style icon: jean paul belmondo

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in college, i took a class on cinema and we watched several french films.  jean-luc godard’s breathless was on that list.  if you haven’t seen that movie and have patience for subtitles, i highly recommend it.  it was the start of french new wave cinema and jean paul belmondo’s breakthrough role.

one of my main takeaways from breathless was “f**k! this dude (belmondo) is cool.”  belmondo exemplifies french style in the 60’s – a kind of effortless look that would look like you were trying too hard today.  belmondo wasn’t necessarily good looking, but had a natural confidence about him that translated to the way he wore his tweed jackets, trilby hats and silk socks with loafers.  dude always looked like he didn’t give a s**t.  and if you want to know where your pants should meet your shoes, belmondo provides a good example: keep it on the short side (thom brown knows what’s up).  oh, and one last thing, anna karina is a total babe.

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French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, wearing a striped shirt, a sweater and sunglasses, holding a bag and standing in St Mark's Square, Venice, 1960. (Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images)(Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images)

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THE MAN FROM RIO, Jean-Paul Belmondo, 1964

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Jean-Paul Belmondo on Set ofjpb11 copy

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