Looking at Dua Lipa’s Instagram page is like stepping into a time warp. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think she was reposting outfits we lusted after in the early-2000s.
Fashion works in cycles: a few years ago, everything seemed plucked out of the 1990s, and now, trendsetters like Lipa – along with the likes of Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber – are leading the charge for all things Noughties.
Lipa has long been obsessed with fashion – before making it as a bestselling popstar, she modelled and had a fashion blog. Her future might lie in clothes, as she told British Vogue: “I’d love to do something fun in terms of fashion. At the moment, my focus is music, but I want to be able to branch out and do something else. I would love to start a brand at some point, even if I start off really small. I have to take it in baby steps.”
Before we see a Juicy Couture-inspired fashion line from Lipa, let’s take a look at all the times she championed Noughties fashion and beauty trends…
Showing your thong above low-rise jeans was a Noughties trend beloved by everyone from Amy Winehouse to Britney Spears. Lipa’s take on the look was a bit more sophisticated: on holiday in Mexico in January 2021, she wore a strappy black evening gown with built-in thong details. She’s not the only star getting in on the G-string action – Kim Kardashian has also worn a similar dress by Givenchy.
Bandanas rose to popularity in the 1990s, with hip-hop stars like Tupac and Aaliyah championing the look. By the Noughties, it was the must-have accessory: you didn’t just put it on your head, you could also wear it as a top or skirt – the sky really was the limit. Lipa kept her take on the bandana simple but luxurious, using a Louis Vuitton scarf.
The Noughties wasn’t about subtlety; instead many of us adopted a ‘more is more’ approach to fashion and beauty. One thing we loved to pile on? Hair clips, and lot of them – even if they weren’t actually doing anything.
Butterflies on everything
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Were you really a girl in the Noughties, if you didn’t have at least a few tops emblazoned with butterflies? For the 2021 Grammy Awards, Lipa took this butterfly obsession to another level, with a pink, sparkly custom-made dress from Versace.
Style stars and influencers are still trying to convince us low-rise jeans are back. We’re doing our best to resist.
Paris Hilton-inspired minidresses
Paris Hilton made fashion history in 2002 when she wore a sparkling minidress by Julien Macdonald for her 21st birthday party – a look Lipa can’t get enough of. The singer is often seen in glittering minidresses with classic Hilton touches, including cowl necks and halter tops.
Speaking of: does it get more Y2K than a halter top? In this snap, Lipa is living our Noughties fashion dreams in the classic ‘jeans and a nice top’ combo.
Popular in both the Nineties and Noughties, bright blue eyeshadow really takes us back. Bonus points go to Lipa for pairing it with another throwback beauty trend: two thick strands of hair framing her face.
Impractical but oh-so cute, the trend for a tiny handbag nestling under your armpit is one we can’t help but love.