It can easily be argued that, out of all the royals, Princess Diana had the best style. Even to this day, her '80s and '90s outfits serveas a source of inspiration, withKate Middleton and Meghan Markle frequently channelingtheir latemother-in-law in similar pieces. (Plus, we can't forget that whole Hailey Bieberphoto shoot for Vogue Paris.)

Part of what made Diana's dresses, peplum tops, and even pants suits so spectacular is that they were often rewears — with a little twist. Instead of pulling out the same exact look, she'd mix things up, choosing to pair a skirt from a set with a sweater, or remaking a headband into a necklace. Considering the push toward sustainability in fashion we're seeing in 2020 and beyond, she was downright prescient in her styling choices: Her style seemed to ask, why buy a million new items when you can freshen up the one's you've got already?

In fact, Princess Diana was pretty much the queen of cool, sustainable styling tricks. Here are a few great ways she reinvented her wardrobe, which might come in handy if you're hoping to make old clothes look new again.

First: She Wore a Printed,Peplum Top With a Belt

Princess Diana Outfits, Styling Tricks, Peplum Top With Belt

Diana elevated the piecewith a poufyblack skirt and a pearl necklace.

The Trick: Tucking It in

Princess Diana Outfits, Styling Tricks, Printed Shirt

When she wanted to make it work for apolo match, she simply tucked in her shirt andchose a white skirt instead, making it seem a lot more casual.

First: She Wore Her Shirt Like a Cardigan

Princess Diana Outfits, Styling Tricks, Striped Set

In 1981, Dianadraped her top over a coordinating dress to createan easy, effortless ensemble.

The Trick: Buttoning It Up

Princess Diana Outfits, Styling Tricks, Striped Set

Two years later, the piece popped up again,this time fully fastened and paired with a hat.

First: Her Polka-Dot Dress Had a Peplum

Princess Diana Outfits, Styling Tricks, Peplum Dress

Diana went all out for a 1986 derby, completing her fancy look witha wide-brim hat and white tights.

The Trick: Removing theLayer

Princess Diana Outfits, Styling Tricks, Polka Dot Dress

A little alteration made all the difference, and the piece suddenly seemed sleek and brand new.

First: She Wore a Pants Suit

Princess Diana Outfits, Styling Tricks, Gray Pants Suit

For lunch with her stepmother, Diana chose aneye-catching gray blazer and matching, pleated trousers.

The Trick: SwappingOut the Pants For aSkirt

Princess Diana Outfits, Styling Tricks, Gray Skirt Suit

Sure, it was a minor change, but it gave thingsa whole new vibe fora visittoSt. Mary'sHospital.

First: She Wore a Jeweled Headband

Princess Diana Outfits, Styling Tricks, Headband

While in Japan, the royal showed us avery '80s way to wearthese stonesfrom the Saudi Suite.

The Trick: Remaking ItInto a Choker

Princess Diana Outfits, Styling Tricks, Choker Necklace

It's something anyone can try with an old ribbon or a scarf, both of which can easily pull double duty.

First: Her Pink, Polka-Dot Dress Was Full Of Ruffles

Princess Diana Outfits, Styling Tricks, Pink Ruffled Gown

TheCatherine Walker design looked like something straight out of afairytale during a concert in Melbourne.

The Trick: Having It Remade With Modern Details

Princess Diana Outfits, Styling Tricks, Pink Puff-Sleeved Gown

Three years later — and thanks to a tailor — Diana's dress looked very different with puff sleeves and a drop waist.

First: She Wore This Top With a Shiny Purple Skirt

Princess Diana Outfits, Styling Tricks, Purple Gown

The full, ruched bottom made theprincess look truly regal at aClaridges banquet.

The Trick: Pairing It With Something Slim-Fitting

Princess Diana Outfits, Styling Tricks, Purple Skirt

A few years later, it was fit for the '90s after being styled with a column skirt.

First: She Mixed Prints With Her Houndstooth Jacket

Princess Diana Outfits, Styling Tricks, Houndstooth Jacket and Hat

That striped scarf (and netted hat!) ensured that Diana's Moschino outfit made quite thestatement.

The Trick: Going With a Solid Color Instead

Princess Diana Outfits, Styling Tricks, Houndstooth Jacket

The royal toned things down the next year, replacing that detail with something basic and black.

First: Her Blue Dress HadPuff Sleeves

Princess Diana Outfits, Styling Tricks, Blue Dress

In 1987, Diana had aglamourousDynastymoment while visitingLisbon, Portugal.

The Trick: Turning It Into a Strapless Number

Princess Diana Outfits, Styling Tricks, Blue Strapless Dress

By 1989, the dress had been alteredinto something slightly sexier and a lot more classic.

First: She Stepped Out in a Full Floral Suit

Princess Diana Outfits, Styling Tricks, Floral Suit

Prior to becoming a princess, Diana was seen at the 1981 Wimbledon finals wearingaprinted two-pieceset.

The Trick: Wearing theSkirt By Itself

Princess Diana Outfits, Styling Tricks, Floral Skirt

Four years later, she was still getting good use out of these staples, pairing the skirt with a white top and a red sweater for a polo match.

We're shining aspotlight on sustainability in fashionto help spread the word: Reusing, re-purposing, and re-styling is never a bad look.



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