All Hail Duchess Fergie, the Unsung Royal Fashion Hero

Eighties fashion is back, and we're plundering the archives on a daily basis for original outfit inspiration. Fortunately for our keyboard-weary fingers, Princess Eugenie just saved us a whole heap of work: The royal recently joined Instagram and has dedicated a collection of her first posts to throwback shots of her mother, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.

Fergie has long been seen as a bit of a rebel in regal circles, and during the peak years of her public exposure, she was cast into the fashion shadow of Princess Diana, but a glance into the history books will show that the former wife of Prince Andrew had some cracking looks a few decades back—so cracking, in fact, that we have a feeling we're copying them without even realising (just see all of the polka-dot action for starters). See what we mean by scrolling down…

Duchess Sarah Ferguson aka Fergie's Young Fashion Style: a 1980s red and black taffeta gown

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And you thought only RiRi could pull off this amount of taffeta.

Duchess Sarah Ferguson aka Fergie's Young Fashion Style: wearing a star and moon jewelled hairclip

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Yes, hairclip, yes.

Duchess Sarah Ferguson aka Fergie's Young Fashion Style: styling up a military jumpsuit with a black leather belt

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Even when off-duty and in a light aircraft, Fergie knew how to accessorise—enjoying the '80s waist-belt with the genuine pilot's jumpsuit.

Duchess Sarah Ferguson aka Fergie's Young Fashion Style: wearing a frilled red evening dress

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If the flamenco emoji lady existed in 1987, she would have been used all over Instagram for this look.

Duchess Sarah Ferguson aka Fergie's Young Fashion Style: wearing a classic eighties ensemble of jeans, shirt, knotted jumper and pumps

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We imagine that casual royal cool had never before extended to printed jeans. Also: That is one excellent sweater knot.

Duchess Sarah Ferguson aka Fergie's Young Fashion Style:  in a 1980s-style navy and white polka-dot dress

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Fergie wholeheartedly took to the polka-dot trend of the eighties, and this little navy number wouldn't look out of place in your 2018 summer wardrobe either.

Duchess Sarah Ferguson aka Fergie's Young Fashion Style: wearing a white blazer with a black trim and pictured with Prince Andrew

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The edged blazer, the ribbon neck tie… it's all very Milan Fashion Week street style if you ask me.

Duchess Sarah Ferguson aka Fergie's Young Fashion Style: accessorising with a hair bow and pearl earrings

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Whilst it's a risky business tonging one's fringe, you have to give props to the au courant hair bow and pearl jewellery combination.

Duchess Sarah Ferguson aka Fergie's Young Fashion Style: wearing a puff-shouldered blue taffeta gown in the '80s

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Gucci—is it Fergie you're looking for?

Duchess Sarah Ferguson aka Fergie's Young Fashion Style: pictured wearing a daisy-print sundress with Princess Diana in a sheep jumper

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Easy to get distracted by Diana's famous sheep sweater, but do please take a moment to enjoy Sarah's daisy-print sundress and retro shades.

Duchess Sarah Ferguson aka Fergie's Young Fashion Style: styling a tailored '80s pink blazer over a black dress

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You know how Balenciaga is doing the whole "business casual" thing? Well, this duchess did it first.

Duchess Sarah Ferguson aka Fergie's Young Fashion Style: cinching a polka-dot gown with a pink belt

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Fergie in polka-dots part deux.

Enjoy the flashback? We did.