When it comes to brands, A$AP Rocky can never be accused of snobbery. Sure, the rapper doesn’t hide his penchant for luxury designers — like, in any way at all — yet despite his status as a global fashion icon, he’s just as likely to step out in a name that can be copped at the mall. Put simply, if an item is dope, Rocky will wear it.
On the staples front, Rocky is a savant at mixing high and low. Whether it’s a Carhartt beanie with Gucci pants or Vans Old Skools with a Balenciaga sweater, he understands the importance of bringing together a ’fit with something a little more low key. It’s a trick a lot of rappers and athletes miss, falling into the trap of looking like they’ve just been dragged through Dover Street Market by the ankle.
Symbolic of Rocky’s lateral approach to style are his favorite Dickies pants. Dickies enhanced visibility work pants, to be precise — the type produced for laborers and tradesmen. And they can be yours for the low price of $39.99.
If you cast your mind back to 2017, Rocky was first seen wearing the pants when he appeared in Playboi Carti’s “Magnolia” video, pairing them with an inside-out VLONE T-shirt and “Shattered Backboard” Air Jordan 1s. In the more recent image above, he trades in his Jordans and VLONE for GOLF le FLEUR*s and a patchwork denim jacket.
Of course, Rocky isn’t the first to get in on the hi-vis trend, but his ’fit is a reminder that good style doesn’t need to cost a bomb. Sometimes a little daring and ingenuity are all that’s required.
The likes of Junya Watanabe, 1017 ALYX 9SM, and Vetements have all put their own twist on Dickies in recent times, but at ground level, too, there’s been an uptick in demand for pants like the 874 work pants, with everyone from skateboarders to musicians preferring their loose, high-rise fit, recalling the skate punk years around the turn of the millennium. The nightmarish days of skinny jeans and high-tops by now feel like a lifetime ago. Even flared and wide-leg cuts are making a comeback, although we’ll stop short of drinking the bootcut Kool-Aid.
If there’s one downside to an A$AP Rocky cosign, it’s that, inevitably, the item in question will sell out. That has been the case with the enhanced-vis pants, at least online, much to the annoyance of cool kids and highway workers everywhere.
Still, there are plenty of other options on the market. You could pick up a standard pair of 874s or go for something slightly more expensive from Dickies Construct, a streetwear-inflected subline overseen by Union owner and Dickies stan Chris Gibbs. If you ask us, though, getting out there and supporting your local workwear store is the best bet.
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