Rihanna’s Red Carpet Evolution from Music of the Sun to Anti
We all know Rihanna as a bad ass performer, an international success, a fashionista, and last but not least, your everyday bad gyal. What we sometimes forget is how she came to be your favorite island success – and the looks she tried while getting there. Let’s take a peek into the vault of Rihanna’s fashion evolution coinciding with her 2005 debut studio release, Music of the Sun, all the way through today.
1. 2005, Music of the Sun
Her go-to at this stage was always a comfy pair of jeans, a colorful eye-catching top and some trendy sneakers. My favorite part about this look are her accessories. The hoop earrings, gold bangles, and chain around her stomach are appropriate for the mid-2000’s. If the “20-year nostalgia cycle” of fashion is any predictor, these accessories have “comeback” written all over them.
2. 2006, A Girl Like Me
This midnight blue number is classic and eye-catching, showing Rihanna’s refined side. I don’t know anyone that would be unfaithful if their S/O dressed up like this. Clearly, a gif was the only way to capture the true beauty of this look.
3. 2007, Good Girl Gone Bad
This dress is perfect for dancing and singing in the rain sans Umbrella-ella-ella. The slit on this jade gown gives it an edge. The gold and jade accessories and highlighted hair scream summer island paradise.
4. 2008, Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded
This look is truly “good girl gone bad.” Not only is Rihanna rocking the leather and chains, but she nabbed two American Music Awards this year – the beginning of several.
5. 2009, Rated R
Blue eyeliner keeps this shoulder padded suit and bow-tie ensemble fresh and modern. The androgynous look she pulled is perfect for the Met Gala. Plus, she could teach some “Rockstar 101” in that outfit.
6. 2010, Loud
The fact that her hair matches her dress AND the carpet. Some would say that is too much, but I think it’s just right. I know a few fellas that wouldn’t mind lying in her “California King Bed.”
7. 2011, Talk That Talk
The old Hollywood look not only makes the boys come to the yard, but makes them wonder “Where Have You Been” all my life, Ri? The sheer side to the intricately beaded gown is daring and a bit of foreshadowing for more skin to come.
8. 2012, Unapologetic
This slip dress, like every Rihanna outfit, looks “fresh off the runway” and compliments her skin tone perfectly. She should just live in the color green. FOREVER. And that necklace is goddess-like.
Instead of being “the monster” this Halloween, copy this look. It shows just enough skin and it’s giving me the most vampire vibes. No top – I see some more of this in Ri’s future.
The deep neckline and bare leg combo are bound to make people say they “can’t remember to forget you” if you rocked it like Rihanna. The light from the papparazzi reflect right off the silk slip-like dress like she’s dripping in gold.
No pants, no problem! Rihanna decided to ditch the trousers, but honestly who needs them?! If I was rocking this, then “Bitch, better have my money” because I am not going home with less than 20 G’s in my jacket pocket. The fringe is so perfectly braided and she is rocking the deep V once again. Classic Rihanna.
12. 2016, Anti
Present day: Rihanna’s still killing it at Paris Fashion Week with no sign of quitting. The deep V and shoulder cut-outs aren’t necessarily “work” appropriate, but they do make the look wearable from day to night.
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