Through his music, Marvin Gaye taught us "What's Going On," how to "Get It On" and the importance of a little "Sexual Healing." The late singer/songwriter was an American legend who helped shape Motown Records in the 1960s and his musical genius was heard around the world. There are few awards that were not bestowed upon Gaye during his short-lived career, and even fewer musicians who aren't greatly influenced by his work.
In celebration of what would've been Gaye's 74th birthday (on April 2), we are taking a look back at a vintage photo of the star. In this 1973 snapshot, he is seen relaxing outside of a studio in Los Angeles, and we have to say, we are a little obsessed with his ensemble. His look proves the theory that all an outfit needs is a strong foundation. (What could be more solid than a crisp white T-shirt and the perfect blue jeans?) Gaye accessorized his get-up with distressed boots, red striped socks and a matching hat. This is a prime example of a fashion-forward guy who can teach us a thing or two about style.
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Luxe materials can elevate a jacket from beat-up to broken-in. All-season leather lasts a lifetime, and tough outerwear matches every outfit, either by playing up or toning down contrasting elements.
Whose glove is more famous than Michael's? (Almost no one's.) An accessory is something you can repeat without people wondering about your hygiene, and keeping one consistent puts a stamp on every outfit to make it more you.
Outfits are like houses: They need a strong foundation. Sometimes the simplest base makes for the best construction.
As we well know, anyone can pluck a jacket off a rack. We need to remind ourselves that one size does not fit all, or even most. Taking a trip to the tailor is a valuable investment because properly-fitting garments will make you look -- and feel -- like a million bucks.
Early adopters might seem silly when they start out, but once a new look expands its reach, you can say you tried it first. And hey -- those specs might just become your signature item.
Sure, we've spent all this time preaching the value of embellishments and signature pieces, but we know those aren't for everyone. Keeping our whole outfit basic often allows us to feel more comfortable, as we're not fussing with accessory placement or struggling to direct attention back toward our sexy smiles.
When you know what works, stick with it, and you'll never have to wonder what to wear again.
In fact, it's encouraged.
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