The beauty of Beyoncé’s Lemonade is not only the visual album’s play on time—its dreamlike nature keeps the viewer in a surreal drift between past, present, and future—but that the singer also represents a myriad of women all at once. Exploring the interiority of femininity and the complexity of our emotional states, Beyoncé rages one moment as a woman scorned and demurs the next as a devoted wife contemplating divorce. For all intents and purposes, Bey embodies “every woman” in Lemonade, with a mercurial wardrobe to match. Whether wielding a bat and smashing windows in a lemonade yellow Roberto Cavalli dress, channeling spirits as a voodoo high priestess in a red-hot ball gown, or finding a sense of resolution and independence in an African-printed Victorian dress and Hunter wellies, Beyoncé’s ever-changing fashion perfectly reflects where she is internally.
It’s this exploration through her id that makes the personal album seem so accessible, allowing women to see a little bit of ourselves in the many tales Bey weaves. Because, speaking candidly, haven’t we all been pushed to the brink with a lover, a family member, or even ourselves? And regardless how closely Lemonade’s personas mirror our own, Beyoncé creates fashionable characters we can all inhabit. Can’t you see yourself bringing down the house in a Gucci floral jacket and embellished printed silk shirt, or wreaking havoc on an ex in a tie-dyed Burberry Prorsumtiered silk dress (baseball bat not included) like a modern-day Carmen Jones? Wear a Valentino elephant-print cotton muslin dress, with its colorful pattern, as you set forth to discover your own roots. And just like Bey, a gilded Zana Bayne leather bra will help you channel your inner goddess.
Here, looks inspired by Lemonade, from a woman scorned to a siren reborn.