As a black man & alternative R&B singer who takes pride in my appearance, and is often complimented on it, I couldn't resist the challenge of creating a 'Top 10 List' of the Best Dressed R&B Legends.' I believe your sense of style is essential to your identity. I will say that we all have terrible days or have made some questionable choices when presenting ourselves, but the goal is to not have too many of those days.
My list is based on the consistency of their appearance. These are the R&B legends that I felt took pride in being well dressed…stylist or not. (They didn't fire them!) They did well in projecting their personal style every day, no matter if they were on stage or just living their lives.
I will say this wasn't the easiest task to complete. We as artists need to push taste more, like some of our predecessors. Maybe as R&B singers we should pay more attention to our taste rather than trends, or create a strong balance.
"Style is very personal; it has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever." – Ralph Lauren
Top 10 (plus 3 I couldn't leave off) Best Dressed R&B Legends.
Best Dressed: Jackie Wilson
Jackie Wilson had a classic, Hampton’s leisurely style. He would keep his collar open in many cases. He would wear great proportion bespoke suits with great accessories. (handkerchiefs & jewelry)
Best Dressed: Otis Redding
Otis Redding has a classic yet wealthy leisurely look. His clothing was always perfectly tapered for a bigger guy. He projected a cool but strong sense of style.
Best Dressed: Eddie Kendricks
Eddie Kendricks had that corporate CEO/stock broker chic look that was as smooth as his voice. He had great balance and amazing suit selection. Mr. Kendricks also had a great use of accessories.
Best Dressed: Ray Charles
Ray Charles had a well-tailored look that was accented with a great selection of different fabrics, silks & velour.
Best Dressed: Alexander O’Neal
Alexander O’Neal was a well-dressed big guy. His Hampton, business suit chic still served him well on stage.
Best Dressed: Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye had a very versatile still that spanned from luxurious, cool to chic.
Best Dressed: Frankie Beverly
Frankie Beverly makes the list with a casual yet chic style.
Best Dressed: Babyface
Babyface has a casual and luxury day and night.
Best Dressed: Maxwell
Maxwell has always had the ability to mix a chic style with Caribbean influences.
Best Dressed: Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie has a cool, casual and chic style.
Best Dressed: Bobby Womack
Bobby Womack always had a great command of accessories. His style was leisure meets luxury.
Best Dressed: Usher
Usher has always had a urban, luxury and classic style. It continues to evolve.
Best Dressed: Raphael Saaqid
Raphael Saadiq has a vintage chic style that has always had a neat well tapered look.