An Appreciation of Princess Diana’s Over-the-Top ’80s Maternity Style

The Princess of Wales, wearing a blue and white polka dot dress with a ruffled collar designed by Catherine Walker in April 1982.Photo: Getty Images

In the early 1980s, two independent happenstances coincided. First, fashion became bold, big, and saturated with bright colors. And second, Princess Diana of Wales became pregnant, first with Prince William, and then, a few years later, with Prince Harry. The result? For 18 months, the most photographed woman in the world rocked some seriously unabashed maternity looks that live on in the historical archives for all perpetuity.

There were multiple and various shades of neon. Hefty doses of ruffles. A plethora of pussy bows—actually, every type of bow. Some serious, serious, shoulder pads. Name an ’80s telltale fashion trait, Diana wore it. Thanks to season four of The Crown, her maternity style, in all of its over-the-top glory, is now back in the

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Princess Beatrice’s Velvet Dress, Sheer Tights & Booties Follow Royal Style Rules

Princess Beatrice kept up with royal style practices this week as she headed out in London for dinner with a friend.

Spotted leaving the Connaught hotel on Thursday night, the royal family member showed off her chic sense of fashion in a velvet Maje dress; though the style has since sold out, it once sold for $315 on the brand’s website.

To keep herself warm in the cooler British weather, the princess made sure to layer in a pair of semi-sheer black tights. While the legwear may seem like an everyday move, it is actually a favorite of Queen Elizabeth; while bare legs may not be forbidden under royal protocol, it is considered respectful and proper to wear tights and legwear under shorter hems especially when around older members of the royal family.

To top off her fall-ready ensemble, Princess Beatrice opted for a set of classic black booties.

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The Crown’s Emma Corrin’s secret to style stardom? Dressing like Princess Diana

Emma Corrin at Miu Miu's Women's Tales event at the Venice Film Festival; and Princess Diana wearing Gina Frattini in 1981 - Getty
Emma Corrin at Miu Miu’s Women’s Tales event at the Venice Film Festival; and Princess Diana wearing Gina Frattini in 1981 – Getty

Emma Corrin is ‘fashion’s next muse,’ British Vogue editor Edward Enninful declares in his letter introducing the magazine’s October issue, which stars the actress, who will play Diana, Princess of Wales in the forthcoming season of The Crown, on its cover.

In the cover image, Corrin poses in a Diana-tastic cobalt dipped hem ballgown by Oscar de la Renta, her hair swept up in an Eighties tribute swoosh of quiff. Excerpts from the shoot which will appear inside the issue show her sporting more Diana-esque looks, including a checked country-chic Gucci blazer and a Chanel frill-collar blouse.

Emma Corrin on the cover of British Vogue's October issue wearing Oscar de la Renta and Princess Diana wearing a similar mullet hem dress in 1986 - Charlotte Wales/ Vogue
Emma Corrin on the cover of British Vogue’s October issue wearing Oscar de la Renta and Princess Diana wearing a similar mullet hem dress in 1986
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