Dressing like Nat King Cole
We know Nat King Cole from his famous jazz hits such as Unforgetable, Mona Lisa, When I Fall in Love , Sweet Lorraine, and many others. However, what few people know nowadays is that Nat King Kole is also a sharp dresser, and why won't he? After all, his music genius and meteoric rise through the music charts often brought him to the forefront of any concert hall and jazz joint to the point where he became the honorary member of the notorious Rat Pack for a time. Here we go through his most stylish moments throughout his musical career.
Night King Col during a publicity shot during 1947. He wears a 40s style pin striped cotton suit with a double breasted wide lapeled suit jacket with matching trousers. Under his white long point collared dress shirt we see he wears a gold floral tie with navy blue background and the matching white cotton pocket square sits in his jacket breast pocket.
Nat King Cole in a publicity shot wearing a powder blue worsted suit with wide peak lapeled suit jacket, and underneath he wears a brown wool necktie over a long point collared french cuffed dress shirt with matching cotton pocket square in his suit jacket's welted breast pocket.
Nat King Cole with Frank Sinatra in a candid picture taken in 1946 decidedly looking preppy casual. Sinatra in beige tweed while Cole wears a tan corduroy wide notch lapeled suit jacket along with a twill long point collared dress shirt along with a single pleated pair of slacks
Nat King Cole in a publicity shot taken during practice. Here he wears a loosely fitted wide notch lapeled tweed jacket and a cotton long point collared dress shirt underneath. Black horn rimmed glasses complete the preppy look.
Nat King Cole in a candid moment backstage of Paramount Theater, New York sometime during November 1946. He wears a beige parisian collared tuxedo jacket with matching long point collared dress shirt and a rainbow stripped batwing shaped narrow hand tied bow tie.
Nat King Cole with Frank Sinatra sometime during the early 50s in one of Sinatra's many party bashes. Sinatra in black silk tux while Cole also wows in a neat black silk tux but with shawl collared tux jacket, a spread collared white dress shirt and a narrow silk batwing shaped self tie bow tie
Cole in another party, this time with Dean Martin. Cole wears a black dupioni silk tux jacket with satin shawl collar with white satin pocket square in its welted breast pocket, underneath which he wears a white dress shirt and a narrow silk batwing shaped self tie bow tie. Martin wears a double breasted silk tux jacket with peak lapels that are satin trimmed with a black hand tied bow tie over a spread collared white dress shirt
Nat King Cole, publicity shot possibly during the 1958. Here we see him in a wide notch lapeled grey wool flannel suit jacket with padded shoulders to compliment his lank figure. In its welted breast pocket is a white cotton pocket square that matches his french cuffed, eyelet collared dress shirt with a collar pin keeping a black cotton skinny tie in place. He also wears a charcoal grey pair of slacks
Nat King Cole in a checkered suit jacket with narrow notch lapeled shoulder padded suit jacket, wearing a french cuffed, spread collared white dress shirt over which he wears a very narrow skinny tie
Nat King Cole during a radio interview during the 50s. He wears a narrow notch lapeled blazer with flapped hip pockets, padded shoulders and roped sleeve heads. Underneath he wears a white striped dress shirt and a white pocket square to match
Nat King Cole in a publicity shot during the 50s. He wears a white dupioni shawl collared tux jacket with a french cuffed spread collared white dress shirt and a black satin batwing shaped self tie bow tie at a jaunty angle. He also wears a black silken pair of trousers.
Nat King Cole during a magazine shoot sometime in the 50s. He wears a double breasted navy blue narrow peak lapeled wool suit jacket with brass buttons, underneath which he wears a white dress shirt with blue pinstripes. He also wears a grey flannel dress trousers and black leather oxford shoes
Nat King Cole with John F. Kennedy, also a well known sharp dresser. Cole wears a navy blue worsted suit with a narrow notch lapeled suit jacket and a button down collared white dress shirt coupled with a very narrow stripe patterned skinny tie with tie clip and a white pocket square.
Nat King Cole during the Ed Sullivan show sometime during 1958. He wears a navy blue worsted suit with a narrow notch lapeled suit jacket, underneath which he wears a long point collared french cuffed dress shirt with black skinny tie and a white pocket square.
Nat King Cole in a candid shot sometime in 1960. He wears a navy blue pin striped wool suit with a narrow peak lapeled shoulder padded suit jacket with a spread collared french cuffed dress shirt which he wears a black satin skinny tie and a pair of square shaped gold cufflinks.
Nat King Cole with Frank Sinatra during a party. Cole wears an orange tux jacket with black satin peak lapels, a white spread collared dress shirt, along with a black satin thistle shaped self tie bow tie.
Nat King Cole during a magazine shoot sometime during the 50s. He wears a casual white blazer with narrow notch lapels and patch pockets, underneath which he wears a navy blue and white stripped dress shirt along with a pair of navy blue slacks and matching suede oxfords.
Nat King Cole in the 1965 film "Cat Bellou" in a singing role alongside Bernard Solomon Kotzin "Stubby Kaye". Cole wears a parisian collared scarlet with yellow stripped suit jacket with patch pockets and yellow satin sleeve trim. Underneath he wears a yellow low cut satin waistcoat, which he wears over a white club collared dress shirt with powder blue stripes and a satin teal blue neck tie. A taupe felt jaunty hat completes the look.