Princess Diana Is the Swimsuit Icon We All Need

"Princess Diana" and "beach icon" may seem to be two incongruous topics, but after I recently found myself poring over old photos of the British icon, I was taken with how relevant Princess Diana's bikinis and beachwear feel today. High-waisted swimsuits, oversize tees, and statement sunglasses are back, sported by of-the-moment trailblazers like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid. But while trends are cyclical, there's just something so cool about seeing the vintage looks that inspired what we want to wear now.

Throughout the '90s, the royal served as both a style icon and inspiration to women around the world. And while it's been over 20 years since her tragic passing, Diana's fashion legacy continues, both on the beach and off. So if you're looking for a fresh (but retro) source of beach inspiration, we'd suggest you take your cues from Diana's bikinis, swimsuits, and signature beach ensembles.

Read on to see Princess Diana's beach style and to shop pieces inspired by her looks.


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Whether you're on a yacht or sitting in your backyard, swap standard florals for a bold, abstract suit.


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Try tossing on an oversize tee for a cool take on the beach cover-up.


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Retro-inspired suits in saturated hues are a fun way to embrace color when you head to the beach.


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Dare to try a leopard one-piece (and a matching skirt while you're at it).

Aemilia Madden