Rihanna in London

Posted on June 18, 2013

Face it: some people are born for certain looks, styles, or even articles of clothing. We, for our parts, had to accept that we are not among those who can rock the white skinny jean, but we’re more than supportive of those little assholes who can. You’ve just got to give it to some folks; they have a talent for wearing things 99% of the rest of us wouldn’t even walk to the fitting room from the racks.

So, yeah. Rihanna’s got the “sparkly, split-in-the-back belly top” side of the street pretty much locked down.


Rihanna arrives at an event to support her brother Rorrey Fenty for his performance at Boujis in London. Rihanna wears a Stella McCartney sequined cropped top paired with distressed jeans, a Stella McCartney clutch and Christian Louboutin sandals.


We think the purse looks like something a high school freshman would carry around, but we really love the rest of this look; a perfect combination of street and high-end glam which sums up her style to a T.


[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews]

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  • Charlotte

    Granted she looks better in that top than any other human being, but it’s still a ridiculous piece of clothing.

    • Louise Bryan

      Calling it clothing is generous. It brings to mind a cropped version of a hospital gown.

      • Meg0GayGuys6

        it reminded me of those smocks you’d wear at the painting studios when you were little (ours was called Plaster Carousel). Granted, a much shinier version.

      • At the world’s gayest, most fabulous hospital.

    • She looks like the world’s sexiest hospital patient slash disco-ball!

  • Miranda

    Only Rihanna can pull that off.

    • Ashley Alvarez

      That string doesn’t look that secure, I feel like ANYONE could pull it off. In seconds no less! (harhar)

      • carpediva

        I think that’s the point! 🙂 Rihanna, your boobs in danger gurl!

    • anotherkate

      And how! Specifically: how are her boobs looking so perky under that braless thing? I don’t think she has implants. Is she a robot? A weird, beautiful robot?

      • l_c_ann

        There’s a photo on the net from later that night when she needed a helping hand to bend over and into a car. The photo leaves no doubt that she was wearing no half cups or much of anything. An inch lower and she would have had a nip slip from underneath.

      • Orange Girl

        She is young, childless and exceptionally beautiful. No bra required.

        • LuisaNL

          yep, that just about explains it.

        • Rhonda Shore

          Orange, that’s just what i was thinking. Plenty of young women w/smallish boobs can easily get away sans bra before they have kids.

  • a-

    I desperately wish she’d gone a different direction with the purse, but I love this entire look. It’s so very Rhi; sexy and fun.

    • makeityourself

      Me too. The top photographs beautifully, the jeans are the perfect hi/lo accompaniment, and the shoes are killer. It’s just that damn tinfoil envelope briefcase that pushes it over the line. A small “nothing” clutch was called for here. Oh well, it’s 98% there and it looks fantastic.

  • kbshee

    That top is not a top for a human being.

  • MK03

    I’m not seeing “high-end” in any of these pieces.

  • Sobaika

    Love this. I wish the jeans were not so faux-ripped, but she looks fantastic. One part disco, one part street, all party girl.

    • Monabel

      If the holes are real, how are the jeans “faux-ripped?” Just asking.

      • gabbilevy

        They are ‘artfully torn’ rather than getting hole-y (holy) by wear.

  • Trisha26

    Hate every single thing she’s wearing plus the hair, the talons, the white toenail polish and the purse. Just trashy looking.

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      How do you feel about the blue ring on her right hand? 😉

  • Glam Dixie

    Wow I’m at a loss for words with this one. That purse looks like she’s going to cook a turkey later.

  • Virginia McMurdo

    That bag is serving up Trapper Keeper realness.

  • TheAmericaness

    It’s like Lena Horne has come back to us with all her grace, beauty, and talent! *cough*

    • Jaeda Laurez

      Let me remove my sunglasses, as I am now resting in your shade.

      • SpillinTea

        I am SO stealing that! 😉

  • somebody blonde

    I hate those jeans. There’s “artfully distressed” (which I don’t really like, but I at least see their value) and there’s “I killed these while working in construction for a summer”, and this pair definitely looks like the latter.

    • Sunraya

      You know, at least the construction worker earned his holes. I hate holey jeans because most kids and adults who wear them haven’t “earned” those holes!

      • AnaRoW

        I like them because when my jeans rip at the knees I can continue to wear them and no one will know that I fell.

