Dua Lipa’s Side-Laced Pants Paid Homage to Christina Aguilera's 'Dirrty' Era

Dua got a little dirrty.

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Dua Lipa may be well on her way to becoming a fashion icon (bellybutton-cutout gowns will do that to a star), but her latest outfit had a nod to another pop star. In a clip to promote her upcoming appearance on Saturday Night Live—where she'll be both hosting and performing—Lipa wore a pair of pants that Christina Aguilera would approve of. The video shows Lipa wearing a top with knot details that went down her sternum and torso, leaving swathes of open skin.

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She paired the cutout, cap-sleeved shirt with a pair of skinny pants that featured side lacing, something that Xtina championed the entire time she was in her Stripped and "Dirrty" era.

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc

The May 4 episode of SNL marks Lipa's very first time as a host but her third time appearing as the variety show's musical guest. Her new album, Radical Optimism, is set to drop on May 3, so fans have a chance to soak in the new tracks before she performs. Chloe Fineman, who appears in the video with Lipa, does her best to nail the singer's signature disco-inflected delivery but doesn't quite manage—she does, however, slip into a sheer outfit that would 100% get the Dua Lipa seal of approval.

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It's not the first time Lipa has paid homage to Aguilera. At the 2021 Grammys, Lipa wore a Versace dress embellished with pastel butterflies, echoing a similar outfit that Aguilera wore when she accepted her Best New Artist Grammy in the year 2000.

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Lipa has been riding the Y2K trend hard lately as she promotes Radical Optimism. At the most recent Grammys, Lipa wore a black gown that featured a whale-tail detail. Just last week, the singer was seen carrying a re-edition Gucci bag that was originally on shelves back during Tom Ford's tenure at the storied Italian brand.

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