This Summer, I’m Only Dressing Like the Rapper YG

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YG rides a bike in the music video for his song “Proud.”

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.

Women Loose Short Sleeve Oversized T Shirt
$19, Amazon

YG’s shirts are always oversize. They hang loose across in that perfect, oh I just rolled out of bed and threw this on way. That not trying, secretly trying way. This tee comes in a few colors, all work.

Black Crest Logo Classic T-Shirt
$145, Ssense

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.

The Air Oversized Crew Tee
$25, Everlane

Everlane, of course, also sells an oversize crew. This one comes in black, white, and gray. (Also see our best white tees for women).

Sweaty Betty Contour Workout Shorts
$50, Spring

Match the tees with a pair of biker shorts that just peak out beneath them.

Hanes Women’s Stretch Jersey Bike Short
From $6, Amazon

Or go with some classic Hanes.

UO Courtney Tie-Front Flannel Top
$20, Urban Outfitters

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.

UO Brendan Button-Down Linen Shirt
$59, Spring

Or go linen for summer.

Elsa Cotton Poplin Button Up
$97, Spring

YG is a fan of red, for reasons you can learn more about in his video for “Suu Whoop.”

Versace Long-Sleeve Print Silk Blouse
$1,895, Saks Fifth Avenue

If you’ve happened to run into some rapper money, get this goddam Versace blouse. I know YG would.

YG in his “Why You Always Hatin’” music video.
UCLA Bruins Replica Jersey
From $40, Amazon

Sporty, but make it fashion.

Madewell Button Front High Waist Denim Shorts
$75, Nordstrom

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.

AG Nikki Cutoff Denim Shorts
$126, Nordstrom

Here’s a slightly longer pair than the above. I think the ideal length is mid-thigh.

Hudson Jeans Amelia Cutoff Knee Shorts
$145, Nordstrom

And these are even longer, depending on how much you want them to peak out or how long your top is.

Urban Renewal Remnants Linen Pin-Up Pant
$59, Spring

When it comes to pants, YG usually sticks to solid bright colors. Pair this with a red cardigan and it’s a full YG playing basketball at home look.

Alice + Olivia Hight Waist Pant
$295, Spring

Wear this little high-waisted number to the office.

Hanes Women’s Comfort Blend Crew Sock, 6 Pack
From $6, Amazon

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.

Sam Edelman Lior Loafer
$120, Nordstrom

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.

Sprerry Seaport Penny Loafer
$100, Nordsreom

Patent leather is a YG favorite.

Naturalizer August Loafer
$110, Nordstrom

And if you prefer a little height, try these with a platform.

Dr. Martens Dupree Patent Leather 3-Eye Shoe
$110, Zappos

Doc makes a great lace-up version.

Geox Marlyna Wingtip Slide
$130, Nordstrom

If you’re feeling more of a wingtip slide for summer, yes, this will work as well.

Washed Denim Baseball Cap
$10, Amazon

Top it all off with a denim baseball cap.

Multi-Purpose Bandana
$3, Amazon

Of course, no YG outfit is complete without a red leather bandana tied around the neck. Stay Dangerous out soon.

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This Summer, I’m Only Dressing Like the Rapper YG