The royal family is known to have provided us with some iconic looks over the years, with most of the fashion inspiration coming from the powerful women of the family. The Queen with her royal glow, Kate and her sophisticated vibes, and Meghan Markle (before she denounced her position) bringing the smart-casual looks back.
But there is one woman who has always been known as a fashion icon when she was alive and even long after her death; Princess Diana. Check out some of her amazing looks that the world is still recreating today...
Diana Princess of Wales arrives in Sicily.
via: GettyDiana arrives in Sicily on April 30, 1985, during the royal tour of Italy wearing a dress designed by Catherine Walker and a hat by John Boyd. As you can see, Princess Diana invented the color pink, pairing this look with pearls and a 3/4 sleeve cardigan.
Princess Diana in a double-breasted blazer and beret.
via: Getty ImagesThe Princess of Wales attends a service for the Royal Hampshire Regiment in Winchester on October 1987 rocking a suit by Arabella Pollen and hat by Graham Smith.
The Anwar Hussein collection.
via: GettyDiana sporting a pale blue silk chiffon strapless dress with a matching chiffon stole designed by Catherine Walker while attending a Gala night in honor of actor Sir Alec Guinness at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 1987, in Cannes, France. Clearly, the queen of accessorizing. No one could ever touch this look.
The Princess Of Wales has lunch with Raine Spencer.
via: GettyHow extra I aspire to be when going on a lunch date, those frills really bring this outfit together.
An iconic beige 2-piece.
via: GettyDiana visits the studios of Capital Radio in London, 23rd November 1982.
Princess Diana on her official duties.
via: GettyDiana attends the Old Comrades' Parade at the Cavalry Memorial in Hyde Park on May 14, 1989, in London, England. Even though this dress utilizes pastel colors, the overall effect is bold.
Diana Princess of Wales in the Eden Park Stadium, on her arrival in Auckland.
via: GettyDiana Princess of Wales at the start of the Royal Tour of New Zealand. Diana wore a dress designed by Donald Campbell, along with a hat by John Boyd. Double prints? What a brave woman.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana at Cowdray Park.
via: GettyPrincess Diana at a polo match in Cowdray Park in the summer of 1983. It's the handbag for me. Wow, she really wasn't playing back then.
Princess Diana in Dungarees and a floral blouse.
via: GettyDiana dressed in casual dungarees while watching her future husband play polo. Yeah, that would also be the look on my face if I had to watch Charles play polo. At least her outfit was cute though.
The Anwar Hussein Collection (2).
via: GettyDiana, Princess of Wales, wearing a midnight blue velvet, off-the-shoulder evening dress designed by Victor Edelstein, paired with a sapphire, diamond and pearl choker and diamond and sapphire earrings, as she attended a state banquet on April 16, 1986, in Vienna, Austria. Show me someone who could rock this look better? I'm waiting.
Princess Diana and her sons.
via: GettyDiana and her young sons Prince William and Prince Harry arrive at Aberdeen Airport for the start of their vacation in Scotland on August 18, 1986. That oversized jumper is a look. It makes the white dress underneath seem like a casual choice and we're here for it.
Princess Diana in Retrospective.
via: GettyPrincess of Wales in a John Boyd hat as she greets her public in Perth, Australia in March 1983. As cute as the hat is, nothing could steal the shine from that fuchsia polka dot number. Bring it back.
The Anwar Hussein Collection (3).
via: GettyDiana, Princess of Wales, wearing a pink dress designed by Victor Edelstein, the Spencer family tiara and diamond and sapphire jewels given to her by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, attends a state reception at the Crest International Hotel on April 11, 1983, in Brisbane, Australia. When I told you that she invented the color pink, was I lying? Was I?
A high neck with a low cut.
via: GettyLady Diana Spencer, wearing a red and white polka dot suit designed by Jasper Conran, attends her first walkabout with her fiancé Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, 2 months before their wedding, on May 22, 1981, in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom.
Diana circa 1988.
via: GettyNow, if you can take your minds all the way back to the late '80s, cropped cardigans were the epitome of class and sophistication. Even though I hope they never come back into the mainstream because they're utterly hideous, I must admit, Princess Diana is really working that studded sleeve and light lemon color.
The lilac chiffon ballgown.
via: GettyThe Princess of Wales attends a Royal Variety Performance wearing a chiffon evening dress designed by fashion designer Bellville Sassoon. This look will live on forever, mark my words.
