No One is Perfect: Princess Diana’s Most Unfortunate Outfits

Although the Princess of Wales is a recognized style icon, during her royal “career” she made a lot of fashion blunders. We show the most tasteless and questionable outfits in her wardrobe, for which she got from critics.

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The one who does nothing is not mistaken, and it is definitely impossible to blame Diana for the latter. Although many consider the princess to be one of the most iconic style icons, her path into fashion was thorny and was accompanied not only by victories, but also defeats, for which she was often scolded in the press. However, as well as other public figures who have been looking for their own style for a long time. Diana had especially many fashion failures at the beginning of her journey, when she was just starting her royal “career” and often went on about trends and courtiers. We show the most unsuccessful exits of the Welsh, which she succeeded least of all.

Wedding at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 1981

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Official wedding portrait of Princess Diana, July 29, 1981, Buckingham Palace

This dress was destined to become the most impressive outfit in the history of the royal family, but the dubious design, poor choice of material and strange cut made it one of the most tasteless wedding dresses of the XX century. The image was developed by the design duo of David and Elizabeth Emmanuel. The vintage lace wedding dress of Lady Diana Spencer, estimated in 1981 at 9,000 pounds, was complemented by a 25-foot train of ivory silk taffeta. The image of Diana – in an ensemble with huge puffy sleeves and a train so big that it could not fit in the carriage – was certainly suitable for a princess, but, unfortunately, the end result was not a fashion breakthrough for a young bride. The main mistake was not even in the cut, but in the material – silk taffeta, which was crumpled in the carriage, and the folds could not be straightened before entering the Cathedral. “She got out of the carriage, and I remember thinking it looked like an unmade bed, because it really looked like that,” said TV presenter and journalist Eva Pollard.

Burgundy dress for Paul McCartney event, 1992

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A heavy burden in the form of a protocol often deals a crushing blow to the desire to look stylish and relevant. Diana, on the other hand, has learned to turn strict rules in her favor. In particular, she learned to wear tights stylishly, which have always been a mandatory part of the dress code of the royals. Moreover, she tried on not only nude and black options, but also models of all colors of the rainbow, making a real trend out of a simple accessory. However, she was not immune from blunders either. In 1992, she went to a Paul McCartney event. Tights, which she matched to the burgundy image, in many photos looked as if the princess had red legs.

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The red image of Princess Diana for the event in 1992

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Welsh and Paul McCartney

Grand National Horse Racing, 1982

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Pregnant Princess of Wales at the Grand National Horse Race

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Diana is seven months pregnant, 1982

Diana has developed several working wardrobe schemes for herself, which she used during both pregnancies. One of them is a comfortable straight-cut coat with large buttons, in which the prince’s wife often appeared during the cold season. Wanting to look trendy, Diana sometimes overdid the details. For example, in the seventh month of pregnancy, Welsh tried on a long fluffy coat, which she complemented with a matching hat, a blue dress with ruffles and white tights — something in this outfit was still worth giving up.

State Banquet in Nigeria, 1989

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State Banquet in Nigeria, 1989

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The princess appeared in a Catherine Walker dress

The case when Diana understood her title of princess too literally. State banquets are a great occasion to impress the public with luxurious evening looks. However, Diana often chose deliberately pompous, lush dresses that made a doll out of her. A typical example is a silk lavender dress with beads by Catherine Walker.

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Princess at a state banquet in Seoul, 1992

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Modified dress by Catherine Walker

It is quite possible that Diana realized her fashion failure over time. Because after a while she decided to upgrade the same dress and make it a more complementary model for her figure. The royal added a straight lavender floor-length skirt to the top, getting a more successful variation of the sensational dress.

Pink dress with gold embroidery, 1983

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In the case of this candy-pink dress, Diana used the same technique and eventually decided to refine the outfit. However, even the modified cut did not save the unsuccessful dress — Diana still looked too awkward and pompous in it.

