When asked about her unique red carpet style, Janelle Monáe once said “Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.” Her individuality and ability to make a well-tailored statement is what places the musician and actress as one of our top Style Icons. Clearly, Monáe is not afraid to show her true colors, and this fearless attitude she has towards her life translates well into her wardrobe choices. She often favors wearing menswear inspired pieces over gowns for red carpet appearances or performances, and these ensembles are all but boring.
When it comes to dressing, Monáe most exclusively reaches for pieces done in bright red, white, and black, but is also known to go with bold patterns and accents. Although her preference lies with men’s pieces, in no way do her ensembles compromise her femininity and quirky essence. Proper tailoring ensures that her figure is accentuated in all the right places, and fabrics with metallic threads or intricate embroidery add a ladylike touch. She’s a master of accessorizing, with statement jewelry, ornate capes, and wide-brim hats being a few of her tried and true go-to’s.
What’s most inspiring about Janelle Monáe’s signature style is that she does it for herself. She isn’t aiming to please the crowd, nor is she aiming to fly above the rest with her statement suits. Monáe stays true to what she loves, whether it’s a sequined black and white suit by Sass and Bide, or a glamorous Elie Saab Couture gown, she pulls off brave looks in a way that not many can.
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