Rihanna is pushing the boundaries of maternity fashion, and we're loving every moment of it

Rihanna is pushing the boundaries of maternity fashion, and we're loving every moment of it

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Text: Kelly Lim

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Rihanna is upping the ante on maternity fashion, unapologetically celebrating the unabashed and abundant beauty of the bump in bejewelled, form-flattering ways

Since bursting onto the scene back in 2005, Rihanna has been serving us look after unbelievable look––from the various spunky ensembles from the Y2K era, all the way to the iconic Swarovski naked dress and her 25-kg gold Met Gala gown that took over the internet. And now, as the Barbadian singer is in her soon-to-be-mom era, she's been experimenting with her style even more, unveiling statement, high fashion looks that show off her baby bump, and redefining how the world imagined and defined maternity fashion. 

It all began with her pregnancy portraits. Just last month, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky announced that they had created another mini celebrity by posting a series of snowy paparazzi-style portraits of the two of them strolling Harlem. Always ones to play by their own rules, the pair marked the occasion in jewel-draped, vintage Chanel and emerging British talent Maximilian (who was recently appointed as Salvatore Ferragamo's new creative director)––a twinning fashion moment that made one for the books.

Since then, Rihanna's maternity wear has been the talk of the town, with her bulging belly taking as much of the spotlight as the woman herself.

There was the strappy Jean Paul Gaultier cardigan that crisscrossed her bump, the statement denim and fur patchwork coat on a casual night out in the city, and the Euphoria-inspired baby blue fur moment which she wore on the day of her birthday. 

Across it all, flesh has been a recurring theme, with Rihanna's fantastic bump accessorised and peeping out from cropped tops and above low-rise bottoms. Elsewhere, the singer rocked cut-out Courrèges with a belly chain for a Fenty launch and a leather part-red-riding-hood, part-femme-fatale ensemble on Valentine's Day.

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Then Paris Fashion Week came around, during which the expectant mother showed off various jaw-dropping looks both on and off the front row, from the sheer lingerie-esque babydoll dress at Dior and the nude leather mini at Off-White to the electric blue bodysuit that cutout at the belly.

The Gucci show saw her appearing like a disco dominatrix, all latex, lace and faux far, with trousers hand-painted with a dragon detail and a shimmering headpiece by Alessandro Michele.

Whether she's all cosied up in suede and knee-high boots or glammed up in a chains, snakeskin or a tiny glittering bralette, Rihanna makes maternity fashion look easy. But the important thing here is that these are all Rihanna looks through and through, with her signature body confidence in tow as she refuses to pivot to traditional maternity clothing or the societal expectations that tend to police a woman's body. And the main takeaway from all this is that it's all about dressing for yourself. 

"Being pregnant, some days you just feel like, 'Ugh, I just want to lay here on this couch all day.' But when you put on a little face and a little lipstick, you transform,” she recently shared in an interview with People. “You put some clothes on, and it's like when you look good, you feel good.”

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