We stopped for a chat recently with LA based musician and Instagrammer Zakry Hayden, to see what his views were on men's style.
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Zakry Hayden is a young musician hailing from Los Angeles. For the past year he has built up strong followings on YouTube for his vocal covers of popular songs, and on Instagram for his sharp photographs and inspiring approach to style. We caught up with him to find out what should be in our wardrobes, his top picks from The Idle Man and more.
What 3 projects that you have been involved in are you most proud of?
Since my move to LA I have been involved with several projects; first being a film called 'Lockdown', which was almost like a modern take on 'The Breakfast Club', which was really fun to work on. I have never really gotten to experience acting in front of people in an environment like that, so it made it really exciting and nerve racking all at the same time. Another one is of course, my own personal music, as well as writing for a couple of other artists as well.
I have done music my entire life and it's just such a different feeling to actually be able to do it professionally and make a living off of it. For some reason it makes it feel more real if that makes any sense at all. Then there's my Instagram, and developing a sense of style, and fashion that really makes me feel like a million dollars. Its hard in LA with all of the trust fund kids strutting around in YSL and Gucci, but between ripping, thrifting, and knowing where to look I have acquired quite the wardrobe that I really love being in.
What has blogging taught you about fashion - how has your career influenced your style?
Blogging and my career going hand in hand has taught me a lot about fashion. I've learned how to mix and match pieces that I may wear regularly, with pieces I have either just bought, or haven't worn in a long time, and make them look completely different. Through blogging and research I've really been able to hone in on my personal style and start building a wardrobe around things that I really feel keep me satisfied. I've been able to start learning how to track and predict fashion trends, and in that know exactly what staple pieces I should have readily available for next season.
How would you describe your personal style
My personal style is a mix of LA and British streetwear. I love the rips and the tears and the edge that have been in high production out of both markets lately. LA is reverting back to 90`s gold with the flannel shirts and leathers, trucker hats, and baggy shirts - very grunge-esque and I couldn't be more obsessed with it if I tried.
Then taking inspiration from my friends across the pond, the spray on skinnies paired with a nice pair of matte leather, or suede Chelsea boots, a mid thigh length long-line jumper topped off with a nice classically chic camel hair over coat. I can't get enough. Luckily its been a little bit colder in LA this season so I can get away with some of the heavier winter pieces.
What is your go to outfit?
My go to outfit for this season would definitely be a nice solid-coloured long sleeve tee, maybe a size up to give it a worn, loose-fitting look. Then, I would pair that with another warm solid-coloured jumper to go on top of it, just to give it a nice layered look. Top it off with a denim, or leather jacket; this way you won't get too cold if the moment arises, and you have to become the chivalrous hero your mum raised you to be, you can take the top layer off and offer it to a freezing date if need be. Fashionable and functional is ALWAYS the key to a good outfit. After that throw on a sturdy pair of skinnies, and a good pair of boots or trainers and you'll be good to go for the day, all the way into the wee hours of the morning.
Where do you get style inspiration from?
As I explained before I take my inspiration from both Los Angeles and British street fashion. Some of my other fashion POI would definitely be tumblr, and people watching, seeing if anything jumps out at me.
What advice would you give to someone who is having difficulty developing their own style?
When developing your own style, take your feelings into account, as well as your own comfort levels. I've had days where I walk outside instantly regretting my choices. Make sure you are being 100 percent YOU and that your clothing reflects that, because you can prance around town in a 2700 dollar Yeezy sweatshirt but if you don't actually like it people will be able to tell. The best accessory you can have is confidence. If you're not confident in your look, there will be nothing you can do to pull it off.
What are your fashion dos and don’ts?
DO: Own a good pair of boots. You can never go wrong with boots.
DON'T: Pair a baggy top half, with a baggy bottom half, you'll look like a square.
DO: Personalize your clothing, even if its just a small tear, or pin. Not only will it make if look one of a kind, but it will capture attention.
DON'T: Wear Dark Brown and Black together........ Never a good combo.