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Old 01-04-2011, 10:06 PM
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I'm puzzled by Diana being listed as an "unexpected" style icon. She's been at the top of the lists for 30 years now. Interesting article, though, gfg02. Thank you.


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Old 01-04-2011, 10:24 PM
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Well in all fairness some of the early fashion choices were questionable.

I don't believe Diana came into her own until 1986, and hit her stride in the 90's.
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:47 PM
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There were some odd ones later on as well. But she certainly had a strong influence on fashion even from the beginning. The "Sloane Ranger" style of dressing became popular in North America because of her influence. I remember seeing knickerbockers when I went to college in 1981. Her style became much more sleek after 85 or so; we started seeing pencil skirts and so on then. I liked her day-wear in the 90s but not so much her evening wear during the 90s.

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Well in all fairness some of the early fashion choices were questionable.

I don't believe Diana came into her own until 1986, and hit her stride in the 90's.
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:52 PM
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Are you serious?!

I loved her evening wear in the 90's. So many classics....so little time.
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Old 01-05-2011, 05:36 AM
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I date Diana's metamorphosis from the time her marriage hit the rocks. I reckon she probably thought, 'OK, it's now time for me.' And the 'me' package she put together was outstandingly beautiful.

From about 1986 Diana seemed to emerge from the restrained, restricted, frilly, fluffy chrysalis that had enveloped from the time of her engagement, and she emerged a sleek, stunningly beautiful, adult.

Regardless of what I thought of her personality and her motivations and actions, Diana certainly knew how to market herself. She presented as an outstandingly beautiful woman. She knew what hair and makeup and clothing suited her, and she knew how to display herself. Some of the images from the late 80s and early 90s are quite amazing.
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Well in all fairness some of the early fashion choices were questionable.

I don't believe Diana came into her own until 1986, and hit her stride in the 90's.
For the era, the early fashion choices were not questionable. Everyone was dressing like that.
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:53 PM
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Just because everyone does it doesn't make it right. It just means that there was more than one person looking crazy!

And I can speak of it since I was a teenager in the 80's and wore some fashions that I look back on and just grimace.
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Old 01-27-2011, 01:25 PM
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Princess Diana's Most Memorable Fashion Moments

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Just because everyone does it doesn't make it right. It just means that there was more than one person looking crazy!

And I can speak of it since I was a teenager in the 80's and wore some fashions that I look back on and just grimace.
There is definetly a point in your life when you look back at the fashions you wore when you were younger and just shake your head. I'm 21 but I always look back at the clothes I wore pre 2007 and just shake my head. Baggy clothes was in and on its way out then and I remember hating the way I dressed but since everyone else was wearing those styles I did the same. But when i went to Italy in the summer of 07 I had no choice but to change.
I'm sure Diana took a look at her clothes and decided for a change.
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Oh I agree with you Sirhon :-)

I too have outfits that I wouldn't be caught dead in today

But what have always fascinated me with Diana, is the fact that she looked younger in her last year, than in her entire marriage.

I don't know about what it was/is like in Britain, but at least in Scandinavia, it seems that her suits had an impact on officewear. Business women could now dress feminin and conservatively at the same time without looking like men.
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Oh I agree with you Sirhon :-)

I too have outfits that I wouldn't be caught dead in today

But what have always fascinated me with Diana, is the fact that she looked younger in her last year, than in her entire marriage.

I don't know about what it was/is like in Britain, but at least in Scandinavia, it seems that her suits had an impact on officewear. Business women could now dress feminin and conservatively at the same time without looking like men.
I've been saying that for years especially with the Mario Testino shots she looked younger. There was a glow about her in 97 she looked timeless.

I think its amazing that she inspired trends in Scandinavia, which is also a fashion capital itself.
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The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor: Flashback Friday: Diana's Transformation

A great article of the Princess of Wales' fashion sense.
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A caption from one of the photos: "...Diana could make a letterman jacket look chic..." - so true! She always appeared stylish and well-groomed no matter what she wore - “soignée” is the term in my opinion
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Of course being attractive, tall and slender helps! However, who else in the public eye could have made those 1980's clothes look wonderful? From the mid-1980's, when Diana started to develop her own distinctive style, she was always a fashion leader.
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Old 08-10-2015, 11:29 PM
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I think she was copied from the beginning. I can remember lambswool sweaters and knickerbockers becoming popular here in 1981, less than a year after Diana was pictured wearing them. The trend for white hose with pumps and longer, gathered skirts was on the go in the summer of 1983, right after her trip to Australia and New Zealand. That feminine, romantic look from the beginning of their engagement was copied, as well as her hairstyle, her high frilly collars and so on.
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I think she had a dreadful sense of 'style'.
She copied others and took each fad to the extreme.

During the early 80s, she wore the same dress in different patterns.
It was always a dress that buttoned down the front.
I put this down to her vanity. She wanted a dress to slip into after having her hair fixed and makeup applied.

In the 90s she finally started wearing business suits.
She did not start this trend.
Women suits have been around for decades.

She never started a fashion trend. She always copied someone else.

She mixed fads with horrible results.
The very large ruffles, clown collars and a mixture of patterns all in one outfit.
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I think she had a dreadful sense of 'style'.
She copied others and took each fad to the extreme.

During the early 80s, she wore the same dress in different patterns.
It was always a dress that buttoned down the front.
I put this down to her vanity. She wanted a dress to slip into after having her hair fixed and makeup applied.

In the 90s she finally started wearing business suits.
She did not start this trend.
Women suits have been around for decades.

She never started a fashion trend. She always copied someone else.

She mixed fads with horrible results.
The very large ruffles, clown collars and a mixture of patterns all in one outfit.
Starting a fashion trend is not necessarily something to be striving for. Diana was definitively the woman we all looked to for her splendid style. Besides being a beautiful woman she also dressed with style and flair. There really was not anyone else during her time that could even match her wardrobe. Her only match when it came to evening clothes was Queen Silvia.
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And Diana had a beautiful heart. That's the most important thing. Why be so critical of her beautiful ( IMO) style?
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Starting a fashion trend is not necessarily something to be striving for. Diana was definitively the woman we all looked to for her splendid style. Besides being a beautiful woman she also dressed with style and flair. There really was not anyone else during her time that could even match her wardrobe. Her only match when it came to evening clothes was Queen Silvia.
Very few people looked to Diana for her 'style'. She was not a beautiful woman nor did she dress with style or flair.

She had no style. Her daytime clothes were dreadful and no one copied them. Her evening clothes were dreadful and no one bothered to copy her.

Her taste was horrible. Her lack of fashion sense was commented on by her sister Sarah's roomate.

Her lack of taste is evident in the way Highgrove and Kensingston Palace were decorated.

The mix of bold colors and patterns was not a style that was copied.

Her style before her marriage was dreadful. Her wedding dress was her over the top 'style'.

She always competitive wanted the biggest and boldest of things.
She took the largest engagement ring and followed it up by the longest, wedding dress train.
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Very few people looked to Diana for her 'style'. She was not a beautiful woman nor did she dress with style or flair.

She had no style. Her daytime clothes were dreadful and no one copied them. Her evening clothes were dreadful and no one bothered to copy her.

Her taste was horrible. Her lack of fashion sense was commented on by her sister Sarah's roomate.

Her lack of taste is evident in the way Highgrove and Kensingston Palace were decorated.

The mix of bold colors and patterns was not a style that was copied.

Her style before her marriage was dreadful. Her wedding dress was her over the top 'style'.

She always competitive wanted the biggest and boldest of things.
She took the largest engagement ring and followed it up by the longest, wedding dress train.
Is there anything you actually liked on her?
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