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2014 Black Women in Music Honoree: Emeli Sande

Essence took a moment to honor British singer Emeli Sande this award season for breaking out in the American music scene. The soul-pop sensation draws listeners with her sweet and sultry voice. Like Essence, we're honoring Emeli Sande, but not for her voice. It's her style that we love.

Black Speckled Dress

Black Speckled Dress

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When it comes to sophisticated prints, this freckled black-and-white dress is the ultimate. Emeli styled the dress simply with two black accessories. And please note: Simple does not mean boring. 

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Oxblood Shirt and Midi Wrap Skirt

Oxblood Shirt and Midi Wrap Skirt

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The sweet shoulder trim on Emeli’s oxblood knit shirt is everything we ever wanted and more. She paired it with a wrap midi skirt for a look worth replicating. We can see this being a work-to-play outfit that will make everyone at the office a little jealous. 

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Black-and-White Shirt Dress

Black-and-White Shirt Dress

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Emeli caught our eye with this classy and cool shirt dress, featuring winter white trim and a little black belt. A loose-fitting little black dress might be less common than the sexy bodycon LBD, but after seeing this on Emeli, we are fans.

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Printed Dress and Leather Jacket

Printed Dress and Leather Jacket

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With mirrored images of birds, flowers, and gold, the kaleidoscopic layout of Emeli’s print dress frames her body perfectly. The rough leather jacket gives the outfit the tough edge that matches her perfectly messy hair. And can we take a second to recognize her shoes? Dying. 

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Black Printed Shirt Dress

Black Printed Shirt Dress

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Shirt dresses are an all-time classic, and we love the intricate print on Emeli's dress. This style is universally wearable, and we adore that.

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Oxblood Leather Jacket and LBD

Oxblood Leather Jacket and LBD

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One of the things that we love about Emeli is how her style is wearable, yet looks awesome. It makes us feel like we can dress like her and still have enough money left in the budget to eat for the rest of the month. This look is a perfect example. The combination of the colored leather jacket, the black midi dress with the textured tights, and her little black booties is one that we can all wear, even if our hair isn’t as cool as hers. 

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