One thing Lorde seems to love is see-through clothing, particularly garments made from netting or sheer fabric, most often in black. It’s edgy, fashion-forward, and a little sexy but the way she wears it is never trashy. The way her outfits are styled ensures that these risqué textiles look nothing short of fabulous.
Net and Mesh
Again and again, Lorde has appeared at events, photoshoots, and even in music videos with a net top layered over or under another black top or dress. Our Vanity Top is a unique piece that fits so well with this style. The relaxed fit has an effortlessly-cool look that reflects Lorde’s laid-back vibe and the bow detail at the neckline is charmingly feminine. To mimic the look in one particular famous picture of Lorde (seen in the centre of the image above), wear a sleek and simple black bustier underneath. It’s super sexy but made totally chic by the net draped over it. If you’re not into bustiers, a simple cami or a black bra would look great too. Whatever you choose to wear underneath, keep it simple; the net top is the focus here.
Lorde wears skirts in a wide variety of silhouettes and lengths, so choose what looks best for the outfit. A simple pencil skirt like the Popsicle Corset Skirt is practically foolproof. It looks sexy and shows your shape in a beautiful way without distracting from the boldness of the top. The Fanciful Cardi-Jacket would also be a great addition to this outfit; Lorde has sported number gorgeous jackets and blazers, so throwing on a soft jacket with this look would be totally fabulous. Layering strategically like this gives a complex appearance that is remarkably chic and sure to turn heads.
When looking at Lorde’s accessories, she has a tendency to go big and bold or small and subtle with very little in between. For this outfit, since the Vanity Top’s fabric is so bold and there’s already a bow on the neckline, skip the necklace and go for a pair of small ball earrings and wear some thin rings on your fingers. To stick with Lorde’s style, choose darker pieces in gunmetal grey that are fierce and complement the top’s bow.
With such an edgy look, Lorde’s favourite combat boots would be a perfect fit here. Worn with a skirt, this kind of footwear is rebellious and harsh in an awesome way. Combat boots aren’t for everyone though, and if you’d rather go for a pair of wedges, that would look cute too. Since so much of the outfit is dark and this is all about Lorde’s style, choose a dark colour. Black is the standard, but maroon or deep purple would add an unexpected touch.
Mesh and netting aren’t the only textiles you can see through—there are plenty of more tightly woven fabrics, like chiffon, that have a sheer appearance that leaves whatever is underneath very visible. The effect is one that is fashion forward, edgy and quite sexy!
One of Lorde’s favourite ways to wear sheer garments is definitely over crop tops. Check out the images at the top of the page—two of them feature this look! If you want to rock this style, try out Dreamy Backdrop in Black layered over a bandeau or cropped tank top. You’ll get to show off your midriff in a trendy crop but enjoy the extra coverage of the lightweight Backdrop Top. The loose shape also gives an effortlessly cool vibe that we all know is very Lorde-like. Another option for under your Backdrop Top is a strappy tank. This look is seem in Lorde’s Tennis Court video and is a great look for those who aren’t so into crop tops. Choose a top with a couple extra straps but nothing too crazy that will overwhelm the fabulousness of the sheer top!
Since the sheer Backdrop Top has a very flowy silhouette, pair it with a fitted bottom like a Popsicle Corset Skirt. For a look that Lorde would love, stick with black and keep the outfit gorgeously dark. You could even make it a mini—Lorde loves to show off her legs and you should go for it if you do too!
All black outfits look incredibly posh with bold gold jewelry. The rich colour stands out beautifully against the dark fabrics and really make a great fashion statement, so pick out a statement necklace and big earrings in classic yellow gold. If you’re wearing a strappy tank under your sheer piece, skip the necklace; having both will be too much going on. As an alternative, you could take inspiration from the lefthand image of Lorde above and throw in some fun hues to add exciting pops to your outfit. Try green and blue bracelets and a pair of yellow earrings or skip the jewelry and go for an orange handbag and violet shoes. You certainly don’t have to include the whole spectrum (and probably shouldn’t)—just pick two or three different colours for your accessories and you’ll be all set to go.
For a truly Lorde-inspired look, finish off your outfit with some wild hair and bold lipstick. If you’ve got natural curls let them run wild! For those with straight hair, a tapered curling wand makes beautiful, long-lasting curls that can be tousled for extra volume. Apply a simple swipe of eyeliner, a little mascara, and lipstick with a purple tint. With these touches, your outfit is complete!