How to copy these iconic 'The White Lotus' outfits minus the designer price tag
Want to recreate all the chic White Lotus outfits from season 2? Here's where to shop the looks, minus their designer pricetags
From Aubrey Plaza’s white dress to Jennifer Coolidge’s bright floral numbers, The White Lotus outfits are definitely worth a shoutout.
It's fair to say that The White Lotus season 2 gave us everything from classy co-cords and beach-ready dresses to lavish lingerie. And while many viewers may have been floored by the lack of clothes in Cameron, aka Theo James’ case—yes we’re talking about that changing scene—others were loving all of the glamorous outfits on the HBO show and we don’t blame them, the style choices were almost as interesting as the characters themselves.
Despite season 2 now having come to end (if you need more shows like White Lotus, we've got you) and leaving us all mourning Jennifer Coolidge's Tanya McQuiod—yes, sadly she was one of the characters to die in The White Lotus—there's never been a better excuse to recreate one (or all!) of her iconic fashion moments.
So, while we start the long countdown to White Lotus season 3, here's a look at all the best looks from the series and how to copy the ensembles for less!
How to recreate all the best 'The White Lotus' outfits
If you noticed that the outfits in the second season were even better than the first installment, it’s actually no accident. The fits are bigger and bolder, as according to the show’s costume designer, Alex Bovaird, they really upped the ante for the second series, telling Variety: “When people, especially Americans, go to Italy, they dress up a bit more. They bring their A-game.” That's something they definitely achieved with season two, which takes place in sunny Sicily—for any fans wondering where White Lotus is filmed.
Throughout season 2, the White Lotus outfits have featured nods to the '60s (particularly in Harper's case), with 2000s fashion even making an appearance—especially in Portia's more adventurous looks. So, whatever you're style, we're pretty sure you'll be able to connect with one of your favorite cast members.
Now, as we bid farewell to another season of HBO's hit show, here’s a breakdown of the best ensembles from Tanya to Portia, in case you're in need of any Holiday outfit inspo...
In season two, we see Harper (Aubrey Plaza) go through quite a wardrobe transformation. At the start of her vacation, she wears dark colors, reflecting the awful time she is having, finding both her husband Ethan’s best friend Cameron and his girlfriend Daphne very irritating. But by episode three, she starts to change things up, opting for more pastel shades—like her green dress and matching neck scarf look.
Her style is very timeless and '60s-inspired with Bovaird revealing that they took inspo from a Hollywood icon: “She likes vintage. A big inspiration for us was Audrey Hepburn.”
Plaza's Harper wears very flattering necklines and A-line shapes, and even accessories with a head and neck scarf—a recurring theme in the show with a few other characters. Of all her outfits though, Harper’s chic white dress from episode five has been living in our minds rent-free—and you can actually buy it yourself at My Beachy Side!
REISS Leia Button Through Belted Mini Dress
This dress is a great swap for the one Harper wore in episode six. It features a similar button-up style and belted waist.
Instead of the simple skirt that Harper's dress has though, it has a pleated shape which would look so cute paired with a knit!
H&M Oxford shirt
For a more laid-back Harper-inspired fit, you can pick up this blue-striped Oxford shirt from H&M.
Harper wears her blue shirt with white shorts and big, rounded sunglasses and this striped number is the perfect swap for hers! Plus, it's also an ideal piece if you're trying to build a capsule wardrobe because it's timeless—much like everything Harper wears.
On the whole, Tanya’s ensembles are always fabulous—and we’d expect nothing less from actress Jennifer Coolidge. Tanya sports brands like Jimmy Choo to really embody her vibe: think headscarves, silk dresses and robes, topped off with big pair of sunnies.
The outfit that really springs to mind when we think of her in season two is, of course, her iconic pink headscarf, printed dress and round sunglasses combo. According to Bovaird, they had to ensure that her outfit was practical for her many moped rides—while also incorporating a "romantic and nostalgic" feel to her look.
Daphne’s style is a summery dream—she wears everything from starfish-printed swimsuits to flowy, vibrant floral dresses.
Zara Striped Midi Skirt
If you're obsessed with Daphne's stripy midi skirt combo but can't afford the Prada price tag, this knit Zara skirt is perfect.
It's a very similar vibe to Daphne's and is also very on-trend right now, so win-win. There's also a coordinating cropped jumper available!
To us, '90s fashion influence is very clear in Portia’s (played by Haley Lu Richardson) outfits. She dresses more casually than other characters—with chunky, colorful sweater vests and blue jeans. She is one of the few characters that dresses in the current Gen-Z-approved outfits—in fact, often her looks are giving major Emma Chamberlain outfit vibes, thanks to Portia's love of bold knits and patterns. No wonder we love them...
Throughout the show, you can spot her in everything from chill sweatshirts and graphic tees to some Rachel Green-esque cardigans and since we and the fashion world are lapping up the '90s nostalgia right now, her outfits are pretty easy to recreate.
Topshop Patched Mesh Long-sleeve Top
Portia wears a few graphic, mesh-style tops throughout the show and is a big fan of vibrant colors.
We'd also like to point out that mesh tops are still very on-trend right now, as they're the perfect low-key night look but can also just be paired with jeans for a cool, playful daytime outfit.
We would be remiss to not mention Lucia’s iconic red dress moment—talk about the ultimate date-night look! Simona Tabasco, who plays Lucia, even told Vulture that the red dress was one of her favorite outfits from season two, adding: “I was shaking when I was putting it on because I’ve been doing this job for ten years and I was realizing we were about to start the crazy experience of this show.”
As viewers will know, Lucia and her BFF Mia's style changes the most as they go from "cheap" clothes to designer. As Bovaird tells Variety: "There’s an echo of the movie Pretty Woman. The dresses get sparklier and sparklier as they go through the series."
Lucia’s style is very bold. She swaps between matching glittery dresses with Mia to cherub printed numbers, so recreating her look is all about statement pieces.
South Beach Rib Cap Sleeve Crop Top in Lemon
While her evening looks never miss, Lucia also wears casual fits throughout the show, including a very cute yellow, cutout crop top.
This yellow baby tee from ASOS is a great option for recreating Lucia's chill top and jean combo. Plus, it's a perfect staple for when summer rolls back in!
Singer/hotel manager Mia, like her best friend Lucia, goes through a style evolution. She swaps her day looks of mini skirts and crop tees to designer dresses that are covered in glitter.
Monochrome Newspaper Print Slinky Halter Dress
Now of course this isn't the exact crystal-covered dress Mia adorns on White Lotus, but if you loved the newspaper/monochrome vibe, this dress might be a good option.
It features a flattering bodycon style and a similar length to Mia's dress.
Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, trends, fashion, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life. She also tests and reviews beauty and skincare products and tries out the latest TikTok hacks for My Imperfect Life.
Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.
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