A$AP Rocky proved he can do red carpet style as well as anyone else at the Met Gala, stepping out in a pared-back Calvin Klein ensemble fresh from Raf Simons’ debut “Calvin Klein 204W39NYC” collection. However, it was at the Met Gala after-parties (more specifically Rihanna’s soirée) where Rocky served up some of his signature steez with a lavish track ensemble.
It’s no surprise, really. Rocky has emerged as fashion’s favorite rapper and the love affair is mutual. He’s a regular fashion week fixture, he’s bagged high-profile collaborations with J.W. Anderson and Guess, fronted Dior Homme’s latest campaign, as well as being busy at work running his own brand, VLONE.
Want to emulate Pretty Flacko’s after-hours look for a lot less? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve tracked some affordable alternatives that you can cop right now.
What He’s Wearing: A VLONE x Carhartt Vest (no formal collab has been announced but the vest Rocky is wearing features the classic Carhartt tag on the the front with VLONE branding across the back), a Last Year Being Broke hoodie in green, Gucci technical sweatpants, and a pair of VLONE x NIKE AF1 sneakers (in a one of a kind, unique friends-and-family edition).
Carhartt Duck Quilt Lined Vest
This Carhartt vest crafted from heavyweight cotton is basically an exact replica of what A$AP is donning above. Albeit there is no VLONE branding, but you can always take some inspiration from Korea’s street style stars and take on the DIY fashion trend. At just $70, it’s a solid price for a such a sturdy staple.
Life’s A Beach Jungle Hoodie
Trying to cop an LYBB hoodie from A$AP Mob (such as the one Rocky is rocking) can be a near impossible feat given the drops are strictly limited. So, here’s an alternative from Life’s A Beach. The resurrected skate-and-surf brand has been churning out plenty of streetwear staples since its revival four years ago with a focus on punchy prints and a serious dose of color. This jungle-print hoodie gives your ensemble the zany lift it needs to emulate A$AP’s daring approach to style.
GRANTED Nylon Joggers
Given that Rocky’s Gucci sweatpants will set you back a cool $1200, you probably want to go for an option that won’t break the bank. We’ve already shouted about orange being huge this year, so a pair of affordable orange track pants can only be an intelligent addition to your wardrobe.
Nike Air Force 1 Low ’07
Given that there’s no basically any chance you’re copping one of Rocky’s one-of-a-kind VLONE x AF1 sneakers which are strictly limited to friends and family, you can try your luck on the resale market for a regular pair of VLONE x Nike Air Force 1.
However, if those resale prices are making your eyes bleed, then we suggest you opt for a classic AF1 silhouette in a reliable white colorway. You can always get creative and use it a canvas for some of your own artistic expression. Either way, it’s a clean finish to any look and the AF1 will always be a totally timeless sneaker silhouette.
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