Why don’t men dress like George Harrison anymore?

Gorgeous George Harrison (by far the coolest Beatle) sang “Isn’t it a Pity” and last night, when I was lucky enough to catch a special screening of Martin Scorsese’s beautiful documentary, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, I caught myself thinking, “isn’t it a pity that boys don’t dress like they did in the late 60s anymore”….

Now that’s what I call a statement jacket
Being the third time I’d seen the film, I pushed the emotional side of it slightly to one side and really honed in on the fashion. It struck me that while we ladies still have all the wild prints and colours at our disposal, the men have surely been short changed. 
George and John: Cool as ice, if you ask me
Nowadays, going wild involves a pair of mustard jeans. Back then, in groovier times, the sky was the limit for the guys with clashing prints, embroidered waistcoats, beads, kaftans and funkier trousers (see below) than I’ve ever had the pleasure of wearing.
Getting funky with the Mahirishi: George – I want your trousers
Nowadays, male fashion is sooooo dull compared to the floral shirts, psychedelic prints and flamboyant collars George was rocking around in. 
And, ever a fashion guru, George continued to plump for bright colours and patterns (he clearly loved a mad jacket) well into his 30s, 40s and 50s. 
I know not all men were chipping about in clothes as brave as Mr. Harrison at the time, but at least some were. And just like his love of guitars, fast cars, huge eccentric houses and gardens, George’s sartorial adventures were probably more an expression of his personality and creativity than evidence of his materialism.
One of my favourite photos of George – what a beautiful man (and bloody fabulous hair/beard combination *swoon*)
In case you hadn’t heard, George Harrison: Living in the Material World has been nominated for the Best Documentary BAFTA. If that doesn’t convince you to watch it, maybe this will…

All stills taken from the Martin Scorsese documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Written by Johanna Payton