He’s become an international sensation: seemingly an unsung one, but that’s exactly his craft – music. Cody Simpson isn’t a household name like Justin Bieber. But the Aussie singer is friends with the Biebs, gets around with ‘it’ girls Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid – Simpson’s on-again-off-again Victoria’s Secret girlfriend and now calls LA home.
What’s also changed a lot – since living on the Gold Coast – is Simpson’s fashion. Like a study on the evolution of style, the 18-year-old is finding himself in Hollywood – changing immensely in the last 12 months. Not only has he gone from commercial songster to independent artist (he runs his own Coast Records company now), but Simpson has grown up in other ways, turning from a fashion boy to stylish man.
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Breaking It Down
With the hip brat-pack by his side, Simpson is finding his fame-feet. With bleached out locks, Simpson has kept his surfer heritage in Cali, underpinning the blond with washed-out denim, loose-fit t-shirts and sharp cut top coats – for those winter adventures in NY.
There’s an evident Americana mood to his dressing too; seen in the western Chelsea boots – in tan, black and mossy suede – and statement fedora, which saddles on in over casual street ensembles and even double-breast suits.
While double-denim usually evokes images of Nineties fashion misdemeanours, Simpson has a way with the indigo-cotton combination. Matching the denim – both top and bottom – is his style, opting for washed out vintage jeans under a denim jacket or chambray shirt.
But anchoring the denim melange requires something stable, which sees Simpson stick to staple blacks, working in a basic t-shirt or Chester top coat – depending on the weather.
Accessories break away from the DD assault too; Simpson’s gargantuan bandana scarf, baseball cap and neck chains layering over the indigo, creating light and shade.
Not many men can don a wide brim hat (with a suit) and not look like an American Country Music Awards nominee. Unlike the guitar-strumming redneck, Simpson teams the felt Akubra-cum-fedora with a sharp suit, doing away with any barnyard shenanigans.
Keeping it classic, the black suit is formalised in a double-breast cut with black-tie satin lapels. But accompanying details offer a true contemporary style: an open neck white collar shirt and black velour slippers (no socks) creating a summer feel with nautical motifs embroidered on the slipper.
Other times, it’s black-on-black colour palette with a black shirt, molten tie and black stone ring- a monochrome paisley bandana slung nonchalantly by the wayside – tying in the sophisticated cowboy gallop with slick Chelsea boots.
If Simpson was to play colour favourites, blue would come out royally on top. From admiral to azure, the boyish colour features right across the singer’s street casual wardrobe – working it into both summer and winter looks.
Winter consists of durable mid-blue denim jeans, cinched at the ankle and concertinaed over tan leather Chelsea boots. The gargantuan length of a paisley scarf is restrained kept long with a tail-ish flick at the front – so not to bunch under the quilted blue bomber with black ribbed cuffs and nylon sheen.
In the warmer months the active feels run on. The bomber jacket is replaced with an open nylon blouson, a crest appliqué adding a preppy vibe under a tennis cap. Slimmer versions of the winter denim are a younger look for Simpson, enhanced by youth-y vans and school black backpack.
Tucker For Leather
As Simpson matures, so too does his jacket taste. Channelling mid-century style icons, the singer recreate signature leathers, interjecting animal hide into an active casual dress code.
The renaissance of the shearling aviator looks slick in oil black over a basic t-shirt, tucked into belted Western-wash jeans, and vintage leather boots. The trucker cap tops off the Americana twist.
A more Nineties skater aesthetic is made more sophisticated with a monochrome palette. A leather perfecto jacket sits coolly slouched, over a half-tuck t-shirt and straight-cut denim, sock-less plimsol footwear in duck-egg blue reappearing as Simpson’s go-to sneaker.
Key Simpson Fashion Items
Suits: Double breast black suit (Hugo Boss or Gucci).
Jackets: Quilted bomber (Carhartt or Moncler); black shearling aviator (Tom Ford), black leather perfecto (Saint Laurent); blue blouson (Acne Studios).
Jeans: Black jeans (Ami); blue jeans (Levi’s Vintage); mid-blue jeans (Nudie Jeans).
Shoes: Slip-on plimsols (Vans); tan Chelsea boots (Red Wing); suede boots (Paul Smith); velvet slippers (Rubinacci).
Accessories: Rings and Chains (A.P.C); bandana (Saint Laurent or Alexander McQueen); Akubra hat (R.M. Williams or Brixton); cap (The Critical Slide Society); sunglasses (Cutler & Gross).