Lady Gaga is probably not your go-to inspiration when getting dressed in the morning. But we must admit, pop’s reigning queen certainly has a style all her own— the world can’t turn away from her attention-grabbing ensembles, no matter how outlandish they may be. Might Lady Gaga have some style wisdom to impart?
Follow our guide to translate the wacky into the wearable, all while keeping in mind the #1 piece of Lady Gaga fashion wisdom: fashion is about fun, people- anything goes.
1. Lace me up: No one can forget the VMAs, where Lady Gaga sported not one but three lace ensembles- a black Jean Paul Gaultier gown complete with a feather-covered neckbrace, a sheer red minidress with the unforgettable lace facemask, and a white lace dress with giant lace-covered discs attached as a headpiece. Even riskier might be this lace jumpsuit, worn out to dinner (what, you don’t wear see-through onesies with lingerie out to restaurants?)
Real-world translation: lace is great- in doses. Try a longsleeve top, like one by Free People ($54), to be worn over a cami or under a short-sleeve tee. Or for an even more subtle look, try a lace-trimed cami like this adorable style from aerie ($24.50.) Feeling adventurous? Test out a pair of lace tights, like this black pair from Sears (for real! Only $6) For tips on how to wear, check out polyvore.com’s blog.
2. Pantlessness: it’s all the rage, and no one does it better than Miss Poker Face herself. From simple trips out and about the city, such as this outfit from a Paris trip, to performing at awards shows, like this literally dazzling number from an awards show in Toronto, one thing is clear: legs are in. Pants are out.
Real-world translation: Don’t be afraid of showing a little leg, but always maintain balance– don’t go flaunting your thighs, chest and arms all at once. A chic satin romper from Forever 21 ($19.80) keeps your chest covered while baring your shoulders, while a cap-sleeve romper from Charlotte Russe ($26.99) bares just enough chest for a sexy alternative to your average party dress.
3. Know your Geometry: Lady Gaga does nothing softly or subtly- it’s all about hard edges, jagged lines and geometric shapes. Whether it’s super-strong shoulders or shapes jutting out from all sides, from triangles to bubbles on the now infamous Bubble Dress, the Lady’s shapes make a statement.
Real-world translation: Work strong edges and geometric shapes with this season’s big trend: shoulders. Balmain-esque military jackets work the trend most clearly, like Free People’s indulgent ruffled version ($148) or BB Dakota‘s more affordable Sgt. Pepper look ($74). Blazers also work, like Topshop’s fun sequin number with throw-back shoulder pads ($135) or the British shop’s trendy ruched sleeve blazer ($110.) No matter what, just walk strong with your shoulders back, and you’ll exude Lady Gaga levels of confidence just like that.