Soulful Style: Raphael Saadiq
Raphael Saadiq, born Charles Ray Wiggins in Oakland, California, is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Saadiq has been a standard bearer for "old school" R&B since his early days as a member of the multiplatinum group Tony! Toni! Toné!
But aside from his music, Saadiq has been blessing us with his amazing style sense.
AskMen named him a Style Icon praising his soulful style. Saadiq credits his family and soul legends, including James Brown, as heavy influences on his style.
Raphael Saadiq's style can perhaps best be described as alternating between Motown cool, casual street wear and properly preppy. There is a considered, even cerebral, quality to his wardrobe, but the star's penchant for luxe basics keeps his look simple and elegant rather than overdone. During a performance, the only ensemble you'll ever see this singer sport is a perfectly fitted suit. Believing that suiting up to entertain his audience enlivens his music, Saadiq's onstage look typically consists of a neutral colored trousers and blazer combo, a pressed white dress shirt, polished shoes, and a dark skinny tie. Although this uniform has helped define his character as an artist, Saadiq doesn't always play it safe, occasionally taking a chance by donning a suit in a bold color like canary yellow and adding unusual extras like a bow tie or seriously bling cuff links. The cut of his dress-up attire, however, is always on the slim side, in order to best flatter his body type.
For his twenty plus years of consistent soulful style, we salute Raphael Saadiq.