As many readers of the site have fortified their dwellings into makeshift self-isolation zones, the perfect opportunity to work without disruption also brings the opportunity to surf Amazon Prime and Netflix in equal concentration. In this self-isolation, my thoughts drifted to a style icon often not mentioned. I am speaking about Clint Eastwood as one of cinema’s greatest anti-heroes, Dirty Harry.
Harry Callahan, AKA “Dirty Harry,” not only saves the Bay Area from serial killers and renegade cops, he does so in San Francisco Trad style. Despite the sun beaming, Dirty Harry dresses for the breezy and chilly city in combinations of tweed sport coats with flannel slacks.
In the titular movie, two outfits stand out. The first the outfit worn while foiling a bank robbery: three-button grey herringbone tweed coat, burgundy sweater vest, regimental tie, and grey flannel slacks. The second outfit substitutes the color scheme: Harry wears a checkered brown tweed jacket, light brown sweater vest, with a darker brown polka dot necktie.
In the second installment of Magnum Force, Harry is seen in his classic Trad style once more. Before foiling a hijacking of a passenger plane, Harry wears his grey herringbone jacket once more with a dark blue patterned necktie.
Of course the looks are extensive and eventually turn more casual as Harry Callahan ages into the ’80s. These early films of the series prove to be gold for the action-hungry Trad enthusiast. Dirty Harry’s style left such an impact that even GQ wrote on getting “the look,” earlier last decade.
If Harry Callahan can jump from bridges, foil robberies, and spar with bad guys while keeping his jacket and tie intact I think we can do our best as we “work” from home. — PL
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