The People's Princess: Five fashion trends of Lady Di that we still love today

The People's Princess: Five fashion trends of Lady Di that we still love today

Lady Diana Spencer

Text: Vimidamini Haridasan

From red carpets to the streets of London, she was an influential and forward thinking dresser whose choices are as relevant today as they were in the 1980s

Those blue eyes, blonde hair and shy smile, dominated almost every cover and front page around the world in 1997 when news broke of her passing in a tragic accident. Lady Diana Spencer's star presence and effortless grace, inspired just about every girl and woman around the world. We predict that her sartorial choices would have made her a style icon even today. Here at Buro, we choose to celebrate her life and style choices that we see even today. 

This silver bugle bead dress by Japanese label, Hachi, would not look out of place on a red carpet today. The likes of Gigi Hadid and Jennifer Lopez have worn similar beaded ensembles during awards season. Back in 1983, the new mother attended the premiere of the James Bond movie Octopussy, dispelling rumors of a second pregnancy.
Diana Spencer Hachi

It's one of the more forgiving trends from the '80s, that has returned to the fashion scene. While she was first photographed in overalls 30 years ago, she would later be seen in different variations during less formal occasions or polo matches.

Diana Spencer in Overalls in Highgrove


J-Law was certainly not the first to adopt this unconventional method of donning a long string necklace. Back in 1985, Princess Diana paired her red Catherine Walker dress with a string of pearls. It's certainly one way to make sure people notice you as you walk away.
The Reverse Necklace

Revenge is a dish best served on the front page it seems. Dubbed the 'Revenge Dress' by the media, this was an iconic style moment for the princess. As the nation watched the Prince of Wales confess to an extra marital affair on television, his estranged wife stepped out in the off-shoulder Christina Stambolian LBD. The dress and the Princess dominated headlines around the world and overshadowed the confession.
The Revenge Dress


The pants suits, were favoured on numerous occasions by the Princess for less formal events and during certain official functions. It was a form of female empowerment for many, and in 1986, when she was photographed in a Jasper Conran suit, paired with a white ruffle blouse, she proved that it was possible to blend both feminine and masculine styles.
The pantsuit