Adam Levine’s Wardrobe Evolution Is a Trip Through Ghosts of Your Ex-Boyfriends Past
While Maroon 5’s early aughts contemporaries — think Snow Patrol and Rob Thomas — seem to have vanished into obscurity, with nary a Top 40 single in sight, the L.A. band is one we can’t seem to shake. They regularly pop up on our release radar with a new single featuring the pop star of the moment, from SZA to Future to Cardi B.
The band’s ability to maintain relevance — especially given their alternative/indie rock roots — after 16 years in the spotlight is something of an enigma in the ever-evolving world of music. And now, three Grammy Awards and six studio albums later, they’re getting the ultimate validation: a chance to headline the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime show.
But we really want to know is, what will they wear??
The first image that flashes before my mind's eye when I think of Maroon 5 is that of Adam Levine in a slim-fitting white v-neck and dark denim, all bright-eyed and bushy-faced. But when it comes down to it, does that qualify as the band's signature style? Do they even have one?
Following a brief investigation into the cannon of searchable Getty Images, we’ve drawn the conclusion that like their music genre (is it rock? is it pop? perhaps alternative-jazz-rock-R&B?), a specific Maroon 5 style is hard to pin down. Looking specifically at Levine, he seems to have adopted a flavor-of-the-moment fashion persona, wearing whichever trend allows him to also run and jump and scream around the stage. In the words of Men's Health, "he dresses like a normal person but, as befits a man in his profession — and tax bracket — just a little better. Not that much better, mind you."
This method of simply picking up on a trend or two — the popped collars of the early aughts, the skinny suit and tie of the late 2000s — is especially common to white male musicians like Justin Timberlake and John Mayer, who have the flexibility to constantly reinvent themselves.
However, in not leaning too hard into a specific vibe — as Timberlake did with the 20/20 Experience era in which he only wore Tom Ford suits, before swapping his bow ties for ponchos in his most recent Man of the Woods album — Levine has been able to skate by as just, well, a regular looking dude who occasionally picks up a copy of GQ.
In fact, his style evolution kind of looks like a timeline of every boyfriend we’ve ever had.
There’s broody skater-punk Adam (think the anti-hero in every Superbad-era teen rom com) that you lusted after at age 13, gravity-defying pants included:
“Just discovered popped collars” Lacoste-wearing Adam that every girl pretended to hate at 15:
“Back to my sad boy roots” skinny-scarf wearing Adam, for when you felt the weight of the world crushing down on you at 16:
“My pants are supposed to fit like this, Mom” Adam (feat. Rob Thomas) for the 18-year-old rebel within:
Feminist-before-it-was cool Adam for your woke 20-year-old college self:
Jim Halpert Adam (timeless, honestly):
Then, the Adam we’ve come to know (and love) for most of the early 20teens: White tee and jeans Adam:
Of course, there were a couple of "Brooklyn bro" detours by way of that hair cut and slim-fitting Hawaiian shirts that put his full sleeves on full display:
Plus this tux:
Which brings us to mid-life crisis Adam, who did this hypebeast-meets-wholesome-dad tribute to Tupac in 2018:
Phew. What a whirlwind.
But back to the question at hand — the Super Bowl outfits. Like the current trends in men's fashion, Levine seems to be super into peacocking, which, if we're honest, we're all here for. Really, anything that's not a Lacoste polo tee with a popped collar will do.