patterns, tucked-over shirts, and a no-nonsense approach to the design have resulted in some of McCartney’s most interesting looks, like this one during a visit to the studio in 1973. attributed to him: Michael Putland / Hulton Archive / Getty Images
McCartney had a collection of vibrant jackets, including this blue, white, and red number that featured an embroidered ski sweater on the front, taken in 1973. attributed to him: Michael Putland / Getty Images
A look at the red carpet: At the 1973 premiere of “Live And Let Die,” in which McCartney’s Wings performed the lead single, the singer wore a suit jacket—without a shirt—and wore a necklace that turned into a bow-tie instead of the real thing. attributed to him: Holton Archive/Getty Images
Graphic textiles and striking T-shirts were a mainstay for the former Beatles, and they were pictured here with British rock band Wings at Abbey Road Studios in 1974. Left to right: keyboardist Linda McCartney, singer and bassist Paul McCartney, drummer Jeff Britton bassist Denny Lane bassist Jimmy McCulloch. attributed to him: Michael Putland / Hulton Archive / Getty Images
Not missing out on accessorizing, McCartney was photographed wearing a neck scarf during a photo shoot in 1975. attributed to him: Michael Putland / Hulton Archive / Getty Images
A classic biker jacket never goes out of style, as McCartney demonstrated here in 1980 on his farm near Rye, Sussex. attributed to him: David Harris/Keystone/Getty Images
Always intimidating, McCartney designed a Hawaiian shirt and jacket to earn an Ivor Novello Award at Grosvenor House in London from Russian-born actor Yul Brynner in 1980. attributed to him: Keystone/Holton Archive/Getty Images
Young Stella McCartney is carried by her sunglasses-wearing father at an airport in 1988. attributed to him: François Lechon/Gamma-Ravaux/Getty Images
Paul McCartney wears an orange scarf and a purple turtleneck in 1987. attributed to him: Renault Petrosino / Mondadori Portfolio / Getty Images
By 1993, the singer had ditched the lapel of the ’70s and moved with the times. Here during the rehearsal of his new world tour at the Docklands Arena in London, McCartney stands in an oversized denim jacket typical of the ’90s and a graphic T-shirt. attributed to him: Rob Fairhurst / Redferns / Getty Images
A good suit jacket is an essential, especially when you’re wearing a simple shirt. McCartney was photographed in 1993 at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy. attributed to him: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images
Later in his career, as shown here in 1999 before performing a concert in Liverpool, McCartney still manages to look cute in slouchy tailored suits. attributed to him: Dave Hogan / Getty Images