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Lil Nas X’s Most Iconic Outfits, Ranked

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“Old Town Road” is one of the biggest musical accomplishments of the 21st century. Nonetheless, its greatness pales in comparison to the jaw-dropping splendor that is Lil Nas X’s wardrobe. On the red carpet, much like on the charts, the man only drops bangers. In a mere few months of stardom, the “Panini” singer has debuted some seriously iconic fits. Take a look at our selection of the most important, most game-changing and most inspirational fits of the young rapper’s career.

 

The TikTok star turned superstar has an eye for two primary outfit factors: firstly, their "yeehaw scale" (meaning: Is the vibe that of a dandy cowboy?) and secondly, their "abdominal visibility" (meaning: Can you see his abs?). He’s a mastermind of morphing these two elements and turning yeehaw looks into open-vest displays. Nas X doesn’t deserve all the credit—his looks are created by stylist Hodo Musa, a genius whose imagination knows no bounds.


Here is our definitive list of Lil Nas X’s most iconic fits, analyzed for their quantifiable performance on the yeehaw scale and abdominal visibility.

6. Lil Nas X at 2019 iHeart Radio Show

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Yeehaw Level: Three Cowboy Hats

Abdominal Visibility: 6/6

 

We’ll begin with this look, because of its unbelievable performance on both of our aforementioned metrics. Though the yeehaw level could certainly be increased, Nas X manages to ace the abdominal visibility test while remaining true to his yeehaw origins.

5. Lil Nas X at Z100 Summer Bash

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Yeehaw Level: 0 Cowboy Hats

Abdominal Visibility: 6/6

 

Cowboys don’t only ride horses. Sometimes they have to leave the rodeo and dip their toes into other pools. That departure is on full display here. Although Nas X rejects the country elements of his “Old Town Road” ethos in this fit, he reminds us that he is not just a country star, but also a country-trap-conflating wunderkind. Is cyberpunk the next wave?

4. Lil Nas X at 2019 MTV VMAs

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Yeehaw Level: 5 Cowboy Hats

Abdominal Visibility: 0

 

With this look, Nas X prioritized yeehaw compatibility over abdominal visibility. The suit, designed by Union Western Clothing, epitomizes yeehaw fashion. In a red getup, with a gem-studded belt from B.B. Simon, a matching red hat by Gladys Tamez and red snakeskin boots by Pskaufman, Lil Nas X brings the red carpet to the press room.

3. Lil Nas X at the 2019 MTV Awards

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Yeehaw Level: 2 Cowboy Hats

Abdominal Visibility: 0

 

Somehow, Nas X’s red carpet look from the 2019 Video Music Awards outshines his press room fit. Glittering from top to bottom in a suit designed by Christian Cowan (his first menswear piece), the rapper takes yeehaw fashion up a notch, relegating high-heeled cowboy boots to the world of glitzy, extravagant style. Nas X combines elements of yeehaw fashion with princely extravagance and a puffy shirt suitable for the grandest of pirate kings.

2. Lil Nas X at the 2019 BET Awards

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Yeehaw Level: 5 Cowboy Hats

Abdominal Visibility: 4/6

 

Lil Nas X’s BET Awards outfit provides another example of his keen eye for combining yeehaw style with abdominal visibility. With an open jacket and gorgeous white cowboy hat, he positively works the vivid blue suit designed by Pyer Moss.

1. Lil Nas X at the Boston Calling Music Festival 2019

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Yeehaw Level: 5 Cowboy Hats

Abdominal Visibility: 6/6

 

Ultimately, this is my favorite Lil Nas X outfit of the year. The prevalence of leather and flame graphics keeps the gear firmly planted in the tradition of yeehaw style, while the lack of shirt grants the rapper access to his coveted abdominal visibility. Nas X tucks his flashy leather pants into cowboy boots, showing off the incredible detail on his tall, eccentric footwear. It’s a fantastic outfit, and a get up whose influence will echo through the halls of contemporary fashion for decades to come.

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