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Fashion Inspiration: Janelle Monae


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Artist and musician Janelle Monae is a major up-and-comer in the music world. Though her music leans towards R&B and soul, she incorporates many other genres, including pop, rap, and hip hop. You might have heard some of the songs off her recent album, Electric Lady, or her vocals with Fun. in “We Are Young,” or (my favorite) her earlier hit “Tightrope.”

But aside from her music, Janelle is also known for her fresh, bold style. You’ve probably seen her in her signature tuxedo, sporting her chic pompadour hairdo and flawless makeup.

While Janelle always sticks to a classic black and white color palette, she likes to mix up her tuxedo look with eye-catching prints, sparkly jewelry, and cool hats and ties. If you’re also a fashion risk-taker (or want to be!), Janelle Monae is the perfect source of inspiration. Here are two looks, one for day and one for night, inspired by her amazing style:

For Day

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For this more casual outfit, pair black jeans and a black button-down with Janelle’s favorite shoes: a pair of black-and-white oxfords. Add some of her signature flair with polka dot suspenders and a classic black hat. Grab a white satchel for your essentials, and instead of an actual bow tie, try a cute bow tie ring.

For Night

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For an all-out evening look, try a jazzed up tuxedo ensemble. Pair slim black pants with a black tuxedo blazer and a black-and-white blouse. Jeweled stud earrings and red lipstick dress up the look, while a pair of checkerboard heels keep it young, trendy, and bold.


Are you a fan of Janelle Monae? Do you like her style? What’s your favorite song? Which look would you wear? Let us know in the comments!

Posted on on April 8, 2014 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , ,

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7 Responses to “Fashion Inspiration: Janelle Monae”

  1. 1
    April 8th, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Yay! Finally! I love it! I would rock either one of these outfits!

  2. 2
    April 8th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I think Janelle Monae is a great fashion inspiration – she has her own style and sticks to it and I really like the day outfit!

  3. 3
    April 8th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I love Janelle Monae’s music, and I’m so glad you guys wrote this article! Her style is so fresh and bold, I love how she takes the ‘uniform’ of a tux but does so many creative things with it. The first outfit really feels like her

  4. 4
    April 9th, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Wow! this is really great, I’ve got good tips from hear and look awesome too…….

  5. 5
    April 9th, 2014 at 4:17 am

    i love everything about her:music,wardrobe,hair-styles,everything,so i’m glad u guys did this article about her.I’d totally rock all this outfits.

  6. 6
    April 14th, 2014 at 1:21 am

    I think you guys were spot on with the outfits! Each one totally channels Janelle Monae.

  7. 7
    November 16th, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Where did you find the hat the link won’t work?

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