Princess Diana's style has remained one of the biggest influences in the fashion world over the past 20 years with a number of her outfits proving as iconic now as they were when she first wore them. Whether you realise it or not, so much of what we wear today is inspired by the royal’s fashion choices, from her cycling short gym looks to her effortless white shirts—all visible on the catwalks of the last few years. Trust us, a quick Google search or scroll through the many Diana tribute Instagram accounts (we advise you follow them all) will provide all the new-season inspiration you need.
Our favourite look of Diana’s though has to be the way she wears denim. She may not have ever been the monarch, but she is certainly queen of the blazer-and-jeans combo. The trusty '90s blazer made its initial comeback a good few seasons ago, but, as Diana proves, its ability to make any outfit look put-together has kept it at the centre of most fashion girls’ capsule wardrobes to this day.
The perfect light jacket in spring and a versatile layering piece come winter, the humble blazer will make any denim work-appropriate, and, as we’re discovering this season, also works excellently over a pleated skirt. The iconic jeans-and-blazer combo is a fashion pairing we’ve always relied heavily upon, and after doing some digging into the Diana archives, now we know where our obsession comes from.
Keep scrolling to shop some of her most recognisable combos (and ogle at how ahead of the times she was with her looks).
Style Notes: Without this blazer, Diana's sweatshirt and jeans outift would come across as super casual. The oversized silhouette which has inspired the likes of Vetements and Balenciaga is the ultimate in power jacket.
Style Notes: Diana confirms the outfit-enhancing, appropriate-for-anything qualities of the blazer here. Let's also note the black classic Supergas which we've just added to our capsule wardrobe shopping list.
Style Notes: So many trends in one outfit: tonal dressing, checked blazer, tights under jeans and chic ballet flats. We bow down.
Style Notes: Diana knew the timeless elegance of a crisp shirt. Just add black skinny jeans, a buttoned blazer and gold earrings for a look that transcends time and trends.
Style Notes: The sunglasses, the gold hoops, the Western belt, the white jeans—this outfit couldn't be more now if it tried.