Prince Defines ‘Style': 365 Prince Songs in a Year
To celebrate the incredibly prolific, influential and diverse body of work left behind by Prince, we will be exploring a different song of his each day for an entire year with the series 365 Prince Songs in a Year.
In fashion as well as music, Prince operated on a different plane — to the point where, when Charlie Murphy suggested that His Purple Majesty would elect to play basketball in a blouse, it was not only hilarious but believable (and ultimately maybe even true). As much as anybody in the rock world, Prince was qualified to define style, and he did just that with the sixth track on the third disc of his 1996 LP Emancipation.
Unsurprisingly, "Style" offers a variety of perspectives on the titular noun, ranging from "a second cousin 2 class" to "the face U make on a Michael Jordan dunk" — as well as a lot of examples of what style isn't, including "a logo that sticks to the roof of one's ass" and "lusting after someone because they're cool." Clearly, even for Prince, style was complicated.
Perhaps that's why part of his wardrobe ended up in a thrift store in Denver, as outlined in a fairly incredible story shared by a Prince fan named April Morrison in December 2017. As Morrison explained via Facebook post, the owners of the store initially thought the outfit "belonged to a little girl," and made plans to sell it in their store — but when an employee noticed Prince's name on the lapel and the waist of the pants, they reached out to Paisley Park, where reps for his estate eventually confirmed he'd actually once owned it.
Naturally, the outfit ended up on eBay, where it sold in early December after fetching a winning bid of more than $8,100. To Morrison's chagrin, she was initially outbid during the auction, but after the winning bidder neglected to pay, she got a second chance to snap it up — and she didn't let it slip away.
Moral of the story? You never know what you might find in your neighborhood thrift shop. And perhaps more importantly, Prince liked big shoulders and had very small feet. "The shoulder pads are HUGE and his shoes are smaller than mine," wrote Morrison. "I wear a size 6.5."