street style

My Style Icon: Zayn Malik

To me, Zayn Malik from One Direction has one of best sense of style out there. He’s not afraid to take risks, and likes to pair different kinds of trends together, to form a masterpiece. He, along with One Direction’s stylist Caroline Watson (pictured below), collaborate to create looks that get widespread attention. Last year, GQ.co.uk readers named Zayn the Best Dressed Man of the Year. He is also nominated again this year for the same award.

Zayn uses a variety of shops and brands to formulate his looks. He is not a label junkie; if it looks good he’ll wear it. From ASOS to Alexander McQueen, from the streets of London to the Red Carpet, Zayn always manages to look put together.

I always find myself trying to emulate his style. His street style always has a bad boy, urban, hipster feel to it (but he’s far from the “bad boy” persona the media gives him). It always looks effortless. Below are some of my favorite street style looks. Believe, there are more looks that I love, but I don’t want to bore you with pictures of Zayn, when you can just go on Tumblr and find other majestic pictures of him.


His style does a complete 180 when he is a Red Carpet worthy events, as he still keeps his street style look, but with a more formal, refined edge.

As of late, I find myself trying to steal some of his looks. And unlike some of his band mates and their designer pieces (*cough*Harry Styles and Saint Laruent*cough*), Zayn Malik keeps it real with affordable pieces. With great resources, such as the helpful blog dresslike-1d.tumblr.com, you can see that Zayn gathers his pieces from stores such as ASOS and Urban Outfitters, in addition to some designer pieces.

Not only is Zayn Malik a style icon, he is an ambassador to The British Asian Trust. The British Asian Trust reaches out to the poorest people in South Asia. They unite the community to address the most urgent problems–the very roots of poverty–facing disadvantaged communities today. The Trust is managing donations to The Pakistan Recovery Fund to rebuild lives following the floods. And in honor of Zayn’s 22nd birthday on January 12th, with the help of 1D Fans Give, fans of One Direction are trying to raise $10,000 for the Trust. AS of December 30th, the fandom has raised $7,204.94. Donations can be made on the Just Giving website here! Donate in honor of Zayn’s birthday!

Who’s your style icon? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.

-R.N.

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My Dream Wardrobe: Part 1

Now that school’s out, I have a lot of free time on my hands. So lately I have been looking at different websites, just surfing the internet as you do as a college student with too much free time on their hands. I always manage to go on online shopping websites, to see what I can’t afford and to imagine what I could wear with tons of money. Looking a designer goods also influences me in what kind of trends that I should try out. Below is a Part 1 of a compilation of items I would probably wear and buy if I had an unlimited amount of money. Part 2 will be posted in a few weeks so stay tuned for that!

Acne Studios: College Printed Loopback Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt: $320

Acene Sweatshirt

I love this sweatshirt because its different enough to stand out in the crowd, but “safe” enough that it doesn’t look like you’re trying too hard to be different. Acne Studios always have cool, effortless pieces that can make you stand out, without looking like an asshole. Oh I wish I could buy their stuff, but alas I’m a college student on a college budget. Hell, I’m currently doing an unpaid internship. Talk about that college life.

Alexander McQueen: Navy Check Velvet Blazer: $1,975

McQueen Suit Jacket

I’m always in love with a velvet jacket. Perfect for the holiday season (which is ONLY six months away) for when you got out and have dinner with those high school friends that you sometimes talk to. I feel that owning and wearing a velvet blazer just oozes luxury. Can never go wrong with one.

Burberry:  Kensington – Mid-Length Heritage Trench Coat: $1,695

Burberry Trench

This trench coat would be a dream to have in anyone’s closet. Its a classic piece that can go with anything, yet it has that slim-cut modern edge that can flatter any body-type. Wear it over a suit, or with jeans and a t-shirt. You can’t go wrong with this trench. I need it as soon as can save enough money (which could take a while considering I don’t have an actual job yet and I’m still a university student).

Burberry: Slim-Fit Travel Tailoring Wool Sharkskin Suit: $1,995

Burberry Suit

The cut and color of this suit is what I always dream to look like. A dark enough blue to wear for any occasion, and slim enough to flatter my smaller, skinnier frame. On the Burberry website, it says that the suit is made from 100% sharksin cloth, using an innovative technique to weave to fabric. I know that Burberry suits are mostly known for their cuts and not so much their materials, but hey, this is a world where I have an unlimited amount of money and can buy any suit I want.

Saint Laurent: Leather Biker Jacket: $6,450

Saint Laurent Jacket

A leather jacket another great staple piece to have. A biker jacket is even a greater piece to have. It just screams badass, which is something I’m not. That’s what I love about fashion; you can create a create a new character with the clothes you wear. Whether it be artsy, badass, prep, you can be anybody. Now this Saint Laurent is something I would kill to have! I just love the detailing of the jacket and the fit of it too.

Well that is the end of Part 1 of my Dream Wardrobe. Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks where I’ll post the 2nd part of this series. I love getting feedback, so any advice you have for a new blogger, please feel free to message me or to make a comment below. In the mean time, have an awesome day!

-R.N.

All images are not mine. They belong to both Burberry and mrporter.com