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TOM CRUISE IS AN 80S ICON

Tom Cruise reached superstardom in the early 80s and became an inspiration for men throughout the decade. To coincide with the release of the fifth Mission Impossible film, we count down ten of his most memorable 80s style moments.

10. KING OF CASUAL
Tom Cruise’s style is all about the basics and he’s an advocate for keeping it simple. White T-shirts, blue jeans, plain sunglasses and, in this case, an unbuttoned, checked shirt on top. This all-American style would work just as well now – in 2015 – as it did in the mid 1980s, if not even better.

9. LONG HAIR, DON’T CARE
At the premiere of The Breakfast Club in 1985, the actor entered the cinema with shoulder-length hair and a chunky knitted jumper, making him look more like a rock star than the good guy he usually portrays in films. What a shame we’ve only been given short glimpses of this grunge-look over the years.

8. DENIM ON DENIM
Okay, maybe he hasn’t just portrayed good guys… In The Outsiders from 1983, Cruise was accompanied by denim and leather-clad gangsters while taking part in street fights between socs and greasers. With the premiere of The Outsiders, cut-off denims rose in popularity.

7. THE AVIATOR
One of Tom Cruise’s characteristics is his ability to become the role he plays. In Days of Thunder, the star became a racing driver and inTop Gun he turned into a pilot. Largely thanks to the massive success of Top Gun, the aviator-style sunglasses were reborn as one of the most sought-after accessories in men’s fashion.

6. THE PILOT LOOK
Top Gun was released in May 1986 and, within days of its release, men everywhere were sporting bomber jackets and aviator-style sunglasses. Tom Cruise was a major style-inspiration in the 80s and whatever new look he adopted for a role the masses followed.

5. THE BASICS
1983 really was a good year for Tom Cruise! He was in his early 20s and posters featuring his face was stuck to the bedroom walls of teenage girls all around the world. At the same time, he became a much-coveted actor with whom directors and producers wanted to work. At this 1983 after-party, he wears what he wears best: wardrobe basics.

4. THE PERFECT POLO
Top Gun was the film that made Tom Cruise a global superstar, but Risky Business from 1983 was the smash-hit comedy that launched his international career. In this film, he portrays a high-school rich-kid, and dresses accordingly. Following the premiere of Risky Business, the polo shirt became a must-have item for American teenagers.

3. 80s PERFECTION
This autumn, the 80s are (finally) cool again! Tom Cruise’s ’86-look provides pure style-inspiration for this trend – although you should aim for a suit jacket with smaller (or no) shoulder pads, and also in a smaller size. 

2. THE WAYFARER
Tom Cruise isn’t just responsible for making the aviator-style sunglasses a trend item. After wearing a pair of Wayfarers in Risky Business, the sunglasses became a phenomenon and around 360,000 pairs were sold in the year of the film’s release, making them one of the most popular frames in history.

1. HIGH SCHOOL HEART-THROB
Risky Business is a true classic and was Tom Cruise’s breakthrough. After having danced around his parents’ house in white briefs, the young hunk became the object of the crushes of girls (and some boys) all around the world. Despite the fact that this ultra-casual outfit dates from 32 years ago, it’s something a hip (normcore) youngster would wear today.

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