Akil McLeod first caught our eye with his photo entry to the TSB May Giveaway. He had a ‘retro prep’ thing going on and we always appreciate smart vintage finds.
Then we met the man himself at the annual Michael Andrews Bespoke sample sale, where we chatted for a half hour about the value of men’s style, the influence of bloggers, and how much we both love gold jewelry (at the time, Akil was wearing two gold chains and a fistfull of gold rings…on some ‘Modern Day Mr. T‘ sh-t).
One thing led to another and I thought we should feature Akil to share his style with our readers.
“My name is Akil McLeod and I am a 23 year old Academic Advisor for the Educational Opportunity Program at Buffalo State College. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and I attended BSC for both my Undergraduate and Master’s Degrees. My interest in menswear and dressing well began when I started my first internship in Graduate School. I was the youngest person in all of my courses and I realized that the way you dress says a lot about you. In order to be taken seriously, I thought: why not dress for the role that I’m aspiring for?
Then once I started my latest internship with the Educational Opportunity Program, I was already respected by the campus administration because of my work ethic and my style of dress. Therefore, I always say that my style has helped me gain invaluable work experience and ultimately land my dream job.
I also always give credit to my style icons: Dan Trepanier, Sabir Peele, and Angel Ramos. I think their style appeals to me the most because they are real guys with style that can be appreciated by people of all ages.”
Here Akil gives us a taste of his personal style, complete with his signature gold bling.
1. Tailored Slick Rick
“The coral blazer is completely unlined and 100% cotton, so this is a perfect look for a hot day at the office. Although, truthfully, I would wear less jewelry at work. We don’t have a strict dress code, but I never wear more than one ring to the office for the sake of professionalism. It wouldn’t be a good look for me to have a handfull of gold rings while meeting with the Dean of Students or the Vice President of Student Affairs…
With the bling it’s more of a stuntin’ on the weekend look…hah.”
White on white with coral frames to complement the jacket?!
That’s a veteran move, showing some serious attention to detail.
What I love about gold jewelry is that it instantly adds an air of confidence and luxury.
For example, when I first saw this look I thought Akil was wearing a high-end tailored blazer. In reality, the jewelry only made me think the jacket was high-end. It’s from Uniqlo – but fits like a charm!
At first glance I also thought these tan suede double-monks were some high-end footwear.
Akil must have a knack for making budget items look expensive.
- Coral Blazer by Uniqlo
- White Dress Shirt by H&M
- Green Beaded bracelet by Beads of Hope
- Rings – All 14K gold
- Watch – Vintage Stauer (I found this watch in a local thrift store and I wear it almost every day.)
- White Chinos by Zara
- Beige Suede Double Monks by Zara