Over the past 15 years in the spotlight, Rihanna has gone from emerging artist to international style icon.
What will she wear next? The 29-year-old is constantly keeping us guessing. Her look is impossible to pin down and that’s what makes it exciting and interesting.
Practically pantsless for a night out. Eye-catching socks with towering heels. Oversize puffer coats that almost swallow you whole in their nylon folds. For some, these trends seem far too fantastical for the everyday, but for Rihanna, they are just a few of her style essentials. The pop star, style arbiter, and nascent designer has never been afraid of OTT fashion trends—in fact, as she once told us, she fully embraces their complexity, no matter the physical strain. “It’s not about pain. It’s about the commitment. I say to myself, ‘I want to look like this,’ and worry about the pain later. I’ve had nights I had to tiptoe home and the balls of my feet wouldn’t even allow me to stand.”
It’s that type of fearlessness and no-holds-barred approach to fashion that has allowed RiRi to champion several trends over the years with perfect “How did she do that?!” ingenuity.
Check out the fashions that Rihanna did first.
THE NAKED DRESS
She accessorized the fearless look with matching gloves and headdress designed by the young American designer. Since then, the naked dress has become a go-to for celebs like Kim Kardashian, Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner.
Rihanna’s dress (if you can call it that) sent shockwaves through the fashion industry and around the world in 2014.
The artist arrived at the CFDA Fashion Awards in nothing but a transparent crystal-embellished number by Adam Selman and a skin colored thong. The dress got a lot of attention and some were even claiming this trend will never work – well, now we see they were wrong!
FINE JEWELLERY WITH EVERYDAY CLOTHES
Because each and everyday is special, Rihanna has turned her fine jewelry into everyday baubles.
At the Black Girls Rock! event, she wore a Le Vian yellow sapphire and diamond necklace. She continued to wear the pricey choker throughout the week, pairing it with casual attire like jeans and sweatpants.
Hailey Baldwin and Kylie Jenner have been influenced by her approach to dressing, rocking bling wherever they feel like it. Shine bright like a diamond!
Rihanna is showing us that even when you’re dressing out to a grocery store you should look at your best!
PAJAMAS AS STREET LOOK
Riri attended the ‘Battleship’ Japan Premiere at International Yoyogi first gymnasium on April 3, 2012 wearing a silk pajama set.
Was she about to go to bed? No. She was starting a trend that is still popular today.
Models Gigi Hadid and Karolina Kurkova are a couple of the celebs that have embraced the bedtime look into their day ensembles. And you all thought it’s a joke! True fashion icon!
The ‘Work’ singer ditched the traditional handbag in favor of a mini Louis Vuitton backpack last year.
The hands-free Palm Springs Backpack Mini (fashioned in Monogram Reverse) completed her grey athleisure look.
We didn’t have to wait long for other celebrities to follow this trend. Yes, whenever Rihanna is telling the world it’s OK to wear backpacks we all ditch our hanbags for these litte cutties.
And that’s not even a half of it!