Janelle Monáe Makes the Case for Having a Signature Color (or Two)

There’s no question Janelle Monáe was the standout of award season. From her scene-stealing Elie Saab Haute Couture turn at the Oscars to her floral Chanel at the SAG Awards complete with matching wrist cuffs and her polka dot moment in custom Armani Privé at the Golden Globes. And her hair accessories have always been something to behold. What makes all of this so amazing is that the singer, and now actress, has managed to accomplish all of this by primarily rocking just two shades: black and white.

Sure, you’ll occasionally see her break out a metallic or work in a pop of color in the form of a hat, lipstick or subtly embedded into a mainly black and white patterned piece. But Janelle’s two favored hues have become somewhat of her trademark. Whether worn separately or more often as a contrasting duo, her ability to constantly make the pairing seem not only fresh but fashion-forward is quite impressive. So, we decided to take a closer look at Janelle’s recent styling past to see what lessons we could glean. Above, your cheat sheet on how to master black and white like a boss.

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