Style Icon: Rihanna

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Rihanna’s provocative style has gotten her a lot of notice. Aside from her records and tumultuous love affairs, Rihanna is slowly becoming a modern style icon in her own right. What makes her so modern? She basically doesn’t care for your standard fashion rules or your typical style do’s and don’t’s. She wears what she wants and owns it. Sometimes she makes some fashion missteps (just like the rest of us), but most of the time she steps out dressed head to toe in pure Rihanna.

Her style savvy is truly inherent and undeniably original. A style renegade and inspiration, and Rihanna constantly reminds us that fashion should be fun. Here are my top picks for Rihanna’s 10 best looks:

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Timbaland boots, a pale pink faux fur coat, and a Louis Vuitton box bag; this definitely sounds like something only Rihanna could pull off. The best accessory to this look? Her trademark confidence and sass. You can take a style cue from this look, and don’t be afraid to mix the high with the low or street style with designer labels. main.original.585x0 (2)

Rihanna can do a red carpet up in the chicest way if she wants to. Though primarily known for her edgy style, she struts down in this gorgeous red gown with strategic sheer paneling and lets the world know that she can do Old Hollywood glamour. With her soft waves and matching orangey red lip, she has the wow factor in spades. main.original.585x0 (3)I personally love Rihanna’s sexy take on the classic little black dress. She doesn’t reinvent the wheel radically but she adds her personal flourishes to her textured mini black dress. Lace-up stilettos and a mini bucket bag increase the playful vibe of this evening look.

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You can’t expect Rihanna to don the maxi dress in a boho print. Her take on the trendy maxi is to do it up with a graphic twist. Color blocking this shocking pink side slit dress with white heels and a black and white striped clutch amps up the visual power of this ensemble. main.original.585x0

Wide leg trousers with wide vertical stripes can be a tricky piece for some, but Rihanna styles with aplomb. Echoing the two-tone theme in her cap to pumps and balancing the volume of her pants with a simple gray tank and highly structured gray croc skin tote. rihanna-pre-grammy-vogue-27jan14-rex_b_426x639

A yellow satin dress that is this revealing would usually be a fashion no-no, but Rihanna manages to not cross the boundary of taste in this cleavage and leg baring stunner. This evening gown almost looks tropical when set against her bronze skin. The key to the elegance of this look is the clever tailored details like the lapel and rolled cuffs. rihanna-vogue-5jun13-1-rex_b_426x639

Trusty nobody but Rihanna with a velvet burgundy catsuit. Matching her lip color du jour with the color of her one piece and layering oversized and long gold necklace are vital elements in updating this 70s trend into 2014. This outfit is the number one proof that trailblazing fashion and the occasional risk taking can and does pay off. Rihanna-Vogue-11Apr14-PA_b_426x639

The primary colors in this sporty Celine sweater dress is polished and preppy meets minimalist and athletic. Rihanna shows off her signature love for sneakers as she matches her Jordans with her navy sweater dress. A low zip neckline and silver metal choker makes this look bolder and more fashion forward. Rihanna-Vogue-12jun13-Rex_426x639

A sleek and flirty red patent leather pencil skirt makes a strong color and texture statement. This is how Rihanna does ladylike dressing, with slick textures placed side by side with rough hewn denim as shown in her overcoat. The black velvet pumps and gray tee ground this look, and prevent it from looking too overworked. rihanna-vogue-23apr14-rex_b_426x639

Denim cutoffs with frayed edges get a sartorial makeover with a pinstriped blazer worn as a top. The nude ankle strap sandals keep this look simple and understated enough for a daytime jaunt.

Which looks are your favorite? I simply can’t get enough of Rihanna’s edgy style!

Photos from WhoWhatWear and Vogue UK

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