How many times have you said, “Rihanna is literally the only one who could pull this outfit off?” It’s a phrase that has been uttered many times by many people. Could you show up on the red carpet in a massive yellow dress that spawned pizza memes and still have it be considered flawless? No. Could you expose your nipples at a major fashion awards event and get away with it? Definitely not, but Rihanna can. Rihanna consistently takes pieces that should not work and makes them look amazing. It’s no wonder she made everyone want to dress like sexy Wednesday Addams thanks to her Fenty x Puma NYFW show.
Check out the outfits that only Rihanna could pull off:
One thing that Rihanna does consistently well is pull off lingerie or sleepwear as clothes. On another celeb, everyone would be asking, “Why did they not bother to get dressed before they hit the carpet?” When RiRi wears the look everyone says, “Leave it to Rihanna to make wearing a long silk robe look so chic.”
Rihanna has always taken fashion risks on the red carpet. This white dress has a Swan Lake vibe thanks to the high neckline and feathered bodice. It could have been too costume-y, but it doesn’t quite cross over that line.
Here is the aforementioned pizza meme look from the China: Through the Looking Glass Met Gala. It takes a special person to work a look this gigantic and Rihanna did. Even if you didn’t get it, you had to admit that she can work a 20-foot skirt like no one else.
Is this a poncho, flared tunic or an artist’s smock? Don’t know. An why does it have one printed sleeve? Who knows, who cares? We may not be able to figure out this outfit entirely, but we know RiRi looks amazing in it.
When Tom Ford showed nipple pasties on the runway, people wondered who would ever have the guts to wear the look, and who would actually make it look good. Of course Rihanna would be the one to work the edgy style.
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If any person showed up to an event that Anna Wintour was at with their nipples exposed, it would be debatable whether they would be allowed in. Rihanna opted for this scandalous look when she was accepting a fashion award, and earned herself spots on even more best-dressed lists for it.
It takes a certain kind of person to make pastel tweed look cool. Rihanna is that person. She is wearing it head-to-toe, and she has even managed to convince us that a coordinating fanny pack is a good idea.
This is one of the most memorable (and most naked) Grammy looks ever. It’s is two parts dollar store plastic Hawaiian lei and one part dissected cloud. It sound strange, but it looks very cool.
Another fashion event, another time Rihanna surprised everyone. Instead of a naked look, Rihanna opted for a sleepwear-inspired dress. This pleated dress isn’t that much different than the long nightgown your aunt wears, but Rihanna has somehow made it work for major Vogue party.
This was a lot of look. Rihanna could have hid all the members of One Direction under her skirt plus a few other singers and no one would have known. Yet somehow you still notice her gorgeous face before the thousand meters of pink fabric.
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Here’s another time Rihanna went for a dramatic, full gown. This look has a purple printed bodice, green belt and a bright blue ruffled skirt with coordinating pumps. You divide that into three separate dresses and each one would be enough for three different people. However, Rihanna shows she can work any look, regardless of how many components it has.
If you showed up anywhere just wearing a long cardigan, heels and some fancy jewelry, what do you think people would say? They would probably be asking what the heck happened to your pants and top. Rihanna wears the same look and we think its genius.
Rihanna is one of the few people who could have pulled off this origami-inspired dress, just like she is one of the few who could make red eyeliner on the lower lash line work. Try as we might, we can never figure out how to pull off any of her looks half as well as she does.
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