"Di's incredible relationship with accessible sportswear through to luxury fashion forms the cornerstone of the collection and feels more modern than ever" reads the press release for WAH Nails founder Sharmadean Reid's new Princess Diana-inspired collection for ASOS. It's true that almost 20 years on from her 80s and 90s heyday, the carefully curated, era-defining style of Princess Diana feels relevant and, with a few tweaks, exactly right for now.

 

You can barely go a scroll on your Instagram feed without coming across an image of Diana posing for Lord Snowdon in a pie-crust collar or greeting crowds of adoring fans in a power-shouldered skirt suit. There's even a @princess.diana.forever account has 124,000 followers and counting.

 

Renowned for the wit she showed with her style choices and the oft-rebellious glamour she honed over the years, there is something refreshingly joyful about emulating the Princess Di approach to getting dressed which means that our obsession with nostalgic imagery is set to spill into our real-life wardrobes.

 

When Alexa Chung debuted her collaboration with M&S in the spring, the star item was the Harry blouse which bore a striking resemblance to the styles which Princess Diana made famous in the early 80s- now you can hardly move for frilly shirts in the shops. Meanwhile, the ASOS collection riffs a little less literally on the Diana look; there are jeans covered in red ribbons signalling her support for HIV/ AIDS victims, cycling shorts and sweatshirts which channel her original athleisure vibes and LBDs echoing some of those signature killer evening looks. But the styling is purposefully more Dalston than Chelsea, which seems a shame because that innate elegance is lost.

 

1. The Novelty Jumper

 

Nowadays, polo-match style extends only to boring Breton tops, skinny jeans and wedges which makes Princess Diana's legendary 'counting sheep' jumper even more noteworthy. Her penchant for a novelty knit extended to countless styles during her lifetime, with other highlights including a giant Koala motif jumper and a navy sweater emblazoned with polo players. Genius. Shrimps' red polo neck features a cat called 'Alan'- a suitably humorous modern take on the look. Layer over a blouse for extra Princess points.

 

2. The Tailored Blazer

 

Blazers were a mainstay of Princess Diana's wardrobe, seguing from the power-shoulder styles of the 80s to chic, continental cuts in the 90s which were worn with simple chinos or jeans. Catherine Walker, Versace and Giorgio Armani were among her go-to designers for tailoring. Blazé Milano's double-breasted designs have a hint of those 80s sharp lines and blingy buttons but also look perfect with jeans and a tee.

 

3. Pearls

 

From long strands to statement chokers, bauble earrings and plenty of tiaras, pearls played a central role in Diana's jewellery repertoire. They're a classic decorative element but Sloane-y associations make them ripe for a little off-kilter styling; there's a faux pearl choker in the ASOS offering which would be ideal with a white t-shirt.

 

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