There are few women whose wardrobes have truly shaped the tastes of a generation, yet this is certainly the case for Diana, Princess of Wales. From young unknown bride to arguably the most famous woman on the planet, her somewhat tragic story might read like a tale, but the style of this royal icon is anything but outdated and over the years has remained fresh in the public’s collective consciousness. Paving the way for Kate and Meghan, Princess Di’s outfits became the subject of countless column inches and her preppy-chic look helped shape the hottest trends of the ’80s and ’90s.
Long before social media, Diana was the original influencer. During her courtship with Prince Charles, she was pictured wearing a pair of Hunter wellies, which immediately led to a massive spike in sales. It was also Diana who, in the ’80s, kicked off the trend for pie-crust collars and pearls. Her style might seem conservative to us now, but it back in the day she used her wardrobe to flunk royal convention. Diana famously decided to forgo gloves to meet and greet members of the public and, of course, let’s not forget the infamous ‘revenge dress’ that she wore shortly after Charles’s cheating admissions. Not only a reflection of her impeccable taste, fashion became a vehicle to connect with people and even make a political statement.
To mark 21 years since Diana’s untimely death we decided to explore the 4 key fashion trends that defined her aesthetic and miraculously still stand up today. From her off-duty outfits that pre-figured athleisure to her kick-ass power suits (which feel so A/W 18), scroll down to see our favorite looks and fall in love all over again.