It’s been 21 years since Diana, Princess of Wales was tragically killed in a car accident, yet her spirit, her endless humanitarian work, and her style continue to inspire. Although there have been countless film and television tributes over the years, no one has kept the Princess and her legacy alive as vividly as the fashion industry.
What you won’t see are Diana’s “off-duty” jeans, sweaters, and T-shirts, though we find them just as inspiring. Her laid-back style moments also give us a better idea of what Diana was like in her “regular” life as a devoted, loving mother.
Diana had a thing for denim, particularly the high-rise “mom jeans” of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Her go-to outfit was simple and chic, comprised of a great pair of jeans, ballet flats, a button-down, and a slightly oversize blazer. It’s a look that still resonates with many women today, perhaps with a few tweaks here and there—block-heel mules instead of flats, for instance, and maybe a sleeker jacket. Designers and friends will say Diana loved clothes and enjoyed working with designers on custom pieces, but there’s a sense that she felt most like herself in that modest, timeless uniform.