You can wear snapbacks and dunks without repping swag
First and foremost, this article is not about swag. Swag is a young man’s game – some would even call it a youth’s game. To say the very least, it is a diluted and superficially juiced up version of swagger. The culture of swag has taken men’s fashion hostage, and while it is fine for young people to have their own subculture of style, the sad truth is that swag style has placed a bit of a stigma on some of the simple and clean pieces of street attire. While some of the following items have become elevated to be iconic pieces of swag style, they are in and on themselves great pieces to add your any young man’s wardrobe.
- Flat bill hats – both fitted caps and the more recently popularized snapbacks are the most modern iterations of the baseball cap. They are a simple medium to demonstrate sports team affiliations and represent cities. In addition, the pristine nature of the cap demonstrates how new a cap is, which suggests the success of the cap owner’s hustle.
- Dunks – sure, there was a time when basketball shoes were solely for playing basketball, but with the realization that superstars had near limitless marketability came the advent of overpriced and excessively stylized celebrity-endorsed shoes. There was a time when Celebrity endorsed shoes were just something that parents could spoil their kids with – nothing makes you play harder than your hero’s name and jersey number scrawled next to your laces. Today, the most high-end basketball shoes are extremely limited in production and often not even worn. Instead, they are collector’s items that are occasionally taken out of a closet and carefully guarded so as to avoid scuffing.
Although swag may be an ugly word to the older generation, there are some tenants of the dapper gentleman that it teaches youths very well. Among them are the importance of quality and confidence.
Written by Asher Briggs