I’m still working on it…
Like a lot of film noir leads, William Holden’s Joe Gillis begins Sunset Boulevard rather down on his luck, but that doesn’t mean he’s incapable of putting together decent outfit. It’s enduring proof, perhaps, that the definition of “schlubby” has come a long way since the 1950s, when walking around town in a buttoned-up dress shirt and light blazer would have apparently been a sign of prevailing misfortune rather than taste. Would that we all could dress so sloppily.
Incidentally, Esquire is correct:
People think James Dean popularized the leather jacket in Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without a Cause, when in fact he wore a far less iconic red windbreaker in that film.
The leather-jacketed young man actually predated even The Wild One (1953); the original was Farley Granger, in another Ray film, They Live By Night (1948).