Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover is best known for his Californian-inspired sounds, but in recent years he has established himself as one of the better dressed men in the music industry. Here's how you can steal a piece of his style for yourself. Read more Men's Style Guide features and check out our store.
Childish Gambino is one of California's best exports. His funk-inspired 2016 album Awaken, My Love was one of the most anticipated of the year, following on from the massive successes Childish Gambino's Royalty, Camp and Because The Internet. While he has announced that his next album is to be his last, he hasn't said that this is the end of his music career. That said, his acting career is picking up at a rapid rate. He has starred in everything from Magic Mike XXL and The Martian, to 30 Rock and Girls. He is also currently in the upcoming Disney live-action remake of The Lion King. With this international success comes event after event and he has honed in on his red carpet and on stage style. There is now even a Reddit feed dedicated to his style. Here we round up his best looks and the easiest style hacks to steal from Mr Glover.
Childish Gambino Hawaiian Shirt
Ever since he released Because The Internet back in 2013, he has had one signature look both on stage and off. The album cover featured him wearing a Hawaiian shirt and he has made this one of his go-to looks in recents years. More than just a nod to his Californian, surfer-rooted life, the shirt is also a reminder of his funk and soul roots. For his 'Telegraph Ave' video, a lead track from Because The Internet, he again wore a Hawaiian shirt, cementing it as one of his favourite looks. If you are planning to adopt the Hawaiian shirt yourself, remember to keep the rest of your outfit simple - throw one on over a white T-shirt and with a pair of simple chino shorts.
Childish Gambino Suits
Donald Glover has cemented himself as a red carpet style stalwart. 2016 was a big year for him, and 2017 has been an even bigger one - red carpet appearances have become the norm and he has become one of the best-dressed men to grace it. He has proven that rules are there to be broken and has made some of the riskiest sartorial moves to date. One thing is for certain however, and that he always manages to pull them off and looks great in doing so. At the 2017 Golden Globes, most men were in black tie and shawl collared numbers. Childish Gambino went down a completely different route and chose to wear a brown velvet suit, channeling his 1970s funk image.
For his appearance at the MET Gala in May 2017, he further proved that he is the epitome of sartorial swerve. While many of the male guests went for black suits, he instead went for a patterned Burberry tuxedo, standing out for all the right reasons.
Back in August 2016 he hit the summer tailoring nail on the head. While out promoting his TV show Atlanta he demonstrated exactly how to wear a suit in summer. Opting for a khaki number he ditched the tie and dark colours and kept things summer-appropriate.
Back in 2015 at the GQ Man Of The Year party, Glover did the unconventional and completely ditched the standard white shirt, black suit combo. Instead he opted for a navy suit and put on a mustard roll neck, again standing out among a sea of black tie. This is the easiest way to switch up your suting game and while it isn't appropriate for every event, for more casual parties where a tie isn't needed it is the perfect substitute for a shirt.
Childish Gambino Trucker Hats
In his downtime, Donald Glover has particular wardrobe staples that he goes for. The trucker hat is one of these go-to looks and he's rarely seen without one. Yes the trucker hat may have reached a peak back in the 2000s along with the likes of Juicy Couture tracksuits and Von Dutch, but Donald Glover is all for the retro looks (his suiting itself is more than a nod to the Seventies) so for him it's a natural piece of headwear to go for. While Ashton Kutcher may have left the trucker hat back with his Punk'd days, there is no reason you shouldn't grab yourself one. That said, while designers have pretty much rinsed the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties in their collections today, it's only a matter of time before the Noughties get their revival. Best way to do it subtly is with a trucker hat.
Childish Gambino Nike Cortez
Donald Glover's favourite pair of trainers are without a doubt the Nike Cortez. On stage and off he's been seen wearing them, and it's not surprising bearing in mind his love of a retro pair of trainers - don't forget that Nike Cortez were worn by Forrest Gump.
Childish Gambino T-shirt
Back in 2013 there was some controversy as to why Donald Glover kept wearing the same white pocket T-shirt. We don't have a problem with it (as long as he washes it of course) as a pocket T-shirt is a wardrobe staple and an easy way to look stylish.
How To Get Childish Gambino's Style
Don't be afraid to break boundaries - this is what Childish Gambino does best
Give your suiting a mix up - switch out a shirt for a roll neck jumper or go for a different fabric like velvet
Look to the nostalgic years of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s for inspiration
Invest in a pair of Nike Cortez - they've been around for years and will never be out of fashion
Grab yourself a pocket T-shirt - a natural upgrade to the standard white T-shirt
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