Steal the Look – Dress Like JJ Maybanks from Outer Banks

Add a touch of cinematic magic to your wardrobe with our roundup of daring and hip movie-inspired outfits. We’ll show you how to dress like JJ Maybanks from Outer Banks with our selection of chic and stylish pieces. Slip them on and step into the spotlight like a star with these iconic looks from Outer Banks.

In April 2020 when Netflix released Outer Banks (2020) we were all in desperate need of the sunny escapism the show offered. Quickly becoming everyone’s favorite binge watch with its endless summer days, murder mysteries and treasure hunting, the cultural phenomenon also had the perfect beach-ready wardrobe. With each character having their own fandom, is it any wonder we were drawn in by the blond troublemaker in his perfect JJ Maybank Outer Banks outfit. 

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JJ Maybank is a Pogue born and raised. An abusive father and a troubled home life has given him a quick temper and erratic personality, with almost all his ideas of a plan involving violence or killing someone. But you won’t find a braver or more loyal friend than this Pogue. Outer Banks, Netflix.

With the story’s plot centered around the conflict between the Kooks and The Pogues in the Outer Banks of South Carolina, or OBX, it is no wonder that resentment plays a big part in every Pogues life. The rich-poor divide splits the island in two with the wealthy seasonal residents, who can afford anything they want on one side and the local working-class who have nothing on the other.

JJ Maybank, is as local working-class as they come. Born a Pogue and raised a Pogue, he is described as the “latest in a long line of fishing, drinking, smuggling, vendetta-holding salt-lifers who made their living off the water.”

Some of JJ Maybanks best scenes in Outer Banks.

But after a life of physical and mental abuse at the hands of his drunk, drug addicted father, who JJ desperately wants to love him, he has quite a short temper and feisty attitude. Known for his violent outbursts and dangerous plans, the Pogue for life can get his friends in some serious trouble, especially when he doesn’t think things through before he acts. 

The Trouble Making Pogue: Studying the JJ Maybank Outer Banks Outfit

Before we can look at how to steal the young Pogue JJ Maybank Outer Banks outfit, first we need to study how costume designer Emmie Holmes created a wardrobe to reflect the brave and loyal loose cannon of the show.

Coors Banquet Dropped Armhole Tank Top worn by JJ Maybanks Rudy Pankow seen in Outer Banks S01E01
Coors Banquet Dropped Armhole Tank Top worn by JJ Maybanks (Rudy Pankow) seen in Outer Banks S01E01.

With his on-going troubled home life along with his violent outbursts and impulsive attitude, it is no surprise that the costume department has chosen to lean towards a darker and moodier color palette to represent the JJ Maybank Outer Banks outfit. In a similar way to how Klaus Mikaelson’s dark and dangerous nature is emphasized by his brooding looks in The Originals. 
But for JJ, portrayed in Outer Banks by Rudy Pankow, the loyal till the end Pogue favors a more earthy color palette staying away from bold prints or wholesome graphics. Most of his wardrobe consists of moody blacks, slate grays, dark browns and khaki greens, with just a few added pops of some lighter whites and grays.  

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Out of the Pogue boys, JJ Maybank has a darker more muted color palette and prefers to wear more t-shirts and tank tops than shirts. Outer Banks, Netflix.

However, still looking for that laid back effortless coastal style to reflect his love of surfing, sailing and life in OBX just like his best friend John B, JJ has a wardrobe full of simple casual clothes. 

With endless pairs of cargo shorts and jeans to pair with basic tank tops and t-shirts, he often throws on a cotton jacket, denim shirt or even some overalls to reflect the changing seasons and situations the gang encounter.   

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JJ Maybank denim shirt and camo cargo shorts look Outer Banks
JJ Maybank’s denim shirt and camo cargo shorts look. Outer Banks, Netflix.

With his easy-going wardrobe of simple clothes to make up all of his JJ Maybank Outer Banks outfits, the pieces are old and worn. His broken down work boots that are falling apart, and his faded ‘Coors’ graphic tanks, represent his hardworking life as a penniless Pogue with a troubled father who couldn’t keep a job. 

Bruises, Unkempt Hair and Lots of Bracelets: The JJ Maybank Styling

Rather than JJ’s naturally blond hair being one of his character’s defining features, you are more likely to recognise him from his bruised and cut face. 

A more autumnal look for JJ Maybank as he adds a brown duck shirt jacket to his outfit
A more autumnal look for JJ Maybank as he adds a brown duck shirt jacket to his outfit

The result of many fights, the black and purple shiners contrast well with his shaggy blond hair that he never bothers styling, other than to run his fingers through. Perfect tousled with a cap on or damp straight out the sea, the unkempt style is exactly what he is going for.   

Although no JJ Maybank Outer Banks outfit would be complete without his selection of surf friendly jewelry. From chunky silver rings on his fingers, to his shark tooth around his neck, as well as his many bracelets that he wears religiously.

Red Wing T-Shirt and International Harvester Mesh Cap worn by JJ Maybanks (Rudy Pankow) seen in Outer Banks S02E02
Red Wing T-Shirt and International Harvester Mesh Cap worn by JJ Maybanks (Rudy Pankow) seen in Outer Banks S02E02

With strings of beads and stones to woven friendship bracelets or leather straps, JJ’s outfits always include his arms adorned with stacks of them. Gathered no doubt through his life and from his friends, they likely hold more in sentimental value than they ever did in any monetary terms. 

The Understated Surfer Look: Steal JJ Maybanks Cargo Shorts and Muscle Top Outfit

The JJ Maybank Outer Banks outfit featured in our collage above, is a typical look for our troubled Pogue. Made up of dark and moody colors, the pieces are simple and casual with an understated beach vibe to them.

Like most of his outfits this one has that relaxed laid back surfer appearance that JJ’s looks are so well known for. Without him having to change his aesthetic and go for a bright Hawaiian shirt or bold patterned board shorts. 

Recreating the JJ Maybank Outer Banks Outfit

JJ Maybanks gray cargo shorts and navy muscle top outfit
JJ Maybanks gray cargo shorts and navy muscle top outfit

Instead, staying with his darker color palette and easy pieces that can be mixed and matched, start with a pair of gray men’s cargo shorts, with plenty of extra pockets. Add in a navy blue round neck muscle top, before pairing them both with some classic black work boots from a brand like Timberland. 

As expected his shaggy textured blond hair is left unstyled with its tousled easy-going beach vibe, created by pulling his fingers through it. Before he then hides it under a thrown-on khaki baseball cap, and goes on to finish his look with his favored jewelry.

Less an accessory than an outfit staple, he puts on his shark tooth necklace, maybe a couple of chunky silver rings and without a doubt an assortment of bracelets. Something like a Tiger’s Eye or volcanic beaded bracelet, would work great with the dark colors of his outfit. 

This might be the perfect JJ Maybank Outer Banks outfit to steal if you don’t want anything too bold or bright, with its muted tones hinting at a darker, more dangerous streak. But if you were looking for something that doesn’t scream trouble-maker, how about stealing the smartest of the Pogues Pope’s typical American teen look.