Purple Rain Style: A Look at Prince’s Most Memorable Outfits

“Life is just a party, and parties weren’t meant to last.” The artist behind the mega-hit Purple Rain has just passed away, and the world is in mourning.

Prince was, in a word, outrageous. He wasn’t just one of the most talented musicians to ever walk the earth (he won no less than seven Grammy awards) — he also had the extravagant personality to match.

It only made sense that his wardrobe keep up. After all, it was an extension of his identity as an artist: just another canvass on which he could share his art. From ruffled shirts, head-to-toe sequins, and, of course, his signature purple, his style was fierce, sometimes shocking, always unforgettable.

Here’s a look at some of Prince’s most memorable outfits.

Purple Suit for the Purple Rain Album Cover 

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The “Purple Rain” album cover. Image: Warner Bros.

Let’s start with the outfit that was the harbinger of things to come. Here’s Prince sitting astride a huge motorcycle, in a purple tailored suit, looking you in the eye, and daring you to question him. You couldn’t, of course. You were too busy singing to Purple Rain.

Yellow Cut Out Butt-Baring Jumpsuit

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Prince showing a different kind of cleavage. Image: Frank Micelotta via Getty Images, and Kevork Djansezian via AP

Prince looked like a tall, refreshing glass of lemonade in this outfit. At the same time, he managed to give “bottomless lemonade” a new meaning.

Head-to-Toe Sequins

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Shine on, disco ball. Image: Kevin Mazur via Getty Images

If you ever questioned that Prince had a sparkling personality, one look at this outfit and all your doubts would be put to rest. While a black (or even white) dress is perfectly acceptable covered in sequins, Prince wouldn’t be Prince if he didn’t push it to the limits, dressing up in a sparkly yellow suit. And heels, because what else could have gone with the outfit?

Purple Lace Jumpsuit

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Demure lace and a sporty jacket, because Prince. Image: Tim Mosenfelder via Getty Images

There’s a reason you haven’t seen anyone pull off a purple lace jumpsuit (the words don’t even belong together): it’s because no one can. No one but Prince, of course. Oh, what’s that? Is it a bit chilly? Throw a white trench jacket over it, complete with varsity stripes. Does it work? Of course it does. It’s Prince.

Yellow Snakeskin Vest

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Don’t want that third eye feeling left out. Image: Kevin Winter via Getty Images

Another set of three words that don’t belong together, and yet, magically, Prince made it work. Maybe it’s because of the leopard-print guitar strap. Or the afro. Or the sunnies with the extra lens, because he didn’t want his third eye to be left out.

What’s your favorite memory of Prince?

I do realize that these may not be something you’d wear to a horse racing event, so why not take a look at some race day fashion lessons? You can also take a look at some hair and lipstick tips.

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