Rihanna is a glowing, golden, glorious princess of style, there is no doubt about it. Axelle / Getty Images 1. But let's not forget her humble beginnings. Brad Barket / Getty Images 2. Her humble, Capri pants, cropped hoodie, and gold wedges beginnings. George Pimentel / Getty Images 3. From a time when cowboy boots, a denim mini skirt, and a lime-green lace cami was a great look. John Sciulli / Getty Images 4. And a metallic, low-rise, frilly mini skirt was also equally stylish. Sgranitz / Getty Images Especially when paired with a super-cropped white shirt-type contraption. 5. It was a simpler time. Theo Wargo / Getty Images 6. A purer time. Kevin Winter / Getty Images 7. A time for denim waistcoats. Evan Agostini / Getty Images 8. And white, super-cropped waistcoats. Mark Mainz / Getty Images 9. And pinstripe waistcoats. Rich Schultz / Getty Images 10. The mid '00s must have produced more waistcoats than the entire Victorian era judging by these pictures tbh. Johnny Nunez / Getty Images 11. Also, it was a period in which curling up into a ball, wearing a striped off-shoulder top and shorts was also a strong look. Johnny Nunez / Getty Images 12. Also, lederhosen were in, I guess. Chris Trotman / Getty Images 13. But it was Of The Time. Frazer Harrison / Getty Images 14. No idea what the story behind this look is though. Arnaldo Magnani / Getty Images 15. But it must have made sense then. Michael Hickey / Getty Images Yellow diamanté Snoopy T-shirt? Denim cargo knee shorts? Gold knee boots with a matching gold sequin ribbon belt? Yes. The perfect look. 16. Although her style has moved on somewhat from the glorious days of yesteryear... Lawrence Lucier / Getty Images 17. It's clear that Rihanna has always had fun with clothes. Rob Verhorst / Getty Images 18. And has always been true to her style at the time. Bryan Bedder / Getty Images 19. You need to make mistakes before you can learn from them. Vince Bucci / Getty Images 20. She needed to wear these pinstripe shorts with a cropped, balloon-sleeve blouse... George Pimentel / Getty Images 21. She needed to wear this waistcoat/top hybrid with jeans that showed her underwear. Scott Gries / Getty Images 22. Before she could evolve into who she is today. Bruce Glikas / Getty Images Although who she is today probably wouldn't wear a brown, batwing hoodie with flared, low-rise jeans and leopard-print pumps. But, let's be real... Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Vevo / Via youtube.com If she wore any of this stuff today, we'd all be wearing it within three months.