25 Times Rihanna Proved She’s A Total Style Icon

Whether she’s wearing a jade jumpsuit, a white tuxedo, or a see-through lace gown, Rihanna always kills it when it comes to fashion. There's no denying it — the superstar has risen to become one of the 21st-century's biggest style icons. But you have to wonder: which of her looks will truly stand the test of time? Though it was hard to narrow down, here are the pop star's most memorable ensembles ever. If these snapshots prove one thing, it's that Rihanna has the confidence to pull off just about anything.

1. RIAA and Feeding America Inauguration Charity Ball — 2009

Of course, being a style icon doesn’t mean everyone will always love your look. Indeed, while Rihanna was very in tune with current trends in this Jasmin di Millo bubble dress at the 2009 RIAA and Feeding America Inauguration Charity Ball, the oddly cut mustard-hued number might not have been everyone’s cup of tea.

2. Met Gala — 2009

Still, even way back in 2009, Rihanna had already proven that there isn’t an outfit out there that she can’t pull off. At that year’s Met Gala, for example, she aced a more androgynous style in a puff-sleeve Dolce and Gabbana tuxedo and neat black bowtie. It was a stylish spin on a tried-and-true classic!

3. Met Gala — 2021

Rihanna happened to be the last celebrity to take to the red carpet at the 2021 Met Gala, and it was certainly a grand finale. Balenciaga provided her with an unforgettable black get-up, which looked a bit like an evil scrunchie. Meanwhile, A$AP Rocky was wrapped up in some kind of quilted creation. They both certainly pushed the envelope.

4. Grammy Awards — 2010

At the 2010 Grammys, Rihanna’s quiffed hairdo gave a harder, more alternative edge to this classically elegant gown from Elie Saab Haute Couture. And yet again, she managed to work a dress that, in the wrong hands, would have been just on the wrong side of cutesy. Naturally, all eyes were on RiRi that night.