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My personal style: Neeraj, 22

My personal style: Neeraj, 22

At Thread, we’re not just interested in clothes, we’re also interested in knowing the thoughts, preferences, and associations that go into how you dress. So we’re introducing a new series called “My personal style” that highlights what clothing, and style more largely, means to people from all walks of life – we’re not talking about models or fashion designers or stylists, but the kind of guys you might spot on the city streets, which is where we first met Neeraj for the first time. Struck by his style, we asked him if he’d be willing to talk to us more about it (more on that below), and work with one of our stylists, Millie, to build a look that reflects who he is. 

It’s by decoding personal style, like we did with Neeraj, that we’re able to help build wardrobes that make others feel more confident. Because at the end of the day, if it’s not personal, style simply doesn’t look as good.

Photographed: Levi's Trucker Jacket (£95)

Name: Neeraj

Age: 22

Job: Customer Service 

Home: North London 

How do you approach your style?

I have to know what the occasion is. That’s the first thing. That sets the agenda for how I dress. I like to dress smart, but not too smart. I like to incorporate a lot of streetwear stuff. I’ve always loved my sneakers but I’m getting into smarter shoes now. It’s combining two styles: smart and street, but adding my own elements. I’m also starting to get more into vintage stuff, like plaid shirts. Blue jeans and proper chunky shoes.

Why do you like style? 

The main reason I like fashion is it helps me feel better about myself. If I’m feeling insecure, I can dress in a way where I feel nice and I feel better about myself. You can transform how you look and feel about yourself. You behave differently. 

How would you describe your style in three words?

Versatile, classy, and street. 

What are some of your favourite brands?

Common Projects, AllSaints, A.P.C., Carharrt, Dickies, Maison Kitsuné, and Colorful Standard.

Which items in your wardrobe do you lean on most?

A pair of black pleated trousers by AllSaints and oversized black tees. I like neutral tones, like tans. That’s sort of my uniform. 

What’s the next thing you plan on buying?

The next addition to my wardrobe is a nice pair of black boots. I can’t decide whether I’ll go with lace-up boots or Chelsea boots. I like things with chunky soles. I could wear them with smart trousers or jeans. 

What item do you wish you had in your wardrobe?

A dark denim jacket and a bold rugby.

What do you typically wear to work?

Sometimes jeans, other days black trousers. There’s no dress code. I try not to overdo it and keep it low key.

Do you dress differently on the weekend?

I usually try harder on the weekend for sure. 

Is there anything that you wouldn’t wear?

Usually cardigans, but I think I would try them now. Ultra-wide-fit trousers too. I’m also not a massive fan of shorts, but I do wear them in the summer. 

What is one thing you really wish you owned?

A pair of Issey Miyake trousers. Also more outerwear, like a puffer jacket. 

What’s the most recent thing you’ve purchased?

A pair of New Balance trainers.

What’s the most sentimental item in your wardrobe?

I have a pair of Yeezys that remind me of when my family travelled to New York. Also an AllSaints leather jacket. I also have a pair of sneakers that got me more interested in style in general.

Do you accessorise?

I always wear something, and I want to buy more. I prefer silver to gold. I think gold can look a bit tacky. 

How do you feel in the outfit you and Millie styled?

I like that it’s quite simple and the pieces would go with a lot of other pieces. It’s not too smart and it’s not too street. It fits the way I described my wardrobe: versatile, classy, street.


Words: Allison Pavlick
Photography: Jack Batchelor
Styling: Millie Rich