What’s In Their Wardrobe? // Blood Orange

Aug 24, 2018 | Henry West |

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Blood Orange‘s latest album dropped today and not only is it eclectic, unique, and diverse, but you could also say that these characteristics match his sense of fashion. Also known as Dev Hynes, the British singer is part of the new wave of R&B. And similar to his distinct sound, his wardrobe selection can also be spotted from a mile away. The artist’s style evokes a different ambiance of the phrase sophisticated, incorporating a dress code that only people with elite fashion taste in the heart of the New York mecca might understand.

After relocating to NYC in 2007, Dev Hynes has had some time to curate his own rare taste in coordinating apparel and footwear, however, his roots in London probably also play a significant role in his wildly sought-after style sense. Understanding, which brands are creating with this sort of polished edge is a gift and it can typically be seen from the labels that are taking high risk, high rewards with their design processes (Think Gucci, Balenciaga, Margiela, etc.).

New York in the ’90s Now

The melting pot for music, culture, and so much more, New York has also become renowned for its influence in fashion since its existence and it was in the ’90s that the floodgates had really opened in terms of generating its cultural demand and inspiration. Blood Orange’s style today sincerely speaks to a similar persona, especially since the ’90s are where a lot of today’s fashion brands are pulling their inspiration.

His wardrobe consists of a lot of long length top coats, leather jackets, cropped jeans, and no shortage of black on black color parings. In terms of how he’s pairings these essentials with his sneaker rotation, it’s usually with a low profile silhouette with a minimal makeup and neutral color schemes. That being said, it’s also completely unpredictable. Some days it could be a pair of Nike Tennis Zoom Vapor 9s and others that might be a wild rendition of the Gucci Ace.

Denim on denim days are far from over. A little contrast and styling techniques will help break up the Canadian tuxedo effect.
Denim on denim days are far from over. A little contrast and styling techniques will help break up the Canadian tuxedo effect.
Black on black is an easy set up to throw down a wild card like a pair of Gucci Aces.
Black on black is an easy set up to throw down a wildcard like a pair of Gucci Aces.
Not quite over the overalls era.
Not quite over the overalls era.
Training day geared for the every day.
Training day geared for every day.
When style is equally mirrored in comfort.
When style is equally mirrored in comfort.
Grunge garments with the adidas Yung 1 thrown into the mix.
Grunge garments with the adidas Yung 1 thrown into the mix.
Orange is in for music just as much as it is for jacket hues.
Orange is in for music just as much as it is for jacket hues.
Glitter goes a long way.
Glitter goes a long way.
New York state of mind.
New York state of mind.
With a pair of Vans Classic Slip-Ons, picking out the rest of your wardrobe is easy.
With a pair of Vans Classic Slip-Ons, picking out the rest of your wardrobe is easy.

Short and Simple

This summer’s pant style of choice has ironically not been pants at all. In fact, it’s shorts, which there seems to be no shortage of in Blood Orange’s rotation.

Shorts with greyscale tones not only make it easy to wear with almost every other wardrobe choice, but they also make it easy to pair a variety of sneaker styles without ever looking out of place. In terms of the word shorts, you’re probably wondering what styles are acceptable these days. Take a look at Blood Orange’s rotation and you’ll find plenty of above the knee nylon shorts and even cut-off G-Unit jeans. They don’t have to be G-Unit though. Just any cut-offs will do. His sneaker rotation with these outfits is usually more simple offerings like Converse Chuck Taylors and various iterations of the NMD that can be worn with varying clothing silhouettes.

It's as easy as G-Unit.
It’s as easy as G-Unit.
Oversized jackets and shorts are the combo that's good as gold.
Oversized jackets and shorts are the combo that’s good as gold.
All Gucci except for the shorts.
All Gucci except for the shorts.
The not quite winter essentials.
The not quite winter essentials.

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