Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Kanye West’s YEEZY Season 1 has been one of this year’s biggest collections. As with anything West does, sniping comments have come thick and fast, mainly slamming Kanye for releasing a collection with such a low-end look and such extravagantly high-end prices.
It’s hardly surprising, then, that plenty of brands and retailers have been quick off the mark and produced more affordable versions of Kanye’s heavily disheveled, military-inspired streetwear. Here’s a round-up of some of the best pieces out there, so if you’re wanting to emulate YEEZY Season’s scruffy chic but would still like to pay your rent, here’s the way to do it.
Boxy, sweaters with dropped shoulders and garment-washed fabrics were integral to YEEZY Season 1’s aesthetic – hardly surprising that H&M have issued their own version at a fraction of the price, then.
Kanye’s camo tees – both short and long-sleeved varieties – may have flown off the shelves when they dropped, and OG militarywear label Rothco have had their own versions for years now. These are the same gamrnets used for the invites to the YEEZY Season 2 presentation, by the way.
Rothco’s army surplus gear also includes a jagged-soled combat boot, so if you missed out (or just didn’t want to spend $500 on) the Yeezy 950 duckboot, these will do nicely.
An oatmeal-hued hoodie with distressed holes and a stepped hem. Handmade in LA and individually dyed and finished, this’ll makes a nice choice if you’re looking for something a bit more special than a high street novelty but aren’t quite prepared to splash out $600 on the real deal.