She is known for her compassion, grace, complexity, and iconic style. Below are 10 outfits inspired by Princess Diana, a fashion icon. Her taste included: simple lines, glamorous glitz, bold colors, and classic shapes. She also wasn’t afraid to play with the trends of the time. As the movie, starring Naomi Watts as Diana, is released, it’s the perfect time to look back at her style (pinterest board here) and take inspiration from this amazing woman.
When she first met the prince, she was only 19. She dressed like many english teenagers of that era, with simple sweaters, tea length skirts and flats. As she became princess, the eighties were in full swing, with it’s big shoulders, round-toed pumps, puffy sleeves and high-waisted jeans. She embraced these trends and looked great doing it. As trouble started in paradise, she began a transformation that effected all aspects of her life. Even her style started becoming simple and more streamlined. Diana wasn’t hiding behind ruffles and big hats. She was showing off a little. Working out and eating healthy gave her a physique which allowed her to look great in more figure hugging lines.
Diana was strong and in control of her life. She was working hard for her causes, and building confidence. She even came to America, and wowed Hollywood, which isn’t easy to do. The outfits I put together below are mainly inspired by this period.
Diana’s a fashion icon that was beautiful on the inside and out. Take these tips, these timeless pieces into your life, but also take in her warmth, her care for others, and her love of life. Check out 10 outfits inspired by this beloved princess and fashion icon.
Classic Diana 1 of 10
Princess Diana looked radiant in white. Pair your white dress with her signature accessory, the pearl choker!
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Dutiful Diana 2 of 10
Being an ambassador for her country called for many hours of service. This outfit is perfect for comforting patients in a hospital, the cheery sea foam green and your warm smile are sure to brighten their days.
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Glamorous Diana 3 of 10
Dressed in head to toe metallics, with her hair slicked back, Diana oozes glamour. Take her lead and don't worry about mixing gold and silver, it gives the look an added richness. The shoes and clutch are a bit of a splurge, but you are getting Diana's own shoe designer, Jimmy Choo. He designed most of her shoes and always tried to get her in heels, but for the most part, she preferred flats. Last but not least, we had to top off at least one outfit with a tiara.
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Country Diana 4 of 10
One of Diana and Charles' first dates was fishing. This outfit could easily be warn to get down and dirty, without sacrificing style.
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Chic Diana 5 of 10
This is the perfect "revenge dress." It shows off all your curves and will leave everyone talking about how great you looked for weeks!
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Strong Diana 6 of 10
Although the heels are a bit modern for Princess Diana in her time, I would like to think her style would continued to push the fashion limits if she wasn't taken from the world so soon. This ensemble has a bit of edge to balance the proper pieces. It's perfect for a wedding or baby shower, even the royal court would have nothing to snicker about.
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Casual Diana 7 of 10
Whether you're running errands or visiting the Angolan minefields, light and casual jeans are a great choice. Keep it classy with a white crisp dress shirt and brown loafers.
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Frivolous Dianna 8 of 10
Princess Diana loved frill and asymmetrical dresses. She could've worn this to the Royal Albert Hall for a concert or one of her many charity galas.
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British Diana 9 of 10
Like a good British girl, Diana wore her fair share of fascinators. This blue suit is topped off with a fancy one and, of course, her accessories match.
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Athletic Diana 10 of 10
Even when Diana was a young girl, she liked showing off in the pool. She was a strong swimmer and a graceful diver. If you also want to show off at the pool, this is the suit for you. In most pictures of Diana at the beach or on a boat, she has her shoes off, so I paired her beach gear with a sandal that was easy to get in and out of.
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