André Lauren Benjamin
There are so many stylish men in Hip Hop right now. The big three that immediately come to mind for me are Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and of course, André 3000. I could write a full length post on each of those men, and I more than likely will, but today we're going to focus solely on André 3000 and his dapper style.
What I admire most about André's style is the way he can add personal and eccentric touches on sophisticated looks. Although he often wears a suit, he pairs his suits with pieces like loud prints, hats, bow ties and suspenders. This is a man who isn't afraid of colour, prints or thinking outside the box. The most memorable outfit of his, for me anyway, is the green and plaid ensemble he was absolutely rocking in the video for Hey Ya. Of course he's had a million and one other memorable outfits, as well as hit songs, but if you were to mention André 3000 around me that would be the first image that comes to mind.
In 2008 André created his own fashion line called Benjamin Bixby. Although the line was short lived, I believe it made a big impact on the fashion world and certainly caused a change in his personal style. In my opinion it was that brand as well as his personal style choices at the time that made him stand out as a fashion icon.
His style is an inspiration to me because he shows that you can add a personal twist on any look, even the most sophisticated. He isn't afraid to show his true colours and he doesn't seem to have a comfort zone. He always wears everything with such grace and confidence and those are definitely some style goals that I wish to achieve in my lifetime.
Look at Scottish guys wearing kilts - you could look at them and laugh, but the way they carry themselves, how can you? You can wear some of the weirdest things and be cool. If you believe in it, that's what makes it cool. - André Benjamin