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9 Fashion Lessons Learned From Prince

Fifty-four years ago, a legend named Prince Rogers Nelson was born. This Minnesota native sang, danced and gyrated his way into our sonic hearts with endless classics. With a music catalog that spans 40 years and virtually every genre, it's almost impossible to pick a favorite. So instead, let's reflect on his ever-changing style that's influenced a whole generation of artists. Click through the pages for nine fashion lessons, courtesy of the birthday boy himself.

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Prince wears backless pants

Take a risk.

People thought Prince was crazy when he sported ass-less chaps in the 80s. Twenty years later, Christina Aguilera flaunted hers in "Dirrty," proving that cutting-edge trends never die. Don't be afraid to take a fashion risk, even if it doesn't work.

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Prince wears heels

Heels are mandatory.

Vixens, this is a given. Even if you're a tomboy, you need a pair of pumps for those fancy occasions. If Prince does it, you can, too.

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Prince rocks an afro

Go natural at least once.

The natural hair movement is stronger than ever and Prince was one of its pioneers. In the 70s, he rocked a 'fro like no other. Today, he's back to that same look.

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Prince covers Rolling Stone

Smize.

The best fashion accessory is a smile...or a dangerous gaze. We love you, Tyra, but Prince was "smizing" before that word even existed.

Prince in Purple Rain

Use ruffles in moderation.

When we think of Purple Rain, we think ruffles. Prince's stage ensembles were all about excess. There was never enough makeup, hair or glitter. Ruffles work as long as they're not all over the place.

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Prince performing

Wear the clothes. Don't let the clothes wear you

Prince's fashion choices were outrageous, but they never overshadowed his musical genius. Have fun with your style, but don't let it mask your inner beauty.

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Prince's LoveSexy album cover

Less is more.

Prince loves showing off his body. We're not telling you to walk around topless, but don't feel obligated to wear a full face of makeup every day. Sometimes dressing down and going au naturale is best.

Prince performs in bell bottoms

Flared jeans can work.

Most people wish bell bottoms stayed in the 70s. However, they look great paired with a high waist and cute pair of shoes (preferably heels).

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Prince performs in scarf

Head scarves aren't just for the house.

It's easy to throw on a headwrap when we're coming from the salon or having a bad hair day. They can also be an awesome accessory, just ask Prince. He's been using them his entire career.

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