How to Dress Like Johnny Cash

by Dan Ketchum

Onlookers admire one of Cash's black ensembles at the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville.

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Johnny Cash's iconic wardrobe proved that simplicity -- with just a touch of rustic flair -- stands the test of time. Though Cash was active in the country music scene from the mid-1950s to the early 2000s, his style remained fairly consistent, and was heavily based on his slicked-back, country-meets-greaser roots. A masculine look with a bit of a dark edge, Cash's personal style outlasted the transient trends of five decades.

The Man in Black

Johnny Cash was well known for sporting all-black outfits, which he immortalized in the tune "Man in Black." To emulate this look, turn to a black long-sleeve button-up, regular-fit black chinos or jeans, and black cowboy or Cuban-heeled boots. Black-on-black suits and high-collared trench coats fit the bill too, especially with embroidered details.

A Timeless Touch

When he wasn't sporting black, Cash often went rockabilly with rolled-sleeve work shirts and blue, cuffed denim bottoms in straight-leg or boot cuts. A white fitted button-up or snap-button Western shirt with khaki chinos and cowboy boots also stirs up his style, as does a crisp linen suit with Western-style stitching.

Accessorizing Accordingly

As he reached middle age, Cash sometimes accented his ensembles with a crucifix necklace or Native American-style turquoise jewelry. Choose a simple, masculine watch -- such as a square face with a metal or leather band -- for a Cash-inspired accessory. From the very start of his career, Cash completed his look with a high-and-tight pompadour, often worn slicked back in his youth.

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About the Author

Dan Ketchum has been a professional writer since 2003, with work appearing online and offline in Word Riot, Bazooka Magazine, Anemone Sidecar, Trails and more. Dan's diverse professional background spans from costume design and screenwriting to mixology, manual labor and video game industry publicity.