Jacket: Clothsurgeon | Shirt: Fruit Of The Loom | Pants: Adidas | Shoes: Fenty x Puma by Rihanna| Bracelet & Necklace: Vintage
Chav (/ˈtʃæv/ CHAV) is a pejorative epithet used in Britain to describe a particular stereotype. The word was popularized by the British mass media to refer to an anti-social youth subculture in the United Kingdom.
It is no secret that I am obsessed with the 90s; whether it be fashion, music, or TV series, the 90s are superior to any other decade. While I was fortunate enough to be born in the 90s, I wish I could have experienced it more fully as an adolescent or young adult. As I was too young and obsessive to consider anything but the Spice Girls, I had quite some catching up to do as I grew older. Re-watching all 10 seasons of Beverly Hills 90210, purchasing “relaxed fit” Levi’s jeans, dressing up as T-Boz for Halloween, or telling my barber to get me the “Nick Carter” cut, I have done it all. I find myself constantly inspired by the various fashion trends in old 90s music videos and try to emulate yet modernize the looks that grab my attention.
For this specific photo shoot, I decided to wear one of my favorite 90s inspired looks. Even though I would prefer to not be associated with some of the following terms, a few come to mind: white trash, chav, and skinhead. Yes, I am fully aware of the often negative connotations that accompany these terms, but I don’t care — I make it work.
The loose vintage black Adidas pants with large zippers on bottom legs were bought in Tokyo and have become one of my absolute favorite pants. Not only are they extremely comfortable, the pants also scream 90s and are reminiscent of Kim Kardashian’s Adidas look (one of my faves!). The wife beater tank top by Fruit Of The Loom was originally bought for my Nick Carter and T-Boz Halloween costumes, but I have since incorporated it my day-to-day wardrobe and am loving the look. In fact, I have made some additional trips to Kmart and have bought every possible color available (3 for $10?! Hell YAS). The jacket worn in the third picture is by Clothsurgeon, a London based Luxury British Menswear brand that explores a directional aesthetic, melding Sportswear with Saville Row style tailoring. I absolutely love their stuff, so get familiar if you’re not already!
Standing 6’6″ tall, I probably do not have any need for platform shoes. When I saw these Fenty x Puma shoes, however, I could not resist. My mom refused to buy me Spice Girls shoes as a young lad, so this was my chance at redemption. While the shoes are extremely uncomfortable and have you crawling the streets of NYC with bloody blisters after 30 minutes of wearing them(yes, true story), I do love them and believe the esthetic pleasure makes up for the pain. I will try to break them in more, but am unfortunately pessimistic.
Overall, I am very pleased with these photos and am looking forward to doing more shoots like this. Let me know if you have any suggestions for future looks!
I hope you guys enjoyed my little throwback photoshoot. I’ll be back later this week with more updates!