When Steve Jobs isn't wearing jeans and a black turtleneck [Photos]

Oddly enough, Steve Jobs' wardrobe is about as well-known as the Apple CEO himself. Indeed, it's almost become a running joke that Jobs has a closet filled exclusively with black turtlenecks and Levi jeans. But a look back showcases that Jobs has had quite a varied wardrobe over the years.

Oddly enough, Steve Jobs' wardrobe is about as well-known as the Apple CEO himself. Indeed, it's almost become a running joke that Jobs has a closet filled exclusively with black turtlenecks (reportedly from Issey Miyake) and Levi jeans. And oh yes, let's not forget about those New Balance sneakers!

Now about that black turtleneck, a 2005 Financial Times article relayed a quote from John Lasseter (a long time friend of Jobs) explaining the impetus behind that fashion choice.

He found this one really great black turtleneck which he loved – I think it was Issey Miyaki [sic] – so tried to buy another one and they didn’t have any more. He called the company and asked if they would make another one, and they refused. So he said: ‘Fine, how many do you have to make before I can buy them?’ So they made them – I think he has a closet full of them.”

Now believe it or not, but Jobs wasn't always keen on his current get up. Indeed, a look back showcases that Jobs has had quite a varied wardrobe over the years. Let's take a look back at some of Jobs' more notable getups that don't feature the Apple CEO wearing his trademark garb.

Here's Jobs pulling off the popped collar look before it was associated with all things douchey. That's an Apple I motherboard for those of you keeping track at home.

Anybody have any idea what kind of get up Jobs is wearing here? It's an odd little tuxedo style outfit we can't quite put our finger on. In any event, this photo is from October 1999 when Jobs first introduced iMovie.

A photo of Jobs from a 1987 NeXT retreat. Are those birds on his shirt? Hard to tell, but the 80's are in full effect here.

Here's Jobs sporting that 80's Wall St. look. As for Woz? No comment.

Okay, so Jobs loves his jeans and striped sweater while Bill Gates is going for more of a corporate look. This photo was taken in Jobs' Palo Alto home circa 1991.

Yet another photo of Jobs wearing an odd looking suit/tuxedo. Gold? Really?! This is shot is from the original iMac introduction.

Here's Jobs looking a lot cooler and riding his trusty '66 BMW bike. Jeans? Sure. Beard? Check. But alas, no black turtleneck in sight.

A young looking Jobs looking like he's on The Bachelor.

You're eyes don't deceive you! Yes, that's Steve Jobs wearing shorts and a tucked in shirt during a Keynote rehearsal. Via WritersBlockLive.

A spiffy looking jobs trades in his usual getup for a full fledged Tuxedo at the Oscars in March, 2010.

Jobs sporting a leather jacket and giving the finger to big blue back when IBM was on Apple's radar.

I'll be honest, it's hard to focus on the shirt when Jobs' stache is in full effect!

While Jobs loves his turtlenecks, there was a time where he wasn't keen on buttoning up his shirt.

Uh oh, are those leather suspenders?

Going further back, Jobs used to be a bowtie kinda man. Here he is with former Apple CEO John Sculley.

And much like Jobs' relationship with the bowtie, his relationship with Sculley didn't last long.

Though he now likes to tone it down, a young Jobs had no qualms about breaking out a tux for his High School Senior graduation photo.

Not sure if this one counts since Jobs might be wearing jeans and a black turtleneck underneath.

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