CelebrityZayn Malik Is a Walking Fall Shopping List for Guys Who Don’t Do Trends
Survey the men at New York Fashion Week this season and you’ll notice almost none of them wearing aggressively fashionable clothes. From Terry Richardson and Kanye West to Jaden Smith, it’s been all T-shirts and jeans, all the time. Which is just as well. As much as we appreciate a shearling coat or odd-color suit, we’re never going to get mad at some beat-up basics. If you laughed in the face of the satin-bomber-jacket trend and wouldn’t touch a turtleneck with a 10-foot pole, then allow these guys to be your guide for picking up some new clothes this fall. Let’s use Zayn Malik, patron saint of aloof boyfriend style, as an example of what exactly to buy.
Beat-Up Black Jeans
If you don’t already own a pair of black jeans that look like they could possibly date back to the ‘90s, you're not trying hard enough to look like you don't try. Vetements’ reworked 100% cotton Levi’s are a fresh take on the look, but if you don’t have money to light on fire like that, check your local thrift store.
If your T-shirt hangs a little bit like you just got into a fistfight, you’re doing it right. It shouldn’t be drape-y in a Justin Bieber way or anything, just a little bit loose, a little bit stretched out, with just enough room around the collar to show a neck tattoo.
Ultimate Leather Jacket
You only have to buy one of these every 7 to 10 years or so, which means you should make the decision with care, consideration, and a four-figure budget. Coach’s leather jackets are great because they’re somewhere between Rick Owens and Wilsons in terms of trendiness.
Designer Combat Boots
Speaking of Rick Owens, the man makes a good pair of black lace-up boots. While Chelsea and Western boots might be an option for most guys, for the anti-fashion guy, it’s combat-inspired boots all the way. To avoid looking like a construction worker, pick up a pair with a little bit of shine.