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The Evolution of Rihanna’s Denim Style

Over the years, Rihanna’s style has changed almost as much as her job titles. From singer, to actor, to Puma’s creative director, to ultimately launching her own Fenty beauty, lingerie and apparel lines, Rihanna has appeared in the spotlight for a number of different ventures—and is frequently spotted in denim.

As the first woman to create a brand for LVMH and the first black woman to lead a major luxury fashion house, Rihanna is no stranger to plowing past fashion boundaries. But even her edgiest looks can seem approachable to the general public and inspire others to experiment with unlikely pairings.

In 2017, she was photographed in L.A. in cuffed wide-leg jeans serving as a foundation for a fur coat, which she wore off the shoulder as a dress and pulled together with a belt. Years prior, in 2012, she paired an oversized denim button-down with embellished denim shorts and thigh-high black leather boots. On top of that, she added yet another denim shirt to the mix, tying it around her waist and tucking it into her shorts for an additional, asymmetrical layer.

Denim suiting is a favorite look for the fashion icon, who often wears the style on a night out—and even in music videos—in various forms. From light-wash denim jumpsuits, to dark-wash, full-length skirts and oversized jackets, head-to-toe denim is on constant rotation in Rihanna’s ever-changing wardrobe.

Though known for her experimental fashion, Rihanna also serves up classic denim looks, including a casual denim shorts and black tank top moment in New York in 2014, a skinny jeans and long blazer pairing in 2014, and a good old-fashioned (albeit elevated) graphic tee and relaxed jeans outfit in 2015.