Miguel just killed the 2013 Grammy Awards with Wiz Khalifa in black and white. We love Miguel and he represents R&B so well. It's important to push fashion boundaries and show individuality if you're a public figure in a creative industry. What better way to do so than with fashion? From Celine Dion's reverse tux at the 1999 Academy Awards, to the skintight, boob-baring lavender cat suit worn by Lil Kim at the 1999 VMA's, to when Nicki Minaj dressed like a cardinal to the Pope at the 2012 Grammy's, stars are dead-set on either making a fashion statement, or breaking a cardinal fashion law. And while those are extreme examples, some take a more subtle approach to wacky wear. Case in point: R&B trendsetter Miguel.
Miguel prides himself in presented a different sound for R&B, once referencing Parliament Funkadelic as an example of pushing the envelope in sound and style. When her first stepped on the scene as a solo artist, his style had tongues wagging; is he, or isn't he? Questions about his sexuality at times overshadowed the music, but that isn't what matters (he's been with his longtime girlfriend Nazanin Mandi for years). He's said his biracial Mexican and African-American heritage was a factor in his efforts to not conform to what people think he should be, and he's also admitted his image was “a little odd” at the beginning of his solo career because it was a mix between what the label wanted him to be and him attempting to take control of his own aesthetic. Since then, his threads have developed into something less quirky and a little more chic.
We appreciate Miguel as a talented singer-songwriter, whatever the reason is for his eye-grabbing duds. No shade, we got nothing but love for you, Miguel! But here's a look back at 10 outfits that had most of us scratching our heads.
It’s the blue sweater from look #4, but paired with a different shirt and bow tie. The flipped-up fitted cap is a nice touch; guess he was going for the hood-geek look. And the saying on the cap is a reminder of why he’s on the red carpet in the first place. It works!
A male version of the scarf predominantly worn my women. Kind of like male purses (or murses). A tad flamboyant, but he’s got his girl by his side, so if they like it, we love it.
Nice little fit with the tie and sweater combo, and nice touch with the cap. It’s just very greeeeeeen. Glow-in-the-dark green. He’s shining, though!
Miguel looks comfortable here, everything from the sweater to the matching red (what looks to be) house slippers. Very dressed down for the red carpet. And his hand gesture says how he really feels about what you think about it.
MC Hammer Capris
High-tops, check. Fly designer-cut jacket, oooh yeah. Low-crotch caprisâ¦wait, say what? And is that a body suit? Uumm alright, let’s move onâ¦
The Peek-A-Boo T-Shirt
This one’s a little Sloppy McGee. This look would be on the right trackâ¦if the shirt were buttoned up. *sigh* So closeâ¦
This one’s on the Urkel side: the bow tie and the tight jeans that slightly flood. The glasses add a sense of cool, though. Urkel ain’t got nothing on Gelly, here.
Something about this is very superhero-ish, maybe it’s his stance that heightens the aura of Neo from The Matrix. Don’t know whether to be intimidated or offer him a red and blue pill.
This ensemble looks hotâ¦literally.
The Net Shirt
I’m no expert in men’s fashion, but fellas, how tight are those jeans on a scale from 1 to can’t-have-kids?