The embodiment of hip, cool girl-style, Rihanna never fails to excite fashion watchers. From casual street looks incorporating sweatpants and leotards inspired by her dance rehearsals to full-on sexy, red carpet gowns with sky-high heels, the Barbadian beauty’s singular sartorial combinations have garnered a legion of admirers. Look to RiRi’s original and slightly rebellious approach to dressing to freshen your style.
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Wear oversized men’s clothing like Rihanna, who is never afraid to take fashion risks. The singer incorporates men’s pieces, such as oversized pants, coats, jackets and shoes, into her look and balances them with more feminine crop tops, leotards and even designer evening gowns. Slip on a bomber jacket, boyfriend jeans and a fitted crop top, or combine a hoodie with fitted jeans, rugged boots and a backward baseball cap.
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When it comes to jewelry, more is definitely more in Rihanna’s world so when copping her look, don’t forget to pile on the baubles. Wear strands on top of strands of costume pearls around your neck or try an endless assortment of gold bangles all the way up to your elbow. When wearing rings, place one (or even two) on each finger. If Rihanna is just sporting one piece, she always turns it into a statement. Lift this look with a chunky choker, enormous chain, or pair of bejeweled door knocker earrings.
Incorporate sportswear and dance-inspired pieces into your look. When the singer and dancer switched from sneakers to performance heels during a rehearsal, she found that it totally transformed the look of her sweatpants and leotards. Many fashion-conscious women have been influenced by her style revelation as they combine typical workout gear with heels in a cool, modern combination. Alternately, mix a slinky slip dress with sporty sneakers, another RiRi trademark.
Wear a single sole heel with everything. Rihanna has been spotted in a variety of outfits with her Manolo Blahnik Chaos heels in a rainbow of colors. The classic high heel with a skinny band across the toes and an ankle strap is flattering and works with any number of Rihanna-like looks. The singer has worn her heels with colorful jumpsuits; jean shorts and sweatshirts; and skinny jeans with silky button-downs. Get creative — ala RiRi — and pair ankle strap stilettos with baggy bottoms, like men’s cargo pants, and a crop top or tank. Don’t be afraid to wear them over socks in cooler weather. A pair of dark, over-the-knee socks and matching heels with an oversized, hip-length jacket is a sexy take on an evening look that will keep you toasty to boot.
References and ResourcesVogue: The Rihanna Effect: Fashion’s Most Exciting Muse, On Her Third Vogue Cover
Refinery29: The Secret To Dressing Like Rihanna Is At Nasty Gal
Cosmopolitan: If Real People Come to Work Dressed Like Rihanna
WhoWhatWear: See the Shoes Rihanna Wears With EVERY Outfit
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