I could give a handful of reasons why so many in the culture consider A$AP Rocky not only the smoothest cat in the game, but also a preeminent icon for a new age of style. His music, his voice, his outlook, it’s all fresh. His trademark black-on-black swagger, though, has to play a large role in Lord Flacko’s status.
All black everything is completely in for this year. Rocky, Kanye, Usher, LeBron, the names go on and on. Ever since the days of Run-D.M.C., black has carried a certain aura. You never worry about matching because it goes with everything. You don’t worry about stains and spills because you can never see them. Listen, I love a fresh white T-shirt just like the next guy. I grew up on them. They made songs about them. But it’s hard to overlook the influence black clothing has on the game right now.
That extends to the kicks, as well. I’ve always been partial to black shoes over their white counterparts, but that’s gone to another level because of some of the recent heat we’ve seen.
From legendary, game-changing classics like the Nike Air Max 90 and Huarache to their younger siblings in the Roshe Run and Air Max Tavas, sleek silhouettes always look fly in dark colors. And with school nearly here, it’s time to upgrade your rotation to something that can work in any scenario.
With black T-shirts, jogger and fleece options, and a plethora of sneakers that extend from lifestyle silhouettes to performance shoes, the new collection from Champs Sports in the latest Game Plan will have you laced for that first day of classes. I can still remember those days in high school, contemplating what I wanted to wear during school pictures. Make it easy on yourself this year with a lights out, all-black fit.
White might’ve dominated the summer, but the cold weather is returning and so is school. Get yourself ready for the fall with these head-to-toe “blackout” fits in the Game Plan.
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I mess with dark-colored T-shirts all year, not just in the summer. White T-shirts carry too many risks. In this collection, there are plenty of options. The Futura Tank is a nice addition as well, as it’ll let you soak up those rays at the beach.
NIKE FUTURA TEE – $28
NIKE FUTURA TANK – $30 (only available in stores)
NIKE PREMIUM ESSENTIALS TEE – $35 (only available in stores)
Finding the right pair of shorts for warm weather can always be difficult for the fellas out there. Go too casual and you’ll risk losing your swag. Go too far in the opposite direction and you’ll be looking like an old man. Fleece and joggers, though, represent the perfect antidote for all of us.
Classic Air Max models will never go out of style, and rocking them in all black is the perfect edition to your rotation. They work in any situation, at any point of the year. The Huarache and Air Max 90 are both longtime classics that have a history of redefining the sneaker game. The Roshe Run and Tavas are their offspring, new shoes with the potential to do the same for a new generation. Add in training silhouettes like the Excellerate and the Wright and you’ll be looking fly from the crib to the gym.
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