Princess Diana’s style is a key part of her legacy, even after 25 years

Animal print

You can barely escape the wrath of animal print this season, with leopard and zebra ruling supreme. Here, Diana wears some leopard print on the beach in the Necker Islands in 1990 – and how effortless does she make it look? (Getty Images)

Cycling shorts

Today the likes of Kim Kardashian and Bella Hadid are wearing cyclings shorts on a daily basis, but they’re hardly revolutionary: just look at this photo of Diana rocking the trend with an oversized jumper way back in 1995. (Getty Images)

Slip dresses

Way before they were ubiquitous, Diana rocked up to the 1995 Met Gala in a lace-trimmed, navy slip dress, wowing guests and fashion critics alike. (Getty Images)

Big knits layered over midi skirts

Today, chunky jumpers worn with midi skirts are a trans-seasonal go-to, but Diana was wearing the outfit combo decades ago. (Getty Images)

Skinny jeans and oversized blazers

It could quite easily be a street style snap from today, yet believe it or not, Diana wore this very on-trend combo of white skinny jeans, a polo neck and an oversized blazer way back in 1994. (Getty Images)

Polka dots

Polka dots have enjoyed a massive moment this year, with the 80s print slapped on all manner of floaty summer dresses, pretty wrap blouses and slip skirts – including the Duchess of Cambridge's dress for ascot this year – yet Diana was wearing them way back in 1988. (Getty Images)


It’s a print that sings summer, and we pull out the gingham year-on-year as soon as the sun shines. Here, Diana sits outside her former home in Highgrove wearing the print. (Getty Images)

Trouser suits

One of Princess Diana’s most iconic outfits was a black evening suit worn at a pop gala in Vancouver. The androdgynous look was unseen at the time, yet these days, trousers suits are a staple part of women’s wardrobes. (Getty Images)


It’s now a go-to print for work shirts and trousers, yet Diana was making it look current way back in the day. (Getty)


A 70s girl, Diana was known to rock a pair of dungarees. Just swap out the patterned blouse for a relaxed T-shirt and you have an outfit admissible for 2022. (Getty Images)

It’s been 25 years since her untimely death in 1997, and yet Princess Diana arguably remains one of the greatest style icons of the last century.

Even after two and a half decades, the late 'People's Princess' sartorial legacy still reigns true today.

From the moment she joined the Royal Family, the princess challenged the status quo, wearing the likes of oversized tailoring, figure-hugging LBDs, androgynous suits, leopard print and boiler suits. She indulged in her obvious love for fashion, despite the restraints that so clearly surrounded her.

And to this day, the Diana’s style is still celebrated, through countless books dissecting her influence, sell-out exhibitions in her honour, and fan-run Instagram accounts that gush over her everlasting elegance.

What’s more, Lady Di’s style influence has even found itself into the mainstream trends of today. This summer, we’re still wearing cycling shorts, animal print and oversized blazers with fervour, but Diana was doing it 30 years ago.

We count down the trends we’re wearing today that Diana rocked first…