There are spring/summer, fall/winter trends and then there are trends coined by Rihanna. Nobody does it better than Riri—remember when she stole the show at the Met Gala in 2015, in a gigantic Guo Pei Gown? Or the time she totally brought back the naked dress in a sheer crystal Adam Selman number for the CFDA Awards? Rihanna walked the talk, so Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid could run. In true Rihanna style, the beauty mogul recently announced her pregnancy with rapper A$AP Rocky—dressed in a half-buttoned vintage Chanel puffer jacket, low-rise jeans and oversized jewellery cascading over her bump. Since then, we’re spending every waking minute of our lives waiting for her to drop the next bump look and the queen of risqué style hasn’t disappointed.
Before January 31st this year, the world of maternity style was still all about looking chic and elegant in baby doll dresses, knit-ribbed body con silhouettes or anything and everything that could be labelled as comfortable. This was until the Work singer entered the chat and changed the game. From strutting on the streets of New York in oversized Bulls jersey to taking over Paris in a diaphanous lingerie set—only Rihanna can do a sartorial 360 in maternity, all in a month’s time. When I am not googling ‘how to be reborn as Rihanna’s baby?’ I am busy bookmarking her looks for days I want to dress bold after a heavy past lunch, here are the top 5 I absolutely loved.
If the buzz around Gucci’s in-person show after 2 long years wasn’t enough, Rihanna walked in looking like a dominatrix. Dressed in a latex bralette, low-rise jeans with a side of dragon, faux-fur cape and disco-inspired headgear—she looked like she was ready to party.
2. Animal Print With A Side Of Denim
Trust Rihanna to wear not just a teeny-tiny cropped top but a tie-up version of that, showing off her glorious bump. She layered that with a leopard print/denim patch jacket, a baseball cap and a Dior saddle bag for a casual night out in the city.
3. Glam & Glitter
Doing the exact opposite of what maternity style generally entails, Rihanna’s choice of ensembles have been tastefully chaotic. Case in point: She attended a Fenty Beauty Universe event in a bright green metallic fringe top and ombre pink fringe trousers by Attico. She quite literally shined bright like a diamond.
4. All Black Everything
There was definitely a glitch in the Matrix when Rihanna stepped out looking like THIS. Riri in this black criss-cross sweater and black leggings is giving me the confidence to finally wear a top with a modest peek-a-boo that I buried in the back of my closet.
5. Sporty Chic
For Superbowl 2022, Rihanna, unlike other celebrities, ditched the athleisure memo and went for something that was sporty yet chic. She paired her deep blue Balenciaga bomber jacket with a sheer blue patchwork shirt and layered it on lacey blue lingerie. Washed out grey denim and rectangular framed white sunglasses perfectly punctuated her look.
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