Princess Diana style file: from pearls to platform trainers, the fashion history of Prince William and Harry’s mother 20 years on from her death

Best known for her philanthropy, down-to-earth character and the scandal surrounding her marriage to – and divorce from – Prince Charles, Princess Diana also garnered much attention and many admires due to her sense of style.

A fashion icon of her generation, Diana, Princess of Wales, has remained an influence on the wardrobes of women ever since her tragic death over 20 years ago.

From figure-skimming Versace to that iconic Elizabeth and David Emanuel wedding dress – complete with a 25-foot train – Diana spent her later life rarely afraid of a sartorial statement.

Not always such a brave dresser, however, the Princess kept her style relatively uniform during her earlier days spent in the public eye.

Regularly sporting a frilled shoulder and an elegant hat, she felt more comfortable experimenting with colour rather than shape.

As the late eighties arrived, however, and the mother-of-two had seemingly had her fill of shoulder pads, the world saw a more sartorially savvy Princess.

Skirt suits, waist belts and pearl chokers took the place of her once-favoured frills during official engagements, while her casual approach to dressing saw a whole new side of the national treasure.

One of the true trailblazers of the now much-copied 90’s aesthetic, her later life saw the Princess sway away from the more feminine pieces of previous years towards high-waisted jeans and a loose button down shirt.

Often photographed leaving her London gym, Diana showed a penchant towards the decade’s iconic wedged trainer and slogan sweatshirt, with lycra mini cycling shorts even making their way into the royal wardrobe.

Click through our gallery to reminisce over some of the best looks from a true fashion icon.


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