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Style

PRINCESS DIANA: SPECTATOR STYLE

WATCHING THE POLO

The boys may well have been playing polo, but Princess Diana was in her own league when it came to smart-casual outfits for walks around Windsor.


Knowing she’d be seen from head to toe, Diana’s outfit ideas were always geared to highlight her slender frame with high-waisted trousers, slim-fit dresses or wiggle skirts that cinched her waist. Surprisingly keen on camp knitwear, HRH also wore plenty of bright jumpers – sometimes like boleros, jauntily draped and off-setting business-like front-pleat trousers.

 

Get the Princess’ look with Onloan’s ‘Prince of Wales’ pair from Mother of Pearl (which thinking about it, she may not have worn) and any of these jumpers now #availabletoloan.

 

Also worth noting, Lady Di was excellent with colour – whether she was reinventing dungarees in lemon denim, or showing off her pregnancy in a pop pastel shirt dress. Try Rachel Antonoff’s ‘Goldie Jumpsuit’ in pistachio for similar effect – and if you’re carrying your own royal baby? Loan Stine Goya’s ‘Samantha Check Dress’ or any of these items to see you through maternity

 

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WATCHING THE TENNIS

The Princess loved tennis – watching, or playing – and we loved her style and sense to really spotlight any outfit details that would be ‘on show’. In this case, sitting court-side, Diana did collars: sailor and rugby, mostly; usually V-necked and on blouses in print. Knowing it was the only item to be seen while sitting down, the top really had to be top. 

Wherever you’ll be perching, Onloan’s stock of Shrimps includes big collared cool to watch Wimbledon in. Else there’s brand new Stine Goya, with its sporty ‘Yousef’ shirt, or Farm Rio’s ‘Leopard Blouse’ to slip into. A favourite though, is Joseph’s fine merino dress for rent here. Just add oversized shades, a clutch, and a pair of mules to watch the tennis like an absolute pro.

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WATCHING THE FOOTBALL

Some of us watch only because our partners do; some of us love the shouty atmosphere. Others are very invested in their team. But judging by Princess Diana’s wardrobe, whatever brought her pitch-side probably arrived on company headed paper – more business than leisure.

 

To draw outfit inspiration from Diana’s style, think suits of skirt or trou, and two-pieces in soft tones (it’s “go team go” by presence only – no garish kit colours to be seen). Onloan’s got heaps of tailored goods to borrow, including this belted, tonal set by Maggie Marilyn. Else kick in some of Diana’s elegance with powder pink silk.

 

More ‘stately’ than ‘ready to get in a state’, the look might not be right for your local, depending on whether or not it offers coasters. But with Onloan committed to never charging for snags or stains, and with mid-week football fixtures being a thing, it makes sense to rent a look that’ll see you from work to wherever you’ll be watching. And who knows: perhaps Princess Diana foresaw an increasingly difficult-to-manage work-life balance, and thought: less time getting changed, more time to get the pints in…

 

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THE RACES

She may have been Princess of Wales, but she was queen of style at Ascot.

 

Watching the races is where Princess Diana’s style really ran with print, colour and silhouette – Di often seen in peplums and cinched waists, balanced out by the power shoulder that had a grip on most of the 80s. Skirt and dress length always hitting the royal limit of sexy: no higher than kissing her knee cap.

 

To steal from Princess Diana’s wardrobe, borrow from Onloan’s. Go for potently hued pieces, like Rodebjer’s knitted two-piece, or Farm Rio’s Banana Print midi dress. And, for Princess-y shoulders, try this puff sleeved jumpsuit from Designer’s Remix — a very popular item you should add to your rental wishlist asap before it’s out the gate again with another Loaner. 

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