The path of children’s television presenter turned style icon is not a regularly travelled one; and yet Reggie Yates has gone from Saturday morning TV to the front row of catwalk shows, prime time TV and a recent showing in GQ’s ‘Most Stylish Men of the Week’ feature in just a few short years.
Anyone remember the inimitable Mr Yates presenting ‘Diggit’ and ‘Smile’ with Fearne Cotton on Saturday mornings? Well everyone has a past, so we won’t hold it against him now, especially as he has become one of Radio 1′s most influential DJs and – more importantly to us – a very well dressed young man.
On BBC’s The Voice, Will.i.am called Yates the “fashion Obama”, in reference to the presenter’s interest and flair for menswear. Whether you want to take on board a quote from a tiny pop star that relentlessly wears gloves indoors is up to you but what you cannot argue with is the Radio 1 man’s grasp of modern tailoring and his clever use of colour.
This section focuses on Reggie’s evening wear, rather than his everyday attire. This is where our front row man comes into his own; Yates will always raise his game for the occasion. He even got a sartorial nod from GQ’s Best Dressed Man of 2012, Tinie Tempah, in a recent interview.
Some of the outfits featured above are perfect for summer events. In what appears as an update on the “breaking the suit” formula that was prominent last year, Reggie Yates takes separates and runs with them unapologetically.
To achieve his look, you have to consider key colour combinations and find a slim cut of tailoring that enables you to look formal yet relaxed, contemporary but with a touch of classicism.
For example, why not try some tapered black trousers with a white buttoned up slim-fit shirt, for a simple and elegant monotone look. Building on that strong base, add a unique touch and a hint of flair in the form of a patterned blazer and signature loafers.
Another idea that would be perfect for a night out (or an equally smart-casual occasion) is a fitted white tee and washed out chinos teamed with a relaxed blazer, to add maturity and grandeur to your outfit.
A born and bred Londoner, Reggie Yates has benefited from both the thriving street style in his home city and the forward-thinking designers and movements that make the capital their canvas. This is clearly shown in the way he dresses.
In a similar way to Tinie Tempah, Yates has cherry-picked his style. Touching on inner city/urban themes, geek chic, mainstream and high fashion within his day wear; this mixture is what makes him interesting to FashionBeans readers. Our assistant editor, Luke Todd, caught up with our man in question as they took their seats at this years London Collections event, where Reggie let loose on what makes his wardrobe tick:
“I’m a big style guy; I don’t really jump on trends. So as for the collection, I look out for pieces that speak to me as an individual. The fact that we’ve moved on from fashion week shows that British men have become a lot more conscious about what they wear.”
Reggie Yates at Topman Design Spring/Summer 2013
To achieve his laid back style, Reggie has taken a simple approach – purchasing a wide range of superb statement items for his wardrobe that he can add to an ensemble in an instant, providing that little extra something to turn your head.
A good example of this is the sleeveless denim jacket and slim white tee combination that he executes on point in the lookbook above. This outfit provides a modern twist on the classic stonewashes and white tee set up. When teamed with the statement glasses, this look is a nod to the past with everything in the new. He seems to follow that classic rule of less is more; if a shirt opened up over a plain tee is enough, then it is enough.
Here a few considered product selections with his style in mind:
A blend of contemporary London, classic sensibilities and signature pieces of flair, Reggie’s key look seems to be broken tailoring; mix and match blazer and trouser combinations that respect the tone of the event while adding a touch of his own unique taste.
It’s important not to have advice rammed down your throat, but rather to take on board hints and ideas from our articles, cherry picking what appeals to you. With that in mind, I would suggest taking a closer look at Reggie Yates’s style – even if you hate Radio 1 and The Voice – and try to appreciate the man’s clear understanding of colour and pattern, as well as his ability to utilise accessories that add to his outfits without appearing too busy or “try hard”.
So what do you think? Are you a fan of Reggie Yates? Were you aware of his style before this article? Has it changed your opinion on the man?
Let us know…