    • Paigealicious

      It’s not totally clear from the caption, but are they Stella McCartney distressed jeans, or just “distressed jeans?” I can kind of get more behind them if they’re just some old-ass, holey jeans rather than a $500 pair of holey jeans.

  • Jen

    The unfortunate clutch is Stella McCartney. Of course.

    • Jessica Freeman

      As is the top. It’s all making sense now….

  • barbarienne

    And will the rest of the Holograms be joining Jem at the gig?

    • CeeRich

      I love you.

      • chowwander

        Screw that. Where are the Misfits?

        • Angela_the_Librarian

          She is definitely more Misfit material!

          • chowwander

            She could sort of go good girl/bad girl like Stormer.

          • Angela_the_Librarian

            Good call! I think Katy Perry would make the perfect Jem (though if they made a movie 10 years ago I would have gone with Gwen Stefani).

          • chowwander

            Heck, Britta, who sang Jem’s songs, is stunning. SHE should have been Jem.

  • susan6

    I’m a sucker for sparkly so I love the top….from the front. From the back, it suddenly turns into a disco doctor’s appointment gown.

    • LOVE THIS COMMENT! 🙂 I wanna go to the Disco Doctor!

      • BP180

        He diagnoses everything as funk.

        • chowwander

          His TARDIS is a Disco Ball.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Hologram bib and matching clutch. Um, no.

  • quiltrx

    Sorry, looks like something we would have gotten at Rave in the mall in the 80s. And there seem to be several runs of sequins missing on the back? Cheap.
    Shoes and purse are cute but need to be with something else that’s non-hologram.

  • JasmineAM

    I love it. But then I do love Rihanna’s style.

    Off topic: I had a fish that had this same pearlescent/opalescent skin. I was 4, so of course I named her Movie Star.

  • nannypoo

    I think she looks great. I’m not a big fan of tattoos but I love the tattoo on the back of her neck. The only thing I hate here, and I hate it with a fiery passion from hell, is her manicure. I had a secretary with nails like that and the woman could not type worth a damn. Of course, I don’t suppose Rihanna has to do her own typing, so it’s pretty much a non-issue.

  • Dacia Marie

    Honestly… I think she went to the goodwill spun around and what ever she saw in front of her she put on. I see this and think *I’m gonna pop some tags*. She may look good in it… but… its because she looks good, and her clothes don’t matter. No one is actually looking at them they are looking at her.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Totally fine on this Barbados babe. Miley Cyrus, on the other hand, needs to stop trying this look.

  • Michael Martin

    Holographic sequins are the solution to so many of the world’s problems.

  • kimmeister

    My, she has a ruler straight spine! Aren’t those the same crappy Jeans Gwen Stefani wore the other day?

  • MilaXX

    She’s rocking the half shirt a whole lot better than Diane Kruger did yesterday.

  • ballerinawithagun

    She stole my clothes! Well from the late ’80s early ’90s that is. I even had a similar purse but with a shoulder strap. But we weren’t doing tattoos back then.

  • patticake1601

    I actually like it. I love the sparkle top but what I really like, is the fact that her clothes are not tight fitting. I find that so sexy, I’m straight but I can appreciate an amazing body.

  • bellafigura1

    I’m with you guys: stunning, particularly with her skin tone and hair color. She looks like delicious candy.

  • CeeRich

    It’s something only Rihanna can rock. I am a reformed (translation:OLD) club girl from NYC. That outfit is hot and perfect for a night at the club. I do hate the purse but love the shoes.

  • ali meowmeow

    No, I’m sorry. I can’t with holographic sequins. There are some things I will accept, like the current trend to look like extras from Saved by the Bell, but I cannot and will not accept anything that looks like my 1992 jazz dance recital costumes being passed off as high end fashion.

  • MemHey

    I wish Madea did fashion commentary. I’d like to hear her take on this.

  • Maryanne525

    I don’t quite understand the haters on this. Is it the most elegant thing I’ve ever seen? No. Would (or could) most of us wear this? No. But it’s Rihanna. It’s fun, it’s sparkly, she’s out on the town. I say it looks great. The purse took it too far, like TLo said. But I think the jeans and top are just plain fun.

