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JP of The Selvedge Yard Looks Back at 3 Underappreciated Style Icons

Johnny Rotten and James Dean get plenty of love, but this trio doesn't get the attention it deserves.

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Paul Simonon in 1982, with a bitchin' beatbox and The Clash, about to blow the doors off Shea Stadium

Paul Simonon is the man responsible for making The Clash the most stylish band of the late seventies and early eighties. Following its brooding bass player's lead, the band's style evolved over the years, from art-school punk to street-tough sartorial.

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Jean-Paul Belmondo, 1965

Jean-Paul "Bebel" Belmondo, often hailed as France's answer to Humphrey Bogart and Steve McQueen, took the international film scene by storm in 1960, bringing his masculine good looks and seemingly effortless French street style to Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless.

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Known more for his riveting movie roles than his flair for fashion, Donald Sutherland is the most stylish homicidal maniac Hollywood has ever known—and the godfather of dapper scruff. Judging by the pic above, he could easily front one of today's hippest indie rock bands.

For more fashion cues from the past, check out JP's blog, The Selvedge Yard.

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Simonon: Neal Preston/Corbis. Belmondo: Apis/Sygma/Corbis. Sutherland: Jack Robinson.
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