Throwback Thursday: Diana’s Sky Blue Chanel Suit

When Diana was Princess of Wales she was encouraged to wear the work of designers from the UK and the Commonwealth. However, she secretly had a penchant for Italian and French designers. Once Diana divorced Prince Charles she was free to experiment with Armani, Versace, and Chanel. Many royal women feel that a classic Chanel suit is the epitome of elegance. Think of Jackie Kennedy and her iconic pink tweed suit with matching pillbox hat (even though Jackie’s suit was NOT Chanel but a Chanel lookalike). Diana may have been inspired by Jackie when she wore one of her most famous 90s looks: A beautiful sky blue suit by Chanel.

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This suit was couture Chanel from the Spring/Summer season of 1997. It was designed by Karl Lagerfield who is famous among royal women. Princess Caroline of Monaco and her daughter Charlotte Casiraghi are close friends and wear his creations often.

Diana first wore the suit on March 9th, 1997 to Prince William’s confirmation. Like Jackie Kennedy Diana wore a matching pillbox hat into the ceremony but took off the hat to pose with William and Charles for the official photo.

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Here is a short video of Diana on the day of her son’s confirmation:

Diana liked this suit so much that she wore it again just one month later on April 21st to the British Lung Foundation’s unveiling of a rose named after her, the “Princess of Wales” rose.

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When she wore the suit she would pair it with nude Chanel heels and a matching Camel/beige handbag. If you look closely you can see that she is also wearing one of her favorite Cartier wrist watches.
The iconic boucle light wool sky blue skirt suit now belongs to Kensington palace. Here is a picture of it on display.

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In this close-up photo you can see that the buttons on the jacket have the famous Chanel logo. There is light fringe detailing on the lapels.

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The matching pillbox hat is also at Kensington palace.

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If you are interested in learning more about Princess Diana’s style and how she used her clothes to shape her public image I would recommend “Dressing Diana” by Tim Graham and Tamsin Blanchard which can be found here (picture is a link):

I hope that you have enjoyed this week’s Throwback Thursday! Please don’t forget to ‘like’ My Frugal Lady on Facebook!
Cheers,
The Frugal Lady

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Throwback Thursday-Princess Mette-Marit in San Francisco

Yesterday was Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s 42nd birthday. So as a way of wishing her a belated ‘Happy Birthday’ I would like to dedicated this week’s Throwback Thursday to Mette-Marit’s pretty outfit that she wore on an official visit to my country a few years back. Take a look!

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In May of 2013 the Crown Prince and Princess of Norway made an official visit to the US. And On May 8th they stopped to take a tour of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. For the occasion Mette-Marit wore an ensemble that appears to be basic from a distance (a black skirt and white blouse) but when you study the details of this outfit you can really appreciate how pretty it is.

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First of all, I love how the black silk skirt has a simple and elegant bow detail on the front of the waist making it so that the wearer would need to tuck their blouse inside of the skirt so that people could see it. Some people wear their skirts resting on their hips but this skirt is meant to be worn a little higher resting right where Mette-Marit’s waist is. It’s subtly figure flattering and still modest since the hem of her skirt is at her knee. Very appropriate for a princess (or for business wear). I also like her simple white clutch.

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Check out this similarly flattering high waist black skirt by Poplin for $18 dollars. It would look great with a nice blouse tucked in like Mette-Marit.

Since this blouse has 3/4 sleeves it gives the princess a chance to show off some royal bling. I love jewelry so I am glad that I found a nice close-up picture of her pretty bracelet!

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But maybe one of the best parts of this particular outfit is Mette-Marit’s AWESOME shoes. They are gorgeous and really unique! They are pointed toe with a snake skin pattern with studs along the straps.

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The embroidery and sleeves on the blouse are really just so pretty. Overall I think this outfit is just a good representation of Mette-Marit’s style in general. She tends to wear neutral colors and seemingly simple outfits but upon closer inspection you can really see such pretty details in her clothes. She has great taste but tends to be more understated in her style. Sometimes you have to really study her outfits to fully appreciate them, which seems very appropriate considering she wore this outfit to visit an art museum and art is often the same way. Sometimes you have to look closely at a work of art to really see the full picture. I like that Mette-Marit is confident enough to wear minimal make-up in almost all of the picture I see of her, even on her wedding day. She seems very comfortable in her own skin and very natural. She has her own signature style that’s different and sets her apart from other royal women.

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I hoped you liked this week’s Throwback Thursday!

Cheers,

The Frugal Lady

Throwback Thursday- Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge Alice Temperley Black Lace Evening Dress

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Any royal watcher will know that Kate loves to wear lace. And one of her favorite designers is Alice Temperley, who just so happens to create really beautiful lace overlay pieces. This particular Temperley gown was worn by the duchess on her official visit to the Natural History Museum in London in December of 2013. I think that Kate’s preference for lacy gowns and cocktail dresses is probably one of the biggest reasons why we have seen a surge in lace dresses and blouses the past few years. She is quite a trendsetter! Here is a close-up view of the lace detail and velvet bow belt on her evening gown, she was holding 3D glasses because the exhibit at the museum was in 3D.

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A Temperley dress can cost about $7,000-$8,000 and this specific dress sold out a long time ago. So I am pretty proud of myself that I found a really, really similar dress for under $100 and it is beautiful quality, too. It is described as a “bridesmaids dress” but I think it would be suitable for many occasions as an evening dress or a winter formal/prom dress. It’s elegant and classy but still a little sexy too. Sometimes lace can come across as a little grandmotherly but definitely not this dress. I love it!

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Kate likes to wear black LK Bennett pumps with the dress that are about $350 but these Nine West pumps are similar. They are elegant and under $100.

By the way, this was not the only time Kate wore this dress, so it must be one of her favorites. She also wore it for the premiere of War Horse. But the only exception is that she accessorized with a bright red clutch bag. I would recommend something like this Coach (picture is a link).


I hope that you love this look as much as I do! Happy Thursday!
Cheers,
The Frugal Lady