Rihanna’s maternity outfits have been a hot topic on the WhatsApp group I share with my closest friends of late. I can’t speak from experience—pregnancy isn’t something I’ve experienced first-hand—but almost all of my friends who have carried a child have told me that one thing they didn’t necessarily expect was how their changing shapes and self-image affected their personal style.
Each confided in me how they didn’t feel like themselves when it came to maternity dressing, subsequently defaulted to elastic waistband jeans and printed wrap dresses. Let it be known, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with elastic waistband jeans and printed wrap dresses, but if those pieces don’t fit in with your pre-pregnancy aesthetic, I can understand how it might feel as though you’re losing part of your sartorial identity. This is likely why my friends and I share mutual love and respect for Rihanna’s maternity outfits.
“I just love how she’s dressing for herself… Serving up the sort of looks we would ordinarily expect from RiRi,” one of my pals succinctly summarised. Rihanna has never been one to conform to any so-called fashion “rules”, which makes her one of the most exciting celebrity dressers out there. And her maternity looks are peak RiRi. Wearing everything from a sheer black lace-trimmed negligee and vinyl knee boots to Dior’s autumn/winter 2022 show to the low-slung jeans and belly chains she chose to announce her news in—Rihanna’s maternity outfits have remained consistent with her back-catalogue of directional and bold and looks. While I doubt my expecting friends will reach for sexy lingerie for their next trip to Tesco, I believe that Rihanna’s influence will inspire, not just those in my inner circle, but anyone grappling with pregnancy dressing to embrace a maternity style that’s more intrinsically “them”.
Scroll on to see all of Rihanna’s epic maternity outfits as she wears them.