Throughout her career, Janelle Monáe has always presented a unique and unforgettable take on menswear, adding feminine touches to her gender-bending ensembles. Janelle Monáe at the 2016 BET Awards was Prince-influenced perfection. The singer opted for a black and white striped jumpsuit by Sass & Bide. It was absolutely fabulous. The pansuit had bell-bottoms and wide-sleeves, so it flowed around Monáe's petite frame. But it didn't overpower nor did it overwhelm her. She wore it; it didn't wear her. The pantsuit certainly took inspo from Prince, who loved bell-bottoms and suits.
Monáe also wore platform shoes —another favorite Prince convention— and rocked a purple manicure, nodding to the late singer's favorite color. But Monáe also made the look her own with additional touches and accessories.
Monáe added a black hat, which called attention to her defined, one-sided curls. She also rocked a gold choker and painted her pout with a bright, matte crimson shade. She wasn't a Prince copycat but the late singer's inspo was visible and verbally confirmed by Monáe herself.
During her red carpet interview, Monáe said, "I want to do something that felt Prince-inspired as well as Janelle Monáe classic."
Mission accomplished. Check out her pantsuit below. She suh-layed that suit.
It certainly had a '70s silhouette with a vibrant '80s pattern, right? Decades collided in one spectacular ensemble, courtesy of J. Monáe.
During the red carpet chat, Monáe explained, "I am a no drama type of girl and I am here to celebrate his legacy in a way [that I think] he would like."
Something tells me Prince would have loved this outfit.
I am also digging her black and white clutch.