A$AP Rocky looks over his sunglasses and smiles at the 2023 Met Gala.

A "Fashion Killa" at His Finest — Here's a Look at A$AP Rocky's Style Evolution

A$AP Rocky isn't just a rapper, he's a "Fashion Killa." Read for a look at the rapper's streetwear style evolution and best looks!


Oct. 23 2023, Updated 6:02 p.m. ET

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If Jay-Z and Beyoncé are hip-hop's mom and dad, A$AP Rocky and Rihanna are the rap game's rich auntie and uncle.

Rihanna co-starred alongside A$AP in his video for "Fashion Killa" in 2013, which foreshadowed the high-fashion, high-profile romantic relationship that they have today. Since they made things official, the couple's outfits have made waves — and headlines.

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But A$AP was a major player in the fashion world long before he hooked up with the love of his life. The rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, is also a Harlem-born style icon known for his unique fashion sense.

Exploring A$AP Rocky's flair for streetwear.

ASAP Rocky performs on day 1 of Wireless Festival 2022 at Crystal Palace Park on July 01, 2022 in London, England.
Source: Photo by Burak Cingi/Redferns

A$AP Rocky's love for vintage streetwear isn't new — it's true. He often incorporates retro elements like baggy jeans, oversized graphic tees, and iconic sneakers into his outfits. This nod to 90s fashion adds a unique and nostalgic touch to his style.

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And the rapper has never been afraid to color outside of the lines. Streetwear isn't the only avenue A$AP has explored in the fashion world.

In fact, his avant-garde approach to fashion has earned him plenty of praise from critics.

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Although his style has changed over the years, one thing remains the same: he's swagging to the max. Here's a timeline that shows how his style has evolved over the years ...

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A$AP Rocky and Raf Simmons Link Up (2017)

A$AP Rocky is a longtime friend and fan of Raf Simons. In the past, he's been spotted in various pieces by the Belgian designer. His outfits featuring Raf Simons sweaters, coats, and sneakers reflect a minimalist yet edgy aesthetic.

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He has rocked so many of these looks that it's hard to pick just one favorite. Needless to say, A$AP has embraced this brand wholeheartedly over the years — so much so, that he made a song about it!

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"Fashion Killa" Abroad (2019)

 ASAP ROCKY front row at Dries Van Noten during Paris Fashion Week Mens Spring/Summer 2019 in Paris, France.
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A$AP definitely turned heads with his outfits at Paris Fashion Week in 2019.

The artist arrived at the Dries Van Noten Men's Spring/Summer show clad in a coordinated ensemble from Loewe's Spring 2019 men's collection.

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The two-piece outfit was creatively composed of vibrant fabrics that paid an ode to traditional bandanas. He paired his long-sleeved buttondown shirt and pants with a pair of black and white vans.

To wrap up the look, he rocked his signature braids and two strings of pearls.

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Freshest at the Met Gala (2023)

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky attend The 2023 Met Gala Celebrating "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Source: Photo by John Shearer/WireImage

A$AP Rocky is known for his ability to mix and match different elements of fashion and make them look fly — his 2023 Met Gala look is a prime example.

The rapper's fit consisted of a blazer, a kilt over a pair of glitzy jeans, and several belts. The Harlem native channeled the late, iconic Karl Lagerfeld in a look that most people couldn't pull off.

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Birthday Boy in a Blazer (2023)

Still shot of A$AP Rocky and Rihanna
Source: Jackson Lee/Getty Images

A$AP Rocky's fashion choices are characterized by his fearlessness in experimenting with different styles. His ability to seamlessly blend streetwear with luxury fashion has made him a trendsetter and a fashion icon.

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Each outfit he wears tells a story and reflects his individuality — just look at the outfit he wore for his 35th birthday, which went viral on social media. It had all the elements of a vintage eye-catcher but was also understated and exuded his classic "bad boy" aesthetic.

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