The music industry has become so important in our everyday life that, thanks to the Internet and social media, musicians can create a hit song that will be played literally everywhere. We’ve seen the impact of “Despacito” in recent months, from being YouTube’s most seen video in history to overthrowing “La Macarena” from being the only Latino song to be in the number 1 place in the Billboard list of popularity. On that note, do you remember a few years ago “Happy” was literally everywhere? The melodic and energy-boosting hit by Pharrell Williams became an anthem used by movies, TV ads, and several covers, making it one of the most sold songs in the history of music. We not only knew about his talent as a musician and producer, the mind behind so many music hits in the pop music catalog, but also as one of the most fashionable people on the planet.
As if his music hadn’t been enough to put him as the main star of the time, he'd also become a protagonist in the fashion world with his bold and irreverent style. There were literally tons of memes, images, and articles dealing with his crazy fashion choices in the multiple public appearances he made while promoting his song. Now, in 2015, he was officially recognized as a fashion icon by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, which each annual award going to the most important individuals in the American Fashion Industry and their impact on the global fashion scene. For that reason, here we have 6 fashion lessons we can learn from this icon that you should definitely adapt to your own.
Get inspired by everyday clothes
One thing that makes Pharrell’s style unique is the combination of everyday clothes with high fashion or eccentric pieces. He has stated that he has always found inspiration in normal items such as common grandma sweaters or uniforms. So, it doesn’t matter if a piece or style is outdated or thought to be worn by older people, you can always adapt them to fashion trends and create unique looks.
Choose a signature item
This is like a golden rule for fashion icons: always have a signature item or look to be remembered by. In his particular case, we could say that his huge hats or his classic Adidas track jacket have made the work. Find something, no matter how common it may be, and make it your own by combining it with something memorable or eye-catching.
Don’t be afraid of modifying your clothes
Fast fashion sometimes makes us look like copies of everyone else, and it’s no longer a surprise to walk by the street or be in the subway and see people wearing similar outfits to your own. One great way to make your look one of a kind without having to dig into the depths of vintage clothes is by revamping your clothes. Pharrell has worn many different white sneakers drawn by hand with phrases and doodles. You can also modify your shirts and sweatshirts to create statement pieces.
Make irreverence your main tool
If you haven’t noticed, today’s fashion is about going beyond the limits of conventions. Pharrell Williams has made of irreverence his best ally when it comes to fashion and his own musical career. Follow your instinct, no matter what the rules of fashion state.
Stop following gender labels
We've seen a lot of fashion proposals following the androgynous trend. I don't necessarily mean that you should get all your clothes from the women's section or to embrace the androgynous fashion completely. Simply stop thinking about the gender division. If you like something from the women's section just get it. The author of “Happy” has worn and shopped at women's boutiques, and honestly, he always rocks his style.
Revert the dress codes
Unless you've been living under a rock or far away in a remote island, you must remember when Pharrell Williams was at the center of a heated discussion after appearing at an awards ceremony wearing a pair of Bermuda shorts combined with a suit jacket, a shirt, and his characteristic hat. No matter your stand on that particular outfit, the point is that he reverted the rules and codes of these events.
These are the essential steps to dress like a fashion icon: just add your unique attitude and personality to make of yourself a memorable person. There are many ways to upgrade your fashion game. You can get inspired by the iconic looks of your favorite musicians or even by the sophisticated style of many Hollywood stars. Just bear in mind that the protagonist of your looks must be your personal style.