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 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.