The early days of Lana Del Rey’s career were wildly inconsistent — she was the indie queen, then the fraud everyone loved to hate — but, her commitment to the trailer park glamor she projected persisted, and with it, she became associated with several iconic items that continue to pervade the millennial style conscious today.
The most famous of them is perhaps Del Rey’s racing jacket. It was worn in striking contrast to her pin-up curls and heavy cat-eyeliner in an NME interview approximately seven years ago, and again in various appearances, paparazzi-captured exits, until she replaced it with a blue-white satin racing bomber, and then another Nascar windbreaker altogether.
It should come as little surprise that Del Rey went on to introduce a line of racing jackets in her merch collection (unfortunately, they’re no longer available). Prior to the singer’s rise, there weren’t many examples of racing jackets being re-appropriated for fashion-only purposes. Over the many years Lana Del Rey wore versions of the style, they popped up on resell sites like Etsy and Ebay, and you can now find an extensive collection on buy-and-sell app for the insta-generation, Depop.
There’s a scene in Miss Congeniality where a contestant is asked to describe her “perfect date.” “That’s a tough one,” she replies. “I’d have to say April 25, because it’s not too hot, not too cold…all you need is a light jacket.” Now that we are headed into April, the perfect outerwear for the season is just that: a jacket that is light enough to tie around your waist if the moment presents itself, but also provides just enough heat to take you from day to night atop your sundress.
So, if you’re looking for a transitional (and trans-seasonal) piece with long-term and Lana Del Rey appeal, the racing jacket has you covered. Find yourself a fun one, here.