The R&B superstar (and style icon) behind hits like “Miss Independent” and “Closer” believes you should never underestimate the value of being dressed to the nines at all times. “Guys should appreciate their style, whether they’re heading to the office or off for a night at the club,” he says. “No matter what you put on, it’s important to always like what you see in the mirror before you leave the house.”
Find Your Inspirations
Ne-Yo cites his style icons as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin. “Those guys were always dressed to perfection without ever looking like they tried too hard.” But don’t copycat your icons. Mix in part of their iconic look without mimicking the whole outfit.
Don’t Break the Bank
Macy’s likes Ne-Yo’s aesthetic so much, the store signed him as the face of its Alfani Red clothing line. “It’s fashionable, affordable, and fits men well. No matter where you shop, you don’t need to buy a whole closetful of clothes to improve your style,” he says. Instead, invest in a few key pieces.
Being a performer dictates how he dresses. “I need to move in my clothes, so comfort is absolutely important.” If you’re not comfortable in what you have on, it’ll show.
Create Your Signature Style
Ne-Yo certainly did. “I can’t live without my hats!” he says. “I think every man should have a signature item that defines him.”