As we continue to mourn the loss of @badgalriri, Rihanna‘s now-defunct Instagram account, its memory still lives on in our folder of screenshots. Always unapologetic and uncensored, it was a shiny, bright diamond amongst the lumps of coal and other accounts that keep our feeds full of #foodporn and #selfies that might get a reluctant double-tap.
While we’re all hoping the bad gal’s account gets revived, STAT, Tom Ford is realizing there’s some good in it too. Earlier this week in an interview with Style.com, he said that when it comes to fashion, Rihanna’s photos are more influential than anything else:
“Something new is happening that I’m just clueing into now—this probably won’t go down well—but customers don’t care any more about reviews or hard-copy publications. They care what picture Rihanna just Instagrammed while she’s naked in bed, what new shoes she has on, how she’s talking about them. That’s what they respond to.”
And, to be honest, we couldn’t agree more. Whether she’s dressed in designer digs that came “phresh out the runway” or she’s wearing next to nothing at all, RiRi is always fly as phuck, and no one can deny it. Not even the anti-social media designer himself.
While we work on a petition to bring back @badgalriri, we’ve rounded up several style lessons worth learning from her Instagram account. Check ’em out in the gallery below.
PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram
1. Do denim on denim.
Mix and match denim of different washes and weights.
2. Hike up that hemline.
Feeling a little too ladylike in that Chanel suit of yours? Sex it up a bit and drop a few inches off your skirt.
3. Layer it on up.
For when the weather is confusing, and your wardrobe is, too.
4. Match your lips to your look.
Color-coordinating your lipstick and outfit isn't a faux pas any longer.
5. From the gym to the jet.
Slouchy sweats can still be stylish.
6. Borrow from the boys.
Girly girl gone bad in a backwards baseball cap.
7. No pants, no problem.
It's been a cold winter, so this is how you liberate those legs.
8. No pants, no problem.
No, but really–who needs 'em anyway?
9. Devil's in the details.
Spark up any outfit with some fun accessories.
10. Dress up a drab t-shirt.
Take your top to the next level with a little leather.
11. Less is more.
Because sometimes wearing too many clothes can really blow.
12. Cleavage is out, underboob is in.
Give everyone a glimpse of your gals from a different vantage point.
13. Boots were made for walking.
And if they're Prada, they're made to replace pants, too.
14. Daisy dukes are a do.
Show off that cake, cake cake.
15. Master the monochrome.
Break up the monochrome monotony by mixing textures (especially ones of the Balmain variety).
16. Prevent panty lines.
You'll look sleeker and sexier without 'em. Promise.
17. All-black everything.
Because nothing is better than black.
18. All-white everything.
But there isn't anything angelic about it.
19. Go grunge.
This is '90s nostalgia FTW.
20. Inspiration is everywhere.
Even in the penguin pen.