Last week there was a nice discussion revolving around the fall of modern R&B on the Sart Inc Tumblr. Readers were making the case for modern acts carrying on the strong tradition of rhythm and blues, while others lamented on the loss of arguably the genre's greatest artist - Marvin Gaye. All the talk of Gaye had me revisiting not only his incredible catalog of tunes, but his equally impressive personal style. Marvin's status as a style icon is too often overlooked and he frequently takes a backseat to various Jazz aficionados such as Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Marvin's style was as smooth and genuine as his music. From his traditional suiting during Motown's heyday to his work wear and blue collar inspired looks during the late 70's/early 80's, Marvin Gaye's style was a study in organic evolution on par with his musical career. Masculine while at the same time elegant, from the studio to the stage to the red carpet, Marvin was one of the best until his untimely and senseless death in 1984.