Frank Ocean: five best 'fits
By Sam Higgins, 5 August 2016
Oh hey, what’s up Frank Ocean? What have you been doing these last few years? Us – we’ve just been feasting on Channel Orange, remembering your finest threads and patiently waiting for Boys Don’t Cry to drop. But it’s cool – with style this good, we’ll let you off...
Therisk of being mobbed by desperate fans begging for an album release date is enough to keep Frank Ocean a recluse. But if he is going to brave the new record-deprived hordes and indulge in a spot of shopping, he’s certainly going to make sure he looks his absolute best doing so. Bleach-washed jeans, fresh white kicks and a black, long-sleeved, Aphex Twin tee made up his less-than-incognito store-going attire.
Frank Ocean here, wearing camouflage and instantly becoming more noticeable (the irony). Even a few years back, before military-infused pieces became such wardrobe regulars, Frank was a keen advocate of camo kit. Here’s an example of that – his jacket’s print playfully channel(ling) orange as well as the usual earthy tones. Having thrown over a white shirt and black trousers, Frank casually tucks his hand in his pocket and styles it out as if he’d reluctantly taken to the stage on karaoke night.
Boiler suit brilliance
We know too well the challenge of successfully pulling off the boiler suit – so the idea of donning one in primary blue is a seriously bold move. But, typically, here’s Frank coping with the sartorial dilemma with absolute nonchalance, tying the top half around his waist like an unused jumper and letting a black graphic tee and some quirkily laced Vans Half Cabs neutralise the bold tone.
Suit and Vans
If you’re going to throw the rulebook out of the window and reject the dress code, you need to do it in a deliberate way. You either go full Bieber and stick a middle finger up to the man, or you do as Frank Ocean did here and throw on a crisp, two-piece black suit and finish it with a pair of rugged, classic black Vans for a subtle touch of sartorial rebellion.
Even though he flouted the red-carpet dress code so he could wear his favourite kicks, it doesn’t mean Frank is averse to ever smartening up. And he chose a decent time – front-row at a Givenchy showcase – to display the more formal side of his style. Black smart shoes, navy trousers and matching overcoat made up the core of his sharp steez, while a more casual, graphic black tee underneath stayed true to his streetwear roots.