Princess Diana’s Style Still Lives On Today

The Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997, later Diana, Princess of Wales) at Aintree racecourse for the Grand National, 3rd April 1982
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If you’ve been on social media in the last few years, you might have come across people styling outfits inspired by the late Princess Diana. Although it has been 26 years since she passed away, it seems as if all of her iconic ’80s and ’90s fashion is coming back in style. Stars like Hailey Bieber have been seen recreating her looks, especially her casual outfits containing university sweatshirts, bike shorts, and gold earrings.

Nineteen year-old Lady Diana Spencer (1961 - 1997, later Diana, Princess of Wales), fiancee to the Prince of Wales, leaving her flat at Coleherne Court in Earl's Court, London, UK, 12th November 1980

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Bieber even paid homage to Princess Diana in a 2019 fashion spread for Vogue Paris, in which she said on Instagram, “All credit and inspo to the amazingly beautiful and iconically stylish Princess Diana who I’ve looked to for style inspiration for as long as I can remember. Thank you for leaving behind such an iconic fashion and style legacy.” In addition, recent movies and television shows featuring the royals including Princess Diana have also sparked a resurgence in copying her fashion choices.


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Another popular outfit inspired by the late star is a nod to an outfit she wore to the Guards Polo Club in Windsor in 1988. It includes straight-leg jeans, a crew neck sweater, an oversized blazer, and Western boots. It may sound like an odd combination, but as Princess Diana proved, it works. It is no surprise that her outfits are popular again as a love of ’80s and ’90s nostalgia has been seen often in pop culture these days.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Princess Diana's historic, beloved black sheep jumper goes on view alongside Buckingham Palace letters at Sotheby's on July 17, 2023 in London, England. The jumper and Buckingham Palace letters will be on view at Sotheby's London Galleries from 17 - 19 July before heading to Sotheby’s Inaugural Fashion Icons Sale in New York this September with an estimate of $50,000/80,000 (£40,000 – 70,000)

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In 1980, she wore a red sweater with black and white sheep on it and many considered that it was a nod to the notion she felt like a black sheep within the royals. The clothing brand Rowing Blazers decided to relaunch the sweater with its original designers in 2020. The sweater went viral and sold out quickly, and the pattern is now seen on other items such as tea towels. Other designers, including the late fashion designer Virgil Abloh, have also been inspired by Diana’s sense of style.

21 Jan 1995: HRH Princess Diana watching Wales lose in the France v Wales match during the Five Nations Championships at Parc de Princes in Paris. France won the match 21-9.

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He said in 2017, “She was a strong individual that despite her position had her own personal taste. and it came out through the clothes. Her personal taste was very out of the way from what she was supposed to wear. It’s an inspiration.” While the world lost Princess Diana far too soon, at least her legacy lives on not only in her fashion choices, but her philanthropy, her sons, and her story.

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