Pearl dress “Elvis”, 1989

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Welsh at the British Fashion Awards in “Elvis Dress”, 1989

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The outfit got its name because of the collar

One of Diana’s most famous outfits is a Catherine Walker dress with pearls and sequins, which the princess herself called “Elvis Dress”. This image got its name thanks to a bolero with a raised collar, reminiscent of the costumes of the cult singer. Initially, the princess wore an outfit from one of her favorite designers Catherine Walker during an official visit to Hong Kong and then tried it on again for the British Fashion Awards. However, not all fashion critics appreciated the pearly image of the royal person. Her eldest son didn’t like him either. “Curator of [Christie’s auction] Meredith Etherington-Smith recalled how Prince William left his comment: “Mom, this is too terrible to sell,” when they added this richly embroidered dress to the assortment of outfits,” said former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown.

Image for the opera at the National Theater of Munich, 1987

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Charles and Diana attended the opera “The Wedding of Figaro” in Munich, 1987

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A dress with a lush hem and gloves by Catherine Walker

Another experiment of Diana with two favorite accessories of the royal dress code – gloves and tights. For a visit to the Munich National Theater, Diana chose a velvet dress by Catherine Walker with a lush iridescent skirt with draperies. The pursuit of relevance and creativity did not lead to anything good — the image with lilac tights, long gloves and a choker in different shades of purple looked rather awkward.

Royal Ascot, 1987

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The Princess of Wales and the Duchess of York at Royal Ascot in 1987

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Contrasting striped outfit for Royal Ascot races

A dark blue and white stripe always looks exquisite and, of course, Diana knew it perfectly well. At the Royal Ascot races, she tried on an image from Roland Klein with a pleated skirt and a voluminous blazer, complementing the outfit with a Chanel blouse, a white wide-brimmed hat and a matching handbag. The pearl necklace she often wore in public was a gift for her sixteenth birthday. Although Lady Di certainly stood out in the crowd, sometimes a contrasting stripe can play a cruel joke: the princess’s outfit looked too flashy.

Charles and Diana on their honeymoon, 1981

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Photo shoot of the Prince and Princess of Wales in August 1981

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Charles and Diana on their honeymoon, 1981

During his honeymoon in Scotland, Prince Charles appeared in a traditional tweed kilt. And it seems that Diana decided to match her new husband and chose a tweed suit with a bomber. However, this exit did not impress the audience:  her outfit, designed by Bill Pasley, looks sloppy and resembles a school uniform from the 80s.

Diana and Charles at a meeting with the Pope, 1985

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Diana at a meeting with the Pope, 1985

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The image of Diana is made according to all the canons of Catholicism

No, this is not a funeral or a Dolce & Gabbana advertising campaign. Diana tried on gloomy lace outfits from Catherine Walker for a meeting with Pope John Paul II in the Vatican. The image was designed according to all the canons of the Catholic religion: women who are received by the Pope should be dressed in a black outfit with long sleeves. At the same time, their heads must be covered with a veil (or mantilla). And although Diana fulfilled all the necessary requirements, she managed it much less successfully than other influential people going to meet with the Pope.

Braemar Games in Scotland, 1989

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Diana at the Braemar Games in Scotland

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The image of a princess in 1989

Fashion diplomacy is something Diana especially liked to experiment with. Therefore, during visits to Scotland, she often tried on images in a traditional cage. True, such curtsies towards residents were not always warmly received by fashion critics. At the Braemar Games, she tried on a flat hat and a dress with a contrasting collar and large buttons. Despite the laconic cut, which was perfectly fitted to the figure of the royal person, the image was considered not the most successful.

Royal Ballet in Berlin, 1987

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The Princess during a tour to Berlin, 1987

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Image by Catherine Walker

Another creation of Catherine Walker is a pink and white satin dress with open shoulders and pearls. The experiment was not the most successful. A full skirt with a low waist, sleeves of indistinct length and a sugary pink satin material – although Diana has always been distinguished by her slimness, the dress noticeably added several kilograms and created the effect as if the outfit did not fit her.

Diana and Charles in Italy, 1985

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Charles and Diana during the royal tour to Italy, 1985

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Diana and her “pirate” hat in Venice, 1985

The design of this image was developed by a duo responsible for her other fashion failure — a wedding dress. For a trip to Italy, David and Elizabeth Emmanuel created an emerald plaid coat with an accent collar. He was supposed to have a matching hat, extremely reminiscent of a pirate. Despite the not the most suitable design of the accessory, it turned out to be surprisingly in the theme – Charles and Diana had to travel along the Venetian canals on a gondola.

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The princess in the Pirate hat and Prince Charles travel through the Venetian canals, 1985

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