American Halal Story

Story time: My family & I moved to America when I was 12 years old, right as I was about to start high school (I skipped a grade but they for sure messed up because I am NOT book smart). Before my first day, my dad walked me to the bus stop, handed me my book bag and told me to never let anyone stop me from doing something that I believed in. So today, I’m telling you to never let anyone stop you from wearing denim on denim.

I don’t know who made that rule because I am all about double denim. When it’s done right, of course. Few things to know: Never wear the same shade of denim on top and bottom. Unless you’re Canadian, in which case, carry on (jk I love Drake). Secondly, try out different textures of denim because it makes a huge difference on your silhouette. These black jeans are super soft & stretchy, and this denim jacket is like card board.

This hat was sent to me by a good friend and super dope visual artist, Atif Ateeq who designed these hats as part of his newest project: Halal-Haram. In his own words: “Halal is about the morality of human action, it’s a way of life. Halal is the righteous path. The opposite force of Halal is Haram. Quite literally, it means sinful & forbidden. This project explores the duality of identity and how we all live between these two forces.” 

Deep af, fam.

You can purchase both versions of the hat at

There is one other essential every guy needs to own. I don’t care how dapper or hipster you are, you have to have a pair of Timbs, To me, it’s as much of a staple as a black blazer. They go with black, blue, white denim, or as shown on my instagram; camo. You honestly don’t need to do much else if you’re rocking these boots. Plus it gives you like 2 inches of height. Boop

That’s all folks! Oh and if you’re not following me on Snapchat, wtf. Follow now: WaseemStark

*walks into sunset*

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T-shirt: JackThreads | Vest: Zara | Jeans: H&M | Watch: Casio | Shoes: Timberland | Necklace: Convey | Hat: Atif Ateeq