From printed dresses to polo shirts.
The White Lotus is a critically acclaimed television show that's spawned plenty of memes, but the second season saw the emergence of a new hot topic: Portia’s style. Played by Haley Lu Richardson, Portia is the personal assistant to heiress Tanya McQuoid (played by Jennifer Coolidge), and her slightly chaotic fashion choices quickly sparked a debate on the internet after the season premiere in October 2022.
While fans argued about whether Portia’s wardrobe was good or bad, when you consider the confused nature of the character, her style was appropriate. She’s unsure about her direction in life, which comes through in looks that feature mixed prints, minidresses, and ’90s-inspired accessories. But despite her off-kilter style, Portia does have some fun outfits throughout the season that are worth replicating.
Ahead, we’re rounding up 10 outfits Portia wore in The White Lotus that you should consider adding to your wardrobe.
A Sweater Vest
When Portia first stepped off the boat in Italy in episode one, she was wearing a fall staple: the sweater vest. Great for layering, this piece can satisfy minimalist tastes when purchased in a solid hue or can work well as a statement piece when you opt for a patterned one like Portia's. She kept the rest of her outfit relaxed by pairing the vest with denim cutoff shorts, chunky white sunglasses, and a crochet bag.
A Patterned Shirt Dress
A shirt dress is the quintessential throw-it-on-and-go outfit that suits any season. If you’re aiming for a summer-friendly outfit like Portia, opt for one in a fun pattern and style it with platform sandals. To take the look from day to night, you can add a leather jacket and ankle-strap heels for a quirky yet edgy look.
A Gingham Minidress
A bold pink hue elevates the classic print for an eye-catching but casual outfit. Whether you choose a mini dress or cropped pants, a gingham print will give your look a trendy spin, especially when paired with statement accessories like platform sneakers and layered necklaces.
A Green Crop Top and a Blue Midi Skirt
Part of what made Portia’s wardrobe so interesting was her penchant for mixing bright colors and bold patterns in nearly every outfit she put together. This combination of a green collared shirt and blue floral skirt is one of her easiest to recreate, and it works for a winter-to-spring transitional look.
With such a playful pairing, you’ll want to follow Portia’s lead and style with minimal jewelry or monochromatic accessories.
A Crochet Mini Dress
It wouldn’t be a European vacation without at least one crochet minidress. Portia went for a mini with a little more color, but you can choose one with neutral hues or layer it over a white T-shirt for a more versatile ensemble. If you want to upgrade the look from simple beachwear, a crochet minidress with a halter neckline or waistline cutouts will give the ensemble a sexy edge for a night out.
A Printed Top and Denim Shorts
When in doubt, you can never go wrong with a cute top and denim bottoms. Whether you wear denim shorts like Portia or wide-leg jeans, the real star of this kind of ensemble is your shirt. A patterned high-neck tank will add a striking element to this classic look and give off major ‘90s vibes when paired with a choker necklace and Converse sneakers.
A Polo Shirt and Green Pants
One thing about Portia’s style: She’s going to be comfortable and still serve an eye-catching look. This outfit may seem a bit all over the place at first glance, but there are plenty of good takeaways. The emerald green pants add some flair to the look, while the cropped polo shirt balances the colorful bottoms for a simple daytime outfit that also feels creative.
A Zebra Bikini Top and White Shorts
We’ll admit, this outfit teeters on the line between intriguing and too over-the-top, but somehow it just works. The zebra-print bikini top and striped bolero are a unique combination that feels less overwhelming when paired with white high-waisted shorts for a fun poolside look. With such a striking top half, it’s best to keep the accessories to a minimum with a simple tote and sandals.
A Patterned Tube Top and Pants
A matching set simplifies the get-ready process for all types of outings. But if we’re talking about a night out at the bars with the girls, Portia’s Y2K-inspired tube top and fitted pants are a great source of inspiration. The psychedelic pattern and beaded phone accessory are the perfect whimsical touches for a look that requires minimal styling.
A Printed Halter Dress
A breezy halter dress is a must-pack for any summer vacation. Simply throw it on over a bathing suit for a stylish cover-up, or dress it up with wedges and a shawl for a casual but put-together dinner outfit. However you choose to wear it, opting for a boho-inspired print with sequin embellishments (similar to Portia’s orange ensemble) will immediately look and feel elevated.
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