Jul 3rd 2009 By Matt Glazebrook
If Johnny Depp chooses to play you in a biopic, you pretty much have a cult-figure certificate of cool. The actor has selected roles that complement his own formidable mystique, like idiosyncratic director Ed Wood
, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson
, and hippie-ish cocaine smuggler George Jung
. Add to that list John Dillinger, the infamous Great Depression-era criminal and folk hero whom Depp depicts in the new Michael Mann flick "Public Enemies
Dillinger was known for his panache, which helped him stand out even in an era filled with glamorous gangster icons. The Indianapolis-born crim's reputation was borne out of audacious plots (including supposedly once turning over a bank while pretending to film a robbery scene for an imaginary movie) and a swaggering fearlessness in the face of a massive FBI manhunt.
As evidenced by this photo, Dillinger's suave sense of style -- even under arrest -- couldn't have hindered his bid for popular notoriety and eventual Depp-stamped celluloid immortality. Check out how to score Dillinger-esque gear, after the jump.
Black Faint Stripe Vest
The interesting double-breasted detailing on this vest lends the wardrobe staple an old-fashioned air perfect for this Dillinger-inspired get-up. ($80 from Topman.com
Kenneth Cole New York Long Sleeve Popover Fancy Print Shirt
This quirky 'pullover' shirt has a functional yet dandy Depression-era workwear vibe, just right for a dapper, man-of-the-people bank-robber. ($135 from KennethCole.com
Murray's Superior Hairdressing Pomade
Funky, retro Murray's Pomade is essential for the slicked-back, old-school gangster hairstyle. And seeing as the brand was founded in 1925, Dillinger himself might have used it. ($2.60 from Walgreens.com
Theory Black Stripe Wool 'Jace S.Linton' Trousers
At 40 percent off, you won't have to pull any major heists to afford these classic black pants. ($140 from Bluefly.com