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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Wear this little high-waisted number to the office.

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.

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

Top it all off with a denim baseball cap.


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