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Princess Diana was a fashion icon way ahead of her time and these looks are proof

The ‘People’s Princess’ carried a royal aesthetic of her own

By Gargi Agrawal  November 19th, 2020

If you’ve already jumped onto the bandwagon of binge-watching The Crown Season 4 then chances are that you’ve noticed one too many sartorial similarities. Case in point—newcomer Emma Corrin who plays the role of Princess Diana in the popular series seems very much like Diana’s doppelgänger. Corrin makes a strong case for the character as all her recreated looks are hands down impressive.

And what’s not to love? Off-duty, the humanitarian was seen acing cycling shorts paired with sweatshirts while elements like Dior bags, Chanel tweed coats and Versace evening gowns paved its way into her covetable wardrobe. And let’s not forget her iconic taffeta-silk wedding gown that created major ripples in fashion.


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As much as she was influential, she chanelled a style of her own. A style that has been carried forward with future royals and commoners alike. Swipe through for Princess Diana’s iconic looks that feed our sartorial tastes even today:

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Velvet bodycon dress, sheer black tights and minimal black pumps brought together this iconic look which is quite honestly, the best monotone version we’ve seen. Also, the Princess loved layering pearls as a choker.

The royal didn’t shy away from sporting daytime sequins.

If normcore style is in picture today, let’s owe it to Princess Diana who nailed it in her time with a white tee, jeans, oversized blazer and boots to finish off the look.

One of her most iconic looks till date, she turned heads in a Bellville Sassoon dress and matching choker at an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

What’s known today as the ‘boyfriend sweater’ was already donned by the People’s Princess. 

She was quite literally the queen of monotone dressing. Note the polka dot dress by Donald Campbell and a hat by John Boyd.

Bike shorts paired with a sweatshirt was seen on Princess Diana back in her time and now it's the biggest trend of 2020.
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Princess Diana wore this tailored, military inspired jacket giving a strong nod to power dressing.

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It’s confirmed. She never met a pearl choker necklace that she didn’t love.

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A printed sweater paired with a turtleneck still remains a fashion lesson to ace cosy, winter style with panache.

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Drifting away from the notions of royal dressing, Princess Diana made a bold statement by acing colour blocking in a pink and red button-down dress.

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We’re going to say it. No one does power dressing like Diana. She was seen here in a dress by Catherine Walker and hat by Kangol arriving at a naval base during the Royal Tour of Italy.

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Gingham print is all the rage today thanks to her who brought it in fashion with pink gingham pants.

Photographs: Getty Images, Instagram