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Fashion Inspiration: Lana Del Rey


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Perhaps the biggest overnight success story of the past year, controversial musician Lana Del Rey is a style icon in the making.

In case you aren’t already familiar with her, Lana first rose to popularity in 2011, when her now-famous song “Video Games” hit the blogosphere. Over the past year, she’s risen from blog sensation to mainstream name: thanks to everything from the January release of her album Born to Die, to a controversial performance on SNL, to the commercial successes of her singles “Video Games” and “Born to Die,” Lana has spent her year in the public eye.

The singer has also caught the attention of the fashion world, thanks to her dramatic, vintage-inspired sense of style and retro-glam makeup. Even high-fashion designers have taken notice; the brand Mulberry just released a new bag named the Del Rey, after the artist herself.

Whether you’re into her music or not, it’s hard to deny that Lana Del Rey is a great source of fashion inspiration. From her magazine photo shoots and red carpet looks featuring runway pieces to her low-key street style, this up-and-coming style icon definitely has a certain flair to her wardrobe that you can recreate with the right pieces.

Below, I’ve created a series of outfits inspired by Lana Del Rey’s style:

Lucky Ones

Top, Skirt, Pumps, Socks

Capture Lana Del Rey’s vintage charm in this look. Wear a peter pan collar top tucked into a simple black circle skirt. Ladylike oxford pumps, paired with frilly socks, help to add a feminine flair to the outfit.

Blue Jeans

Tee, Jeans, Sneakers, Necklace

Del Rey has a very casual street style, consisting of mostly t-shirts and jeans. A graphic tee and distressed jeans are Lana staples, as are simple white Converse sneakers. For an optional accessory, wear a embellished bib necklace that adds a bit of sparkle to the look.


Dress, Flats, Bag, Earrings, Headband

Inspired by Lana’s more girly, innocent side, wear a pale pink polka dot dress with black bow ballet flats. Add a bow headband and pearl earrings for an ultra-sweet look. For bonus points, grab a structured satchel bag in the style of Mulberry’s Del Rey to complete the ensemble.

National Anthem

Top, Shorts, Sandals, Sunglasses, Ring

Step out in Del Rey’s signature all-American aesthetic with this patriotic ensemble. Wear a tie-front sleeveless button-up shirt with American flag denim shorts. Platform sandals, a stud ring, and heart-shaped sunglasses finish off the look.

Diet Mountain Dew

Blouse, Jacket, Shorts, Flats, Headband

Rock a vintage-inspired ensemble by tucking a sheer pastel blouse into floral high-waisted shorts. Put on a denim jacket for an edgier feel, and wear a cute pair of lace ballet flats and a flower headband to finish off the look.


Dress, Pumps, Bag, Necklace, Earrings

This lovely look is the perfect way to channel your inner starlet. Wear a bold red lace dress with Mary-Jane pumps in a neutral tone. Grab a faux-leather satchel, a gold-tone link necklace, and a pair of dangling heart earrings to complete the outfit.

What do you think?

Do you like Lana Del Rey’s music? What do you think about her style? Would you wear any of the looks above? Which one is your favorite? Would you like to see more posts like these in the future? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on on May 22, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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30 Responses to “Fashion Inspiration: Lana Del Rey”

  1. 1
    May 22nd, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I absolutely adore this post! I would love to see an outfit for every song on her album too :)

  2. 2
    May 22nd, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    love this! I adore Lana.

  3. 3
    May 22nd, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Last three outfit are my favorite :) Great post! Her style is amazing

  4. 4
    May 22nd, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I love lana!!! I wish you guys had done Summertime Sadness, but still an amazing post!

  5. 5
    May 22nd, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Aside from being a great artist Lana Del Rey is also a fashion icon. She sure does have the passion for fashion. I love her style!

  6. 6
    May 22nd, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Hint: you can get nearly identical stars-and-stripes denim shorts for just $13 at Walmart! ;) I got a pair recently and they’re super comfy, and look better than the ones pictured in my opinion!

