Time and time again, celebrities have made a convincing case for keeping those lightweight, summery satin frocks in rotation year-round. Whether paired with an oversized sweater or worn over jeans, the romantic, glossy dresses that ooze '90s flair are a wardrobe staple — even in the wintertime. And while, yes, there are so many different ways to style the silky piece, Rihanna's blazer and slip dress combo might just be the most genius pairing yet. It's so simple, you'll wonder why you didn't think of it sooner.
The singer and fashion maven is known for her bold, over-the-top ensembles, and it's no secret that she typically prefers those super-oversized pieces over more fitted ones. Her latest ensemble, then, was right in line with her love of all-things big and loose fitting, though it was certainly more toned down than her usual aesthetic.
On Jan. 30, Rihanna was photographed grabbing dinner in Manhattan in a look that struck the perfect balance between nighttime glamour and modern edge — and it only consisted of two pieces. The base of the singer's outfit was a glossy, pearl-colored slip dress that landed right at the knees and appeared to have a plunging neckline. But the real standout? The Y / Project boxy blazer that she chose to wear over the frock. Sure, it's a rather simple pairing, but it made for a nighttime ensemble that looked anything but.
The music mogul accessorized with a mini croc-effect bag from Fendi — a piece she carries in hand quite frequently — and dainty, gold jewelry that complimented the shine of her dress. And though her blazer was the real show-stopper, there's another element that can't be missed: her strappy, nude-colored heels, which were quite an unexpected shoe of choice, considering it is winter right now. Although bold, the pumps did add a touch of whimsy that rounded out her monochromatic getup with ease.
Rihanna is the latest style star to demonstrate how to transition your go-to slip dress into the cold-weather season — simply layer on a blazer (oversized or not) to add not just warmth, but also a dose of refinement. Below, The Zoe Report's favorite slip dress-and-blazer pairings, including the Rihanna-approved jacket you'll want to scoop up ASAP.
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Boxy Fit Blazer
Y / Project
When it comes to blazers, the bigger, the better — or, at least, that's what one can assume Rihanna thinks. Work your favorite slip dress into your winter rotation by layering on this Rihanna-approved find.
Ruched Satin Dress
Looking for the perfect, minimalist-leaning satin dress that can be worn countless ways? This Orseund Iris pick is your calling card. Channel Rihanna by tossing an oversized blazer over it, or opt for something more refined by layering the frock over a fitted turtleneck.
Textured Unstructured Blazer
Here's an easy, everyday blazer you can wear with everything you already own. Style it with coordinating pants or layer it over a slip dress to make the summery piece more wintertime friendly.
Bias Plaid Knee Length Dress
If you love a good '90s pattern, then you'll certainly fall head over heels for this plaid, knee-length slip dress. Pair it with a black (or cream) blazer for a look Rihanna would certainly approve of.
Double-Breasted Two-Tone Satin Blazer
How pretty is this two-tone satin blazer? Pair it with a silky slip dress or a satin midi skirt for an elegant nighttime look that's sure to earn you instant compliments.
Sheer Plunge Bias Dress
Fleur Du Mal
This silk dress features a plunging neckline that's lined with silk georgette. Pretty stunning, no?