Will Smith

From the '80s to Now: Will Smith's Fashion Evolution

Explore how Will Smith went from '80s rapper to a red carpet sensation. Dive into his fashion evolution that's influencing men's style.


Sep. 26 2023, Published 9:24 p.m. ET

Will Smith’s funny nature, lighthearted songs and infectious laughter often make it hard for people to take him seriously. However, the Hollywood star has worked hard to establish himself as one of the most successful actors the world has ever seen. He is also one of the most fashion-forward celebrities.

Hailing from Philadelphia, Will started as one half of the ‘80s hip-hop duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince. Over the years, he transitioned into a highly successful actor and producer. During that period, Will has also undergone a transformative fashion evolution.

Will Smith's 80s Fashion

While it is hard to imagine it now, Will started his career as a rapper – something that was echoed in his style choices in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Back then, The Fresh Prince – his stage name – would often be caught wearing his b-boy threads.

Baggy clothing, snapbacks and flashy jewelry were always part and parcel of his look. The Fresh Prince also loved his cross colors, as seen in several photos taken at events he attended.

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‘90s ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Fashion

Will’s ultimate domination of the entertainment industry started when he got his own NBC sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The part also marked the continuation of his fashion evolution. His character in the sitcom quickly became a fashion icon thanks to his bold fashion choices. Everything he wore, from his accessories, footwear and haircut became a fashion trend.

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During this stage of his fashion evolution, Will’s style was a reflection of ‘90s streetwear culture. Funky accessories, colorful patterns and oversized clothing were among the main highlights of the actor’s style. He was often rocking his signature backward-facing cap and iconic neon tracksuits.

Thanks to Will’s ability to seamlessly blend streetwear and high fashion, he developed a unique appeal that the older and younger generations appreciated.

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Will Smith on the Red Carpet

Over the years, Will’s fashion choices and sophistication have grown with his influence and fame across the entertainment industry. On the red carpet, he has embraced tailored suits that perfectly complemented his physique, while shedding the vibrant colors and oversized clothing of his Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ays.

As a fashion-forward entertainer and icon, the I Am Legend star is always sporting a polished and cohesive look whenever he shows up on the red carpet. Every part of his look appears to be meticulously chosen to achieve this goal, from his perfectly fitted trousers and impeccably tailored jackets. To add a touch of personality and flair to his stunning outfits, the actor only rocks the best accessories – mostly made up of statement pieces.

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From The Fresh Prince to one of the most stylish actors in the celebrity world, Will has undergone a fashion evolution like no other. At every stage of this evolution, Will has had a huge influence on prevailing fashion trends. The fashion icon’s willingness to experiment with new styles and trends has given him the ability to transform his look whenever he feels the need.

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