When asked in the September 2012 issue why she wears only black & white, the petite powerhouse replied: "It's part of something that's transcendent. You could time travel, you could go all over the world, it won't ever go out of style. It's just a part of a 'brand' that I created, even if nobody was watching. I know what I like; if you go to my closet, I have at least four of everything. Once you find what you like, it's like it worked yesterday, it works today, it'll work tomorrow."
Such good advice. To snag her snazzy look for yourself, find the widest-leg black silk trouser you can lay hands on and pair with a floaty blouse & necktie. Then step into some dressy, high & open-toed sandals, add a black & gold toned statement belt, some classic floral stud earrings, grab something glamorous & furry and, of course, finish it all off with that most time travelin' of shades for lips 'n tips: bold red.
- Lesley Scott
Janelle Monae photograph by Marc Baptiste
[Note: wide leg pant - Proenza Schouler; white silk shirt - Emilio Pucci; sandals - Guiseppe Zanotti; belt - Oscar de la Renta; flower earrings - 1stDibs.com; fox fur stole - Yves Salomon; lipstick - YSL; nail polish - Nars]