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Best and Worst "Look" for each Beatle?
3 April 2012
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Obviously the Beatles changed their "look" and image a lot over the years. Including styles sported after the breakup, which "look" do you think suited which Beatles, and which ones do you dislike?

I personally love John's 1964 style, with the cap he was wearing when they got off the plane in America- he looked so cheeky and rebellious! Also like his scruffy, stubbly look from footage of the sessions for Imagine. Loathe the whole Jesus thing he had going on in 1969 though.

As for Paul, I think he looked at his best in 1968, clean-shaven (facial hair always looks bad on him IMO) and the messy hairstyle he had at the time just really suited him. Also the clothes he was wearing at the time were pretty cool, the plum-coloured blazer from the Hey Jude video in particular.

George looked pretty cool in the Sgt Peppers' era, with his moustache, long hair and brightly coloured clothing, that combined with his naturally stern, somewhat mysterious expression and made him look like some sort of psychedelic monk :)

Ringo always looked good throughout the Beatles' years if you ask me, but particularly adorable in the Get Back sessions at Twickenham- with his droopy moustache, long hair, big sweater and doleful expression I just want to give him a hug when everybody else is arguing!

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3 April 2012
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 I'm such a fangirl that I love all their looks. But I can say I hate John's sideburns. I just hate t hem.

 

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First an intriguing question that's always puzzled me: How come when Paul grew a full beard, none of the other Beatles did? And vice versa?

Anyways…best:

George: "A Hard Day's Night" era – think of Joe's avatar!

John: Early "Pepper" era, with fairly short hair, sideburns.

Paul: "Let It Be" era, with full beard

Ringo: White Album era, with longish hair and moustache

 

worst: Call this blasphemy if you want, but I really never could appreciate those iconic 1963-64 collarless suits. I can't help it, the idea of matching outfits just always seemed corny and old-fashioned to me, and not in a cool old-fashioned way.

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3 April 2012
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I always say the Rubber Soul period, they all looked so confident, assured and uber smart. However will put a shout out for Paul in early '69, there is a film clip of him walking into Apple Studios and he looks awesome. Not a fan of Johns '68 appearance – and the naked album cover as well!! Way too much of John on show.

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3 April 2012
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mithveaen said
a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 I'm such a fangirl that I love all their looks. But I can say I hate John's sideburns. I just hate t hem.

 

God I hate those too. Not an attractive look.

For John, best would be around this period for me

 

Or in 1966, around "Revolver"

worst definitely the Jesus phase. He looks like a raccoon died on his face.

Paul looked lovely around the White Album, particularly in this pic with the minimal scruff:

worst look by far when he had the mullet

 

I love how George looked around the Help! period

Worst look probably around "Dark Horse" cause he was too skinny and dressed kind of whack on that tour.

 

I love "A Hard Day's Night" Ringo

He was just too cute.

I don't really think Ringo ever had a real "worst look"

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4 April 2012
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a-hard-days-night-john-6 I like this topic (Joe probably hates it)

 

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In the first one one, at the turn of seventies I suppose, he had this really cool "colored glasses cap jacket" kind of style, I really liked it, but the second one (although it might be a bit distorted), that beard just makes his nose stand out in a non flattering way and he kinda looks like an alien

 

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Teddy boy George looks so adorable with his vampire teeth and that hair-just HOW did he make it? I'm jealous… Those leather clothes kinda fit him too. But the early bowl cut didn't suit him at all, it draws way too much attention to his (massive) eyebrows and makes him look almost scary

 

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I think Pau(lie) looks great in most styles, that picture is obviously the same as my avatar, his hair looks sort of curly, don't you think? Maybe he was sweaty or something? Wearing leather clothesa-hard-days-night-george-4That must have felt uncomfortable. Grhmm. Now I'm disturbed (with my own imagination) but besides that, I think the Beatles haircut suit him equally well, still does, but I think something drastic happened to his fashion sense after 67 and hasn't quite recovered ever since (to my liking, at least) and of course beard and mustaches, especially the latter one, look horrid in him, I don't know what's in it, maybe it has to do with his "baby face" image and how those facial hair are in sharp contrast to it… 

 

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a-hard-days-night-paul-6Which era is the leftie taken, -66? Besides the gun, that hair length, and the shirt he is wearing look stunning on him. I'm not really a fan of his contemporary look, it's ok but that beard…. I really have an issue for facial hair…

 

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Freckles, "bown cut", leather clothes, makeup applied by Astrid?? Really fit him. Of course, he looks great in anything

 

And I think Pete always looks pretty much the same, but perhaps he's better without the mustaches.

 

I'm sorry about my long-winded, incomprehensible post (especially the part regarding Paul…) I'm typing this too late a-hard-days-night-george-9 Well anyway

4 April 2012
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As a general rule, I'm not a fan of the long hair or the moustaches. Some exceptions, but generally, that is the worst look on all of them, IMO.
So my favourite Beatles look would probably be around Rubber Soul/Revolver-ish.

