How to Dress Like Larry the Cable Guy


Dan Whitney's "Larry the Cable Guy" character has added "redneck" to the list of possible role models while earning himself a reputation among the top comics of the day. On the outside, like the stereotype he embodies, a lot of complexity actually lurks below the surface. Getting the look of "Larry the Cable Guy" is quite easy.

  • Cut shirt sleeves off. Larry never wears sleeves as they interfere with his work. A flannel shirt without sleeves is his trademark. Asked by a reporter what he would wear to some Hollywood function, Larry replied, "A tux. With no sleeves."

  • Wear jeans, not Dockers. Your jeans should be redneck-worn, not H&M worn, and definitely not pre-worn. "Redneck" routine is to wear jeans that are just slightly worn by regular wear, without holes or patches. Holes and patches in your jeans? Larry would say that's for "hippies."

  • Get footwear. Not birkenstocks. Not Converse All-Stars. Larry likes to wear work boots or biker boots, or some kind of boot.

  • Get a baseball cap, that is, a hat that is the size and shape of cap associated with baseball--but not a Yankees cap. Larry, like a lot of other guys, owns many hats, but is frequently seen wearing a "camo" hunting cap with some sports slogan or logo affixed.

  • Accessorize. You could carry around a fishing pole, a groundhog pelt, or an empty bottle of Bud. One thing Larry usually wears is a watch. After all, you can't "git-r-done" without being able to tell what time it is.

Tips & Warnings

  • In Larry's case, the dress does not make the man. The Cable Guy persona comes much more from Larry's drawling, emotional rambling than from what he's wearing. To be a true "Larry the Cable Guy," you need a certain mindset and a certain philosophy. As Roger Miller, a great bard of "redneck" antiquity, said, "You can't rollerskate in a buffalo herd." Isn't that right, Larry?

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