Style Inspiration: Janelle Monae
15th OF August 2012
It's been a great week for new, edgy fashion inspirations to get their due.
First Pink, the punk princess, became a new face of Covergirl - and now she's joined by Janelle Monae.
Not familiar with Monae? She's a singer and rapper from America with an outstanding sense of style, and RESCU wants all her looks in our closets.
The signature Monae look is a fitted tuxedo with white shirt, bow tie and two-tone shoes. Androgyny is in, but Monae pairs it with impeccable hair and precise cut.
The female tuxedo is a classic: every woman should own one. It's been a part of the essential woman's wardrobe ever since Yves St Laurent produced his famous 'Le Smoking'.
And Monae's take is part-1930s, part-futuristic: big hair, huge earrings, vibrant lipstick, and flat shoes, all the better for dancing.
The key to a tuxedo is fit, fit, fit. Get one professionally altered if you can. A jacket needs to be nipped at just the right point, and the shoulders must be trimmed to meet the line of your own.
Details at the fastening are very in: chains, brocade, elaborate belts. Simplicity, however, is always the most chic option, and a simple button will serve you well.
Lapels should ideally be a contrasting, luxe material like silk or suede. Cuffs and hem height are up to you - Monae wears them high, to give more room for dancing and display, but if you wear them with heels you might want them longer.
What are you waiting for? Get your tux on.
Image: Janelle Monae.