One shoulder dress.
via: GettyDiana, Princess of Wales attends a concert at the Royal Albert Hall on October 18, 1989, in London, England. The princess wore a Catherine Walker evening dress. Catherine Walker continues to provide the most beautiful dresses for the royal family, even until this day.
The Anwar Hussein Collection (4).
via: GettyPrincess Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing a sweatshirt and shorts while leaving the Chelsea Harbour Club on August 01, 1998, in London, England. It seems as if society has done a full 180 on cycling shorts, with the fashion item making a comeback in recent years. But do not forget who made it iconic back in the day. Influencers could never.
Dressed for the theatre.
via: GettyDiana, Princess of Wales, attends a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden on January 12, 1989, in London, England. Now, I know what you're thinking. This hurricane of pink and blue would never work today, but it's not about the item of clothing, it's about who is in it and only 2 people could rock it. One being Princess Diana of course, the other being Harry Styles.
Princess Diana In France.
via: GettyDiana, Princess of Wales, attends a dinner at the Chateau de Chambord during her official visit to France on November 9, 1988, in Chambord, France. A lot of her most iconic looks were revealed in France, with this extravagant white number stealing the hearts of spectators.
Diana Princess of Wales attends a rock concert by Genesis.
via: GettyDiana attends a concert on February 29, 1984, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham wearing a tuxedo suit designed by Margaret Howell. If we're talking about suits, who could ever forget this one? Princess Diana really said: "Gendered clothing? I don't know him."
The Anwar Hussein Collection (5).
via: GettyPrincess Diana walks with Major Ron Ferguson and Prince William as she attends a polo match at Windsor Great Park on July 01, 1986, in Windsor, England. Another iconic style she went for was pairing simple tops with more outgoing bottoms. Previously we've seen her take on blue gingham and it seems she adopted a pair of red ones too. We love.
Princess Diana arrives at the Vanderbilt Racquet Club.
via: GettyIf you've seen influencers re-create this look and slap a sleeveless sweater vest on top, just know Princess Diana got the vibes first. However, she's gone for a full sleeve look here just to balance out the rest of the outfit.
A blast from the past.
via: GettyDiana wears a David Sassoon red maternity dress at Barbican Centre in March 1982. Playing with Victorian influences, this satin red ball gown provided an effortless look for the princess as well as making her baby bump less obvious, which was apparently the vibe we were going for back in the early '80s.
The Anwar Hussein Collection (6).
via: GettyLady Diana Spencer wore a strapless black taffeta dress designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, as she attended a fundraising concert and reception at Goldsmiths Hall in aid of The Royal Opera House on March 9, 1981, in London, United Kingdom. She had a habit of exposing her shoulders and we're absolutely living for it. Off-the-shoulder has made a dramatic comeback in the past few years. I thank Diana for it.
Diana in Wales.
via: GettyThe Princess of Wales visits Twyn in November 1982 wearing a suede beret by John Boyd and a coatdress by Arabella Pollen. If I had to pick one of my favorite looks from this entire list, this bad boy blazer dress would definitely make the top 5. Paired with a matching beret, this look offers sophistication to the highest degree.
Clashing prints... again.
via: GettyDiana, Princess of Wales, during a visit to the charity project for young homeless people on February 23, 1990, in London, England. Now, as you'll know, clashing prints aren't really my vibe, but when you're Diana, you can literally get away with anything. The princess stepped out in red and black clashing prints paired with black accessories. Thank God she didn't go for red. That would have been a complete disaster.
The queen of pastels is back at it again.
via: GettyPrincess Diana arrived by car to watch a performance of the ballet "Swan Lake" in June 1997, in London, England. Name another royal that would turn up to an event looking for a part in the actual show. Diana made Swan Lake relevant again and that's a fact. The low neckline is risky for a royal but that's exactly why we all adore her. She wasn't afraid of anything.
Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer.
via: GettyDiana, Princess of Wales, wearing a wedding dress designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel following her wedding on July 29, 1981. Now would it really be a list of Diana's iconic looks without this one? Her wedding day was only the beginning of a series of fashion hits that were going to follow. However, as iconic as it is, someone should have really put an iron to the bottom of the dress... Yikes.
Tom Wargacki's Princess Diana archive.
via: GettyPrincess Diana shopping in Knightsbridge, 1994. Here she looks like a mom on a mission. Every single piece she's wearing here down to the tips of her shoes has been carefully handpicked to create a well-put-together outfit. And don't even get me started on those sunglasses, wow. Just wow.
And there we have it, folks.
via: GettyIf you're interested in more royal fashion news, see how Kate Middleton has taken inspiration from her late mother-in-law for some of her most fashionable moments...