Inside Rihanna's Denim Wardrobe: From Ripped Jeans To Cut-Off Shorts

27 October 2013 by

If you're looking for denim wardrobe inspiration you could do worse than Rihanna. The singer wears the cotton twill textile like a second skin and whether she's strutting her stuff in baggy dungarees or showing off her assets in microscopic shorts, there's no way you could accuse her of playing it safe with her off duty denim ensembles. Not only that, but where lesser style icons fail, she pulls off the trickiest of fashion trends: denim on denim.

Yes, we're talking the big DD, double denim, which RiRi makes look entirely effortless - and she's an innovator in the game. Take her ladylike pencil skirt and shirt combo for example; never has flirty '50s secretary style looked quite so ghetto fabulous. Or her first Rihanna for River Island collection, which featured a smorgasbord of denim delights, including jeans on jeans, dungaree-style crop tops paired with skinny bottoms and a shirt skirt.

The thing that sets Rihanna's denim wardrobe apart from other A-list advocates is that she will wear it in almost any format. Skirts, trouser, shorts, shirts, blazers, waistcoats, caps - you name it, if it's denim, she's having it. Her signatures tend to be of a lighter wash - although she dose dabble in dark indigo - and she loves a ripped up, shredded, faded detailing, the sort that indicates you've just rolled out of a club after a particularly wild night.

Denim dungarees, £45, ASOS; 811 skinny mid-rise jeans, £215, J BRAND; Mom jeans, £42, Topshop; Denim shirt, £120, Diesel; Alberceque distressed denim shorts, £152, Ksubi

If you're going to join the party, we recommend these staples. Thanks to RiRi dungarees no longer have naff 'Clarissa Explains it All' connotations. The singer keeps them feminine by wearing with heels and flashing her side midriff. When it comes to jeans, two styles are always acceptable: spray on skinny or high waist and baggy. J BRAND's skinny mid-rise fit womanly curves like a glove, while we can't get enough of Topshop's 'Mom' jeans for a slouchy silhouette that makes you feel super sexy. A classic denim shirt is essential, as are a daring pair of Daisy Dukes. Ksubi's Alberceque distressed denim shorts are about as high up the thigh as we'll go, but RiRi has been known to go all the way!

Take a look at Rihanna's denim hits in the gallery above...


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