  7. 7
    May 22nd, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I am in love with this post!! How amazing!! :D

  8. 8
    May 22nd, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Imagine my immense joy when I saw this post!

    I love Lana, and would wear the first outfit–it suits my style the most.

    I would love to see a set for “Video Games” and “Summertime Sadness”!

  9. 9
    May 22nd, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    I love Lana Del ray & I love this post! The outfits fit the songs perfectly! Bravo! :p

  10. 10
    May 22nd, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    love me some Lana.

  11. 11
    May 23rd, 2012 at 3:03 am

    Don’t know or care to know who this chick is, but you have INCREDIBLE insight into style. Every single one of these posts has a piece that I would go out and purchase; further, each one is memorable, the true purpose of clothes to me. I’m not inspired by fashion usually, but these outfits are refreshing, exciting and adorable!

  12. 12
    May 23rd, 2012 at 6:02 am

    @Holly: thanks!! I saw them and their like $78! Cool, I’m going to Walmart tonight(:

  13. 13
    May 23rd, 2012 at 6:43 am

    I think it is my duty as hispanophone to point that her name translates as “Wool of the king” in Spanish, which is quite ridiculous and giggle-inducing. That being said, I think most of this outfits are super cute.

  14. 14
    May 23rd, 2012 at 6:44 am

    I’m really not crazy about her music but I really like her sense of style and would happily wear all the outfits put together :D x

  15. 15
    May 23rd, 2012 at 9:30 am


    when did you get them? i’ve been dying for a pair and i just snooped the website and saw nothing…do you remember what department? thanks!

  16. 16
    May 23rd, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Never heard of her before! I just watched “Video Games” on youtube. Her voice is AMAZING!! Loved the song. It was really beautiful. However, I’m not sure I love how she looks though!

  17. 17
    May 23rd, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Wow…I love all of these outfits!

  18. 18
    May 23rd, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    all of these outfits are perfect!

  19. 19
    May 23rd, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    These are perfect. I love it!

  20. 20
    May 23rd, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Do one inspired by HALEY REINHART! I just love all of her outfits!!

  21. 21
    May 23rd, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    @Rose : You’re welcome! ;)

    @shaina : I bought them just a week ago – they’re l.e.i brand and were in the misses/juniors department! Hope you find them! ^^

  22. 22
    May 24th, 2012 at 2:02 am

    I like the Blue Jeans. That is so me in the spring. It’s very casual. I also like the Lolita outfit! I like the soft colors on the dress with the black flats along with the white bow headband and pearl earrings! So cute! ? I also liked the National Anthem outfit. If I had the body I would rock out in an outfit similar to that! I love the heart shaped shades, shorts, and white shirt! ? Overall, my fav is the Diet Mountain Dew. It screams out spring. You’ve got the jean jacket over the sheer pastel shirt, and a floral pair of shorts to go with it, and then you’ve got the flower headband and the ballet shoes; LOVE THE OUTFIT!!! TWO THUMBS UP! ;-D

  23. 23
    May 24th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Great idea. I love all the outfits. I would wear them depending on what mood I’m in, like right now it would be Nation Anthem. Her music prefect for me and all my friends at school are into her.

  24. 24
    May 24th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Loving the Diet Mountain Dew look, it’s the perfect look for spring. I love those flats by Chinese Laundry, they seriously are perfect for every occasion.

  25. 25
    May 25th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    i like these outfits but they don’t really scream “lana del ray” to me.

  26. 26
    May 27th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Havent heared about Lana or her music and I must say I LOVE MUSIC and not knowing about Lana……… anyways, love outfits 2,3,and 6.they rep my style,too.! will definatly check out Lana`s music.GREAT post, btw

  27. 27
    July 23rd, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Love Lana. Her style is unique and vintage and its definitely something new. And so is her music! She has a voice like no other. I’m so glad she came around..enjoy listening to a new and fresh sound that is so different from lady gaga, Katy perry, or Rihanna. And that voice! Sends chills down your spine. I was getting tired listening to the same old boring music.

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