Janelle Monáe recently dropped her newest album, Dirty Computer, an “emotion picture” to accompany the album, and release dates for a 2018 summer tour! I’m so excited I can hardly wait! But what to wear?! This tour feels like it might be one of the gayest events of the year!
Do not fret, my friend! I’ve got you covered. My rules for concerts: comfortable enough to jump around in, carefree enough that if someone spills a drink on you it won’t matter, and no heels. I’m sorry, you just can’t do it; heels at a concert don’t make any sense! They’re uncomfortable and dangerous!! Just wear flats or sneakers. With the rules behind us, here are a few options for inspiration!
These pieces are for the vintage Janelle Monáe fan who misses her simple-but-striking looks in black and white. Remind the crowd that you’ve been with it since Metropolis Suite I (and that you’re still waiting on the final suite!) with a mostly monochromatic palette of black and white with a pop of color in your shoes and/or makeup.
I Like That
This look gets its inspiration from Janelle in the video for “I Like That”: the powerful-yet-understated femme goddex who lives inside of us all.
Make Me Feel
In honor of Janelle’s coming out, wear everything you’ve got that screams bi+ pride. This means find all the pink, blue, and ultraviolet that you can, find all the mesh, cuff a pair of jeans, and put on some haloscope highlighter because this night is for you!
If you wanna look like a badass bitch, wear a suit. Bette Porter taught us this and Janelle Monáe reaffirmed this during the video for “Django Jane.” This is for all my badass bitches who wear well-fitted suits, have nails that might make me bleed, and who exude “don’t fuck with me” everywhere they go.
I’ve given you lots of inspiration and now it’s time for you to fly. If none of these float your boat, just remember that Janelle Monae dedicated this album to queers and women and people of color and I bet that you’re at least one of those things! No matter what you wear, you’re gonna have a blast, and she’s gonna be singing right into your queer little heart!