The enchanting chanteuse accomplished with less what those doing way more COULD NEVER. Very simply put, she is a legend.
It makes sense, after studying at Central Saint Martins and a brief stint modeling in her early days, that Miss Adu has a keen eye for fashion. But, what she had in the 80s–and still has today–is more than fashion. Sade has an impeccable sense of personal style. In a world filled with contemporaries and peers on a markedly different page, she flaunted a style that was uniquely her own. She chose a different path than the maximalism of the 80s, and instead achieved maximum impact with minimal effort.
And OH, how it would be a crime to fail to mention that miss ma’am is also a master class in subtle seduction! Her sartorial stylings are the perfect blend between demure and sexy. So many times, her exquisite knack for showing just the right amount of skin has snatched all my breath away. Some of my favorite style moments of hers have been those where she seems covered from head to toe, until she turns around and you see her back’s completely bare. Gahhh. Actual sound of breath leaving my body.
I have said it once, and I will say it again. Fashion and style are not the same. And style trumps fashion any day. I don’t have to go on; Sade has earned her place at the top of the list of style icons and it’s only right that we highlight her first in our Lessons in Style series. In her own words, during an interview with the National Post, “I have a fear of being trendy and I’m afraid of doing something someone else’s way...Music and fashion trends bore me and they don’t realistically convey what is authentic or true to my own nature.”
Brava, Miss Adu, teach the children about personal style 👏🏽 👏🏽. We stan. In honor of the queen, here's SAFIRA's take on one of Sade's most memorable looks. To achieve this classic vibe at home, pair our Nala mock neck top and Cairo jeans.