How To Dress Like Lana Del Rey

Updated on March 1, 2016
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Kitty went to school for fashion design and merchandising. She loves to design, sew, and create fashion inspired by the past.

Get Lana Del Rey's Look
Get Lana Del Rey's Look

Lana Del Rey's Style

Making all the hipster boys swoon and all the girls jealous, Lana Del Rey has a style that is all her own. She reminds us of decades past with her demure, classy 60s-inspired dresses, 70s style sweaters and skinny jeans, and her authentic 80s bad girl looks. And those beautiful locks! Her hair is always done in a vintage style: beehives, long 40s-esque waves, or middle-parted 70s straight style. Let's not forget the impeccable make-up, outrageous nails, and hip hop accessories.

To say that Lana Del Rey is like any other pop star these days is a lie. She has a style that is unique and retro, and her talent far surpasses many other so-called artists on the scene today. Let's hear it for talent and authenticity...maybe we could snag a little bit of inspiration from Lana's style and create our own?

Get a vintage-inspired dress like Lana Del Rey.
Get a vintage-inspired dress like Lana Del Rey.

Demure, Vintage-inspired Dresses

One of the quintessential items in Lana Del Rey's wardrobe is the vintage-style dress. Some of her choices remind me of the Mad Men show. 60s' New Look circle-skirt dresses and shirt-waiste dresses are all the rage with Lana, and should be with us too!

Here are some places online where you can find the perfect vintage-inspired dress that is also reminiscent of Lana's style:


Even Forever 21 carries retro-style dresses these days, so pick a cute sundress with eyelet details or a sexy bombshell evening dress with sequin detail. You just can't go wrong with a vintage-inspired dress. These dresses are timeless and scream Lana Del Rey's style. Pair your vintage-inspired dress with a basket-purse and stilettos and you will be one hott dame.

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The "Gangster Nancy Sinatra" Style of Lana Del Rey
The "Gangster Nancy Sinatra" Style of Lana Del Rey

Gangster Nancy Sinatra Style

Lana Del Rey is a self-proclaimed "gangster Nancy Sinatra", and who can blame her for that? A flirty yet rebellious 60s style is one that Lana Del Rey pulls off rather easily. Here are some options for you to create a Gangster Nancy Sinatra look like Lana Del Rey's:

  • plaid a-line skirts
  • 70s-inspired or 70s vintage sweaters and cardigans
  • knee-high socks
  • mary jane shoes or flats
  • knee-high boots
  • big hair and flower hair accessories
  • cowboy boots and sundresses
  • daisy duke shorts
  • plaid mid-riff shirts

To add the Lana Del Rey "gangster" part to this look, complete your outfit with gold chains around your neck, gold rings, and a lot of bling. Red lipstick, big hair, and fishnet stockings will really show off your gangster bad-girl side.

Get The 80s Rebel Look by Lana Del Rey
Get The 80s Rebel Look by Lana Del Rey | Source

80s Bad Girl Style

To get inspired for the 80s bad girl style of Lana Del Rey, you'll want to watch her music video for the song "Ride", or use the picture above as inspiration.

Here are some easy ways to achieve Lana's rebellious 80s look:

  • 80s inspired t-shirts tied at the waist
  • high-waisted, cut-off jean shorts
  • acid-wash jeans and jean jackets
  • cut-off t-shirts
  • jean jackets with fringe
  • fringe cowboy boots
  • leather jackets
  • leather pants, shorts, skirts paired with a t-shirt imprinted with Jack Daniels or some other alcoholic beverage logo
  • again with BIG HAIR
  • neon nails
  • skinny jeans ripped at the knees
  • bandanas in the hair or hanging out your pockets
  • leather belts
  • fringed purses/bags
  • vintage long-sleeve baseball tees
  • brightly-colored bra-tops under your white shirts
  • big hoop earrings
  • big gold rings and gold chains (again with the bling)
  • feather earrings and hair accessories
  • converse high-top sneakers

Lana Del Rey's style is not hard to mimic
Lana Del Rey's style is not hard to mimic

Lana Del Rey's Shoes & Accessories

One of the things I admire most about Lana Del Rey's style are her unique and trend-setting shoes and accessories. You can find inspiration from Lana Del Rey and scour your local thrift stores for one-of-a-kind items such as:

  • converse sneakers
  • keds sneakers
  • LA Lights
  • mary jane flats
  • saddle shoes
  • 80s neon pumps
  • fringed cowboy boots
  • leather commando boots
  • leather sandals

Accessories inspired by Lana Del Rey:

  • 2 and 3 finger rings with words like "Bad" or "Rebel" on them
  • big rings
  • bright and/or pointy fingernails
  • big gold chains
  • diamond earrings
  • large hoop earrings
  • plastic 80s bracelets/bangles

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      Stargrrl 3 years ago

      This was a very well done hub on the style of Lana Del Rey. She is awesome. A job well done.

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      Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

      Thanks so much, jenslibra!

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      Jennifer Vasquez 4 years ago from Long Beach, CA

      Absolutely love Lana del Rey! She definitely exudes that classic, old hollywood style. I've been on but I'll have to check out the other sites. Like the fashion tips!

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      Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

      LOL dead-fish staring. Hilarious! Thanks for reading, Beth. Hope you are well! :)

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      Beth Perry 4 years ago from Tennesee

      I like her wardrobe choices, but she'd be much more appealing if she smiled more. Frankly, IMHO that dead-fish staring look doesn't help sell anything.

      All the same, very interesting article!

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      Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

      FlourishAnyway - First of all, I love your name. Secondly, thanks for reading and for commenting! Blessings.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Wonderful hub. She is quite the gorgeous gal, and you do her justice between your specific suggestions and the visuals. Nice job. Aww, if I were 20 years younger I would try to achieve her look, but unfortunately I am not. Well done!