Rihanna's Style Guide For Beating The Heat

There's nothing like summer in the city, though getting through three months of sweltering temps in close quarters can necessitate some very strategic fashion choices. Not when you're Rihanna, though. RiRi's recent street style outings present a styling motto along the lines of: Why save this for red carpets only? Rising mercury be damned, the Bad Gal's been extending her bold and DGAF approach to fashion to her off-duty wear as well as her various business ventures. (Who else could successfully bring Puma creeper sneakers, tattoo-inspired Manolo Blahnik denim stilettos, and Star Trek-inclined Dior sunglasses to the masses?) We may still have a few weeks until the summer solstice, but Rihanna has already generously gifted us with myriad inventive style moves for the season.

There are many "rules" associated with summer dressing, but they certainly don't apply to Rihanna: She goes to Starbucks in a tulle party dress and steps out after dark in her robe and slippers. And passersby don't even seem to know the sartorial phenomena that just sauntered by. (Granted, you do see far stranger stuff on the streets of NYC.) Sure, many of her OOTDs may fall in the Only Rihanna Can Pull This Off camp. But that doesn't stop us from peeping (okay, gawking), and dreaming up our own micro-interpretations of them. Ahead, see Rihanna's take on summer dressing — it's certainly a welcomed change from the typical shorts-and-a-tee fare.

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What, you don't take your venti iced Americano with a side of mint-hued tulle and rainbow pom-poms?

Rihanna is wearing a Molly Goddard dress, Jennifer Fisher necklace, and Aquazzura sandals.
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Dad hats: Still happening, and suddenly a whole lot more covetable now that they have the Bad Gal stamp of approval.

Rihanna is wearing a Brock Collection dress, Dior bag, Jacquie Aiche jewelry, and Puma sneakers.
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When you're Rihanna, the Big Apple is your living room — and there's never a good enough reason to not be comfortable in your plushy robe and branded slides.

Rihanna is wearing a Ralph Lauren robe, Rihanna for Dior sunglasses, Dior bag, and Puma x Fenty slides.
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Break up the black-and-gray expanse of New York's asphalt and subway grating with a Dolce & Gabbana tile-printed maxi. (Which can be yours for a mere $1,797.)

Rihanna is wearing a Dolce & Gabbana dress and bag; Jennifer Fisher necklace; Jacquie Aiche jewelry; and Stella McCartney shoes.
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A Canadian tuxedo á la Rihanna involves ripped skinnies, a tie-dye tee, and unlaced Manolos — because she lives on the edge, obviously.

Rihanna is wearing Citizens of Humanity jeans, Dennis Baso jacket, and Rihanna for Manolo Blahnik heels.
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Like it or not, chain bras have withstood the test of festival season, and will likely crop up on summery #OOTD Instagrams near you.

Rihanna is wearing an Adam Selman dress; Jennifer Fisher necklace and earrings;
Jacquie Aiche rings; Dior bag; and Stella McCartney shoes.
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It's too hot for slips — plus, another layer would simply detract from that gorgeous Gucci lace.

Rihanna is wearing a Gucci dress and shoes; Dior bag; and Jennifer Fisher necklace.