Charlie Watts’ Most Stylish Moments From The 1960s Till Now
Drummer Charlie Watts passed away yesterday at the age of 80, and he is remembered by his peers as being a "top drummer, dresser, [and] gentleman".
It must have been tricky standing out among the heartbreaking faces and wild antics of the other Rolling Stones members, but Watts stuck to his guns and paved his own stylish way, preferring tailored pieces and looking put together.
Inspired by jazz musicians, both in their sound and fashion, he often sported sharp suits and funky ties—a far cry to the crop tops and tight jeans his bandmates wore. He admitted to owning over 200 suits, so clearly he knew what worked for him.
Nevertheless, he was a humble man who happily let his friends enjoy the limelight whilst he quietly defined his own version of cool, and these are just a few of his best fashion moments.
Suited and booted
1976 - Charlie Watts holding his jacket and looking cool in shades (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1965 - Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman looking sharp at a BBC radio recording session in London (Photo: Stanley Bielecki/ASP/Getty Images)
1965 - Watts paid attention to detail and complemented his knit vest with a knit tie (Photo: Jeff Hochberg/Getty Images)
1970 - Mick Taylor, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts before a concert in France, with Watts looking dapper in his bowtie (Photo: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
1976 - Fresh off a jet in Zurich and still sporting a suit (Photo: Blick/RDB/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
1983 - Charlie Watts donning a hat with Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger at he opening of their new movie, "Let's Spend the Night Together” (Photo: Getty Images)
2002 - Watts in peach and baby blue to announce The Rolling Stones 40th Anniversary World Tour with Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards (Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
2010 - Watts is the definition of dapper as he attends Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse (Photo: Indigo/Getty Images)
When The Rolling Stones started out in the 1960s all the members looked clean cut, but as the music developed, so did the more adventurous looks. Watts remained the same and continued to wear three-piece suits and smart coats all the way through his career.
1975 - Polaroid image of Watts on a plane in powder blue (Photo: Mark and Colleen Hayward/Redferns)
1975 - Crisp white for Watts on tour in America (Photo: Christopher Simon Sykes/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1976 - A portrait of Watts in pinstripe Charlie Watts (Photo: Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
1985 - Charlie Watts as best man sporting both vertical and diagonal stripes with groom Ronnie Wood, his new wife Jo Howard, and Keith Richards (Photo: Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1966 - Charlie Watts wearing the thinnest of pinstripes (Photo: Monitor Picture Library/Photoshot/Getty Images)
The drummer had a penchant for pinstripes, and all stripes for that matter. He tried them in varying colours and combinations, all of which looked dashing, but our favourite is the powder blue suite with a striped shirt peeking through on the private jet—so chic.
1975 - Watts twirling drumsticks in a cool, wide knit jumper (Photo: Christopher Simon Sykes/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1989 - The Rolling Stones poses with Living Colour. Watts is on the far right in a T-shirt and waistcoat combo that is both dressed up and down (Photo: Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
1983 - Leather jacket weather for Watts as he attends the Action Research into Multiple Sclerosis Benefit Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City (Photo: Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
1981 - Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts posing backstage. Watts wears cropped trousers, long socks and plimsolls, a look that need to be brought back stat (Photo: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
2011 - Watts in smart casual walking around Paris (Photo: Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic)
He often wore simple T-shirts on stage, purely for comfort and ease, and he didn’t understand how jazz drummers would (and could) perform in a full suit. However, there were certain occasions where he dressed down, but it was still somewhat smart casual.