From ‘College Dropout’ to ‘Donda’: A Look at Kanye West's Style Evolution

With the arrival of Netflix's 'jeen-yuhs' documentary about Kanye West, we decided to take a look back at his style evoution from 'College Dropout' to now.

Kanye West Style Eras Evolution
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Kanye West Style Eras Evolution

It seems that with the release of every new Kanye West album, a new era of his personal style is also born. It’s crazy to think that nearly 20 years after he dropped his debut album, The College Dropout, Kanye is still defining today’s fashion zeitgeist. Admit it, you definitely picked up a pair of shutter shades back in the late Aughts after you saw Yeezy wearing a pair of them. And don’t even act like you never wanted to wear that Givenchy Rottweiler T-shirt he wore during the Watch The Throne tour or his iconic The Life of Pablo merch. Whether it’s Polo Bear sweaters, Maison Margiela face masks, Yeezy Adidas sneakers, or industrial Red Wing boots mixed with Yeezy Gap Round Jackets, Kanye’s style has never stopped evolving. And his eclectic tastes for high fashion and streetwear has led to major collaborations with Adidas, Nike, Louis Vuitton, and now Gap. Even as emerging rappers become this generation’s new style icons, Kanye’s influence on how people dress doesn’t go away. 

To celebrate the release of Netflix’s three-part documentary, jeen-yuhswe tracked the evolution of Kanye West’s style—from his preppy College Dropout fits to the avant-garde pieces he wore throughout the Yeezy era.

'The College Dropout'

Kanye West Fashion Era College Drop Out

'Late Registration'

Kanye West Fashion Era Late Registration


kanye west fashion era graduation

'808s & Heartbreak'

Kanye West Fashion Era 808s and Heartbreak

'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'

kanye west fashion era mbdtw


Kanye West Fashion Era Yeezus

'The Life of Pablo'

Kanye West Fashion Eras TLOP


Kanye West Fashion Eras Ye

'Jesus Is King'

Kanye West Fashion Era Jesus Is King


Kanye West 'Donda' Mercedes-Benz Stadium 1

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