Paul McCartney at 80: A fun fashion life

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Paul McCartney at 80: A fun fashion life

Renowned musician and former Beatle, Paul McCartney has always had a playful sense of style. To celebrate his birthday on Saturday, we look back on his best fashion moments.

While the former Beatle may be known for his immeasurable contribution to music, Paul McCartney also has a well-documented penchant for fashion. Thanks in large part to the late Linda McCartney, American photographer and first wife of the musician, the sometimes wacky and always whimsical outfits worn by McCartney have been immortalized forever – from his classic 1970s long cuffed shirts to his loud knit sweaters .

The Liverpudlian star’s life and times can also be traced through her clothing choices. Starting with the sharp suits of the 60s during Beatlemania and continuing his solo career – where ensembles became more colorful, daring and individual; like McCartney’s first look for the 1973 James Bond film “Live and Let Die,” which included a velvet-trimmed tuxedo jacket, bare chest, and bow-tie necklace.

Everywhere was a runway for McCartney – including the airport runway, where he was often photographed boarding and exiting jets wearing aviator sunglasses with purple lenses or decorative Western shirts with a child perched on his hip. As captured by Linda, the musician has eschewed tailoring when off stage and instead opted for a more laid-back, country-inspired wardrobe filled with fisherman’s knitwear, wellington boots and ruffled jackets when performing. he is with family.

Her fun, down-to-earth fashion sense was eventually passed on to her daughter, Stella McCartney, the revered British designer known for her collections that prioritize sustainability. “They were both my fashion icons,” she said of her parents in an interview with Britain’s The Times newspaper last year. “They never compromised, never tried to look cool for someone else.”

As McCartney turns 80, here are some of her most striking looks over the years.

McCartney wears a scarf with a striped blazer and purple pants at a night out for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, May 19, 1967, London. Credit: Jeff Hochberg/Getty Images

The singer on the Cornwall set for the Beatles documentary

The singer on set in Cornwall for the Beatles documentary ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ in 1967. Although the original creator of this Fair Isle sweater vest is unknown, it has since been replicated by fans all over the internet. Credit: David Redfern/Getty Images

There's an effortlessly cool and laid-back side to the singer's look, as seen in this photo with McCartney's girlfriend Jane Asher and her Old English Sheepdog in Glasgow, Scotland, in December 1967.

There’s an effortlessly cool and laid-back side to the singer’s look, as seen in this photo with McCartney’s girlfriend Jane Asher and her Old English Sheepdog in Glasgow, Scotland, in December 1967. Credit: Daily Express/File Photos/Getty Images

In 1968, McCartney revisited the classic with a transparent polka dot shirt.

In 1968, McCartney revisited the classic with a transparent polka dot shirt. Credit: Watford/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

Traveling couldn't stop a good outfit.  Here in 1971 at Gatwick Airport near London, McCartney dons a highly decorated western shirt with his wife Linda and two children Mary (left) and Heather (right).

Traveling couldn’t stop a good outfit. Here in 1971 at Gatwick Airport near London, McCartney dons a highly decorated western shirt with his wife Linda and two children Mary (left) and Heather (right). Credit: Central Press/Getty Images

After the Beatles, in 1971 on their family farm in Scotland, McCartney embraced a more streamlined, country-inspired wardrobe.

After the Beatles, in 1971 on their family farm in Scotland, McCartney embraced a more streamlined, country-inspired wardrobe. Credit: Evening Standard/Getty Images

The former Beatle donned another vibrant knit for his 1972 TV appearance. While performing his theme for the new Bond film

The former Beatle donned another vibrant knit for his 1972 television appearance. While performing his theme song for the new Bond film ‘Live and Let Die,’ McCartney paired a pearl necklace with a funky sweater vest . Credit: Archive Bettmann/Getty Images

Taken alongside his wife Linda in 1972, McCartney dresses more and more crazy after creating a new pop group called Wings.

Taken alongside his wife Linda in 1972, McCartney dresses more and more crazy after creating a new pop group called Wings. Credit: Evening Standard/Getty Images

Clashes of patterns, t-shirts worn over shirts, and a laissez-faire style approach produced some of McCartney's most interesting looks, like this one during a visit to the studio in 1973.

