March 4, 2024

From ‘New Rules’ to New Styles: Dua Lipa’s Explosive Fashion Evolution

It often feels like Albanian music star Dua Lipa appeared out of thin air, suddenly dominating our airwaves with pop hit after pop hit. But the singer has actually been a red carpet mainstay since the mid-2010s, and therefore when it comes to reflecting on her personal style, we’ve actually got a lot to work with.

When she began her career it was primarily in Europe, not Hollywood – but even at the outset, Dua Lipa was a fan of daring, attention-grabbing fashion, whether it was color-clashing on the red carpet or mixing preppy and punk on the streets of Paris.

Now, we’re addicted to Dua Lipa’s fashion sense, but really – her style evolution has simply been about us all finally realizing she had that sartorial It factor.

2016

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For BBC Radio 1’s Teen Awards way back in 2016, Dua Lipa showed a glimpse of her knack for effortless red carpet style in an Alessandra Rich chinoiserie gown and pink heels.

2017

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Look, it’s definitely dated but be honest – we all wanted this Giambatista Valli Couture gown back in 2017.

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We loved this preppy football jersey look with a punk tartan mini and Mary Katrantzou platforms in Paris.

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For the Capital Summertime Ball in London (where she later performed), Lipa wore a green coat over a velvet and mesh bralette, black suede mini and some serious platform pumps.

2018

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Attending an event in Germany, Lipa went more low key in an oversized pinstripe suit with her favorite top choice of the late 2010s – an embellished bralette.

2018

Out with then-boyfriend Isaac Carew, Dua Lipa wore the sweetest Marianna Senchina polkadot set, paired with Le Specs sunglasses and Adidas platform sneakers.

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Finally making her way to the American Music Award circuit, the artist wore Giambattista Valli, a mermaid-style gown that felt equal parts Old Hollywood and edgy.

2019

For the 2019 Met Gala, Lipa stole the red carpet in this incredible look by Versace, featuring a pillowy waist, jeweled bodice and some serious, serious hair extensions.

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Out in New York with then-boyfriend Anwar Hadid, Dua Lipa gave us a glimpse of her off-duty style, which often leans toward streetwear but with a twist – like this look, where the artist paired Adidas trackpants with a yellow bodysuit and Vivienne Westwood bag.

For the MTV EMAs in 2019, Dua Lipa wore Australian designer Dion Lee, complete with leather harness and Jimmy Choo Mica boots.

Firmly cementing herself as one-to-watch in fashion, the star then went Barbiecore in a Miu Miu column dress with velvet sash.

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The star headed to Australia for the ARIA Awards in 2019 too, dominating the red carpet in a feathered mini by Saint Laurent and polkadot tights. Later in the night, she changed into another Dion Lee piece – this time the label’s famous Sheer Jersey Corset for a performance.

2020

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The return of bike shorts was a blessing for all casual girlies everywhere, and Dua Lipa was definitely on board in 2020 with this Versace pair.

Exuding minimalism at the Grammy Awards, the “One Kiss” singer wore Alexander Wang paired with ’90s hair and some serious blue eyeshadow.

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During their relationship Anwar Hadid and Dua Lipa were definitely one of the most stylish couples snapped by paparazzi. Here, the singer wore her favorite Prada Cloudbust Thunder sneakers, which she had on repeat through 2020.

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For the 2020 American Music Awards, Dua Lipa once again stole the red carpet – this time in a bejeweled Versace mini dress and pinned back waves.

Athleisure, but make it 1960s – that’s exactly what the “New Rules” singer did with this Richard Quinn x Moncler look, which featured shoes, tights and the famous puffer jacket from the designer collaboration.

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During a holiday in Mexico, Lipa shared her love for Rihanna’s lingerie label Savage x Fenty, wearing one of the brand’s thongs as outerwear under a gown by Mônot.

2021

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We know Dua Lipa loves a butterfly motif, so her wearing this crystal Versace gown to the 2021 Grammy Awards made perfect sense.

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The star wore this Prada romper and sky-high platform boots for a BBC Radio One performance in 2021.

Absolutely dripping in crystals for an Elton John AIDS Foundation event, Lipa’s Balenciaga dress was one of two she wore for the event – the other being a dramatic velvet ball gown.

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At the 2021 BRIT Awards, the star brought back the bouffant while wearing Vivienne Westwood. It was all very Amy Winehouse in the best way.

Out with Hadid in September, Lipa wore a Luar Spring 2022 coat over a check micro-mini and paired it all back with Jimmy Choo boots.

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She can do minimalist, she can do maximalist. On holiday in Albania, Lipa shared an Instagram of her crochet bikini by Italian label GCDS, paired with pink sunglasses and stacks of party jewelery.

2022

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The star’s 2022 Grammy Awards look might be our favorite yet. For the event, Lipa wore vintage Versace (from the label’s 1992 collection) and debuted blonde hair on the red carpet.

Forever bending and breaking fashion rules, the star stepped out in New York in March 2022 wearing fresh-off-the-runway Diesel.

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White? As a wedding guest? For Simon Porte Jacquemus And Marco Maestri’s nuptials in France, that was the memo and Lipa stunned in a sheer gown from Jacquemus’ Fall 2022 collection.

2023

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Once again wearing Italian label GCDS, Lipa turned heads (including her own) in this yellow leather set, which included a motocross jacket with none other than Spongebob Squarepants on the back.

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Out for the night with music producer Mark Ronson and his wife Grace Gummer, Dua Lipa wore a suede set by Ferragamo, teamed with riding boots.

Dua Lipa Jamaica holiday style 2023

As always, Lipa gave everyone holiday fashion inspiration with a vacay in Jamaica, where she wore plenty of Y2K fits like this silver mesh dress over a white bikini.

One of her best looks yet, this lace jumpsuit – worn for the GCDS Milan Fashion Week show – needs no notes.

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2023 is proving to be Dua Lipa’s best fashion year yet, and this Saint Laurent look for the fashion house’s Fall/Winter Womenswear show was front row perfection. That floor skimming trench? It’s giving chic Matrix.

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