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No One Does Maternity Style Like Rihanna

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A pregnant Rihanna wearing a sheer black gown
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Rihanna went from hiding her pregnancy from the public to proudly showing off her baby bump in all its glory seemingly overnight. The 34-year-old singer, designer, and beauty mogul revealed that she’ll soon have her first child with the 33-year-old rapper A$AP Rocky by braving the cold and exposing her belly in a staged photoshoot at the tail end of January, and with the help of her stylist Jahleel Weaver, she hasn’t stopped doing so since. “It’s been me personally saying, I’m not going to buy maternity clothes—I’m not gonna buy maternity pants, jeans, dresses, or [do] whatever society told me to do before,” she told Bustle in mid-March. “When I saw women dress during their pregnancy [in the past], I’d think that that was the only way. So I challenged myself to push it further and really just have fun with [maternity style].” Case in point: the pajamas she casually wore on a recent night out. See that look and more of her best maternity style so far, here.

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Leave it to Rihanna to make boxers look suitable for going out. For a night on the town in Beverly Hills on April 8, she stepped out in a gingham pair by Alexander Wang, worn with her favorite crystal Balenciaga Hourglass handbag and a matching bedazzled pair of Nike x Cactus Plant Flea Market sneakers.

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Rihanna showed some love for the Los Angeles Fire Department with a baseball cap that matched the rib-knit Alaïa ensemble she wore to Nobu on April 6. She stayed true to the Dior saddle bag, this time in blue, and kept her footwear casual with Adidas sneakers.

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Rih turned dinner with friends in Santa Monica on April 3 into an event when she showed up in a pink tutu-esque dress with a feather trim by Saint Laurent.

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“Me and my date for Oscar Gold Party,” Rihanna captioned her Instagram of the sheer Valentino couture gown she wore to Jay-Z’s post-awards show festivities.

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Rih was in full date night mode when she wore a shirt that read “Who dat is? Dat’s jus my baby daddy” to dinner with Rocky on April 1. The jacket was from Martine Rose.

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Her bedazzled Balenciaga bag was on full display when she again proved her loyalty to Nobu on March 25, this time letting her baby bump breathe by only doing up one button of her sparkly shirt.

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Rihanna added an edge to the floaty Simone Rocha dress she wore out shopping on March 23 by pairing it with Air Jordan 4s.

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Rihanna shimmered when celebrating the launch of Fenty Beauty at a Los Angeles outpost of Ulta on March 12, notably accessorizing her custom Coperni ensemble with a custom diamond belly chain by Messika.

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Later that night, she grabbed dinner at Giorgio Baldi wearing an even bolder ensemble by Alexander Wang, plus more Coperni in the form of the label’s sunglasses collaboration with Gentle Monster. Her stylist Jahleel Weaver got a special shoutout via a pair of over-the-knee Amina Muaddi “Jahleel” stiletto boots.

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Rihanna no doubt could have snapped up Stella McCartney’s fall 2022 collection the same day it hit the runway, but we’re glad she didn’t: The aqua cut-out jumpsuit from McCartney’s spring 2022 collection that the singer wore to dinner in Paris on March 4 looks as if it were made for her in this stage of her pregnancy.

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We’d like to thank Glenn Martens of Y/Project for getting Rihanna to finally bundle up. She paired a long shearling coat from his fall 2022 menswear collection with boots that stretched up nearly the length of her legs when stepping out in Paris on March 5.

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Presenting the nth example to date that Rihanna is impervious to the cold. On March 1, Rihanna ignored the fact that it’s roughly 50 degrees in Paris and became both the most pregnant and least dressed person in attendance at the fall 2022 Dior show.

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She stayed warm in a fresh-off-the-runway Diesel fall 2022 maxi coat—juxtaposed with a throwback in the form of a vintage Dior saddle bag in ostrich leather—when leaving the Off-White show on February 28.

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Inside the show, however, Rih proved that she wasn’t so covered up after all. At least her salmon-colored Off-white minidress was leather instead of something sheer.

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Of course Rihanna’s baby has attended multiple fashion shows before ever even leaving the womb. The singer arrived fashionably late to the fall 2022 Gucci show on February 25, and no one seemed to mind when she held things up a bit further by allowing photographers to take in her baby bump, which she put on full display by pulling back her lavender faux-fur Gucci coat. The house was also behind her top, dragon motif pants, and chain-link headdress.

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It was undoubtedly colder later that night, but Rih still swapped out her non-fur ensemble for a sheer cutout dress that dates back to late ‘90s Gucci. She casually completed the look with nearly $200,000 worth of jewelry from Orlov’s “Croco Dream” collection.

Before jetting off to Milan Fashion Week, Rihanna celebrated her 34th birthday in London wearing more Gucci fur. Unlike the lavender coat, her sky-blue one wasn’t faux; it dates back to the late ‘90s Tom Ford era, before the house stopped using the real deal.

Rihanna spent Valentine’s Day with her true love—Savage x Fenty—in an appropriately bright red custom Alaïa coat.

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For her first maternity style moment on the red carpet, on February 11 at an event for Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin, Rihanna went with a glittery custom ensemble by The Attico that was so busy, you’d have to squint to spot her $36,000 diamond bra by Jacquie Aiche.

Rihanna’s first subtly diamond-heavy look (again courtesy of Jacquie Aiche, as well as Patcharavipa and Briony Raymond) starred a vintage Roberto Cavalli coat made of fur and denim. She topped it off with an affordable $45 Awake NY cap while headed out to dinner with family in L.A.

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