Style Icon: Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams aka Skateboard P
I’m a BIG fan of his music, his mindset, and his wardrobe. Have you seen him on The VOICE? I mean, c’mon. What’s not to like??? He attempts to uplift and brighten the day of each performer who graces the stage…whether a chair was turned for them or not.
He is his own person and tries to reach out to other “enlightened” individuals through his “i am OTHER” project. If you’re not familiar, you can follow the link here to learn more. This project was designed to embrace the individual. Those that don’t fit in a box. That lack definition. The others. It’s a mindset and a lifestyle. He believes “individuality is the new wealth”, and he lives his brand.
I’m convinced there is nothing he can’t wear. Albeit questionable at times, he pulls it off. From the “Happy” Vivenne Westwood hat and red Adidas jumper, to his signature BBC (Billionaire Boys Club) clothing line, and even a…floral tuxedo???
He’s collaborated with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Adidas, G Star Raw and Chanel so he must be doing something right, right?
Below are a few things I’ve learned from him over the years.
Own it. Always.
Regardless of the situation, or what you’re wearing, hold your head high. The right attitude is the best accessory that you can add to any outfit.
When you feel good, it shows, and others will most definitely pick up on it too.
Don’t shy away from color or that loud print that caught your eye.
What’s that? You’re afraid what others will say about you? Then, you’re right. You shouldn’t wear it, because you still haven’t learned.
It’s not about them. It’s about you.
You wear it because you want to, not because I told you to, or because you saw it on Pharrell. Do it for yourself. Stretch that comfort zone.
Hey, that might not be your thing, or fit your personality. I get it.
I just want to share that feeling of empowerment with you that comes from stepping out of your element. You’ll be hooked with the first “I wouldn’t wear it, but it looks good on them”. Trust me.
Why so serious?
It’s ok to lack a little structure. Structure is good, but not when it’s overly done. It gives the impression of being uptight and stuffy.
Pharrell routinely demonstrates a certain calculated nonchalance. Coined by sixteenth-century writer Baldassare Castiglione. It’s what the Italians call sprezzatura.
“a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it”
The definition is pretty loose but you’ll know it when you see it. It’s a slight variation of what’s to be expected.
Ever pick the wrong day to wear jeans on a warm sunny day? Some of you would bare through it while others would cuff or roll up their pants leg. Maybe even just one leg…or brave enough to ditch your socks…BOOM. Sprezzed.
The right attitude is your best accessory.
Don’t shy away from color or a bold print.
Whatever you do. Make it you!