Bowie's done it. Little Richard's done it. Kurt Cobain, too. Glam rock was essentially built on dudes pushing boundaries in clothing, hairstyles, and yes, even makeup more typical of the female set, and that, in turn, influenced other genres like shock rock, hair metal, new romanticism, and goth, to name a few. Gender-bending style has long been the provenance of rock and rollers, played mostly for either laughs or simply to shock the normies, but these days, you're slightly more likely to see a rapper in womenswear.
Rap, much like heavy metal, is a historically hyper-masculine genre of music, so it's refreshing to see men in the hip-hop industry wear clothing that isn't gender-specific simply because (a) they like it and (b) do you really need another reason? Let's take a look at our favorite MCs bucking conventional clothing stereotypes.
Jay-Z in New York on June 4, and the same jersey on Shopbop.
Photo: Splash News/ Shopbop
Jay Z was spotted in a Rodarte jersey in New York while hanging out with the Queen Bey herself. Fairly innocuous right? It looks just like a football jersey, but it's from a line best known for its ability to blend esoteric themes of "prettiness" with unconventional subject matters like Japanese horror movies (see: the Fall 2008 collection). As it stands, you can purchase it on Shopbop for $405. You could have worse role models than the Jigga Man.
Shaliene Woodley on the cover of 'Marie Claire.'
Photo: Marie Claire
There are still four more tortuous days until Divergent hits theaters, but we're becoming increasingly confident that Shailene Woodley is going to totally nail the role of Tris. The latest evidence comes in the form of her new Marie Claire interview, in which she talks openly and confidently about herself AND models some bold, hard-to-pull-off clothes. On the cover, Shailene wears Tommy Hilfiger pants and a swimsuit with cutouts and zippers, and honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if she decided to swim in the Olympics in this and then won. #sportyspice
Here’s something that’s the best: you cop a new pair of shoes. You put them on. You stare at them on your own feet in admiration. Look at those spiffsters! Fresh as hell! And since you found them at a little off-the-track sneaker store while on vacation, ain’t nobody in YOUR town gonna have those. That’s right. As far as you’re concerned, they’re one of a kind. THAT is the BEST.
However, little sunshine buckets, there’s one more thing that’s even better: having a pair of sneakers that are actually one of a kind. This is the part where we introduce you to Jill Forie, the creator of Sink Or Swim Custom Kicks.
On a scale of one to “how she do dat?”, Jill’s art skills are insane. See those shoes up there? She hand painted them. And each pair—all 450 she’s created over time—is completely unique. Jill works closely with each customer to create a design that’s completely tailor-made. Once she even made a pair for Hayley Williams, who wore the crap out of them.
Jill’s currently working on her Masters in Berlin, but she took some time to answer a few questions for us. Ausgezeichnet!
Scott and Stiles.
Another Monday, another amazing episode of Teen Wolf, y'all! We are particularly fond of tonight's style stars because it involves two of our favorite dudes (Scott and Stiles) matching! Awwww. The troubled twosome spend the entire episode as tartan twinsies in their coordinating unbuttoned-plaid-shirt-over-a-solid-tee-with-jeans ensembles. Scott sported a green Buffalo by David Bitton top (with seriously rolled-up sleeves to show off his biceps *gulp*) over a black American Apparel tank top, while Stiles wore a red and gray Vans shirt with a black Calvin Klein crew neck tee. They both styled their shirts the exact same way, and, you guys, even their hair is spiked the same.
Photo: Courtesy of RCA Records
Whew, it's FINALLY here, y'all! Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" music video just dropped, and we've been watching this bad boy on repeat ALL DAY. Between her bombass grill, taxidermy accessories and dope onesies, there's just so much fashiony goodness wrapped up in one 3-minute video, we can barely handle it. Lucky for you, we pulled out every single outfit (which was styled by Simone Harouche!) so we can digest each look in all its amazing glory. So, let's get to it!
Styles from Vans Fall 2013 collection.
