This week’s subject definitely made more of a marked imprint in the literary sphere than on the style pages. Nevertheless, Hunter Stockton Thompson’s panache solidifies his merit as an icon whose style was all his own, influential and fascinating in it’s simplicity.

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Hunter’s unforgettable dedication to bucket hats and yellow-tinted aviator shades added to his easygoing, hedonistic air. Plus clarified his spot as the undeniable King of the bucket hat.

The innovator of ‘Gonzo Journalism’, his uncomplicated choice of dressing was recognised in being as unique as his nonconformist character. Whilst Lily Mercer’s been known to love his style of writing before his dress sense, she’s been known to draw for the bucket hat whilst polishing off a significant article.

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”

It’s one thing to be celebrated for one’s illustrious ensembles, hair-brained styling, outrageous dress sense or graceful style – but it’s also quite an impressive feat to be noted as an icon who’s impressive artistry is accented by simple yet memorable sartorial verve.

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I like the way that sunglasses look, but I seldom wear really dark sunglasses,“I’ve found that if people can see my eyes through the lenses it’s more comfortable. I try not to have my costume be a problem for me or other people.”

The celebrated Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas novelist’s allegiance to wardrobe essentials such as polo tees – usually Lacoste – Chuck Taylors, khaki tan chinos and the sort, were balanced against his penchant for Hawaiian shirts, the occasional cowboy hat, his beloved cigarette holder fixture as well his guns and obviously, drugs.

I never claimed to be anything more than a nice guy and an athlete.”

While he may not have been a style icon in conventional terms, Hunter’s style picks echoed his laid-back and boundary pushing lifestyle which made him an inspirational ‘counter-cultural’ figure.

With a distinguishable aura that permeated his words, Hunter S. Thompson’s style was undoubtedly distinct and probably a subconscious style reference for many trendsetting fellas today.

No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride…and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well…maybe chalk it off to forced conscious expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.” – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

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Words by Laura Arowolo.


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