Janelle Monáe just started a 2017 trend we are way too excited to wear

Stop what you’re doing because the almighty Janelle Monáe just started a 2017 trend that we’ll soon be seeing everywhere — and it’s blowing our minds.

Positively owning the red carpet at the Critics’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles last night, the Moonlight actress — who has always been a fan of the black-and-white aesthetic — wore a custom checkerboard gown by up-and-coming designer Nicci Hou. As Janelle wrote on Instagram, “I saved this dress for months. I am so happy to support another young woman of color and her art. Thank you Nicci.”

Check out this pure and absolute slayage.


She’s divine.

And here’s another look at the ensemble, because we know just one photo isn’t enough.


Whew! Don’t mind us, just trying to calm down from all that fabulosity.

Ready to channel your inner Janelle and rock checkerboard in the New Year? Keep scrolling to browse some cute items we dug up for you.

Unique 21 Button-Front Checked Cotton Dress


Get it here for $31.

ASOS Knitted Dress


Get it here for $53.

Kensie Checked Tie Belt Dress


Get it here for $39.99.

French Connection Ciao Check Dress


Get it here for $49.99.

Sandra Darren Cold Shoulder Printed Shift Dress


Get it here for $49.97.

Courreges Monochrome Diamond Check Cut-Out Dress


Get it here for $842.

ASOS PETITE Textured Wrap Wiggle Dress


Get it here for $48.

If we can all be a little more like Janelle Monáe, 2017 will be a good year.

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