14 Times Princess Diana Broke Royal Style Rules

  
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When Lady Diana Spencer joined the royal family she revolutionized previous royal traditions and brought a fresh, hands-on approach to being a public figure. She broke down the barriers of stuffy, outdated royal conventions and made the entire institution much more personal with her humble and compassionate ways. One of the most apparent traditions Diana broke was when it came to fashion! She breathed new life into royal dressing and added her own trendy twist to her outfits while still looking dignified and presentable. Although we love Diana’s propensity for bold style, it was quite shocking at the time and many of her statement looks definitely got a second glance or two for breaking royal style rules. Follow along for 14 of Princess Diana’s most controversial looks:

12. Engagement Look

One of Princess Diana’s most controversial looks was actually the azure blue set that she wore to publically announce her engagement to Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Allegedly Diana pulled the ensemble from the racks of Harrods department store last minute, which was a surprise to many! She supposedly attempted to visit the high-end boutique Belville Sassoon but was advised by the French sales assistant, whom obviously didn’t recognize Diana at the time, to visit a more budget-friendly store. Once the mishap was realized, Diana was welcomed back to their boutique which initiated the beginning of a long-time fashion partnership.

24/2/1981 / Press Association

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14. Oversized tailoring

One of Diana’s go-to styles was oversized blazers and tailoring. The Princess obviously had quite the penchant for style and predicting trends because nowadays these styles are seeping back into the mainstream decades later. At the time, however, a Princess wearing anything oversized or not perfectly fitted to her body was quite controversial and something that hadn’t been done before.

Mirrorpix/Courtesy Everett Collection

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