1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.


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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.