John Mayer: ‘My robes are my security blanket’

John Mayer’s robes take him through his day “like a companion”.The 41-year-old singer has become famous for the multi-coloured robes he often sports in his posts on social media – with the outerwear dividing opinion as to whether they are trendy or tra…

John Mayer’s robes take him through his day “like a companion”.

The 41-year-old singer has become famous for the multi-coloured robes he often sports in his posts on social media – with the outerwear dividing opinion as to whether they are trendy or tragic.

However, the Gravity singer isn’t bothered by the criticism of his much-loved robes, insisting in an interview with GQ magazine that he has a strong bond with the pieces.

“Everyone scratches their head about my wearing a robe until they try mine on,” he explained. “Then they understand completely. It’s a jacket, but it’s more laidback. It’s a tent you can hang out inside of as you go about your day. It’s a security blanket of sorts. I still haven’t explained it perfectly, because I can’t. You just have to try one on that fits you right. Then you want it to take through your day like a companion.”

John has made a name for himself as something of a style icon in recent years, and hit headlines previously when he shared a video tutorial on how to perfect the smoky eye. And while the majority of his fans applaud him for his confidence in his appearance, others are less complimentary. But the star doesn’t let nasty comments get him down – insisting that fashion is all about having fun.

“You shouldn’t let fashion hurt your feelings,” he mused. “If it does, that’s a good indicator you’re taking it way too seriously. Anybody, at any time, should be allowed to wear whatever they like.”

While John is proud of most of his looks, there’s one aspect of his appearance he isn’t so keen on – his tattoo sleeve on his left arm.

“Sometimes I wish I didn’t have a tattoo sleeve,” he sighed. “It just doesn’t work with a patterned short-sleeve button-up. Kind of kills the fantasy of it being an old picture.”

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