Guitar playing guru or master of menswear? John Mayer is one of the few individuals on the planet who’s consistently proving he’s winning at both.
Over the year’s we’ve witnessed the evolution of his style and how he’s built one of the most eclectic wardrobes holding some of the most coveted streetwear essentials ever produced. Upholding a reputation such as his own collection is not dignified through quantity; JM proves it’s about having authenticity, priority access, and an education that stems from observing some of the most established names in the business.
Over the years we’ve seen Mayer step out with some of the boldest looks that the common folk wouldn’t dare attempt in the privacy of their home, let alone in front of the public eye. But he conducts his appearance with such nonchalance, it has many of us wishing that we could emulate his style to a T. It’s difficult to pinpoint what his exact style is, but it definitely consists of multifaceted pieces from varied styles that include brands like visvim, Supreme, OFF-WHITE, and head-turning Nike ACG pieces.
See what we’re talking about in the latest installment of What’s In Their Wardrobe.
While not necessarily a sneaker head in the traditional sense, John Mayer has informed his audience that he is “a head for the *right sneakers.” While most sneaker heads are waiting in line for the latest YEEZY’s, Mayer is hopping on Nike ID and putting his own spin on iconic styles like the Air Max 90. Using his own inspiration to create the “Air Mayer” and “Pickle Rick” renditions, he further validates that he is a true influencer in fashion and envisions an idea beyond what the every day consumer can imagine.
One of the early adopters of the works from Errolson Hugh’s brand Acronym, Mayer is constantly repping the brand’s technical outerwear apparel along with each style in the co-branded Nike Presto Mid and Air Force 1 collections. Maybe not as close as Kanye and Virgil Abloh, he’s still obviously close enough to have access to get a few pairs from the OFF-WHITE x Nike collection (Air Max 90s and Prestos) long before there was even a set release date. We saw Mayer sporting these styles with tailored sweatpants, performance sportswear, and various visvim essentials.
If someone were to show you a picture of John Mayer and ask what brands he’s wearing, you could answer visvim and there’s about a 90% chance you’d be right. The man has one of the most sought after visvim collections in the world and not only that – it’s rumored that he has two of each piece. After releasing his albums Born and Raised and Paradise Valley, it feels as though he created these alternate folk realities through his songs and sucked us into them with him simply by dressing the part.
Aside from visvim’s traditional boot styles like the Grizzly and Virgil, John Mayer has also been known for sporting the brand’s popular sneakers like the Foley and FBT that has continued to gain traction since the 2012 era. That being said, he’s been seen wearing these silhouettes with authentic indigo shirts, selvedge denim, and traditional kimonos from brand’s like visvim, KAPITAL, and United Arrows before the hype. At first glance, those who are unfamiliar with the brand might be questioning how they could wear a shoe like that, but after understanding how they look with some of the coveted heritage essentials like Mayer’s, it becomes clear how they compliment the look even more.
Mayer’s affinity for Japanese heritage workwear has proven to be a mainstay in his usual rotation, but it’s his effortless wearability that’s probably accountable for a good chunk of the demand for this sort of apparel and footwear among streetwear culture. When in doubt, all you need is a little inspiration.
The Search for Everything
When he’s not making soulful blues/rock albums, Mayer is a collector, which would explain how he has one of the most impressive accumulations of Supreme, OFF-WHITE, and Acronym. He’s also been known to break out a full Stone Island kit with BAPE x adidas Superstars or SUICOKE sandals. Whether it’s with a pair of distressed selvedge denim or tailored cargo pants, John Mayer is just the personality that will take a $500 box logo Supreme tee, tie-dye it himself, and then wear it on stage later during his performance.
When he’s not wearing visvim or Nikes for that matter, Mayer has certainly broken out his share of YEEZY military boots and most notably the Concepts x New Balance 999 “Kennedy” from 2011. With looks like these, the rock n roll artist typically keeps it simple with slim fitting jeans and Sunspel tees or denim over-shirts with cargo pants.