Given the media adoration, fashion industry attention, and overall constant press coverage, there is no denying that Princess Diana was an absolute style icon in her day. Between her haircuts and her outfits, Lady Di's looks were loved and emulated the world over in the '80s and early '90s.
Though, the true test of her fashion icon status is, undoubtedly, the fact that we're still talking about her style more than 20 years later. From the boxy blazers to the Versace minidresses, several of the late royal's most iconic looks feel more relevant than ever in 2021, and that is only supported by the fact we keep seeing influencers and fashion devotees in reimagined versions of her past outfits.
From checkerboard-print trousers to knitted vests and colorful patterned coats, several of the trends Princess Diana championed in the '80s are now the key looks we're seeing for spring 2021. Holiday The Label has released a style of check trousers which feel very reminiscent of an instantly recognizable pair Diana was pictured wearing in 1986, while the purple knitted vest she donned as a fresh-faced 19-year-old also feels extremely modern today.
When it comes to Diana's style, so much of her aesthetic was timeless that we often forget she too loved trying seasonal trends. Keep scrolling for three current trends that Princess Diana wore first.
Style Notes: These check trousers are one of Diana's most instantly recognizable looks. This winter, we've seen several influencers in new iterations of the style, as Holiday The Label's trousers (pictured below) have become extremely popular amongst the fashion set.
Style Notes: Princess Diana is pictured here in 1980 just as her engagement to Prince Charles was unfolding. However, her knit-vest–and–midi-skirt outfit formula feels very modern and is a look we've seen constantly this winter. In fact, Karina of Style Idealist is wearing an almost-identical outfit below.
Statement Plaid Outerwear
Style Notes: Colourful checks were a huge trend for autumn/winter 2021, as seen on the runways of Lanvin, Stella McCartney, and more. Here, Diana opts for a matching jacket and skirt set, while influencers everywhere are also embracing colourful coats this winter.