Princess Diana's 50 Best Style Moments Ever

The outfits that made her an icon.

Innately tied to her memory is Princess Diana's fashion sense, which changed as she grew into her role as as a beloved public figure. In honor of her upcoming birthday, a look back at 50 of her chicest outfits.

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1988

BBTB. (Bring Back the Bolero. Please sign my petition.) 

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1989

Not what you expected, eh? That's what makes it so great and modern, as the celebrity-off-duty look in beta. Or alpha. 

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1992

Not an ad for Yves Saint Laurent, but very well could be. 

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1987

Another wonderful evening option, this one with an off-the-shoulder neckline and yards of pink satin. 

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1988

But our very favorites might be the ones in simpler silhouettes, which she tended to favor later.

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1985

Though velvet is never a bad idea.

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1981

See—more velvet. (Bruce Oldfield ain't bad either.) 

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1987

Wowza. 

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1983

How is this real? 

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1991

Regal. Statuesque.

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1983

Versus an interesting juxtaposition—even just in her sartorial choices, she grew so much in a few years. 

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1981

The original end-of-the-night, into-the-car pap shot. 

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1983

Even in costume—at a Canadian barbecue, no less—she looked like a queen.

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1983

The sheerness makes this feel really fresh. 

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1991

BBTH. (Bring Back the Halter. Sign my other petition.)

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1986

So '80s, kind of frivolous, but still marvelous.

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1986

Love a drop waist. 

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1989

It might not be your first guess, but red was definitely one of Princess Di's best colors.

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1994

If it isn't there already, this fire Christina Stambolian number will live in the "fashion" section of your brain forever. Phew. 

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1995

Raise your hand if you're having an extremely rough time deciding whether '80s or '90s Diana is the best. 

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1985

This COLOR. 

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1989

Sequins by Catherine Walker. 

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1983

Nice color, nicer accessorizing.

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1997

I love this period in her style. Too chic.

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1985

Ideas in styling: Wearing a necklace as a headband and a massive bow on your shoulder. 

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1981

Before it all began. 

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1997

Versus near the too-soon end. 

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1996

Top 10, for sure. 

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1985

And now, let us admire some headwear, starting with schooner of a hat. 

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1983

And this jaunty, feathery chapeau.

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