How to Dress Like Grandmaster Flash

Our guest blogger, Roxana Altamirano, the genius behind Nerd Boyfriend, shows you how to get the hip hop pioneer's look.

Even for the most skilled dressers, assembling a killer outfit sometimes requires a little more inspiration than the average online shopping experience provides. Enter Roxana Altamirano, the genius behind Nerd Boyfriend, the style blog that offers step-by-step instructions for recreating ensembles worn by icons ranging from Ingmar Bergman to Willie Nelson. Now she's guest blogging on every week. Have a hero you want to see featured? Just leave a note in the comments, and we'll see what we can do.


Grandmaster Flash in New York City, 1981
In this 1981 photo, pioneering DJ Grandmaster Flash takes fashion cues from styles ranging from disco to street to western to dance. The most important—and hardest to replicate—element of his outfit is the way he makes the varied inspirations his own.
Grandmaster helped make Kangol caps into hip hop classics.


Ben Sherman poplin shirt.
A Western-inspired belt by Robert Graham.


Flare jeans are hard to pull off—they can look dated and Euro-trashy—but here they look timelessly cool. Topman offers a selection of denim.


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