I was gonna go into detail for each of them individually, but it's getting late and I probably wouldn't make any sense. a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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4 April 2012
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minime said
a-hard-days-night-john-6 I like this topic (Joe probably hates it)

 Haha I'm glad!

I think Pau(lie) looks great in most styles, that picture is obviously the same as my avatar, his hair looks sort of curly, don't you think? Maybe he was sweaty or something? Wearing leather clothesa-hard-days-night-george-4That must have felt uncomfortable. Grhmm. Now I'm disturbed (with my own imagination) but besides that, I think the Beatles haircut suit him equally well, still does, but I think something drastic happened to his fashion sense after 67 and hasn't quite recovered ever since (to my liking, at least) and of course beard and mustaches, especially the latter one, look horrid in him, I don't know what's in it, maybe it has to do with his "baby face" image and how those facial hair are in sharp contrast to it… 

Not necessarily sure I agree with you about the disappearance of his fashion sense post '67, I think the suit he wore on the front cover of Abbey Road is very sharp and I also think he looks quite cool in a plain black sweater or black blazer/white shirt like in the Let It Be film and rooftop concert. But I certainly agree that he sported some hideous things through the Seventies:

Actually sort of fond of that deer sweater though for some reason a-hard-days-night-paul-2

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4 April 2012
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 OMG Paul is the original Mr. Darcy!! a-hard-days-night-ringo-6a-hard-days-night-ringo-6a-hard-days-night-ringo-6a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

 

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Ha, that mulletstache Paul pic is so hilariously hideous! Very Spinal Tap, especially the goofy facial expression. Was that '74?

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6 April 2012
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Don't know about the best, but the worst would be  Lennon late 60s with full beard, Lennon mid-70s with greasy hair parted down the middle, and McCartney early-mid 70s looking like a Barbie doll.

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6 April 2012
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Best for John: '66 DEFINITELY; I love his HAIR!!! Worst for John: '69; he looked like Jesus!

 

Best for George: '68; pretty sexyyy a-hard-days-night-george-6 Worst for George: '70; ummm long hair? *vomit*

 

Best for Paul: '63; he looked like a little boy a-hard-days-night-paul-2 Worst for Paul: '68/'69 around the White Album, but after he shaved; he looked like a girl!

 

Best for Ringo: '69 with his long hair; he looked like a GROWN-UP for the first time! Worst for Ringo: '63; short hair just does not look good on him

23 December 2012
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Generally, I think their best looks were during the Mad Day Out photo session of July '68. Worst were anything having to do with pornstaches (Ringo perhaps being the exception).

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23 December 2012
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John and George looked their best in 1961 as young boys in leather pants, jackets, and cowboy boots with their hair combed back. They looked bad with long hair and beards in 1969 and 1970.

Paul didn't look good in the leather look because his baby face made it hard to look like a tough rocker. He looked his best in a suit in 1963 and 1964.

Ringo looks his best when he has facial hair. I heard that he doesn't like to shave, so it shouldn't be hard for him to look great. Ringo didn't look good in the 1970s.

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23 December 2012
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parlance said
Generally, I think their best looks were during the Mad Day Out photo session of July '68. Worst were anything having to do with pornstaches (Ringo perhaps being the exception).

How very, very true. 

23 December 2012
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 I heart your icon.  Martha + best Paul look. a-hard-days-night-george-10

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Thank you! How're things at Slaggers?

Paul having had this dog makes up for quite a few of his more questionable musical choices. Fake "throaty" shouting at the end of Hey Jude? Consider it pardoned!

Overall, I think that Paul's best look is "with Martha", no matter what the concomitant beard situation is.

Dogs are unfortunately underrepresented in the biographies of the other Beatles – shame really, as John & Yoko would have looked smashing with a Weimaraner during their "berets and sunglasses" phase ca. 1971! 

23 December 2012
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I basically think they all looked best without facial hair, perhaps maybe George, he could pull of both.

Same goes for the long hair. 

 

I think the early moptop doesn't look all too good on George, as someone pointed out earlier. 

I don't like the way Ringo's hair looked during Help! Looked like a coconut.

For the rest they looked pretty good during all those years imo.

 

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23 December 2012
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Velvet Hand said
Thank you! How're things at Slaggers?

Deep in their cups, just the way Dennis likes it.

Overall, I think that Paul's best look is "with Martha", no matter what the concomitant beard situation is.

Dogs are unfortunately underrepresented in the biographies of the other Beatles – shame really, as John & Yoko would have looked smashing with a Weimaraner during their "berets and sunglasses" phase ca. 1971! 

I like the way you think.

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Linde said
I don't like the way Ringo's hair looked during Help! Looked like a coconut.

It always reminds me of Peter Tork, which is unsettling. Not a good look for either man.

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

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