“No one can rock a three-piece suit or a regular denim and white shirt like I can” – Aggrey Aggrey
My Style is one of our favourite features on the BN Style page, and judging from the responses it gathers, I can safely say, it has our readers interested.
BellaNaija reader Aggrey Aggrey is our My Style focus for this edition. Aggrey is a Fashion loving Nigerian who grew up in Benin. He is currently studying Engineering, working in the Financial Services sector by day and his upcoming shoe line by night in the UK. With a love for fashion and all things beautiful, Aggrey believes that first impressions matter a lot and loves to express his individuality through his outfits.
My Style Is
An expression of my individuality. It is impossible to define my style by a specific fashion definitions because I do not fit into any out there. I love to play around with different options with the key rules of colour and fitting always being taken into consideration.
Where Style Meets Personality
Growing up, I used to be a very shy kid who would have never written a piece for BellaNaija. Over the years, I have become more confident in social gatherings and I partly attribute this to compliments I sometimes get on my fashion sense. No matter what anyone says, we all like being complimented and made to feel like we look good. This has definitely made me a more confident and open person and my style reflects that.
I’ll like to think I am a fun loving and warm person. You tend to see this in my daily style choices of warm, sweet and cheerful colours. I love summer colours and I wear them all year round.
Where I Shop Till I Drop
I generally like all good quality brands and designer shopping outlets. At the moment I currently like to buy labels like Vivienne Westwood, Polo Ralph Lauren, Reiss, TM Lewin, Tie Bar, GStar, Tie Rack, Zara, JC Crew…they’re a lot.
Most of the time, I do all my shopping online or check for what I want online and pop into the shop to try the clothes on and pay; all in 15 minutes or there about. Secondly, I tend to spend more on accessories than clothes. This is because most times you can get away with a regular denim trouser and a white shirt. But the right bracelet, shoe, hat or pocket square takes your look a couple of notches past the dude with the regular boring outfit.
I haven’t got a favourite look when it comes to hair and it all depends on the mood I’m in before I sit on the barber’s chair. Sometimes, I want a medium fade or a side and nape taper. On other days I just want a buzz cut.
Day Time Express
On chilled-out days I try to look nice but comfy. I wear a lot of boat shoes, velvet slippers, shorts, polo shirts, jumpers, leather jackets, colourful chinos and jeans. For me, chilled-out doesn’t mean boring so I still try to have some interesting & colourful clothes on.
What I Wear to Work
I love the fact that my job gives me the chance to get dressed everyday and does not restrict me to boring colour choices. You’ll often catch me in a regular or three piece suit, double cuffed shirt, tie, colourful pocket square, braces and wing tips.
I Own the Night
Going out with the boys or my colleagues is always a blend of fashion styles. This is where I get to have a little fun. Basically it’s a cross breed between my regular look and my work look. I get to wear some brogues (with colourful laces), albert slippers, sport jackets, braces, waistcoats and if I’m in a really fun mood, I would add some casual tartan, cotton or jean bow tie.
I Think Every Guy Should Have
If I was to pick I would have to say ties, socks and pocket squares. I love vibrant colours and there is no better way of adding colour to an otherwise bland outfit than with a beautiful tie, sock or pocket-square.
In general, I am not big on sunglasses. I just got a couple of pairs and I pretty much wear the same one every day. I am not a big fan of man bags but I got a couple that come in handy on those short weekend trips or when I am heading to the gym.
My Advice for other Stylish Guys
Fashion is all about confidence at the end of the day. You have to love what you wear because, trust me, everyone else can tell when you’re uncomfortable. You might rock the coolest and most expensive suit, pants or shirt but without the confidence and charisma you just wouldn’t look right.
If I could Steal a Celebrity’s Wardrobe
There are loads of styles to choose from. I am torn between Ryan Gosling, Nick Wooster, Scott Disick, Tinie Tempah and Ryan Leslie. This question is hard oh. Scott Disick gets my vote. The Man is a style icon but unfortunately he knows it. Who else would say “When you think of a debonair, ridiculously good-looking guy, you think of me“. He’s got a really wicked sense of style and constantly looks dapper, colourful and chic even in a Polo Ralph Lauren tee. To top it up, he has also got a beautiful collection of Alberto Moretti Arfango shoes, who can say no to that?
Which Celebrity Stole My Look
There are so many we’ll dressed Nigerian men. Too many to decide. How about you decide BellaNaijarians.
My Style Philosophy
I haven’t got any stringent fashion rules to live by other than my outfits just have to fit properly and have a bit of colour. At the end of the day it’s all about having the confidence that you look good in whatever you decide to wear. Wear your clothes, don’t let them wear you.
Thanks a lot to Aggrey for sharing his style with us. For more information about his style follow him on Twitter/Instagram handle @Aggrey234
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