Happy Monday, mavens and bargainistas. Each week, your neighborhood mecca of style Brick City Varsity endeavors to replicate designer looks on a Brick City budget. Featuring items purchased from Newark-area thrift stores (which are available for purchase at our private, appointment-only showroom in North Newark), our ensembles provide a virtual playbook that will help you create show-stopping looks tailored for your life in Brick City.
This week, we’re taking on a new challenge. Rapper-turned-style maven, Kanye West is known for taking daredevil risks not only in his irreverent lyricism but in his fashion choices as well. He’s not known, however, for penny pinching when creating his one-of-a-kind looks. Case and point: he recently appeared on BET’s 106 & Park rocking a much coveted leopard bomber jacket from Givenchy’s 2011 spring line. Pairing it with a Balmain zip-up hoodie ($800), Balenciaga wax denim jeans ($455), and black Nike Air Yeezy 2 sneakers, the rapper’s look was a pitch-perfect snapshot of the playful turns that urban wear has made in recent years. The days when skinny jeans and bold animal prints would cause you to forfeit your street cred are long gone, it seems. But with those price tags, you – my Brick City brethren – are going to need something a little more versatile, no?
To that end, our re-interpretation of the look demonstrates how that one signature piece can translate from street wear to business casual in one simple re-styling. To accomplish the transformation, we’ve paired a leopard print hoodie with a striped lavender and white oxford and the slacks from a vintage khaki colored suit. The color palette is perfect for spring or the transition from summer to fall. (It’s also the male counterpart to the lovely lavender and leopard pairing we featured as a look of the day last month.) End sum? We’ve saved you over $3000 and provided styling options that will ensure the versatility of your new piece. You’re welcome.