The Modern Way to Dress Like Elvis

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With Baz Luhrmann's biopic hitting theaters, the king of rock 'n' roll is back in the zeitgeist. And while we're getting a musical education, we're also getting a masterclass in the many signature looks the singer wore through his larger-than-life career. Turns out: dressing like a rockstar is easier than we thought. Here, how to dress like a modern Elvis Presley.

The Classic

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Photo credit: Bettmann - Getty Images

Early Elvis-era looks come down to a few things: simple checked-blazers, printed short sleeve collar shirts, slacks, and a killer pair of loafers. All classic pieces that you can still wear today—even if you don't style them as he would.

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The Mega-Star

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Photo credit: GAB Archive - Getty Images

As Elvis's megawatt star power rose, he also upped the octave of his dressing. His usual classic became just a little bit... more. Think: bolder check jackets and power clash prints. And in a hint of what was to come, big belt buckles.

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The Bad Boy

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Photo credit: Michael Ochs Archives - Getty Images

Elvis is probably synonymous with many things, but one of them is certainly the leather jacket. Once he was a certified superstar, his look matched the part. Sleek leather outfits with bracelets and killer boots were the vibe.

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Viva Las Vegas

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Photo credit: Michael Ochs Archives - Getty Images

Arguably the most memorable of the Elvis outfits are from his Vegas era. Take it into 2022 with a brocade suit, a chunky ring (with sparkle, please), and of course, crystal-encrusted fence-climbers.

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