Dua Lipa Transforms a White T-Shirt Into a Skirt—and Endorses an Inventive New Trend

First Kylie Jenner, now Dua.

Dua Lipa wearing a white t shirt as a skirt at Glastonbury
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Over the weekend, Kylie Jenner wore a strapless denim tube dress that read as a jean midi skirt pulled up to her armpits. Around the same time, across the pond in England, Dua Lipa seemingly styled a T-shirt into a skirt for her Glastonbury performance.

The star took the stage on Friday with a series of costume changes—lacy corsets, leather micro-minis, glittering unitards, and the aforementioned shirt-skirt. The white bottom was shaped like a typical large unisex Gildan tee, dotted with rhinestones, flipped upside down, wrapped around Dua's waist, and secured by a black-and-silver bedazzled belt. She paired the skirt-slash-shirt with a matching tank top, layered under a black mesh bralette and then folded up and tucked into its neckline. The set was custom-made for Dua by Acne Studios.

Dua Lipa onstage at Glastonbury wearing a studded t shirt as a skirt

Dua Lipa performed in a custom Acne Studios skirt that looked like a tied-up T-shirt.

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Kylie Jenner at a birthday party wearing a denim skirt as a mini dress

Back in Los Angeles, Kylie Jenner's Alexander Wang mini dress resembled a denim skirt.

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But Dua and Kylie aren't the ones responsible for the style. A new trend is upon us—trickling from the runway into celebrity closets—shirts are skirts, skirts are dresses, and dresses are jackets. Stick with me here. Balenciaga's Fall 2024 Couture collection relies heavily on the recycling theme, including a pile of puffer coats sewn together and modeled as a quasi-ball gown, athletic shorts fused and fashioned into an off-the-shoulder number, and a bevy of branded belts transformed into a slip dress.

Charli XCX recently wore a black halter dress that looked like a button-down shirt hanging from her neck from the brand's Fall 2024 Ready-to-Wear collection. The RTW line featured similar dresses made out of trench coats, blazers, and leather bombers.

Charli XCX wearing a black skirt dress to couture week in Paris

Charli XCX's look for Balenciaga's Paris Couture show included a dress that resembled a skirt.

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Last week, Emma Chamberlain wore a white button-up, but the shirt didn't go over her head, it was tied to the front of her body. The avant-garde archival look comes from Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2003 and can be understood as clear inspiration for the trend, and more pointedly for Balenciaga's designer Demna. And lest we forget Julia Fox, who made headlines for wearing a denim waistband as a top before it was cool.

Emma Chamberlain wearing a jean paul gaultier vintage top

Emma Chamberlain's vintage Jean Paul Gaultier top was secured to the front of her body instead of pulled over her head.

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Julia Gray

Julia Gray is a contributing fashion writer at Marie Claire, where she covers runway trends, celebrity style, and shopping. In her six years as a journalist, Julia’s reporting has ranged across style, music, Internet culture, art, retail, tech, and more. In addition to Marie Claire, Julia writes for outlets like the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Ringer, New York Magazine, Pitchfork, Nylon, and Vice, among others. Julia's fashion reporting is led by curiosity. Julia is not only interested in critiquing and covering pop culture, but in understanding what our pop culture says about how we live and modern values. When she’s not writing, Julia hosts a podcast called Girls Room, where she and her co-host revisit shows like Girls and Gossip Girl from the beginning with guests like comedian Cat Cohen and writer Hunter Harris. Girls Room was recently cited in the New York Times.