You don’t have to research too extensively to find out that Rihanna is a modern-day style icon. The CFDA has already officiated it. And still, there’s a special reason the title is bestowed upon her: The singer/designer is straight-up fearless when it comes to what she wears.
Rihanna is the kind of fashion lover who dresses for herself, eschewing what’s so-called flattering, expected, or on trend for what feels good. She’s championed cool, under-the-radar designers at major red carpet events and is the first to wear the (sometimes polarizing) items we see on the runways of fashion week, and don’t even get us started on her dedication to adhering to the Met Gala dress code.
But, as always, it’s the streets where Rihanna’s fashion know-how shines, where she doesn’t hesitate to wear everything from skinny jeans to lace-up boot leggings to sweatsuits to naked heels. Ahead, take a look at the ensembles that will solidify her place in fashion history and inspire so many re-creations of her timeless looks.