7 Current Trends That Prince Put on the Map — Round Glasses, Heeled Booties and More

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He had the look.

As the world celebrates the life of the prolific Prince, who passed away on Thursday, April 21, at the age of 57, we’re reminded of the indelible impact that he had on music, film and, of course, fashion. The seven-time Grammy winner’s sartorial choices were just as splashy as his seemingly endless catalog of songs. From his very first TV appearance, where he dominated the stage in thigh-high boots and a zebra-print vest, to his last days of leisure suits and shorter-heel shoes, nothing will ever compare 2 Prince’s style. And while he didn’t necessarily birth the following trends, there’s no denying that his majesty purple-reigned over them in his own special way. 

Round Sunglasses

Prince Kevork Djansezian/Getty

Prince adored his circular specs, which he sported in 1984’s Purple Rain, on the cover of 2014’s Art Official Age and during a number of live performances.

Crop Tops

Prince performing at Wembley Arena in August 14, 1986, in London. David Corio/Michael Ochs

In his 1986 video for “Kiss,” Prince effortlessly persuaded a lover to give him some extra time … by baring his washboard abs in an above-the-bellybutton shirt underneath a tough leather jacket. He copied the look for live shows too.

Wavy Lob

Prince’s album ‘Prince,’ released in 1979. Courtesy Warner Bros.

That smize! That ‘stache! That hair! On the 1979 cover of his self-titled album, Prince sported some lush and textured tresses. 

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Prince performs at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles Jan. 28, 1985. Doug Pizac/AP

The sexy motherf–ker had a preference for coats and blazers in dramatic lengths. 

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Prince performing in Minneapolis April 30, 1990. Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect/Getty

During a 1990 performance, he got into the string of things in high-waist, tasseled bottoms … and not much else.

Romantic Ruffles

Prince performs live at the Fabulous Forum on Feb. 19, 1985. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

The Purple One, known for his gender-fluid image, often wore frilly tops like the one above.


Prince attending 30th Annual Grammy Awards on March 2, 1988. Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage

He knew how to get his kicks! Prince wore high-heel booties to give him a boost in height. Although he stood at just taller than 5 feet, his presence — on and off stage — was larger than life.

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