7 Kanye West-Inspired Fashion Tips

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Kanye West poses with models for his show. | Randy Brooke/Getty Images for Kanye West Yeezy

Love him or hate him, Kanye West has a distinct style. His looks are recognizable only as his own. You may not have a Kim Kardashian on your arm, but you can get closer to looking like Kanye with these undeniable style pointers.

1. Large T-shirts and bleached jeans are acceptable

One of the best things about Kanye is his casual style. Add some sweet kicks and a chain to a large T-shirt and jeans, and that’s really all you need to look cool. Thanks, Kanye.

2. Embrace monochrome looks

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala
Kanye doesn’t often wear sharp contrasts of color. | Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Kanye is a known fan of tonal or monochrome looks, playing with different tones of the same color. You’ll never really catch him wearing sharp contrasts of color. For example, if Kanye rocks an all-white outfit, the key to pulling it off is to mess with the shade, texture, and styling. He’s been spotted wearing a slightly creamier white pair of jeans, with a regular white button down, and/or a T-shirt.

“So I’m into this monochromatic thing. I’m always happy when I have a monochromatic outfit that isn’t black, and that usually takes like seven years’ worth of shopping to get right. You’ll have like these green pants you got in Japan and this one shirt that you got on tour in Seattle in a thrift store, and this one jacket,” Kanye said to GQ.

3. Don’t be afraid to try new style suits

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian pose on the red carpet. | Mike Coppola/Getty Images

So many men play it safe, especially when it comes to suiting. If you’re attending a black-tie event, why not try something bolder, allowing you to easily stand out from the pack? Kanye has been seen wearing different types of suits — one in particular being a midnight blue tuxedo that was a real standout. Play with the classics, as Kanye does, and you’ll be surprised with just how dapper you look.

4. Try a white button-down with jeans

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He keeps things simple but still looks good. | Kim Kardashian via Instagram

For a business-meets-casual look, take a page from Kanye’s book and pair jeans with a white button-down. He also keeps things less formal by leaving the button down untucked, and by bringing it all together with a pair of Chelsea boots, which are a must-buy regardless.

5. Pair sweatshirt pieces with dressier ones

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He loves to rock a sweatshirt. | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Kanye loves to look casual, and he loves his sweatshirts, according to MTV. He’s been seen pairing a hooded sweatshirt with skinny rock ‘n’ roll leather pants. Kanye knows proportions very well, thus teaching the ultimate style lesson: If you’re wearing a slightly oversized top, keep your bottom half slim by wearing tighter pants. He had also paired this look with an oversized camel coat. If there’s one thing you should know about Yeezus style, it’s his love of jackets and coats. Use them to complement your outfit.

6. Know when and how to amp up your style

Kanye West at a performance
Kanye West knows how to be noticeable. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Know when it’s time to amp up your style. If you’re going out for the evening, you’re going to want to wear something a little nicer and more noticeable than, say, what you would wear to the office. Know when to wear the appropriate outfit, and you’ll be the life of any party.

7. Find what you love and wear it often

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Kanye knows what works for him. | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Kanye is known for wearing variations of the same outfit. Basically, he knows what works for him. And when you know what works for your body, you should wear the hell out of that look.