Paul McCartney at 80: A fun-loving fashion life

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Paul McCartney at 80: A fun-loving fashion life

Famous musician and former Beatle Paul McCartney has always had a playful sense of style. To celebrate his birthday on Saturday, let’s take a look at his best fashion moments.

While the former Beatle may be known for his immeasurable contributions to music, Paul McCartney also has a well-documented penchant for fashion. Largely thanks to the late Linda McCartney, an American photographer and first wife of the musician, the sometimes whimsical and always fun dresses worn by McCartney have been immortalized forever – from his classic 1970s long lapel shirts to flamboyant knitted sweaters. Knitted.

The life and times of the Liverpudliano star can also be traced through her sartorial choices. Starting with the elegant dresses of the 60s during Beatlemania and continuing his solo career, where ensembles became more colorful, bold 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 there was a runway to McCartney, including the airport runway, where he was often photographed getting on and off a jet wearing aviator sunglasses with purple lenses or decorative western T-shirts with a child perched on his side. As captured by Linda, the musician avoided tailoring when he was off stage and instead opted for a more casual, country-inspired wardrobe filled with fisherman’s knitwear, rubber boots and flying jackets when he’s out and about with the family.

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

When 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 to a release party for the sergeant. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, May 19, 1967, London. Credit: Jeff Hochberg / Getty Images

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

There is a laid-back, casual side to the singer's look, as shown here in a photo with McCartney's then-girlfriend Jane Asher and her Old English Sheepdog in Glasgow, Scotland in December 1967.

There is a laid-back, casual side to the singer’s look, as shown here in a photo with McCartney’s then-girlfriend Jane Asher and her Old English Sheepdog in Glasgow, Scotland in December 1967. Credit: Daily Express / Archive Photos / Getty Images

In 1968, McCartney puts a twist on the classic with a sheer polka dot shirt.

In 1968, McCartney puts a twist on the classic with a sheer polka dot shirt. Credit: Watford / Mirrorpix / Getty Images

The journey could not stop a good dress.  Here in 1971 at Gatwick Airport near London, McCartney wears a heavily decorated western shirt with his wife Linda and two children Mary (left) and Heather (right).

The journey could not stop a good dress. Here in 1971 at Gatwick Airport near London, McCartney wears a heavily 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 embraces a more understated, country-inspired wardrobe.

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

The former Beatle wore another lively shirt for his TV appearance in 1972. While performing his theme song for the new Bond film “Live and Let Die”, McCartney paired a beaded necklace with a vest. funky. Credit: Bettmann Archive / Getty Images

Taken along with his wife Linda in 1972, McCartney dresses increasingly poorly after starting a new pop group called Wings.

Taken along with his wife Linda in 1972, McCartney dresses increasingly poorly after starting a new pop group called Wings. Credit: Evening Standard / Getty Images

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

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

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

McCartney had a vibrant collection of sweaters, including this blue, white, and red number which 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 of “Live And Let Die,” for which McCartney Wings band provided the title song, the singer wore a jacket – no shirt – and a bow necklace. tie instead of the real thing. Credit: Hulton Archive / Getty Images

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

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

Not missing an opportunity to accessorize, McCartney is photographed wearing a scarf around his neck during a shooting in 1975.

Not missing an opportunity to accessorize, McCartney is photographed wearing a scarf around his neck during a shooting in 1975. Credit: Michael Putland / Hulton Archive / Getty Images

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

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

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

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

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

A young Stella McCartney is carried in the arms of her father, who wears 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

In 1993, the singer had abandoned the implications of the 70s and had moved in step with the times.  Here, during rehearsals for his New World Tour at London's Docklands Arena, McCartney poses in an oversized 1990s denim jacket and graphic tee.

In 1993, the singer had abandoned the implications of the 70s and had moved in step with the times. Here, during rehearsals for his New World Tour at London’s Docklands Arena, McCartney poses in an oversized 1990s denim jacket and graphic tee. Credit: Rob Verhorst / Redferns / Getty Images

A good suit jacket is a staple, especially when worn with a simple shirt.  McCartney is pictured in 1993 at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy.

A good suit jacket is a staple, especially when worn with a simple shirt. McCartney is pictured in 1993 at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy. Credit: Bertrand Guay / AFP / Getty Images

Later in his career, as shown here in 1999 before performing at a concert in Liverpool, McCartney still managed to look suave in soft tailored suits.

Later in his career, as shown here in 1999 before performing at a concert in Liverpool, McCartney still managed to look suave in soft tailored suits. Credit: Dave Hogan / Getty Images