It might all be beribonned Rococo glamour in Dua Lipa land at the moment, but the popstar’s day-to-day wardrobe is less Versailles-ready and more plain versatile. Lipa, who just unveiled her Marie Antoinette-inspired “Demeanor” video, is holidaying in Albania with Anwar Hadid and her beach essentials have been refreshingly accessible.
While the world gazed in awe at J Lo’s manicured insights from the Riviera, Dua, the other most-watched Y2K obsessive on vacation, has been sharing salty-haired, sun-kissed snaps of her jumping off boats in string bikinis and catching rays in hot dog T-shirts. Yes, you read that correctly. The latest item catapulted to It-status – and to promptly sell out – because of Lipa is Only NY’s quintessential New Yorker tee, featuring a sausage with a squiggle of mustard and stuffed in a bun. Paired with a trucker cap and I.Am.Gia’s Santos bikini, Dua’s simple summer style formula – logoed basics and itsy-bitsy swimwear – is within the grasp of anyone who puts her eclectic style on a pedestal, or likes hot dogs.
Lipa’s yacht looks fall in the same high-low bracket. Splashing around the Ionian sea in simple black swimwear with a tropical Louisa Ballou dress shrugged on for golden hour, Lipa showed the Insta potential of a really good sun dress. Teamed with Prada’s Runway sunglasses and a favourite pair of Jennifer Fisher Triple Lily hoops, Dua, whose jewellery collection is a Gen-Z treasure trove of plastic fantastic pieces from La Manso and intriguingly crafty Annele trinkets, showed that holiday packing is not all about newness.
With travelling abroad fraught with stress, the best advice to take from Dua’s carefree coastal style is to forget about the specifics and wear what makes you happy; whether that’s graphic skater-girl pieces or bikinis to get the best tan in. It’s the happiness that radiates on the ’gram, not the price tags.