Clashes of patterns, t-shirts worn over shirts, and a laissez-faire style approach produced some of McCartney’s most interesting looks, like this one during a visit to the studio in 1973. Credit: Michael Putland/Hulton Archives/Getty Images

McCartney had a vibrant sweater collection, including this blue, white and red number that featured an embroidered ski sweater on the front, taken in 1973.

McCartney had a vibrant sweater collection, including this blue, white and red number that featured an embroidered ski sweater on the front, taken in 1973. Credit: Michael Putland/Getty Images

A red carpet look to remember: At the 1973 premiere

A red carpet look to remember: At the 1973 premiere of ‘Live And Let Die’, for which McCartney’s band Wings provided the title track, the singer donned a suit jacket – no shirt – and wore a necklace transformed into a knot. tie instead of the real thing. Credit: Archives Hulton/Getty Images

Graphic knits and striking shirts were a mainstay of the former Beatle, pictured here with British rock band Wings at Abbey Road studios in 1974. Left to right: keyboardist Linda McCartney, vocalist and bassist Paul McCartney, the drummer Geoff Britton, guitarist Denny Laine and guitarist Jimmy McCulloch.

Graphic knits and striking shirts were a mainstay of the former Beatle, pictured here with British rock band Wings at Abbey Road studios in 1974. Left to right: keyboardist Linda McCartney, vocalist and bassist Paul McCartney, the drummer Geoff Britton, guitarist Denny Laine and guitarist Jimmy McCulloch. Credit: Michael Putland/Hulton Archives/Getty Images

Never missing an opportunity to accessorize, McCartney is pictured wearing a headscarf while filming in 1975.

Never missing an opportunity to accessorize, McCartney is pictured wearing a headscarf while filming in 1975. Credit: Michael Putland/Hulton Archives/Getty Images

A classic biker jacket never goes wrong, as McCartney demonstrated here in 1980 on his farm near Rye, Sussex.

A classic biker jacket never goes wrong, as McCartney demonstrated here in 1980 on his farm near Rye, Sussex. Credit: David Harris/Keystone/Getty Images

Always playful, McCartney wore a Hawaiian shirt and blazer to receive his Ivor Novello award at Grosvenor House in London from Russian-born actor Yul Brynner in 1980.

Always playful, McCartney wore a Hawaiian shirt and blazer to receive his Ivor Novello award at Grosvenor House in London from Russian-born actor Yul Brynner in 1980. Credit: Keystone/Hulton Archives/Getty Images

A young Stella McCartney is carried by her father, who dons a pair of sunglasses at an airport in 1988.

A young Stella McCartney is carried by her father, who dons a pair of sunglasses at an airport in 1988. Credit: Francois Lochon/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images

Paul McCartney wears a tangerine scarf and purple turtleneck in 1987.

Paul McCartney wears a tangerine scarf and purple turtleneck in 1987. Credit: Rino Petrosino/Mondadori Portfolio/Getty Images

By 1993, the singer had ditched the setbacks of the 70s and moved on with the times.  Here, during a rehearsal for his New World Tour at London's Docklands Arena, McCartney poses in a typical 90s oversized denim jacket and graphic tee.

By 1993, the singer had ditched the setbacks of the 70s and moved on with the times. Here, during a rehearsal for his New World Tour at London’s Docklands Arena, McCartney poses in a typical 90s oversized denim jacket and graphic tee. Credit: Rob Verhorst/Redferns/Getty Images

A good suit jacket is a must, especially when dressed up with a simple t-shirt.  McCartney is photographed in 1993 at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy.

A good suit jacket is a must, especially when dressed up with a simple t-shirt. McCartney is photographed in 1993 at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy. Credit: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Later in his career, as pictured here in 1999 before performing a gig in Liverpool, McCartney still managed to look suave in baggy suits.

Later in his career, as pictured here in 1999 before performing a gig in Liverpool, McCartney still managed to look suave in baggy suits. Credit: Dave Hogan/Getty Images

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