I love Tyler, The Creator. There, I said it. His low-pitched tone, his cheeky personality and slow jam grooves about falling in and out of love are charming af.
The controversial rapper has some of the most innovative music in the rap industry. And, no cap, he’s one of the most fashion forward, expressive and adventurous dresses in rap right now.
Ofc, nothing will ever be as iconic as his Igor fits: a platinum blonde bowl cut, bold black sunnies and monochromatic and tonal colour matching blazers and trousers, but Tyler’s normal looks are a preppy sporty fantasy. Specifically, his key items are prints, knits, boxy shapes, gold studded earrings and iconic five panel hats.
Here’s how to dress like my preppy-inspired Flower Boy rap boyfriend, Tyler, The Creator.
First of all, he has his own label if you’re lazy
Initially, a lot of what Tyler, The Creator wears comes from his label Golf Wang.
FYI, most of the stuff he’s wearing in his Instagram photos are no longer on the store and are extremely rare to find, but if you fancy some sweatsuits, monochromatic jumpers, hoodies, socks and five panel hats, the site’s not half bad.
Plus, I did just buy this pair of pink printed chino pants because, y’know, gay rights.
Side note: if you end up buying these, know that you’d definitely want to wear something monochromatic on top. Maybe a nice relaxed fit burgundy satin shirt that I’m currently obsessed with. Yes, I’m aware it’s an extremely disco vibe but y’know what, Doja Cat made that hip again with “Say So.”
Ultimately, my man Tyler is a skinny dude. Practically anything looks and feels baggy on him but he does like to go for a boxy shape. His tops and bottoms are always spacious and with free room for him to move and dance.
What that means for you here is going for clothes that are slightly baggy and not fitted to your body.
Say, this Han Kjøbenhavn zebra printed shirt.
Style this with some loose bottoms (anything not skinny jeans works tbh) and you’ll get the boxy look.
Prints on Prints
Unlike Harry Styles’s love for simple print tees, Tyler loves prints with contrasting colour schemes.
Like, oh, idk, this tomatoes print on a baby blue satin shirt and snow leopard print tee.
Ofc, the golden rule with patterns is if you’re wearing them on top, keep it plain on the bottom. Unless you’re Sex Education’s Eric Effiong, it can come across as too busy and distracting and loses the impact of your lovely printed patterns.
Inspired by the preppy sporty aesthetic of golf fits, Tyler loves anything knitted.
I’m talking, a warm knitted sweater, sweater vest and light cardigan… anything that gives off the illusion that Tyler is at Yale studying for his finals in political science or at father’s second mansion on spring break, instead of in his cabin in the frozen mountains right now mixing beats.
Again, when wearing these, he likes them with some patterns and bold colours. So, going with the sweater vest option, we recommend having a soft white tee underneath for extra preppy goodness.
Sadly, this wonderful camel wool-blend sweater vest from Gucci’s Logo-Jacquard collection is currently sold out, but there is this out there yet comfy lace-knitted banded-hem wool sleeves sweater by Raf Simmons.
When styling a sweater vest, it’s best to match it with a simple white or black tee or long sleeve underneath, trousers or shorts with knee-high socks and loafers. Nothing too pattern heavy since you want the focus to be your knitted kit.
Studded to the max in gold
Just like my other totally irl husband J-Hope from BTS, Tyler loves some cheeky light gold jewelry. He’s often seen with these nice gold round studded earrings, a short gold chain chokers or gold pendant, and, sometimes, gold grills.
We don’t recommend the last one as they’re very, very expensive, but we’re big fans of gold chokers here at Syrup HQ.
If you’re going for the gold studded option, we recommend this Annie Earring Set from Mestige.
For a gold chain choker, there’s also this lovely yet chunky neck chain with circular clasp in gold by DesignB.
There isn’t really a hard rule to styling here except that ideally you want to try and not over accessorise and mix match with too many different types of jewellery. If you are, just make sure they’re in similar tones so they’re not clashing.
Five panel hats
Topping this all off is Tyler’s other token piece (his pièce symbolique, if you will): his love for a nice five panel hat.
Throughout all of his outfits, Tyler is seen in a few different hat accessories, from newsboy caps to ushankas, but the one that’s the most distinct and worn is his collection of five panel hats.
But if none of them tickle your fancy, we also recommend this beige Club 5 panel hat by Epokhe. It’s nice and creamy and also very Tyler, The Creator.
Obviously the key to a good five or six panel hat is making sure it matches with the rest of your outfit. A five panel hat works great with something casual or preppy, and obviously, if the patterns and colours correspond with what else you’re wearing.
If you were to go with the six panel flower two tone hat, you could match it with a nice plain white tee and red chino pants.