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The demure style of Diana, Princess of Wales remains relevant today, 20 years after her tragic death. As members of the royal family welcome a new princess into their clan, this one Diana signature look is as relevant as ever, proving that true grace and style never fall out of fashion.
Known as the People’s Princess, Diana is just as famous for her accessible and feminine style as she is for her philanthropy. Earlier this year, Virgil Abloh of Off-White, one of fashion’s hottest labels, honored Princess Di with his “Natural Woman” collection, inspired by Princess Diana’s signature looks. But Abloh isn’t the only one drawing inspiration from the late Princess of Wales’ sartorial statements.
This spring is all about the décolletage, a part of the body which can be both modest and sensual at the same time. Derived from the French verb décolleter, which means “to expose the neck,” the word itself is fraught with delicate tension. One would be hard-pressed to find a better way to describe Princess Diana’s style. Indeed, her décolletage is one of the most well-known in fashion history. Lady Di’s penchant for off-the-shoulder gowns and tops, as well as asymmetric jumpsuits, showcased her décolletage, which remains one of the Princess’ fashion legacies.
This spring, everyone from Marc Jacobs to Rachel Zoe is offering dresses that expose the neck and (modest) cleavage. Lela Rose and Galvan are touting Princess Di-inspired jumpsuits, and J.Crew has an affordable strapless spring number that the People’s Princess would approve of.
To draw further inspiration from Lady Diana’s signature style, choose from a palette of pastels. The juxtaposition of the modest hues and the exposure of skin amplifies the tension that makes the décolletage so alluring.
The asymmetric neckline helps you flaunt your décolletage.
Play up your décolletage with a cold-shoulder neckline accentuated with cascading ruffles.
This playsuit could be straight from Lady Di’s closet.
Your décolletage will look delectable in this strapless candy-striped-inspired number.
This asymmetric look offers a twist on the décolletage-baring jumpsuit.