Prince’s sexy style evolution

The world lost another great musician with the announcement that music legend Prince died at his home in Minneapolis at the age of 57.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27: Musician Prince performs onstage at the 2006 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Musician Prince performs onstage at the 2006 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Almost immediately, celebrities, musicians and fans began offering their memories of Prince on social media. But while many of those memories have been devoted to his music, his style was just as eclectic and iconic.

For 40 years, fans watched Prince’s style morph from one fashion phase to another. He was a shape shifter and trendsetter who communicated as much through his clothing (or lack of it) as he did in song.

Prince was a 19-year-old hitting the streets of Minneapolis in denim bell bottoms, denim jackets and a fluffy afro when his first solo album “For You” debuted in 1978. A year later, he would blow out his fro’ and strip down to his bare chest just in time for his breakout second album.

This was a man who was comfortable in various states of undress — including totally undressed. And as we later learned, he was as much at ease wearing skin-tight pants and sky-high boots as he had been in head-to-toe denim. And he could rock a cat eye better than Adele. We can’t ever be sure how Prince got away with rocking crop tops and hip huggers, but he did. And no one asked questions.

Not only was Prince making his mark on the music industry, he was going to make a pretty big style statement while he did it.

He definitely had a thing for studs. Jackets with studs on the right shoulder were a Prince trademark through the Purple Rain years when he began wearing a slightly longer, purple version of the style he first debuted in 1980.

If he wasn’t naked up top, Prince was often wearing shirts with Victorian era collars and wide sleeves. Sometimes they were buttoned all the way. More often, they were unbuttoned to reveal his chest. When he wore suits, they were anything but standard. Royal blue, orange, pink, and yes, purple.

Prince performs during the "Pepsi Halftime Show" at Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Prince performs during the “Pepsi Halftime Show” at Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

With a single album, Prince became the undisputed owner of the color purple, but he never lost his sexy edge.

His music was sexy. His style was sexy. Even his guitar was a sex symbol. And it was all by his design.

 

 

 

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Tika Boom
Tika Boom

I liked several looks...especially the one he had when his song KISS was released.

Esther Plaza
Esther Plaza

Rest in Peace, today you sing and play music for God, with a Wonderful Celestial Choir of Angels. Prince a Beautiful man with a Kind Heart. Gone Too Soon❤️🙏🏻👼🏻💐

Eleshia Jackson
Eleshia Jackson

There were never a look I didn't like. The man was also a fashion icon. He could pull off any look! He was just that Gorgeous to me.

Bruno2
Bruno2

Some words that come to mind when thinking about Prince: Original.  Stylish.  Talented.  Offbeat.  Sexual. 

A true artist in every sense of the word.