We’ve always considered A$AP Rocky an edgy outlier of upcoming fashion, and this week he reminded us why. First, he tore up the rules of evening dress and taught us all that wearing shorts with a blazer is a perfect dinner look when styled correctly, made us all nostalgic for t -merch shirts (those souvenir shop clothes we all scavenged for in the 90s and 00s), before pleading for retro football gear when he flexed a custom lilac Serapis jersey – which fans will recognize in the rapper’s “DMB” music video – which he wore with matching tracksuits and neon sneakers. Blokecore, we call it. Now, it looks like Rocky is road-testing a new trend that’s been making the rounds in fashion lately: sporty eyewear.
The 33-year-old was seen in New York sporting a pair of eye-catching neon red sunglasses which he wore with a white graphic print t-shirt and low rise jeans. It was the kind of practical eyewear you might imagine on a Tour de France athlete or an intrepid hiker in the mountains: equipped with sporty polarized lenses to reflect the sun and wraparound shape for comfort. But, as odd as they may look on the face of the rapper and fashion’s favorite muse (who we doubt will be climbing Mont Blanc anytime soon), they’re nothing new to the biggest fashion fans.
Sunglasses styling, once the domain of outdoor sports brands such as Oakley and Alpinas, catapulted to fashion glory in 2019 when luxury brands Prada, Off White and Balenciaga got them. headed to Milan and Paris as part of a broader ’90s trend. Soon after, polarized lenses and streamlined shapes were everywhere and became one of the most ironic and popular accessory trends. coveted, championed by Instagram superstars like Bella Hadid and Kim Kardashian. Indeed, Princess Anne, the well-dressed royal with a penchant for Prada shades, is also a fan.