6 style tips we’re borrowing from Princess Margaret

Kate and Meghan, take note

Carla Challis

Long before Duchess Kate and Duchess Meghan made fashion headlines, there was Princess Margaret, the veritable style queen of the royal family. From those cinched-in waists of the fifties to those fabulous Mustique-kaftans, her exquisite taste in clothes meant she was lauded the world over for always delivering a look. And with Helena Bonham Carter taking over the reign of playing Princess Margaret in Netflix’s The Crown, we look back at some of the style lessons we can learn from the Queen’s little sis.

A silk scarf is a useful accessory

Just like the Queen, Princess Margaret was a fan of a silk scarf. She was a little more experimental than her sister though, and wore one as a headscarf, knotted at the back or as a neckerchief.

Don’t discount a silk scarf as a pointless outfit addition though, as it’s a useful power accessory you can use come work or play; wear one as a neckerchief with jeans and a tee or twist and knot it in your hair, like a headband, to make it fashion. The uses are endless.

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Pull together in pink

All-pink is bold but Princess Margaret pulls hers together with a co-ordinating scarf and neutral accessories – and this season, it’s never been more in.

Follow the same rules with a suit in the same shade for a pulled-together look.

Animal print is a neutral

Along with leopard print, Princess Margaret loved a bit of zebra print too; she treated it like a neutral, shunning classic camels or blacks for a leopard print coat.

Since animal print is a big trend for A/W, indulge your wilder side with an animal print shoe, shirt or coat. Experiment with the different patterns to find your style animal.

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Always pack a kaftan

What is a beach holiday without a kaftan? You’ve Princess Margaret to thank for that handy throw on anything hol essential – they became popular after she was pictured wearing one, nearly always, on holiday in Mustique. It’s a great addition to your holiday wardrobe, and can be worn as a cover-up for day or with heels and jewels for night.

Experiment with prints for eveningwear

It can be easy to rely on an LBD for an event or occasion; however, Princess Margaret often opted for a pattern instead of plain. Polka dot, floral stripes, she wore them all.

Next time you’re planning a big event outfit, think about trying something a little more unexpected – you can keep the colours subdued if you’re not a print aficionado.

Become a hat person

Princess Margaret’s love of hats spanned decades, and she was very forward-thinking with her choice of chapeau.

We’re not just talking the standard-issue fascinator or wide-brimmed version the royals favour today, but contemporary, modern and downright out-there versions. Autumn is the ideal time to try on a few for size.

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