Most Stylish New Yorkers 2012: Jay Sean
Name: Jay Sean
Flexible Fashion: "My style is versatile, from street fresh and fly to bespoke dapper gent," says the "I'm All Yours" (featuring Pitbull) singer, 31. And though he was born in stylish London before moving to Manhattan, he says, "the urban chic side of New York has rubbed off on me -- now I wear snapback hats and high-top kicks!"
Speed Shopping: "I know what I like so I'm usually in and out of the store," says Sean, whose new album Worth It All drops later this year. "Zara is my go-to for everyday clothes that fit me perfectly and are always current with trends yet remain classic. I also love All Saints; their leather is sick! And I usually wear Dolce & Gabbana for more formal events."
He's Got Sole: The R&B star -- his latest single, a collaboration with Tyga called "Sex 101," got over 7 million hits in 48 hours on WorldStarHipHop.com -- favors the Five Four's footwear, particularly "the L.A. shoes in camo, tweed and maroon leather." A recent splurge: "I got a pair of snakeskin high tops by Christian Louboutin."
Back to Basics: What's in heavy rotation in Sean's closet? Black fitted V-neck T-shirts ("For any occasion, you can't have enough of those!"); skinny black jeans ("For everyday"); and a YMCMB track suit ("For traveling because I have to be comfortable for those long haul flights!"). Beyond the essentials, Sean seeks out pieces by some of his favorite designers such as Tom Ford, Y-3, Armani, Sand and ZANEROBE.
Quote: "Just because something is 'in fashion‚' or looks great on someone else doesn't necessarily mean it will suit you. You have to feel confident in what you're wearing because it will affect the way you carry yourself! Wear your clothes, don't let them wear you!"