private icon: johnny cash

why dress like june when you can dress like johnny?

by ray siegel

This week's private icon celebrates the birthday and the incredible style of the late rock legend Johnny Cash. One reason to look up to Cash (aside from him being one of the greatest artists of the 21st century in every genre from rock'n'roll to rockabilly) is that he did things on his own terms, which meant cultivating an outlaw image and a badass look to match. He might have toured with Elvis, but he wouldn't be caught dead singing "Ring of Fire" in a white bedazzled suit. Instead, his strictly wore a low-key, all-black uniform that earned him the nickname "man in black." Here's our roundup of the best outlaw-inspired pieces to help you look the part while you listen to Johnny Cash songs on repeat all night. After that, you'll need the retail therapy--every Cash fan knows his lyrics can get a little dark.

Rag & Bone Blazer, $695

McQ Alexander Mc Queen Piped Pant, $200

Asos Embroidered Shirt Dress, $96.47

Topshop Croc Western Shoes, $136

Topshop Stud Western Shirt, $76

Ray Bans, $236.76