Cam’ron Does Americana Style Right
Come Independence Day, It’s Your Civic Duty To Get Turnt Up With This Look
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Cam’ron. The OG Purple Don. Dipset commander-in-chief. Killa Cam. No matter what you call him, Cam’ron is one of the most distinctive dressers in the history of pop culture. In this tear-jerkingly patriotic instagram vid, Killa Cam shows that yes, you can have national pride AND swag at the same damn time.
America. The greatest country on Earth.
The Land of the Free.
Is there anyone who better summarizes the New World’s penchant for doing whatever the f*ck it wants than Cam’ron?
This dude made it OK for rappers to wear pink. My man wears women’s fur coats. He wears babushka headscarves. And he makes all of that look hard as hell.
But maybe most importantly, Cam’ron borrowed from the greatest aesthetics of all time — the American flag and Presidential Seal — and made them his own. I guarantee there are kids out there who think the U.S. government ripped the Presidential Seal off from Dipset. When you’ve repurposed a symbol so thoroughly that people recognize it over the original, you’ve truly made it as a style icon.
The global fashion landscape is obsessed with obscure nationalism. Gosha Rubchinskiy’s Soviet vibes are high-key the wave right now. But you can look within the borders of your own nation for some seriously turned-up nationalistic looks —there’s a reason every ~lifestyle~ or ~heritage~ brand on earth is trying to do what American artisans did 100 years ago. It’s because America is the sh*t and everyone knows it.
Just think of all the waves with Americana at their core: Sportswear. Heritage wear. Workwear. Streetwear, tbh. It’s the birthplace of hip-hop. The genesis of punk rock. It’s basketball jerseys and Air Jordans. To everyone who’s ever said that America contributes nothing to the cultural landscape, I say: Have you even seen Killa Season? Have you listened to Come Home With Me? Do you recognize Dipset as true leaders?
So, what are you wearing on Fourth of July? Declare independence from swagless frat-house vibes with the $ tyleJacker method.
Let’s get it:
The official footwear of cookouts everywhere. You need a dope pair of slides to complete the “It’s summer and I don’t give a f*ck who knows it” look. Plus, they’re comfy as hell and let your toesies breathe. If you got weird, disgusting feet like mine, pair with printed socks for extra IDGAF vibes. If you got the cash, go designer with these because we all know what happens when you wear Gucci Flip Flops.
Gucci Rubber Slide Sandal, $ 161.61 at Gucci.com
Dipset Eagle Logo Slides, $ 65.00 at DipsetUSA.com
2. A Jersey
Sportswear — especially basketball and baseball apparel — is as American as it gets. Taking sh*t from the gym to the streets is an essential aspect of American style. And wearing a jersey is the perfect way to say, “I can’t play sports, but I respect the heroes who have devoted their lives to being really good at putting a ball through a hoop.”
You can probably find a throwback jersey for the low at a thrift store or one of those sportswear stores in the hood that have sun-faded 1996 Reeboks in the front window. If not, try these:
Dipset Dipkees Baseball Jersey, $ 189.99 at DipsetUSA.com
adidas Golden Warriors Jersey, $ 49.99 at Amazon.com
3. A Baseball Cap
America is a neon yellow Hummer with chrome rims. It’s a lifted truck with a bald eagle airbrushed on the hood. And America is a big-a*s, flat-brim lid with huge embroidered logos and a ridiculous color scheme. It’s unapologetically flashy. When you’re the leader of the free world, you earn the right to flex on haters 1776% of the time.
So throw a loud-ass cap on your dome and show the terrorists you’re not afraid.
Palm Angels Blue USA Cap, $ 74.00 at SSENSE.com
New York Yankees MLB Inlinen Color 9FIFTY Snapback Cap, $ 31.99 at NewEraCap.com
4. Chill-A*s Shorts
I’m sorry Cam, but I can’t stand behind the jorts you got on in this one. The rules are a little different if you’re an early-2000s Harlem rap legend, so Cam gets a pass here. But you don’t. No jean shorts, guys. Ever. Just don’t.
So what does that leave us with? You’ve got preppy khaki shorts, which are great for a Hamptons vibe but that simply ain’t what we’re up to here. You’ve got cargo shorts, which I honestly believe are due for a revival, but it’s not the time yet. You’ve got Rick Owens drop-crotch joints, but we’re off the Evil Streets, goth lord diaper butt vibe.
So as you can see, the only option that remains is something in the athletic department. Luckily, sportswear is lit AF in 2016. I’m going to wear basketball shorts at Fashion Week next month and people’s minds will be blown all the way open. Just watch. (Dear Vetements and Off-White: hit my DM if you want me to wear your basketball shorts at Fashion Week)
Off-White Black & Yellow Arrow Shorts, $ 275.00 at SSENSE.com
Ralph Lauren Cotton-Blend-Fleece Short, $ 89.50 at RalphLauren.com
Your grandparents fought for your right to flex — don’t disappoint them. It’s your civic duty to get all the way turnt up this Independence Day. And every good turn-up starts with a fully-lit outfit. So strap on some flagwear, light some fireworks, crack a f*cking Budweiser and do it right this July 4th.