Earlier this week, my roommate and I were discussing how much we love the styles of celebrities like Rihanna, though we would never attempt to emulate them because it would be nearly impossible to look that cool without also looking a little zany. Besides the fact that I wholeheartedly agreed wearing nothing but a blazer would not be the most practical fashion choice for going to class, I started thinking about the ways in which Rihanna’s style could be made more accessible. For some, she may not be the first person they look to for style inspiration, but lately I have been in love with everything she wears.
Yes, at times her looks can be “out there,” but you have to admire Rihanna for taking fashion risks while continuing to look amazing in the process. However, I understand her style is difficult to mimic, so I took the liberty of choosing four of Rihanna’s recent outfits and transforming them into more everyday looks that still reflect her signature edge.
At the London screening of her film debut, Battleship, Rihanna made quite the fashion statement in this marbled print Stella McCartney blazer…and nothing else. Granted, she certainly knows how to rock it, but I wasn’t so sure I could, so I decided to add a pair of black pants from H&M and some bold accessories to complete this blazer-lead ensemble. In addition, instead of finishing the look with a pair of strappy stilettos, I opted for a pair of black wedges from Urban Outfitters, which are ideal for taking your look from day to night.
During her stay in Sydney, Australia, Rihanna stepped out again in an outfit that doesn’t look like it houses much underneath, but I love how she accessorized and turned a stand-alone olive trench coat into a full-blown glam ensemble. In order to keep the legginess of the look, I chose a short graphite trench from Target and paired it with an equally short body-con dress from ASOS. Essentially, any dress or shorts and top combo can be worn underneath a coat like this, so feel free to experiment with different styles. Lastly, I recommend finishing the look with a pair of bright red wedges from Urban Outfitters, a stack of gold bangles and vibrant red lipstick for that va-va-voom effect.
This next outfit is perhaps my favorite, mostly because I’m a huge fan of patterned pants for the spring season. Moreover, the denim button-up is another one of my favorite spring trends, and you can find a comparable style to own on Topshop’s website. I also have to add that my one main tip for recreating this look is that, unless you are comfortable wearing two busy patterns, stick with pairing pants like these with a solid-colored shirt.
Back in February, Rihanna took the stage with Coldplay at the Grammys wearing a sheer crop top, leather hot pants and black lace-up boots that I immediately wished were in my closet. But despite looking amazing in her midriff-bearing top, it’s not the most versatile option for everyday wear, so I figured a classic black blouse would be a more suitable alternative. (However, if you do love wearing crop tops, I suggest taking a look at this one from Nasty Gal.) A pair of high-waisted leather pants can be found on ASOS, but if you would rather nix the monochromatic color scheme, a pair of denim shorts (like the one from last week) would also be a stylish option. Additionally, if you don’t care for the leather look, a pair of black high-waisted woven shorts is sold at Forever 21. Finally, these lace-ups from Endless contribute a smidge of color to the ensemble and are a perfect combination of edgy and chic.
Rihanna’s fashion choices are often a hit or miss with the public, but if you can appreciate her bold, statement-making pieces, you can no doubt find ways to take items inspired by her looks and make them all your own.