Bright Side

11 Times Princess Diana Wore the Same Outfit More Than Once and Created a Lot of Buzz

Despite the fact that the concept of sensible consumption is confidently conquering the world, most celebrities and officials still prefer to stick to one rule: showing up in the same outfit twice is taboo. The rebellious-spirited Princess Diana, in her own right, was breaking fashion rules back in the 1980s and appeared in the same clothing item in public many times. Moreover, she did it so skillfully that, each time, the old outfit looked like a brand new one.

We at Bright Side sincerely admire Lady Di’s sense of style and decided to take a peek at several of the tricks that helped her turn old outfits into “new” ones.


Diana used to redesign her evening gowns quite often. The tender-lilac dress, which she first wore to a gala dinner in Kuwait in 1989, is a bright example of this. After 3 years, the princess completely redesigned this dress, having replaced the bouffant bottom with an elegant straight lavender skirt.


As a true fashion-monger, Lady Di was well-aware that it was important to have basic items in her wardrobe. For example, she was masterfully using this polka dot dress with a red blazer.

Then with a fashionable structured coat in the ’80s

And even with a pullover. Pay attention and you’ll see that the princess complemented her look with the same-print socks and red shoes.


When she was checking out of the hospital with her first baby, Prince William, Diana opted for a green polka-dot dress combined with fuchsia-color flats.

But few people noticed that the Princess actually appeared in the same dress during her pregnancy, when she attended a polo match 2 weeks prior to the birth of Prince William. At that time, she combined it with white open-toed flat shoes.


In 1981, Diana put on a fashionable beige buttonless coat, which is very trendy today, for her first official visit to Wales.

4 years later, she visited Derby wearing the same coat, having replaced the belt with buttons.


In 1983, during her official visit to Australia, the Princess showed off a tender-pink floor-length dress decorated with numerous ruffles at one of the events. 3 years later, she put on the same outfit again after redoing the sleeves and the skirt and removing the ruffles.


In April 1983, Prince Charles’ spouse opted for a white blouse with voluminous sleeves and a black skirt for a visit to Adelaide University.

In August of the same year, she appeared in public wearing the same blouse having replaced the black skirt with a white one.


It’s amazing to see how one small detail can change the overall look. Within one year, Princess Diana appeared in public wearing the same pleated midi skirt and a structured off-white blazer with a black collar twice. The first time, in 1985, she used an elegant white hat. The second time, in 1986, she complemented the look with an envelope-clutch bag and a pearl necklace.


Outfits can be worn as a whole item or you can use their separate parts to create bright independent looks. Diana often used this trick. In 1981, one month prior to her wedding, Lady Spencer visited the Wimbledon finals wearing a bright blue set in a floral pattern.

4 years later, the married Lady Di opted for the same skirt with a flower print complementing it with a white blouse that had voluminous sleeves.


In 1986, the Princess chose a white dress with a trendy, at that time, ’polka dot’ pattern for one of the official events she had to attend.

Only one year later, she wore the same outfit after slightly changing it: Diana got rid of the asymmetrical skirt-part of the dress.


In October 1995, during her visit to Birmingham, Lady Di was glowing in her elegant 2-piece suit in a houndstooth pattern.

In December of the same year, she put on the same outfit, but this time she decorated it with a black velour scarf and pearl necklace.


Diana first appeared in a 2-piece tweed suit in 1990 at Princess Eugenie’s christening ceremony. At that time, she complimented it with a veiled hat and black gloves. 2 years later, the outfit got a new look with the help of one small detail: Lady Di changed the ribbon that decorated the blazer.

Do you redesign old clothes? Please share your life hacks with us.