My heart skipped a fashion beat when I first saw this photo. Can you outshine someone who chooses to wear red plaid suit to his own wedding? No, you cannot. Neither can I. Nor the rest of the human species!
Lately, instead of doing things that add value, I have been contemplating which celebrity I would pick to play me if one day Hollywood decided to make a movie about my life and my style. I have not made up my mind yet, but I know I would not cast Pharrell. I am leaning toward Eddie Redmanye, since we seem to be similar in frame size and sartorially speaking, we are kindred spirit. Also, I believe it would take an Oscars-winning actor to successfully convey on screen the nuances and internal conflicts of my character.
LOL. I know I am being delusional. But fantasizing is all about coming up with scenarios that will never, ever happen, right?
Here is the truth: Even though my personal style and that of Pharrell are very different and will most likely never converge and his music has not always been my kind of jam, I really like him as a person and his sense of fashion. I have a feeling he is the kind of person with whom I can both shoot the shit and share my deepest, darkest secrets.
His style is legitimately eccentric and eclectic, but he is one of the few, if not the only one, who does not look like a nut-job when he wears nutty stuff. Like, let’s be honest, this brown Vivienne Westwood hat is pretty hideous in and of itself. But on his head it kind of edges toward whimsical, right? Try to put it on David Beckham or Nick Jonas, and you would realize its existence is a mistake.
Also, to me, there is something very personal about the way he dresses. It reminds me of things I have in my closet and reassures me that it is okay to wear them in daylight again.
The best thing about Pharrell’s style, however, is its transcendental quality. It is no longer just about clothes, brand names, or setting fashion trends. The messages his style imparts are style is relative and subjective and there is no universal set of rules to dressing well. If you see something you like and find it authentic to your brand, then wear it and just let people respond the way they want to.
In a broader sense, if the underlying motive of everything you do is external validation, you will not live a life that feels like your own.
A few months ago, Pharrell was honored with the Fashion Icon Award by the CFDA. Which is totally cool and deserving. I just think the award should have been called Fashion Iconoclast for once because Pharrell is exactly that, style-wise. He defies the conventional images and/or standards of what a well-dressed male celebrity should wear.
So, if you are a Pharrell devotee and want to dress like him on some level, this post is for you.
A caveat before you scroll down: Some of these are safer to try at home than the others. Be prudent with what you decide to wear, is all I am saying 😀
1. Denim shorts are basically awesome
Of all the things that Pharrell has ever worn, his denim shorts are what I most identify with. In fact, I am wearing a pair as I type this. I cannot tell you why denim shorts do not get as much love as khaki shorts, but I can tell you that they are awesome and European chic. Americans, give your Old Navy and GAP shorts a break. H&M and Topman make some decent denim shorts, if you are on budget.
2. Wear suits with shorts if you are feeling audacious
Like Nick Wooster, Pharrell seems to have developed a penchant for suits with shorts. While I will not jump on this bandwagon anytime soon for a variety of reasons ranging from I-still-haven’t-figured-out-who-I-am-as-a-person-yet, I-don’t-have-a-bottomless-bank-account to I-don’t-have-events-to-go-to, I love this quirky style on Pharrell. He has always pulled it off with aplomb!
Besides his attitude, I believe his lean body frame makes it happen. Which means if you have hairy, beefy legs, do NOT even think about trying. You would just do yourself a huge disservice!
3. Roll up your trousers no matter what
Alright, I initially felt quite dubious regarding this because: #1. I cannot figure out why he did this to his trousers. It could not have been a last minute fix because he did it many times, meaning it was intentional. If showing off his ankles was what he wanted, why did he not wear shorts instead? And #2. I personally think by doing that, he ruined what could have been glorious red carpet moments. I feel kind of bad for the Lanvin turquoise silk & wool blend double-breasted suit in the second collage; it is so breathtaking.
But after looking at these photos over and over again, I have decided to embrace this tactic. I will roll up my jeans that are a tad too long, instead of putting them in the discard pile.
Pharrell, thank YOU for your brilliant idea!!!