Queen Letizia of Spain Looked Summery and Fresh in a Pale Blue Suit and Wedge Heels

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Photo credit: Carlos Alvarez - Getty Images
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When it comes to sophisticated style, few do it with quite the same aplomb as the royals. A fact that Spain's famously fashionable Queen Letizia proved this week when she stepped out at a conference in Madrid looking effortlessly seasonal and fresh in a powder blue linen suit.

Letizia, who reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 last week, made her first public appearance since her diagnosis at the fifth annual Informative Treatment of Disabilities In Media conference. She paired her suit—which featured straight-leg, ankle-length trousers—with a cream top and a pair of tan wedge espadrille heels, as well as a mask.

The shoes in particular have become something of a signature summertime style for the queen, who has been seen sporting the sensible yet fashionable look on numerous occasions over the years, especially during the warm. Clearly her daughters, Crown Princess Leonor and Princess Sofia have taken the style tip too, as they were both also spotted wearing wrap-style espadrille heels on a visit to the Dali Museum in Figueras, Spain, earlier this month—a fitting tribute to Dali, who was himself a fan of flat espadrilles.

Photo credit: Carlos Alvarez - Getty Images
Photo credit: Carlos Alvarez - Getty Images

Of course, the look is a natural fit for the Spanish royal family. After all, the rope-soled shoes trace their origins back to 13th century Spain, when the flat version of the style was the everyday shoe of the Basque and Catalan regions. It wasn't until the 1970s, when Yves Saint Laurent developed the wedge-heeled iterations that the queen favors today, but Letizia's affinity for them with her sophisticated modern fashion sense just proves that some classics never go out of style.

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