For most of us sneakerheads, our primary addiction is obviously kicks. And apart from the Supreme shirts, we know everyone usually hits up the nearest Uniqlo to cover the basics. It doesn’t help that it’s always so damn hot here in the tropics. The bottomline: we see so many sick sneakers being worn in bad fits, and to elevate Asia’s style game we embark on a series of outfit hacks to elevate your outfits.
We collaborate with Singapore based fashion and commercial stylist Joey (@unknownpleasurers / @joeyhysteric). Joey has been involved in styling the top magazines titles in Singapore and for commercials across the region. We can’t think of a better person to give us some pointers to kick our fits up a few notches.
Stuffing your jeans into your Jordans. Yes, you see it a lot. No, it’s not a good look. Sure, we get the temptation to show off your new Air Jordans, the problem is that the big Jordans easily overpower the outfit, resulting in a strange and unbalanced outfit. As you can see on the right, wearing regular trousers results in a much more balanced on-feet look. Save your skinny jeans for your smaller low-top silhouettes, like Yeezys or Sacai LDWaffles for example.
Jordans and shorts, it’s a divisive subject with some people claiming you can’t wear Jordans with shorts at all. We cannot disagree more. Those haters just don’t know how to pull it off. The key to making Jordans look good with shorts is to avoid shorts that are too skinny and/or too long. The problem is that it is easy for your legs to look short if your shorts are too long. To make yourself appear taller, go with a pair of shorts that ends just above the knee.
Distressed denim or corduroy are both great materials to combine with Air Jordans. Adding some texture to your outfit creates something else to look at other than the sneakers. This ironically makes the shoes pop more and gives your outfit some of that x-factor that is hard to explain but makes you look noticeably better dressed.
Jordans are bulky shoes. Keep that in mind when styling your outfit so you don’t look like you have oversized feet. Try to add some bulk to the top of your outfit to compensate. If you don’t want to wear an oversized t-shirt, another good way to achieve the same effect is by layering (on a cooler day).
An easy way to start working with color is to match your socks to an element in your sneakers. It doesn’t have to be the main color, but can work even better if your socks match one of the supporting colors of the shoes. Try to match your socks to the color of the tongue. Most Jordans also come with extra sets of laces. Why not try to swap the laces for a more colorful option and match your socks to that color?