- It’s All About the Sneakers
Fresh sneakers are the most important part of a hip-hop outfit and are seen as a status symbol and an emblem of success. Throughout hip-hop history men have been using their footwear to express themselves and what they stand for. Nowadays, artists are working with the leading brands to endorse sneakers and high-top boots. If you want to establish yourself as a fan of a particular artist or community, your sneakers will be a big part of that process.
- Bring on the Bling
The hip-hop world is well known for its emphasis on jewelry and excess, but not everyone has the money to spend on the best bling. If you do choose a couple of high-quality items such as a watch, chains, rings or necklaces, get platinum pieces rather than gold. Gold was popular in the 1990s, but more recently artists and fans have been choosing platinum for their bling accessories.
- Embrace Retro Accessories
The retro look is a big trend in all walks of fashion at the moment, and the hip-hop styles of the 1980s and 90s are a great place to find inspiration. Try a bucket hat or a fedora, alligator skin shoes, 90s sportswear brands, overalls, and even silk shirts or hoop earrings.
- Invest in an Army-style Jacket
The must-have jacket – or any kind of outerwear item – is the army or military jacket. From the style to the camouflage design, this jacket has been a huge part of hip-hop culture for many years and isn’t going anywhere any time soon. You can take a look at the new range from JACK1T here.
- Bold & Bright Tees or Pants
While you should always have a good pair of quality jeans in your closet, it’s also worth taking a color risk now and again. Some of the biggest hip-hop artists have been known to embrace oversized and neon colored pants and bright baggy tees which simply can’t go unnoticed. You need some confidence to pull this off, or you can opt for some colorful accessories such as sunglasses with colored frames or a neon hat for a more classic look.
Don’t Overdo It
Finally, a little bit of advice – keep things simple. Nobody wants to look like they’ve thrown on random pieces or to end up looking like a mismatched mess. Choose some simple core pieces which flatter your body and then express your individuality with a few key accessories or garments.