Get the Look: Rihanna
We love this look Rihanna was sporting during a concert in New York this past year. With just a dash of the 80s, the outfit is a throwback to Madonna. It's so playful, and yet quite chic – even today. Start with a party dress with a natural waist and a full skirt, like this Embossed Beach Halter Dress in White for $98 at J.Crew (search "91085"). Strap on a Patent Leather Corset Belt in Black for $58 at Arden B., to really cinch that waist. We love Rihanna's hammered link necklace and bracelet; it's very of the moment. Try this Candace Ang Benatar Necklace, fittingly named after the 80s songstress, for $110 at Max & Chloe. Fingerless gloves are hard to come by, but these Driving Gloves for $28 at Wilsons Leather evoke the same edge. And if you're really motivated, you could always cut the fingers off with a sharp pair of scissors; leather doesn't fray! A visible black bra is optional, but this Eprise by Lise Charmel Secret D' Alcove 39 Demi Bra for $49.80 at Figleaves.com is perfect for a flash of daring black lace.
Even when she's dressing "casual", Rihanna is bold in her choices – particularly when it comes to skirt length. This sexy, yet simple, look is easy to emulate. Take a Long Rib-Knit Tank in White for $8.50 at Old Navy and pair it with an Interlock Mini Skirt in Sea Blue for $25 at American Apparel. Show off your bare legs to their absolute best with flattering pointy toed, high heels. These Bandolino "Berry" Pumps in Grey for $69 at Macy's (search "Bandolino Berry Pump") are very similar to Rihanna's Christian Louboutins. Plus, they're actually manageable to walk in; we can't guarantee the same in a pair of the illustrious red-soled Louboutin stilettos.
Rihanna's style is quite malleable -- you just need to bring some pluck and confidence to the 80s-light outfits or the short skirts and heels. But if you simply can't manage it, there's always her umbrella (ella ella). Try one from the Rihanna-endorsed line at Isotoner -- the Satin Stick Umbrella in Black Satin for $25 is pretty chic. Plus, it keeps the rain off your new Rihanna-inspired threads.
-- Lindsay Sakraida