Instagram Style Q&A with @cheungkyy.
Name: ryan cheung
Location: Sacramento, CA
Occupation: Applying to med school is a job in and of itself, right?
What got you started documenting your style?
As strange as this sounds, it was probably the advent of the Instagram app itself that sparked my foray into style blogging. I distinctly remember downloading Instagram on my first iPhone 4 waaaaay back in December of 2010 during my first quarter of college and thinking “wow, this is like Lookbook for normal people!” The simplicity of the app interface along with the instant gratuity of shooting and posting via my phone’s camera (I still don’t know how to work a DSLR to save my life, mind you) were enough reason for me to pester my friends on the daily to help me snap my outfits.
Another major factor that motivated me was the mere reach of the app on an international scale and consequently, the privileges it granted me in terms of exploring the fashion/lifestyles of other ordinary people from around the globe. To this very day, this capacity to network and share content with these people is what I am most thankful for and thus, is the primary driving force behind my continued posting.
Who are your influences?
In my mind, I’ve already translated this question to “who constantly enables you to buy the most (unnecessary) shit?” so I guess that’s how I’ll go about answering it. I’m generally not one to keep up with people with “celeb status” nor do I follow many high profile bloggers, so I’ve limited my list to some close friends that I’ve made through the web over the years.
Naturally, my immediate reaction is to blurt out some of my favorite male bloggers, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t inspired by many of my brilliant and beautiful lady friends on the ‘gram as well. Without excessive name-dropping, I’d have to say that Yoyo Cao of @yoyokulala, Erica Hoida of @fashionedchicstyling, and Jenn Im of @imjennim are all crushing the game at the moment (do you guys ever have bad days?!). I’ll gladly leave the flared trousers and asymmetrical skirts for them to rock, but what I always seem to take away from their posts are their ingenious ways of playing with colors, layers, and textures. All you fellas out there can definitely learn a thing or two from them, trust.
As for the few dashing men that I wouldn’t mind #twinning with (*cringe*) on a daily basis, I’d have to give it up to Brian Chan of @imchanism, Anthony Urbano of @oh_anthonio, and Luis Arturo of @donborsch. What I love most about these guys is that they’re constantly pushing the boundaries of menswear and reinventing how to style more traditional pieces that other people wouldn’t typically reach for. What I hate about them is the amount of clothes and shoes I’ve managed to accumulate over the past year as a result of following and emulating them…
Lastly, I’d like to give a quick nod to some of my Asian brothers overseas, namely in South Korea, whom all I have a case of major closet envy for. I honestly don’t even know their names because we’ve never truly conversed with one another beyond the occasional “nice!” or “*insert heart eye emoji here* x 3” comments that we leave on each other’s pictures due to the language barrier (a translation option on Instagram comments would be supremely helpful *cough cough*), but their usernames are @cortjazz_, @jjohn_q, and @by_yeom. Whether they’re rocking a three-piece navy pinstripe bespoke suit or a coral pink turtleneck and a pair of tailored sweatpants, the effortless amounts of swag that they embody never cease to stun me. I’m telling you, these guys deserve every one of those damn heart eye emojis and not one less.
Anyways, enough of me gushing about my friends! I just feel that they all merit more recognition for the way that they’re changing the fashion game, so if you do decide to check out their pages (don’t be the idiot who doesn’t), feel free to tell them I sent you!
What item do you wear the most?
A season ago, I would’ve said my beloved Nike for J. Crew Killshot 2’s, but lately, the inclement weather’s got me stomping around in my Frank and Oak Chelsea boots.
What do you think is the next big thing?
I’m not one to read too much into fashion “trends,” but I’m all for the resurgence of the use of more colors in menswear designs. Neutral palettes are getting a bit stale for me, so I’m hoping to see more men experimenting with colors, whether they are in main garments or in accent pieces. On another note, one trend regarding hair that I definitely foresee for 2016 is shorter and more textured cuts. If you happen to catch me with an immaculate buzzcut next week, you read it here first.
What do you think is over-hyped?
The terms “minimal” and “monochrome…” Need I say more?
Cake is cool, but what's cooler?
Obviously, the guys here at COOLER THAN CAKE for inviting me to share a bit of myself on their blog!
Also, Costco’s Lattice Apple Pie (pie > cake, sorry) deserves a quick mention. Not only is it vegan, but it’s also only 10 bucks and substantially bigger than my head. Apparently, it serves 16, but the beauty of it is, it doesn’t have to. Hahaha, cheers!
3 items from asos. Go!
I’ve gathered a short list of some really sick outerwear pieces (I’m a jacket/coat fanatic) from ASOS, the first two of which I personally own and get the most questions about. The last is an investment designer piece, but since it’s worth more than most people’s weekly income, it’ll have to continue living on in my shopping cart for the time being.