Ne-Yo’s artistry can be described by using one word: smooth.

His hits, including “Champagne Life” and “One in a Million” showcase him as a triple threat with his voice, dance moves and personal style. He’s not shy to rock suspenders one day and some fly sneakers the next, but always stays true to his gentlemen-like style.

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Ne Yo Music & Menswear: Ne Yo

To start creating your own Ne-Yo inspired look, hats are a must to emulate his style. Ne-Yo often alternates between fedoras and other hat styles, and in 2011 launched a hat line, Francis Ellargo, in partnership with the Bollman Hat Company.

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Brooks Brothers cotton cardigan / American Apparel velvet top / Polo jacket / Alexander Olch Pindot Stripe Tie / Leather shoes / Paul Smith small heels, $440 / Rolex vintage looking jewelry / 2b fedora hat / Burberry shawl / Black plastic sunglasses / Hugo Boss Black Mens White Pancho Slim Fit Long Sleeve Shirt, $155 / MEN Dry Light Weight Denim Regular Fit Jeans, $16 / DIESELĀ® ‘Joppo’ Extra Trim Fit Leather Lapel Blazer / Accessories – Peter Grimm Black Fedora – Men’s Wearhouse / Old Navy Mens Cardigan Sweaters / Mens – Peter Grimm Black Pinstripe Fedora – Men’s Wearhouse / Mossimo Supply Co. White Shine Packable Menswear Fedora / Armani Exchange Black Ceramic Chronograph Watch / Illesteva Lenox – Matte Black / Diesel SLIMMY, $62 / Boss Black Recco Lux Oxford / Burberry Prorsum Tweed Herringbone Cap

For the rest of your look, pick well made pieces, mostly in black, gray and white. For casual events, find well cut denim and sweaters with interesting detail, like stripes on arm. For dressier occasions, wear crisp white button downs under blazers in black or gray with contrasting lapels.

Always choose snazzy shoes that have a bit of pop. A black patent leather shoe or boot with a tongue in a contrasting color to the rest of it are perfect. And don’t forget to find a simple striped tie or pair of statement glasses to complete the look.

By using Ne-Yo’s aesthetic as inspiration, every year of your style could say “year of the gentleman”.

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