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The fashion of Steve Jobs - Not just black turtlenecks

Apple's legendary leader Steve Jobs became known for his trademark black turtleneck and jeans, but that wasn't the only version of Jobs' aesthetic. As Jobs steps down from his iconic run as Apple's CEO, a look back at the looks that defined the man.

In this 1970s photo of a young Steve Jobs with Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, Jobs has a beatnik meets hippie look going on, but you can already see that turtleneck collar he would later make his calling card.


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Jobs has tried on a variety of facial hair, but while displaying the Apple II in 1977, he goes with a pretty standard business look with a shirt and tie.


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The height of 1980s business fashion sense, Jobs goes clean cut with a suit and a bow tie, showing off an early Macintosh in 1984. It was still black and white, and the early Macintoshes didn't even have internal hard drives the way we've come to know them, relying on diskettes.


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Is that... jeans with suspenders? Jobs poses next to John Sculley, center, and Wozniak, right, unveiling the Apple IIc in 1984. Jobs would ultimately be ousted by Sculley before making a dramatic Apple comeback in 1996.


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Steve Jobs about as dignified as you'll ever see him, going full suit and tie while posing with the founders of NeXT in 1988, which he founded after leaving Apple. Jobs would go on in his Apple interim to help make Pixar into the computer animation force it's known as today thanks to hits like "Toy Story."


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It wasn't yet his de facto outfit, but this 1993 photo shows a younger Steve Jobs with that trademark black turtleneck.


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In 1996, a... jean jacket? With a tie? Oh, Steve.


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After making his return to Apple in 1996, this 1997 photo shows Steve as Apple interim CEO going with a vest and slacks. (He had yet to go to his later universal jeans look.) He announced plans to turn Apple around after it had fallen into the doldrums in recent years.


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In 1998, Jobs reveals the iMac, the computer that would help return the Mac to being the hip computer it once was. This was back when Jobs still wore suits for product unveilings, though he does go without the tie.


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In 2001, Jobs unveils Mac OS X, the operating system that would serve as the basis for Apple computers to this day. He goes vest, but the jeans have become part of this product unveiling.


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By 2002, Jobs largely settled into that defining look he would become known for. Here he introduces a new Imac, the first major redesign after the original candy-colored lineup.


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The Steve Jobs people came to know in his iconic black turtleneck, jeans and sneakers. This was his last major product rollout for Mac OS X Lion, as well as previewing iOS 5.


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Thanks to KPCC's Shereen Marisol Meraji for her help with this story.

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