If you were to visit an exhibition celebrating Princess Diana’s fashion legacy, most of the attention would be placed on her Dior handbags, her little black “revenge dress” and the other gowns she wore for those headline-making moments. Though a pair of simple, relaxed jeans would rarely be featured in a retrospective exhibition of the fashion icon, how she wore denim is not just a source of style inspiration—it’s significant too. She ushered in a more-relaxed take on royal dressing (straight-leg jeans and sportswear were key to the relatable Princess Di’s wardrobe). In fact, many of her off-duty outfits remain timeless and look just as good today as they did in 1997. Keep scrolling to see and shop her six denim looks that remain relevant today.
This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK.
Style Notes: This Princess Diana outfit is very Balenciaga circa 2017, and we love how her straight-leg blue jeans look with her sweatshirt, boxy blazer, and slogan hat.
Style Notes: This Diana look is particularly timeless and expensive-looking, thanks to the ecru turtleneck tucked into matching jeans with classic, luxe accessories.
Style Notes: This is one of Diana’s most experimental denim looks, as she wore faded lemon overalls over a pastel floral shirt.
Style Notes: Diana’s jeans remind us of M.i.h Jeans’ much-loved Cult jeans, and she’s making us want to wear them with a simple white sweatshirt.
Style Notes: In August of 1997, Princess Diana visited Bosnia to raise awareness about landmines with a three-day visit. On the trip, she wore one of her most relaxed but memorable outfits: a white shirt, blue jeans, and Tod’s loafers. She arrived on the trip in a similar elegant denim look, wearing black jeans with a pink Ralph Lauren shirt.
Style Notes: For her day on the log flumes at Thorpe Park, Diana wore slightly faded black jeans with brown suede Chelsea boots and a black leather puffer jacket.