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Yea, Nay, Or Eh: Rihanna, Independent Woman?

Rihanna celebrated the Fourth of July with some strategically placed sparklers—namely, sequined nipple covers that, in lieu of a real top, peaked out from under her black tuxedo blazer. While we appreciate the patriotic sentiment—and the singer certainly carried off the look with aplomb—we think a more subtle homage to the flag (a stars-and-stripes bustier, perhaps?) could have been just as sexy. What do you think? Was Rihanna’s lack of underwear an exercise in fashion independence, a fashion-forward nod in the direction of Fall’s lingerie trend (see Balenciaga, Alexander Wang, Givenchy, et al.), or does it infringe on the laws of good taste?
—Alison Baenen