In the Las Vegas Hotel Showroom at International CES, three celebrities stood out in a dazzling and refined way. Nick Cannon, Janelle Monae and June Diane Raphael were notable for their ensemble.

As wearable tech is more daywear than eveningwear, the only visible carry-on tech was the white iPad funnyman Nick Cannon used to mirror the press.

Ivy-style might have announced the untied bow tie used as a men’s dapper scarf in 2011. However, we can see by fashion-forward Sammy Davis Jr. that this is not a post-Sally Ride trend. Emcee Nick Cannon wore this effortlessly dapper neck accessory at the CES 2014 Variety Breakthrough Awards on January 9th. Were men the only ones to grace the stage with the best of bygone eras? No way!

Just as Marlene Dietrich stunned and exhilarated the fashion world with her adoption of sensual menswear, this tailored evening style resurfaced for select women in the age of social media. For example, menswear such as tux pants bloomed in 2011 as seen by Giorgio and Emporio Armani in Style Blog. In another instance, Lily Collins and Anne Hathaway borrowed the tux silhouette for last year. Who borrowed from Paris Fashion week and made an even more striking figure? Electric Lady Janelle Monae rocked suspenders! Who What Wear Blog shows you two chic ways you can too. You may have seen such jacquard or silk braces in Harper’s Bazaar.

These three and other talents inspired SGL Media’s 5 Fashion Don’ts for Black Girl Nerdettes from the Breakthrough Awards Show:

1. Don’t restrict yourself to adornment from the present. Don your futuristic spacesuit or steal Rat Pack swagger. Find inspiration in the old and don’t be afraid to break from the mold and set your own fashion trends. Moonwalk so adeptly in ankle boots to inspire a new generation of Philip K. Dick and Ray Bradbury science fiction-into-reality makers. Flaunt your best Fosse-choreographed moves, crooning like Sammy Davis Jr.’s confectionary 1972 “Candyman” to sweeten your office’s plain Casual Friday.

2. Don’t stick to norms. Break boundaries like Janelle Monae with her pompadour and suspenders creating a fashion that is like a walking piece of art incorporating different time periods. It’s not only stylish but functional as evidenced by her amazing, energetic performance. Her striking black and white costume changes stayed crisp under the Las Vegas lights. Her confident ‘do remained perfectly sculptured and her classic red lipstick looked fresh as she guided the audience on a journey through big band brass to Afro-funk with her hip-snapping footwork.

3. Don’t be anyone else. Beguile with your own sense of style and use it to express your unique sense of fashion. Don’t be a follower. Set the trends and make others follow you. Whether your style is fun, quirky, punk, or conservative, don’t be afraid to wear what you like as long as it complements you.

4. Don’t hide your shape. Be proud of that baby bump. Be fun, flirty and comfortable like the hilarious June Diane Raphael who let her baby bump and smile shine at the CES awards show.

5. Don’t be unwilling to adapt. Be flexible like Amy Schumer. She was able to do an impromptu comedy set in order to fill in time as one of the fellow nominees had yet to arrive. She was funny, entertaining and poised. Schumer demonstrated how to work effectively under pressure and looked radiant in a powder blue, above-the-knee, long-sleeved sweater dress.

Erica Tyler is a Southern California based freelance writer who loves to travel, write and laugh. I am an avid reader and a slow runner, but love to try new things and think that we only regret the chances we don’t take. Erica Tyler is Associate Editor of SmartyGirlLeadership (SGL) Media.





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