  • Lesley

    i have the hugest girl crush on rihanna. no matter what she wears i think she looks hot hot hot. love the top, the shoes the jeans, and the bun (although i prefer her brunette). the clutch is a bit hologram overkill but otherwise, she’s killing it.

  • shawna

    How does she keep her pants up? When I attempt a look like this without a belt, I spend all night yanking my jeans up!

  • stephbellard

    Mr. Mount Gay Rum bodyguard is kinda hot.

  • Peeve

    I think Rihanna looks pretty amazing in almost everything, but I regret the fact that she has just about dieted off her terrific ass!

    • stephbellard

      And STILL she has a better ass than most white girls.

  • snarkykitten

    The back looks like she took a pair of scissors and cut it up herself. Anyone else see that?

  • cowper

    She looks like she’s having a lot of fun with her hair. Cool short locks in front, big messy bun in back.

  • chowwander

    Mylar diamonds in the light.

  • Esz

    Holy shit when did 1998 come back?

  • ankali

    That is the least offensive Stella item I have ever seen (but I hate the clutch, Stella, OK?). She looks cute in her Rihanna way.

  • LaSylphide

    I have to confess I’ll never understand the torn dungarees thing. However, I do love that top (oh, please, please pretend I did NOT just say I liked something by Stella McCartney).

  • homofascist

    Sparkle sparkle!

  • nobodylikesmilhouse

    She looks amazing. I love how she always looks like she’s having fun with her youth and her fame and her work.

  • demidaemon

    I mean, it’s Rihanna doing what Rihanna does. She isn’t going to change, and she has the body for it. I don’t particularly like it, but whatever.

    However, that is one of the shittiest looking clutches I have ever seen (not surprising since it is a Stella McCartney original). It looks like an aluminum foil oven bag. ICK.

  • Aaminah Khan

    I hate how great she looks in those terrible clothes.

  • MoHub

    Can we please bring waistbands back to the waist? I fear what I might see if Ri-Ri just stretched a tad.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    I’d like the top more if it was closed in the back (looks like a backwards shrug) but if my back muscles looked like that I’d show them off too. My fav jeans finally blew through the knee so I guess I’m on trend! LOOOOOOVE those shoes, she always wears the best strappy sandals.

  • Carol

    I happen to hate that sparkly, hospital gown crop top, but I’ll take it over another Taylor Swift yawn fest any day.

  • sweetlilvoice

    Damn, her skin looks flawless!

  • carnush

    Love it. Modern, sexy and perfect for her.

  • FashionShowAtLunch

    “We think the purse looks like something a high school freshman would carry around”

    Totally. I would only add that not only is it juvenile and fugly, it is really dated. It actually looks like something a high school freshman would have carried around in 1994. I may or may not be saying this from personal experience.

  • She has a cute body, but I wish she didn’t show it ALL THE TIME. She says that there is a different mentality in Barbados about showing your skin. But to me it screams, Look at me: I need lots of attention! Her hair is better than the brassy red she wore for awhile. Wouldn’t you love to dress her?

    If you step back and look at her without putting a price tag on distressed jeans, you see a girl wearing jeans full of holes with a shiny top and four-inch heels.

    Having said all that, I can’t help but notice what a cute tummy she has.

  • minnye

    I admit it, part of my complete annoyance with Rhianna stems from envy. I would love to have her panache. And her access to luxury items.

  • Sunraya

    Can anyone tell me why she has a gun tattooed on her foot? It is just so random.

    “Hey, I want a new tattoo. Maybe a gun? And maybe I’ll put it on my foot!”

    Rihanna should have spent the money she spent on this ugly outfit on singing lessons!

    One BK

  • Danielle L

    I love this entire look, minus the clutch, and her boobs are truly defying gravity.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Love this. Hate the clutch, but she looks perfectly Rihanna.

  • Dagney

    why are her shoes too small? why god? these women get paid bank, and they in turn pay bank to people to style them. and their shoes are too small. w t f……..???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shawn EH

    Leave it to Stella to fashion a designer trapper keeper.

  • Vanja

    You know what? I actually think she’s pulling it off.

    Can’t believe the distressed jeans are making a come-back. I’m having a déjà vu of my father complaining to me why I would want to ruin a perfectly good pair of jeans.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Wear it while you can baby, wear it while you can.

  • Kikishua

    So it’s basically a really really really short, holographic, hospital gown?