Monday, March 19th, 2007

What Not To Wear Or, More Proof That 30 Is Not The New 20

I need a fashion intervention!

“I’m From Rolling Stone” winner Krishtine De Leon and her fam at SF State, along with my man Jazzbo, have been offering me unsolicited but very necessary fashion advice.

Now when I was at SoleSides, I dressed pretty good because those guys were relentless with it. (Lyrics Born to Jeff: “What is that, dude, a cowboy shirt?” It was.) And when I worked at 360hiphop, I had to look good because Halle Berry might walk in the door at any moment. (Kris Ex to Jeff: “So are you tryna bring New Balance back?” I was.) But for the past 2 years or so, I have heard no sartorial complaints at all.

This worries me. I wonder if people are like, “I can’t tell Jeff that guys aren’t supposed to wear capri pants, even in the summer, because he’s a faaaamous author.” It’s like I haven’t looked decent since “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” was on, and yall won’t tell me.

Fuck that!

Here is what I am asking: if you have advice as to what I should (or should not) be wearing, holla. Now. Please. Especially if you’ve seen me talk in the past 2 years and thought, hmmm, not a good look. I can’t afford a stylist–I write books and articles!–and I am about to go on tour again.

We’re going for fresh and clean. Easy assignment.

Thank you, fly people.

posted by @ 2:45 pm | 15 Comments

15 Responses to “What Not To Wear Or, More Proof That 30 Is Not The New 20”

  1. Nate P. says:

    Ropeadope makes some sharp t-shirts, including a bunch of designs based on ’60s Blue Note album art and a few pop icon styles (I got the Sun Ra and King Tubby because Sound of Joy and Augustus Pablo’s Ital Dub rule everything). I guess Pumas and adidas are perennial, too. Other than that, just avoid stonewash and things’ll probably sort themselves out.

  2. Oliver says:


    Much as I respect your elder statesman steez these days, I cannot, for the life of me, understand why you’re olive branching to a pathetic hater who dissed you in one of the pettiest ways I’ve ever seen. I’m not saying you need to 10% dis but good gawd, you don’t always need to play nice with sandbox babies.

  3. Jaz says:

    Jeff did you ever get my e-mail please?


  4. Jeff says:

    nah, i can handle the truth. plus this is cheaper than getting a personal shopper.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The funny thing is that teen hip-hop fashion hasn’t really changed in the past 10 years, or at least not in NorCal. Maybe it’s best to wear T-shirts of a long-defunct rap group or record label. It gives kids the impression that you were cooler than them when they were rockin’ to “Who Let the Dogs Out?” in their cribs.

  6. Jeff says:

    i dunno, i think it’s changed. got these kids on my block wearing these allover lollipop colored print hoodies that hurt my eyes, man.

  7. Da Truf says:


    When all else fails, an oversize white tee, slightly baggy jeans, and Chucks will do. You’re from Cali aren’t you?

    All-over prints are done, “street wear” is getting more homo by the minute, and as much as I love non-gendered colorways, there is such thing as too much pink.

    I guess you have to choose between published author and “hip hop writer” at times. But when all else fails, use your celebrity and local pride to get sponsorships. I did! (Diamond/Mama/Nicacelly) It’s a way to stay fitted for free and help out a homie with their business.

    Oliver. You want in on this? Judging from your thumbnail, it wouldn’t hurt.

    Love always,

  8. Oliver says:


    Oh snap, she’s got jokes.

    The whole “killing thy father” trip is cute but seriously, it’s not a real great lane for you in the long term.

    But hey, do you.

    Jeff: I’m thinking Hawaiian prints, all the way. Worked for Gary Okihiro.

  9. Jeff says:

    but i threw out all my white tees last year. figured i should get my grown man on. i replaced them with that english laundry embroidered plaid. oh well! i think i just gotta get used to the fact that 40 is the new 40.

  10. Jeff says:

    o, my tommy bahama collection would shock you. nate, good looking on the ropeadope. krish, i def gotta leverage this embarrassment for some frickin swag!

  11. Jeff says:

    ah, sedgwick & cedar to the rescue. i love those guys…

  12. Anonymous says:

    If you got 30 bucks burning a hole in yr. pocket:

    When in doubt, there are always XXL shirts of Tony Montana frowning.

  13. Jeff says:

    me and coding…anyway, some of make even ME look decent.

  14. Jeff says:

    wtf? new blogger sucks. i meant to say some of them folks make even ME…whatever you get the picture.

  15. Dj Triple Threat says:

    Hi Jeff.

    My reccomendation is that you look at couple of magazines and decide what kind of look you want?

    a. J crew meets JZ?
    b. Indiana Jones meets Urban Outfitters?
    c. B-boy meets Wallstreet?

    “I” would love to be your personal shopper.

    Look me up the next time you in Bk. (((aim hummingbyrd89))

    Every wardrobe needs the basics., gray pants.
    b.A white, black and two colored collard shirts.
    c.2 long sleeved and short sleeved sweaters.

    Style is in the details which are your accessories.
    a. belts
    b. Shoes.
    b. Hats.
    c. Watches.
    d. Socks.
    e. light jackets
    f. Heavy jackets
    g. A couple of canvas/h20 proof bags to carry your manuscripts/laptop.

    I hope this message is responsive.


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