I came upon this shot of Janelle Monae at a party honoring Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo in her signature tux and pompadour:
*Sigh* Black and white tux again, Ms. Monàe? I understand how important a signature look is to one’s brand. Karl Lagerfeld is never seen without his suit, Alexander Wang lives in loose-fitting t-shirts and jeans, and Nicki Minaj holds down the Harajuku Barbie look anytime she hits the red carpet or performs. But how many tuxes can one woman wear?
With the myriad of clothing options women have (dresses, skirts, jumpsuits, rompers!), what’s keeping Janelle Monàe from throwing on a cute dress or, if she must wear suits, why not change things up with a velvet smoking jacket, or a pop of color?
Besides that, the success of many artists can be attributed to the versatility of their look and how often they reinvent their style. Rihanna is a great example. She went from a spiked and studded tough girl, to an ultra-feminine scarlet haired siren, to a combat boot-stomping tomboy with gritty glamour. Every time we see Janelle, it seems as if she’s wearing the same thing. There are only so many versions of a black and white tux!
She’s still totally adorable, though. Look at that grin! Precious! What do you think? Is it time for Janelle Monàe to switch up the swag?
Take a look at her style throughout the years here: