2021 is Dua Lipa‘s year. But frankly, it’s been years now that she’s been dropping banger after banger.
How to Copy Dua Lipa’s Style
Her music is contagious and you’ll be hard to find someone who doesn’t love Dua Lipa’s songs. (And if you do, send them my way because I will make sure they do.)
Even her music released during quarantine was uplifting, literally making everyone get up and dance. From starting viral TikTok trends to releasing chart-topping songs to her killer appearance on Saturday Night Live, Dua Lipa is taking over the world. She’s slowly taking her rightful throne as a Queen of Pop.
But even back in her early days, Dua Lipa was already a Queen of style. This woman has been serving us fashion inspiration for years now like it’s her job. From her day to day style to her concerts and not to mention the jaw dropping outfits in all of her music videos, she serves look after look.
Dua Lipa’s Style
Dua Lipa’s style mixes modern trends with recurring nodes to the ‘70s and ‘90s and a recent love for some ‘60s pieces. Few people have been so influential in bringing back the ’70s, in particular. Here are some things to keep in mind about her style:
Colors: She loves infusing her outfits with color and isn’t afraid to stand out. Think bold shades of cobalt blue, yellow, red, and even hot pink à la her TIME cover.
Sequins and sparkles: Whether she’s out with friends or killing it on stage, a pop queen knows sparkles are a girl’s best friend. She loves anything sequined or embellished, particularly if it’s a statement piece.
Less is more: When it comes to putting her outfits together, she doesn’t layer too much, and rather goes for standout pieces that speak for themselves.
Play with different time periods: Why not dress like a ’90s girl one day and a ’60s princess the next? It’s 2021 and we have so many decades worth of style to reference, so have fun with it and go where your mood takes you.
If you want to make 2021 your year then trust me, you have to channel your inner Dua Lipa. Here are a few outfits to inspire you to step up your wardrobe game, all based on Dua Lipa’s style:
Cute and Casual
Even pop stars need to take a chill day here and there, but, of course, they do it in style.
Dua Lipa loves having fun with her outfits, and isn’t that what fashion is all about? In this look, she’s rocking an oversized colorblock sweater with some bone-print joggers for a cozy at-home look.
Sweatpants can instantly become a cute outfit you can wear anywhere if you pair them with a cute cardigan, and make sure it’s colorful. I love this cropped blue one from & Other Stories. (Stories is on our list of the best places to buy sweaters. btw.)
Don’t forget a cute necklace, accessorizing is a must. You can also try on some enamel rings that are all the rage. the more colorful, the better!
Finish your look off with some Uggs, 2021’s shoe of the year. With everything you wear when dressing like Dua Lipa, make sure it’s something playful.
School Girl Inspiration
The Queen’s Gambit was just the beginning of the new ’60s takeover in fashion. And if it’s Dua Lipa-approved, it’s sure to be huge in 2021.
Color coordinate a cute ’60s inspired dress, preferably with a standout collar, with your scrunchie. I love this velvet one for the ’90s vibes. Balance the cute dress with some edgy combat boots, a staple in all of our closets.
As usual don’t forget to accessorize with a necklace and some earrings. These chunky gold ones are very Dua Lipa.
This is probably one of my favorite outfits she’s ever worn — I’m all for the full leather look. Dua Lipa is a badass, and she knows it, so she dresses like it and so should you.
To get her look here, pair a leather mini skirt with a deep toned leather jacket that you wear as a top for this sleek, edgy outfit. Don’t forget to put on some classy heels and some simple earrings for an easy yet deadly ensemble.
Night Out Look
While most of us reserve our sequins for New Years, why should we? Celebrate having a great day with your friends in some sparkly bottoms inspired by Dua Lipa’s style. While she rocks paillette shorts in the look above, these sparkle pants are far more wearable for a variety of events.
Match your sequin pants with a white button down that you can tie á-la Dua Lipa. Add some cute on trend jewelry and of course a splash of color to finish off your look. These blue strappy heels are perfect for adding a pop of color to all your outfits this summer.
What do you love most about Dua Lipa’s style?
Dua Lipa is constantly taking risks, she is un apologetically herself in her fashion choices, and she is clearly having fun with her style.
But more than that, she is comfortable in what she wears. So take this as a sign to buy that outfit you’ve had in your shopping cart for a while thinking it’s too out there. You know what? It probably is, but that’s great! Be yourself and embrace the pieces you like the best. If you take one piece of advice from Dua Lipa it should be: you don’t have to dress safely.
A guide to Dua Lipa’s style evolution
Since debuting with “New Rules” and her self-titled album in 2017, singer Dua Lipa’s been serving a whole-package pop fantasy, spanning music (catchy nu-disco bops), performance (expansive videos and elaborate concerts), and, of course, wardrobe. Always larger-than-life, but never over-the-top, Dua’s style indulges in the whimsy and play inherent to the pop star persona, while carefully treading the line between costume and current trends.
Think avant-garde gems from Paco Rabanne and Christopher Kane; vintage grails from 90s Versace and Tom Ford’s Gucci; and zeitgeist-y pieces from Marine Serre and Mugler. And while Dua’s look has transformed across years and eras (think “One Kiss’” tracksuits to the period wardrobe of “Demeanor”), there are some things that are just pure Dua. Like the diamante, chainmail and choker necklaces she’s been wearing since her debut. Here, we take a look back at how Dua’s style has evolved across half a decade, from “Hotter Than Hell” to “Cold Heart.” This is Dua Lipa’s style evolution.
At a pre-Grammy Awards party, 2016
Dua Lipa got her start in music as a teenager, by uploading original songs and covers to Soundcloud and YouTube. In 2014, Dua officially signed with a record label and began recording the tracks that would make up her debut album. Dua’s early-career sound — exemplified by singles like “Hotter Than Hell” and “Last Dance” — incorporated elements of tropical house and anthemic dance pop.
Dua’s early-career style mirrored the youthful mood of her music, taking shape across a series of glamorous but “edgy” looks. Think chain-dripped leather gowns, hardware-embellished leather miniskirts, sparkly mini dresses, leather jackets and slip dresses, frequently paired with a choker necklace in either leather or diamante.
At the Brit Awards after party, 2017
In 2017, Dua released her long-anticipated first album. The album maintained the same electronic, tropical house sound as its lead-up singles. However, its roll-out saw Dua’s signature look evolve, becoming more polished, more haute and more suited to a fully-fledged pop star and burgeoning ‘it’ girl.
To fashion weeks from New York to London, Dua wore cut-out mini dresses and chainmail sets. To the Brit Awards — where she was nominated for the Award for Rising Star — and its afterparty, the singer wore sleek black suiting and a Paco Rabanne dress, paired with her perennial choker, of course.
At British Summer Time Hyde Park, 2017
For the 2017 festival circuit, Dua’s stage uniform was a tried-and-true bra-and-track pants combination. Perfectly heat-proof and dance-proof, this look took Dua from Glastonbury (where she wore bubblegum pink mesh) to Benicassim (blue satin and lace) and Hyde Park, pictured here. Into the 2018 season, Dua gave her go-to festival look a streetwear update with bleached denim bustiers, Hawaiian shirts, sequin bras and cargo pants. And beyond the festival grounds, Dua revisited the look during her iconic 2018 AMAs performance.
At the Brit Awards, 2018
Following its 2017 release, “New Rules” became Dua’s first number one hit and one of 2017’s Songs of the Summer. Just as viral that summer, the single’s music video featured some instantly-memeable choreography and impressive camera work alongside a wardrobe of Versace shirts, pastel hues and silk robes. The clip’s powdered palette and luxe boudoir vibe no doubt inspired Dua’s 2018 awards show looks. To the year’s Billboard Music Awards, the singer wore satin robe-inspired looks, both on the red carpet and on stage. At the Brit Awards, earlier that year, Dua walked the red carpet in a massive pink tulle gown that harkened back to the “New Rules” look.
At the MTV EMAs, 2018
At the end of 2018, Dua went full-on 80s — that is, sartorially, at least. The singer dove head-first into the nostalgic trend with spot-on era colour combinations (like sky blue, hot pink and optic white), colourblocked sequins, metallic purple eyeshadow, ruffled cocktail dresses, and pleather corsets.
At the Grammy Awards, 2019
In 2019, Dua contributed “Swan Song” to the soundtrack of action flick Alita: Battle Angel. The movie’s cyberpunk aesthetic definitely inspired Dua’s early 2019 look. In the single’s music video, Dua wanders a post-apocalyptic landscape wearing a chain-link dress and loads of chain jewelry. Drawing from the clip’s heavy-metal look, Dua wore a series of hardware-embellished looks — including this Versace safety pin dress — to the Grammys and the film’s premiere.
At the Brit Awards, 2019
After a short stint in punk-inflected glam, Dua pivoted to much more colourful, eclectic red carpet fare. To the 2019 Global Awards, the singer sported an intergalactic-patterned look; to the Cannes red carpet, a red feathered gown; and, here, to the Brit Awards, a quirky lace-y number by Christopher Kane. The eccentric energy of these early-2019 looks culminated at the year’s Met Gala. Coincidentally (or, perhaps, not so much), the night’s theme was “camp”; Dua wore a billowing Versace number, printed with a psychedelic spin on the house’s hallmark baroque pattern.
At the MTV EMAs, 2019
Enter the era of Future Nostalgia. Before dropping the sophomore album, Dua released its lead single “Don’t Start Now” in 2019, kicking off the beginning of a micro-era marked by cut-out bodysuits and corsetry. Alongside a plethora of strappy Versace bustiers (and a Dion Lee corset, for good measure!), Dua’s most memorable “Don’t Start Now” look is the black Mugler bodysuit worn for her MTV EMAs performance. A seminal moment not only for the Mugler bodysuit, itself, but for Dua Lipa and her rising star.
At the Grammy Awards, 2020
If the look of “Don’t Start Now” captured a future-nostalgic version of the 80s, then the “Physical” music video squarely embodied the 90s in a series of effortless singlets and straight cut jeans. Dua channelled the video’s minimalist styling in her three Grammys looks: a leather suit from Peter Do, and two Alexander Wang slip sets, one white and one black (for the after party, of course.)
At the American Music Awards, 2020
Dua Lipa’s history with Versace dates back to her “New Rules” era. Over the years, the singer’s relationship with the Italian house has spanned its iconic patterned silks, safety pins dresses and leather harnesses. It’s the Versace diamante dress, however, that’s remained a stalwart in Dua’s wardrobe across eras.
The singer first sported the vintage style to the MNET Asian Music Awards in 2019 and on Jimmy Fallon, while supporting the release of “Don’t Start Now.” The following year, a turquoise iteration of the look, seen here at the AMAs, became the centrepiece of Dua’s “Levitating” era. In 2021, the singer revisited the look via Versace’s iconic “butterfly gown”, worn to the year’s Grammy Awards.
In NYC, 2020
While Dua’s late-2020 red carpet style drew inspiration from “Levitating”, the singer’s off-duty look took from “Prisoners”, released just one month later. In the single’s music video, Dua and Miley Cyrus star as blood-thirsty rockers, Dua dressed in a black, strappy Tom Ford Gucci number.
Channeling her “Prisoners” character, Dua spent the latter half of the year dressed in garb by none other than 2020’s king of sexy-and-strappy looks, Dion Lee. Dua’s most memorable Lee look is this lace-up set, which was infamously papped while the singer was out-and-about in NYC.
At the Brit Awards, 2021
For the 2021 Brits, the London-born singer celebrated Britishness with an Anglomania-inflected look by none other than Vivienne Westwood. Dua’s red carpet minidress, designed by Andreas Kronthaler, was both a nod to both the label’s vintage corset styles and its roots in British traditional garb. The heritage-inspired outfit also gave us a small glimpse of Dua’s “Demeanour” era and its period wardrobe.
Summer street style, 2021
Into 2021, Dua’s been enjoying post-vax summer to the fullest — all in some of the season’s most covetable trends. Think sexy crochet, slinky jersey dresses, tennis sets, tons of swimwear and Y2K-inspired looks galore, seen here in snakeskin denim and a very 2000s chiffon tie top. A series of looks perfectly suited to Summer 2021, and to today’s most trend-setting pop star.
Her favorite accessories
Dua showed off her Y2K-inspired look in her latest Instagram photo dump, sharing a series of pics from her trip to Mexico, and it’s a major throwback vibe.
Wearing a simple black crop top and shorts co-ord, Dua added a *tonne* of colour to her outfit with stacked orange, green, blue and pink chunky bracelets on both wrists, as well as three chunky rings on each hand in pink, yellow and green. Obsessed.
She paired her look with some sleek plaits, tiny silver studded earrings and simple metallic silver-tipped nails, and the whole look is perfect.
Scroll through to see Dua’s ‘fit from *all* angles here:
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Elsewhere in Dua’s photo dump post, we also see her rocking some *amazing* pink and silver pointed-toe heels, as well as a shimmery blue mini dress and blazer combo, and it’s another fierce look.
Dua has clearly been a fan of Y2K throwback vibes in recent weeks, and her latest jewellery burst is just one example.
Just this month, she’s been rocking a pink Y2K-esque tennis outfit for Wimbledon, and we’ve previously seen her morphing into a Gen Z Posh Spice in a Victoria Beckham-inspired ‘fit.
Since debuting with “New Rules” and her self-titled album in 2017, singer Dua Lipa’s been serving a whole-package pop fantasy, spanning music (catchy nu-disco bops), performance (expansive videos and elaborate concerts), and, of course, wardrobe
Matching sets are some of Dua Lipa’s favourite fashion go-tos, but an easy alternative is a cut-out sleeveless jumpsuit that gives the illusion of a two-piece set. Pair with a bumbag and a simple pair of sneakers for an easy concert-ready outfit
Styled by Lorenzo Posocco, Lipa wore a black bodycon dress from Christopher Esber’s latest Resort collection, featuring cutouts that ran down the length of the torso. She finished the look with kitten heels, simple gold jewelry, and a metallic solver Balenciaga handbag.
Dua Lipa wore a super sparkly Versace mini dress in her Levitating video. While the original dress is incredibly expensive, we found a cute affordable dupe available on Zaful.
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