YG, the rapper from Compton, is a unisex style icon. This is not because he sits front row with Anna Wintour at Paris Fashion Week (he wasn’t even at the Met Gala) or because he raps about wearing Gucci slides (he doesn’t; buy Still Brazy out now.). He is simply a phenomenal dresser with original taste and amazing fits. Lately, that typically means oversize shirts that hang loose just the right way and cutoff shorts that say he’s confident enough to show a little skin above the knee and some wild patent-leather shoes to make sure one thing is absolutely clear: YG will wear what he wants and he will always look amazing in it. It’s a casual, put-together comfort to aspire to, which is why I want to dress like YG all the time, every day, from now until forever. Especially now that it’s California weather here in NYC. If you, like me, are fully invested in this look, here’s how to achieve it.
If you’re feeling splurgy (and like still buying Kanye products) Yeezy’s Calabasas line similarly offers that California casual that remains the essence of YG.
Match the tees with a pair of biker shorts that just peak out beneath them.
You’ll often Catch YG in some loose-fitting flannel over a pair of denim cutoffs. I like the way this one hangs in the back, but ties in the front, for something a little more feminine.
Or go linen for summer.
If you’ve happened to run into some rapper money, get this goddam Versace blouse. I know YG would.
All of the above (button downs, football jerseys, oversize tees) should be worn with a pair of cutoff shorts. The key here is that shorts have to be slightly longer so that you can see them peeking out under the oversize tops.
Here’s a slightly longer pair than the above. I think the ideal length is mid-thigh.
And these are even longer, depending on how much you want them to peak out or how long your top is.
Moving down to the feet, YG’s signature look as of late is wearing mid-calf athletic socks with a pair of loafers or patent-leather oxfords. Kind of like socks and sandals, but different. It’s called having a unique sense of style.
The loafers go with everything, from the biker shorts to the jean cutoffs to the yellow pants. Doesn’t matter what you used to think looked normal, this is now cool.
Patent leather is a YG favorite.
And if you prefer a little height, try these with a platform.
Doc makes a great lace-up version.
If you’re feeling more of a wingtip slide for summer, yes, this will work as well.
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