Cardi B Channels Princess Diana in a Harvard Sweatshirt and Biker Shorts

Pixie cut and all!

Cardi B at the 2024 met gala
Cardi B took a break for her typical glam to pay homage to a fashion icon.
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Rapper Cardi B debuted a slightly shaggy pixie cut this week, and she's already putting the new 'do to work by styling an outfit around the chop. See, with Cardi's former Rapunzel-length locks, a sweatshirt and athletic shorts is just a pre-gym get-up. But with her short hair, it's Princess Diana in 2024.

Cardi B's outfit was a direct reference to Princess of Wales's signature off-duty look in the '90s. She wore a slightly oversized white Harvard crewneck sweatshirt over grey bike shorts and accessorized with another classically Diana piece, big black sunglasses. Cardi added some sparkle with jumbo diamond studs, a chunky silver chain around her neck, and a black Hermés Birkin bag.

Perhaps the most historically accurate outfit element were her retro sneakers. Princess Di had a collection of white sneakers that she'd cycle through, from Reebok to Adidas. And Cardi's white Nike Air Jordan 5s made their debut in, of course, 1990.

cardi b channeling princess diana in a harvard sweatshirt, biker shorts, and air jordan sneakers

Cardi isn't the first celebrity to copy Princess Di's iconic outfit recipe, but we have to give her credit for nailing the details.

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Princess Diana wearing a harvard sweatshirt

Cardi B's look seemed to reference Princess Diana's run through Harvard Square, down to the University sweatshirt.

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Princess Diana wearing biker shorts and a sweatshirt

Princess Diana become known for her crewneck sweatshirt and shorts combo, as seen here.

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Cardi isn't the first celebrity to copy Princess Di's iconic outfit recipe. Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner are both big fans of the oversized sweatshirt and spandex shorts combo. We've seen similar big sweatshirt, small shorts looks from Emily Ratajkowski, Hailey Bieber, Taylor Swift, and more.

Stars and normal people alike began embracing the style as bike shorts re-entered the fashion zeitgeist, alongside athleisure and '90s/y2k aesthetics, around 2022. But we have to give kudos to Cardi for really nailing Princess Diana's details.

emily ratajkowski wearing a Princess Diana-inspired sweatshirt and biker shorts.

Princess Di-inspired off-duty looks re-entered the fashion zeitgeist, alongside athleisure and '90s/y2k aesthetics, a few years ago.

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This stripped-down casual ensemble is out of the norm for Cardi, who typically opts for more glammed-up looks. At this year's Met Gala, back in May, it took five men just to unfurl the enormous skirt of her tulle gown. In January, the "Bongos" singer rocked a custom skin-tight, patterned dress with black strappy stiletto heels and gothic diamond cross earrings.

Cardi B at the 2024 Met Gala

Cardi B wore a larger-than-life tulle gown to the 2024 Met Gala.

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Julia Gray
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Julia Gray is a contributing fashion writer at Marie Claire, where she covers runway trends, celebrity style, and shopping. In her six years as a journalist, Julia’s reporting has ranged across style, music, Internet culture, art, retail, tech, and more. In addition to Marie Claire, Julia writes for outlets like the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Ringer, New York Magazine, Pitchfork, Nylon, and Vice, among others. Julia's fashion reporting is led by curiosity. Julia is not only interested in critiquing and covering pop culture, but in understanding what our pop culture says about how we live and modern values. When she’s not writing, Julia hosts a podcast called Girls Room, where she and her co-host revisit shows like Girls and Gossip Girl from the beginning with guests like comedian Cat Cohen and writer Hunter Harris. Girls Room was recently cited in the New York Times.