A mother, philanthropist and royal who captured the heart of the nation: Princess Diana’s legacy needs no introduction. No matter how tumultuous her marriage, parenting and royal pressure, there was always one constant: her impeccable style. Her royal gowns are unimitable, but luckily for us, her down-duty looks were just as glorious and easy to replicate on a budget.

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Worn for a casual day playing with her children, Diana’s whimsical combination offers a mature way to experiment with colour.

Pink gingham is thoroughly on trend for this season and can be snapped up for as little as £12 (BooHoo.com). Pair with a simple knit or jumper (£8, New Look) and accentuate with a white collared shirt (£19, Topshop)—perfect for adding a touch of preppy chic.

When not partaking in a royal event, Diana liked to keep her accessories simple—a subtle white loafer (£18, Simply Be) and a sensibly-sized earring (£6, ASOS) keeps the look fresh and casual.

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Red carpet glamour

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The list of Diana’s standout evening looks is endless, but it’s the elegant simplicity of this stunning blue gown that makes our round-up. A popular shape in the 90s, asymmetry is making a keen comeback. A very similar gown can be found in current stock at John Lewis for just £160.

Blue and silver are a match made in heaven. Opt for a cocktail ring with a blue stone (£430 Goldsmiths), delicate drop earrings (£149, Thomas Sabo) and stackable pearls (£10, Accessorize) for true Sloane Ranger glamour.

No neckwear is needed—a delicate hint of décolletage is accessory enough.

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Colour blocking

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Always ahead of the fashion curve, Diana’s intuition for a successful colour-clash was impressive. A wonderful look for the office, her tangerine jacket and periwinkle-hued lilac skirt both pay homage to the 80s, with modern dupes available at Mango (£239) and Topshop (£39) respectively.

Once again, tie the look together with simple accessories. These sensible court heels from Sarah Flint (£162) perfectly match the skirt and add a flash of gold that blends with the gold choker (Forever 21, £3) and watch (Swarovski, £239).

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Dalmatian delights

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Bored of the usual polka dots? Dalmatian print is a great way to subvert the classic spot. Puff sleeves may no longer be de rigour, but this pretty shift dress from People Tree (£32.50) provides a lovely updated alternative to Diana’s race day look. A leather wrap belt (Asos, £25) keeps things from becoming too twee, a hint at Diana’s rebellious side.

The lightness of the outfit needs only soft touches of colour around the face to accentuate. Taupe sunglasses from Ray Ban (£70) and a slick of Mac Lipstick (in shade ‘velvet teddy’ £16.50) are all that is needed.

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Charitable casuals

Diana once said that she enjoyed nothing more in life than giving to others, finding it appropriate to chose more sedate outfits on her philanthropic travels to allow the cause to take centre stage. With this in mind, Diana’s simple combination of chambray and chino fabric is ideal for days where you want to look put together with none of the effort.

A sleeveless denim shirt (£11.99, Hollister) is flattering on all body types and can be worn under a cardigan as the weather gets chillier. Khaki chinos (£7.49, H&M) are great for all seasons also, especially when paired with a well-fitting belt (£69, Ralph Lauren) and timeless sunglasses (£208, Celine).

Toms provide a comforting update to Diana’s loafers—available in a multitude of colours and prints, these taupe shades are only £69.99.

 

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