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21 years on, Princess Diana’s style still sparks fashion trends

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Yahoo Style UK

It’s been 21 years since her death, yet Princess Diana arguably remains the greatest style icon of the last century.

From the moment she joined the royal family, the princess challenged the status quo, wearing the likes of oversized tailoring, figure-hugging LBDs, androgynous suits, leopard print and boiler suits. She indulged in her obvious love for fashion, despite the restraints that so clearly surrounded her.

And to this day, the Diana’s style is still celebrated, through countless books dissecting her influence, sell-out exhibitions in her honour, and fan-run Instagram accounts that gush over her everlasting elegance.

What’s more, Lady Di’s style influence has even found itself into the mainstream trends of today. In 2018, we’re wearing cycling shorts, animal print and oversized blazers with fervour, but Diana was doing it thirty years ago.

We count down the trends we’re wearing today that Diana rocked first…

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Animal print

You can barely escape the wrath of animal print this season, with leopard and zebra ruling supreme. Here, Diana wears some leopard print on the beach in the Necker Islands in 1990 – and how effortless does she make it look? [Photo: Getty]

Cycling shorts

Today the likes of Kim Kardashian and Bella Hadid are wearing cyclings short, but they’re hardly revolutionary: just look at this photo of Diana rocking the trend with an oversized jumper way back in 1995. [Photo: PA]

Slip dresses

Way before they were ubiquitous, Diana rocked up to the 1995 Met Gala in a lace-trimmed, navy slip dress, wowing guests and fashion critics alike. [Photo: Getty]

Big knits layered over midi skirts

Today, chunky jumpers worn with midi skirts are a transseasonal go-to, but Diana was wearing the outfit combo decades ago. [Photo: PA]

Skinny jeans and oversized blazers

It could quite easily be a street style snap from today, yet believe it or not, Diana wore this very on-trend combo of white skinny jeans, a polo neck and an oversized blazer way back in 1994. [Photo: Getty]

Polka dots

Polka dots have enjoyed a massive moment this year, with the 80s print slapped on all manner of floaty summer dresses, pretty wrap blouses and slip skirts – yet Diana was wearing them way back in 1988. [Photo: Getty]


It’s a print that sings summer, and we pull out the gingham year-on-year as soon as the sun shines. Here, Diana sits outside her former home in Highgrove wearing the print.[Photo: Getty]

Trouser suits

One of Princess Diana’s most iconic outfits was a black evening suit worn at a pop gala in Vancouver. The androdynous look was unseen at the time, yet these days, trousers suits have beocme a stapel part of women’s wardrobes. [Photo: Rex]

Boiler suits

These days, oversized boiler suits are the mainstay on the catwalks of Balenciaga and Dior, yet Diana was wearing them on hols in Majorca in 1987, and looking SO cool. [Photo: Getty]


It’s now a go-to print for work shirts and trousers, yet Diana was making it look current way back in the day. [Photo: Getty]


A 70s girl, Diana was known to rock a oair of dungarees. Just swap out the patterned blouse for a fitted polo neck and you have an outfit admissible for 2018. [Photo: Getty]

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