Princess Diana’s outfits had the power to influence the public through widespread media coverage and the ‘relatable’ element often exhibited in her casual outfits, whether they were bold, colorful sweaters or sweatshirts and shorts. She was not like the traditional royal family members who were known for wearing expensive designer gowns only.
1. Statement Sweaters
Princess Diana was known for wearing bold, colorful sweaters, especially before her wedding. She was pictured wearing cardigans while serving as a preschool teacher and continued to sport them during her wedding days. The hot pink sweater is also featured in the Crown’s latest season with Emma Corrin, who plays Diana, calling it her ‘favorite outfit.’ The sweaters give the handwoven grandma look, but Princess Diana brought them into fashion again.
2. Royal Wedding Gown
Elizabeth and David Emmanuel designed Princess Diana’s wedding dress and is considered one of the most historic dresses worn by a bride. The press and photographers widely speculated on its design and tried their best to get a glimpse of it before the royal wedding. The designer made 3 versions of the dress, and eventually, Lady Diana wore the first choice. The puffy dress with voluminous sleeves, lace, and the long trail became the symbol of 80’s fashion. It was reported that the replicate dress was created within hours of the royal wedding, and Elizabeth Emmanuel continued to receive orders of the wedding dress.
3. Blazers and skirts
Following her marriage, Lady Diana frequently wore skirts and blazers during her royal visits. Her outfits communicated with the people as indicated; she wore bold colors to exhibit warmth. Moreover, Princess Diana did not wear gloves as she wanted to shake people’s hands. While wearing hats are an essential part of British outfits, Lady Diana also did not wear them to hug patients and children. Her go-to designer Catherina Walker became a household name in Britain, and the blazer trend is carried forward by her son William’s wife, Kate Middleton.
4. ‘Revenge’ Dress
The short black dress became an iconic look helmed as ‘revenge dress’ by the magazines as Princess donned it after her interview with Martin Bashir released exposing the secrets of the royal family, Prince Charles infidelity, and her struggles with bulimia and depression. This interview became a nationwide sensation and eventually led to the divorce between Charles and Diana while only separated when it was aired. The off-shoulder Christina Stambolian dress had knee-length, which is not worn by royals in public meetings. It is described as a fitting response to royals by violating their protocols, which Princess described as hard to live with.
5. Sweatshirts with shorts or jeans
While she was viewed as a princess or mother to the future king, Lady Diana frequently wore casual sweatshirts and shorts to her gym session, picking her children from school, or fulfilling her motherly duties. It was an unlikely thing to see a royal family princess to have such a laid-back style and wear such clothing, but it can be argued that Lady Diana brought the culture of high-end athleisure wear. This was an inspiration for Virgil Abloh’s fashion show in q as a tribute to the late Princess, where she lost her life in a tragic car accident.
6. Lady Diana Engagement Ring
Diana chose the sapphire blue ring engraved in floral shaped diamonds as it reminded her of her mother’s engagement ring. The Diana engagement ring was given to Prince Harry, who later gave it to his brother Prince William to propose to Kate Middleton. The influence of the sapphire ring has sustained to this day, as it is claimed to be “commoner’s sapphire.” When Prince William and Kate announced their engagement in 2010, the sale of sapphire engagement rings increased exponentially; the jewelers all over were buying blue sapphire to replicate the design.
Princess Diana’s influence in fashion and her personality is sensed to this day. The latest season 4 of The Crown has revived Diana’s outfits and public appearances.