We’re all for taking style cues from Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, heck, even Queen Elizabeth. But now we’re throwing it back to the biggest royal fashionista of them all: Princess Diana. Of course, the Princess of Wales was known for so many iconic looks. Still, her sweater and sweatshirt game was consistently on point, whether she was traipsing around Scotland or chasing after her boys in London. Here, seven spring styles that are having quite a resurgence.
1. Pink Cardigan With Gingham
Diana wore shades of pink to sit outside Highgrove, her country home in the UK. The pop of color—in this case, an electric shade—makes this sweater feel spring-ready, but so does the lightweight material. The picnic-inspired gingham pants only add to that cheerful, warm weather-adjacent aesthetic.
Shop similar styles: Ann Taylor Factory sweater ($60; $24); Halogen sweater ($69; $28); Isabel Marant Étoile sweater ($255)
2. Striped Knit Over a Dress
It doesn’t matter the season, nautical is always a good choice. What makes this hip-length cardigan extra elegant on Diana is the fact that she buttoned it, something that makes it appear more tailored and less frumpy. Also, by wearing her knit over a dress, the resulting look is polished, but still relaxed.
Shop similar styles: Anne Klein sweater ($119); ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo sweater ($395); Sandro sweater ($395); G. Label sweater ($595); Gucci sweater ($2,200)
3. Graphic Sweatshirt Plus a Blazer
She’s not just a royal mom, she’s a cool mom. Di looks sophisticated and stylish while chasing after a young Prince William. Especially when dressed in jeans, a British Lung Foundation sweatshirt and black blazer. In fact, it looks like something she just threw on and ran out the door. Wondering how to mimic her vibe? Choose a sweatshirt with a bold graphic (bonus points if it supports a cause close to your heart), then shop your closet: You’ll find everything else (baseball cap included) already in there.
Shop similar styles: Project Social T sweatshirt ($49; $37); ($125; $86); Undercover sweatshirt ($345; $138)
4. A Bold Knit With a Bow Tie Blouse
It was the ‘80s. Di was at a polo game with her sister-in-law, Fergie. This sheep embellished sweater—which she wore on repeat—became an instant classic. The story behind it is that Diana was given this sweater, made by a small UK brand, by a friend and she made it an international trend. But it’s also proof that a kitschy animal print, especially one that’s made to be the focal point alongside neutrals like white jeans and blouse is a style win, royal or not. (Oh! And let’s not forget that Harry Styles recently wore a similar sheep style—an homage to Diana—causing it to have a style resurgence.)
Shop similar styles: Etsy sweater ($170 and up); Gucci sweater ($1,300); Lanvin sweater ($1,655); Gucci sweater ($2,200)
5. Fair Isle(Ish) Sweater And a Turtleneck
Just a casual day at Balmoral—or is it? Here’s more proof that a pop of pink and a bold pattern can go a long way, even if you’re styling it with brown pants and rain boots. Country chic is always a good idea.
Shop similar styles: Bellamy sweater ($130; $90); Ganni sweater ($475; $332)
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6. Embellished Sweatshirt With a Matching Midi Skirt
This sweatshirt features oversized embroidery. But it’s not overwhelming when worn with a matching midi skirt and flats in the same hue of red. This particular sweatshirt wasn’t overly fitted which, again, gives Diana’s outfit a casual air that still feels put together.
Shop similar styles: Vince Camuto sweater ($119; $60); Saks Fifth Avenue sweater ($275; $110); Neiman Marcus Collection sweater ($385; $284)
7. Equestrian Sweater Layered With a Pie Crust Collar
Always the trendsetter, here’s everything you need to know about Di making the pie crust collar a thing. But this hip-length sweater proves that, as long as it doesn’t hug your frame too tightly, a sweater that hits right at your hips is figure-flattering (and can make you look taller, too). Also, worth noting: The stripe detailing at the shoulders and just below the waist. It’s subtle, but still manages to draw your eye up.
Shop similar styles: O’Neill sweater ($80); Rag & Bone sweater ($350; $140); Rag & Bone sweater ($425; $255)