Rihanna’s Style Evolution

Rihanna is known for her urban contemporary music and distinctive, versatile voice but on top of that, she has also made a huge impact on the fashion industry. Rihanna has landed herself on numerous best-dressed lists thanks to the looks she’s worn to A-list events. Over the past decade, her style has changed dramatically, we’ve seen her dazzle in sequined gowns and radiate in chic, stylish ensembles.

Whether she’s out on a coffee run or walking the red carpet, the R&B singer certainly doesn’t go unnoticed. If there’s one thing to take away from Rihanna, it’s that her fashion sense is always on point!

2012: Perfect in Pink

Rihanna strutted her stuff at the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show wearing a look made by Adam Selman. Dressed head to toe in pink, the artist stunned the crowd in a pink bra and panties, dainty lace dress, and shirt tied around her waist. To finish off the ensemble, RiRi wore a brilliant gemstone necklace and pretty pink suede boots!

2013: Bold in Red

We all love a red moment and Rihanna certainly perfected it during the 2013 Grammys. The singer stunned the crowds in her Azzedine Alaia gown along with a bold red lip, a combo that is made to be unforgettable. To accessorize, she added simple yet classic silver jewelry, giving off an effortlessly glamorous appeal.

2014: Sparkling at the CFDA Awards


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Rihanna was a sight for sore eyes in her dazzling Swarovski crystal gown during the 2014 CFDA Awards. This iconic look screamed Rihanna as the floor-length dress was covered in 216,000 Swarovski crystals. To top it off, she wore a matching sequin headpiece, bedazzled gloves, and a classic pink fur shawl. We can now say with confidence that diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend!

2015: Classy Couture 

Leave it to Rihanna to make a statement at the Met Gala. Once again, the R&B artist proved to be a fashion icon during the 2015 Met Gala where the theme was “China: Through the Looking Glass.” Rihanna played to the theme perfectly with her exquisite yellow, fur-trimmed coat and embroidered headdress. To this day, this continues to be a fan favorite.

2016: Casual in Camo 

On the streets of NYC, Rihanna showed off her funky style effortlessly. The singer rocked orange camo pants with matching Puma sneakers, a black leather jacket, oversize t-shirt, and a classic Louis Vuitton handbag. Rihanna complemented her look with beautiful silver hoops and a bright orange lip. Even when casual, the artist turns heads.

2017: Boho Chic


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How could we NOT mention Rihanna’s simple but stunning summer dress at the LVMH Prize 2017 Edition? The superstar made her way to the event in a Christian Dior boho-chic dress, pairing it with a classic white handbag, layered gold jewelry, and black bolero. This combination has proven to us once again that Rihanna is a true fashion talent who will never pass up an opportunity to show off her wicked style.

2018: Dressed as a Pope


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Talk about ICONIC! RiRi dazzled at the 2018 Met Gala in a Maison Margiela by John Galliano outfit. Expectations are always high when it comes to the artist’s looks at the Met Gala, but she completely outdid herself in 2018. The outfit is a three-piece coordinated look inspired by the Pope. It included a jacket, skirt worn over a bustier dress, and headpiece. Each piece was specifically customized for the star and embroidered to perfection. This definitely is a costume that’ll go down in Met Gala history.

2019: Majestic in Blue

We know two things: pastels will never go out of style and Rihanna certainly knows how to pull off a satin mint-hue outfit. After all the hard work and dedication to her brand, Rihanna stylishly accepted the 2019 fashion award for Urban Luxe. Donned in Fenty, the worldwide star shone in a mint green minidress with a transparent jacket and gloves. The shoes alone looked like something out of a modern-day Cinderella movie.

2020: Rockin’ the Ruffles

Rihanna accepted the 2020 President’s Award in lots of ruffles. The artist humbly welcomed the prestigious award for her incredible work in philanthropy. Rihanna, who is now a national fashion mogul, wore a purple Givenchy couture dress with strappy matching heels and gorgeous jewels. We love to see it.

2021: Bodacious in Balenciaga


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The fashionable superstar made a statement at the 2021 Met Gala. The event took place in September 2021 where the theme was “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” and Rihanna certainly didn’t come to play. She arrived alongside A$AP Rocky wearing an eccentric black Balenciaga ensemble. The appearance also included a black beanie, Bulgari diamonds, and the famous Rebel Black Ring by Thelma West diamonds.