Princess Diana's 5 Iconic Hat Styles
Throughout Diana’s life in the public eye, she dressed with impeccable taste and class, and even started a trend or two along the way. But, perhaps her biggest fashion victory was the fact that she really knew how to pick out a hat.
From floppy hats in her single days to fascinators at royal weddings, and netted veils in public, Diana rocked them all. And why not? As she once said, “Hats give me confidence.” Here are five styles Diana preferred, and just what may have inspired her to wear them.
Princess Diana was long a fan of the French hat design, and particularly a big fan of designer Stephen Jones’ creations.
"She knew [wearing hats] was part of being royal," Jones told The Daily Mail. "She understood from the Queen and the Queen Mother that it was part of the responsibility — to be identifiable. It was a symbol of royalty, to set you apart."
It appears Meghan was also inspired by Diana’s love for the off-centered hats as she too wore one of Jones’ hats for her first official royal outing after announcing her engagement to Prince Harry.
Prior to becoming a royal, Diana was well-known for her hippie chic style, and that often included a floppy hat adorning her head.
“The future Princess Diana was ‘boho chic’ way before it was all the rage,” Stephanie Bell of Famous Ladies Hats, shared with Reader’s Digest. Luckily for women of all ages its a trend everyone can pull off, and one that appears to stand the test of time.
She was both British and a member of the aristocracy. Which essentially means Diana had to wear a fascinator for any and all fancy events.
“Fascinators have become extremely popular due to coverage of royal family weddings and special events,” Bell noted to Reader’s Digest. “They can be worn year-round without the full commitment of wearing a hat and messing up your hair.”
And really, Diana was smart to wear them all the time. Just look how great she looks in one.
Lauren Malacsina, a fashion stylist/designer based in Miami, told Reader’s Digest that a wide-brimmed is the ultimate “Di look,” adding, “and it’s one of my personal favorites, bringing to mind Marlene Dietrich and Lauren Bacall in a classic pantsuit eluding power.”
“Princess Diana was known to flash a demure smile and a shy gaze beneath her veil,” Bell told Reader’s Digest, noting how she wore them during both of her pregnancies. As Bell added, “Veils today add a flirty twist by adding a bit of mystery and style,” which is exactly why they worked on Diana, too.