31 of Rihanna’s Most Memorable Outfits Of All Time

Rihanna at the Met Gala

by A Jakes |

The terms 'style chameleon' and 'fashion icon' may outrageously contradict one other, yet both seem utterly apt when discussing Rihanna 'Robyn' Fenty's style.

Her fashion game is all about opposites: one day she's in classic Chanel, the next she's shining a light upon a little-known street style brand (ideally accessorised with a wine glass...) Her outfits are daring yet covetable, sometimes so wrong but always oh-so right. Bad Gal RiRi emerged as a breakout R&B artist in 2005 and is now easily one of the most stylish women in showbiz. No one else can shut down the Met Gala red carpet like her: remember her sensational Guo Pei couture gown, worn to the event in 2015? Or 2017's attention-grabbing Comme des Garcons structural number (ie. the only outfit that actually stuck to the event's dress code)?

The Work singer can literally work (sorry-not-sorry) anything - from fishnet bodysuits to Celine frocks to deep-V blazers - she never fails to raise the style stakes and regularly racks up headlines for her daring sartorial choices.

Here are all her most memorable looks from the A Girl Like Me era to the 360 degree icon she is today, with a sell-out beauty collection under her belt, 68 chart singles and even an acting gig on a popular TV show.

And what a style transformation it's been...

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Rihanna's Style Transformation - Grazia

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Back in 2005, Rihanna would team low-rise boyfriend jeans with a gaudy halterneck. Oh the Noughties! Oh our eyes! What an incredible time for casual dressing.

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Remember the time Rihanna took style pointers from 'Ender's Kat Slater? Well, you do now.

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Rihanna returns after a break in music in 2009 with an edgy haircut (which was to be replicated by millions) and a mannish tux.

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Rihanna begins to step outside her comfort zone in a daring assemble that she is known for today. With big, burgundy hair and a mesh length frock, we adore this award-ceremony look.

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Rih goes gothic with a plunging bandeau bralet and a fishtail mesh skirt to match.

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It's 2012, and Rihanna is back looking hella classy with a fantastic blend of dangerous. Oh and we are obsessed with the honey-hued lob.

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It's the 2014 Grammy awards and Rihanna opts for a shimmering yellow, floor-length evening gown, playing homage to her Caribbean roots.

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Another bold sartorial choice from Rihanna. The star went to a Los Angeles dinner wearing nipple pasties, a draping white skirt and fishnet stockings. Definitely not one for the shrinking violets amongst us.

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Oooh the wrath of teenage rebellion! Rihanna goes full goth whilst unveiling the artwork for her album 'ANTI'.

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Here is Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala wearing that cape, which afterwards inspired hundreds of memes, including one that compared her assemble to a 'spilled omelette'. We are obsessed.

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In 2015, Rihanna teams a Celine dress with Nike kicks and gives a whole new meaning to 'Sports Luxe'.

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Rihanna turns up to Coachella in a floor-length violet fur coat, a beautifully parred-down purple lip and clashing Doc Martens.

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Any devotees to the pyjamma trend take note, as RiRi wears nightwear as outerwear like a pro.

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The Wild Thoughts singer waltzes around New York in a gorgeous salmon-pink assemble which screams 'Barbie paradise'. In a good way, of course.

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Rihanna contrasts a printed floor-length smock dress with a bold lip and biiig hair.

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During the 2016 Tidal Event, the songstress wears a boob-skimming blazer co-ord with white ankle boots.

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Rihanna channeled her inner-princess side at her Fenty Beauty launch by wearing a lilac tulle dress by Molly Goddard.

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Bad Gal RIRI quite literally turned the fashion world on it's head, by rocking up to the 2017 Met Gala in Comme des Garçons assemble. Outfit or art? We are torn.

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Rihanna gives a new meaning to athleisure in neon pink tracksuit and a contrasting sky-blue sports bra.

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One of the most iconic looks from Ms Fenty, to date. When asked by Laverne Cox what gave her the courage to wear the sheer Adam Selman dress to the CFDA Awards in 2014, she said: "Dear Laverne, I took advantage of my t***ies before they go south. I saw my window, and I took it." Hear hear.

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Rihanna oozes attitude, despite wearing a ruffled, polka dot dress to the Kid's Choice Awards in 2010.

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The songstress never been one to shy away from head-turning stage outfits. Here she is in an ab-skimming, gold detailed tracksuit, that is definitely too showy to wear to your morning pilates class...

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The Take A Bow singer paid homage to a young Britney Spears at the 2005 World Music Awards. Though kudos for rocking a skirt brighter than Harper Beckham's future .

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2006 Rihanna ups the glam-factor in a simple, but oh-so stylish nude dress. Princess-esque and almost a little too perfect from the Wild Thoughts singer.

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The songstress was spotted at the 2006 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards wearing er, spots! Oh and fuchsia pink leggings which we all can admit to wearing at one point...

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Once upon a time, Bad Gal Ri Ri would coordinate her oversized knit, baker cap and tights. There is hope for us all.

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A wholesome Rihanna rocked up to the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards wearing white skinny jeans (remember those days?) and a teeny weeny sequin-encrusted waistcoat. She had the Island-girl image nailed.

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Define Noughties fashion in one picture? Denim skirt - check. Lace-detailed cami - check. Metallic cowboys - check. Rih Rih looks every inch a R&B artist of 2005.

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Rihanna plays it safe with a black LBD and stilettos in 2007.

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One of Ms Fenty's most low-key looks to date. The lipstick connoisseur plays it safe with a black LBD and simple accessories. Miles away from her 'fur coat, no bra' aesthetic ten years on.

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Rihanna wears a glitzy bodycon dress and perfectly permed tresses to the 2006 MTV awards.

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Back in 2005, Rihanna would team low-rise boyfriend jeans with a gaudy halterneck. Oh the Noughties! Oh our eyes! What an incredible time for casual dressing.

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