For those needing an intro, Denola Grey is one of Lagos’ emerging men’s style influencer. A force of some sort to be reckoned with in the men fashion scene, Denola wears many hats on and offline which includes curating his personal style on his blog; denolagrey.com, hosting a ‘Fashion for Men’ segment on TV, and serving as a style contributor for The Guardian. He’s also recently added Coke Studio Africa Influencer to his CV. As a fashion aficionado, he stays relevant by constantly creating trendy content for that space and setting the pace there too.
Through the years Denola has been able to evolve style-wise with the comfy, preppy Denola making way for a more fashion forward, risqué one. And he’s not your average male fashionista, Denola keeps pushing the boundaries, blurring the lines between what’s considered masculine, feminine and metro-sexual. He’s also become known for his playful colour pallets, hip style, and youthful funk.
One of his most forward style advances has been his ‘belted blazer look’. Denola recalls how he found inspiration to work this look:
I remembered looking at the men’s fall/winter16 collections online and noticed that the forecast for the later part of 2016 and the earlier half of 2017, would be belted looks. The two collections that struck a chord with me were the suave, clean belted looks from Brioni and the more playfully deconstructed, urban belted looks from Haider Ackerman. Suddenly, inspiration hit.
Who knew that wearing belts above the waist would be just as cool for men even though it’s not your typical men’s look. Well, Denola did. To him, style means individuality and he’s not afraid to show this off in his looks, such as this one. As he once puts it:
I thoroughly enjoyed how far the outfit went. You see, one of the most important things to me is individuality. The best way to celebrate individuality and creativity is through personal style. There is a liberation in it that is uniquely priceless.
We’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching Denola style this emerging look! So as an ode, this is to the times Denola perfected personal style wearing belted blazers.
Photo Credit: IG | Denola Grey
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