Photo: Courtesy of Vans
Vans is no stranger to rad collaborations, adorable lookbooks, and even some pretty awesome DIY action (hi, Macklemore!). However, despite debuting platform skate sneakers last season and having its toes consistently dipped into the fashion world, there's ONE trend the brand has held out on...until now, that is. Behold, the Vans sneaker wedge! Proving that the hidden heel really IS the trend that just might go on forever, the athletic giant is rolling out two new styles for Fall 2013. So whether or not you're a fan of the hidden heel yourself, there's no denying the staying power of the wedge sneaker. After all, they're comfy, they're versatile, and, in the case of the solid color Vans Sk8-Hi Wedge and the Leopard Print Sk8-Hi Wedge, they're still injected with that signature Vans sporty swagger.
The Odd Future merchandising endeavor has snowballed colossally over the past few years. What started as a month-long pop-up shop peddling tees and tanks quickly evolved into a traveling shop with an expanded stock of hoodies, button-downs, hats, and jeans. Now, the hip hop collective has staked out a permanent brick-and-mortar store on L.A.'s Fairfax Avenue, AND *drumrolllll* this past weekend marked the official launch of the collaborative Golf Wang x Vans sneaker collection!
Hey guys! Yes, we're talking to YOU. We all know that prom is a special occasion, a formal event, something you'll remember forever, yadda yadda yadda, but who says you can't be comfortable all night long while you're at it? Proving that prom doesn't have to be stuffy, this week we showed all the dudes out there how to look slick minus the traditional tuxedo action, and now we're taking things a step further (heh) with the very best sneakers to wear to prom. Believe it or not, your favorite casual brands CAN work with formalwear—it's just a matter of how you style 'em. Hey, if Frank Ocean, Logan Lerman, and Russell Westbrook can do it, why can't you? So get the lowdown below... you can thank us later.
KEEP IT CLASSIC WITH COMMON PROJECTS
Frank Ocean looks sharp in black lowtops at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
Photo: Getty Images/Mr. Porter
When it comes to classy sneakers, it really doesn't get more understated and cool than Common Projects. Luxe and subtle, these black leather lace-ups bring an extra dose of style anywhere... even your high school dance floor. While they're definitely not cheap at $390 a pop, Frank Ocean proves that this slick number is definitely worth saving up for. Start counting your pennies now!
There are three profoundly important things about spring: 1. Mini Eggs 2. Bubbles and 3. New sneakers. This has been true since the dawn of time. Springtime, aka New Sneakertime, is by far the most exciting season of the year to add sauce to your shoe game, because after months of slush and glum there's nothing better than to greet Mister Sun with a fresh pair of runners. Sun's like, "your feet look fly," and you're like, "DUH I KNOW, NOW KEEP SHININ'" and your walk becomes a strut (or if you're wearing the proper sneaker, possibly even a strut-run); the grass is green and the pavement is clean and if you ever wanted to know what glory feels like, this is it. It's eye-popping colorways, it's that new sneaker smell, and it's the extra pep in yo step. So whether you're a sneakerhead or not, we gathered some kicks that will add a little "daaaaammmnn" to your everyday garb - no matter what your mood.
Throwbacks + color = true love forever.
Photo: Clockwise from left: Adidas SL 72, Nike Air Max 1, New Balance Yacht Club 574, Packer Shoes x Reebok Classic Leather
Throwbacks are key for any season, but when spring rolls around you gotta jump on that color train. We're the luckiest ducks around, because Nike provides us with about one billion Air Max 1 colorway options, including this little white/blue glow/volt number. New Balance's Yacht Club 574 is available in several high-octane combinations, but we think these ones are particularly GRAPE. (Don't hate us.) Jersey's Packer Shoes celebrates the 30th anniversary of Reebok's Classic Leather with a bright twist, and if you're feeling dainty, Adidas SL 72 runners are a wonderfully ladylike choice.
+ Adidas SL 72 ($75)
+ New Balance ($70)
+ Packer Shoes x Reebok ($129)
+ Nike Air Max 1 ($149)