Fall is firmly on our style agenda now, and we’d like all midriff-flossing pics to be archived, thank you very much. Making the shift from crochet to cashmere is easier said than done, however, and trans-seasonal wardrobe binders, like classic shirting, are key to making a smooth transition. From oversized “boyfriend” styles, to starched Oxfords and simple cotton poplin button-downs, there are few fashion conundrums a shirt can’t solve.
Diana, Princess of Wales – a woman whose style was so minutely analysed during (and after) her life – often relied upon this failsafe staple. A freshly-laundered shirt tucked into high-waisted, straight leg jeans with Tod’s Gommino loafers became her personal uniform for overseas trips during the late ’90s. It was the perfect, fuss-free formula to take her from Red Cross visits to state meetings, ensuring she looked pulled-together and entirely capable, without ever being too showy.
She had of course relied upon shirting throughout her royal career, but, as was the way with the rest of her clothing, she streamlined her looks over time. Gone were the days of gold buttons, exaggerated sleeves and other ’80s frippery, Diana’s best shirts were quintessential Sloane ranger – the stiff, straight-talking styles you could (still) find at Ralph Lauren, Gap and Budd.
Originally published on Vogue.co.uk