A retrospective look at Michael Caine’s suave style
As Michael Caine has just celebrated his 80th birthday, we thought it would be rather fitting to take a look at some key style moments in his suave career.
While many young minds may only know Michael Caine for his role as wisdom-giving Alfred, the butler, in recent Batman films, the pinnacle of this outstanding actor’s career can be found in rewinding to the 1960s and 1970s, when he starred in a number of stylish roles, including the original Alfie. Cutting his teeth as an assistant stage manager in the film industry, Michael has now acted in more than 100 films, executing a striking sense of style throughout his golden years.
Rare for a leading actor in the 1960s, Michael donned thick-rimmed spectacles, which would become a signature of his – along with his cockney accent. A gentleman with a penchant for fine details, Michael developed a taste for the precise tailoring of friend and Saville Row whiz, Douglas Hayward. A crisp white shirt and impeccably tailored suit became staples of his wardrobe on and off set, with key fashion moments including the trench coat in Funeral in Berlin (1966), stand-out cufflinks and a three-piece suit in Get Carter (1971), and Michael rocking a skivvy in Battle of Britain (1969).
Image via Classic Forever.