Victoria Day marked the unofficial beginning of summer for many Canadians, who – after suffering through what seemed like a never-ending winter – are ready to embrace warmer weather with gusto. With temperatures finally rising across the country, we turn to the late fashion icon, Princess Diana, for some regal summer-style inspiration.
Not only did the People’s Princess bundle up beautifully in the winter, but she also dressed to impress during the hotter months. Whether she was frolicking with Princes William and Harry on the lawns of Buckingham Palace in overalls or yachting on the Mediterranean Sea in a stylish one-piece, Diana was always effortlessly fashion-forward thanks to her breezy summer looks.
Some of her best summertime outfits have even inspired the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, who is also famously fond of elegant skirts, floaty dresses and sunny hues (both princesses look particularly radiant in yellow!). One can only hope that Princess Charlotte will take a cue from her late grandmother when she inevitably becomes a little trendsetter herself.
However, the variety of Diana's warm-weather ensembles stands firmly apart from the rest of the royals – who else could rock a glamorous, plunging cocktail number one day and a pair of denim dungarees the next?
“I like to be a free spirit,” she famously said. “Some don't like that, but that's the way I am.” And, indeed, the Princess’ nonconformist streak was evident in her clothing. As only Diana could, she easily pulled off a summer wardrobe that was both sophisticated and down-to-earth.
Want to look positively regal this summer? Click through the gallery below to see some of Diana’s sunniest ensembles.