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Princess Anne dazzles in unexpected flapper look inspired by Princess Kate

The Princess Royal threw it back to the Roaring Twenties with her evening outfit of choice


Princess Anne dazzles in unexpected flapper look inspired by Princess Kate© Max Mumby/Indigo
Tania Leslau
Lifestyle Writer
March 29, 2023
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If Princess Anne says the 1920s are back, then we are not complaining. The 72-year-old royal stepped out to attend the International Financing Review Awards 2023 on Monday, simultaneously serving up Roaring Twenties nostalgia and channelling the Princess of Wales' timeless style for the occasion.

The Princess Royal looked magnificent in a forest green flapper-style dress featuring embellished gem decorations, a subtle V-neckline, an art deco design, a straight, loose silhouette and intricately beaded elements positioned in asymmetrical panels that glittered under the flashing sea of cameras that awaited her arrival at the event.

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Uncovering her latest look online, fans gushed over Princess Anne's Gatsby glamour. "She looks wonderful," one wrote online, while another said: "I'm loving that dress." A third noted: "Wow, the Princess Royal is looking so stunning," and a fourth commented: "Black gloves just like Catherine's!"

Princess Anne wowed in the 1920s-inspired dress

A modest thigh-split revealed a fine pair of tights and black heels that complemented the royal's regalia. She further accessorised with some black evening gloves, taking a leaf out of Princess Kate's book, as fans noted, and wore her hair in a coiffed chignon.

Not only did her choice of accessory pay homage to the Princess of Wales, but her dress also nodded to one of Kate's pre-existing ensembles.

Princess Kate wore a stunning Jenny Packham gown in 2019© Getty Images
Princess Kate wore a stunning Jenny Packham gown in 2019

Back in 2019, Princess Kate dazzled in an emerald number as she arrived at a reception in Islamabad, Pakistan, alongside her husband, Prince William.

She wore a glistening long-sleeved, sequined green gown by Jenny Packham, one of her sartorial right-hand women. A pair of Jimmy Choo 'Mimi' sandals elevated the iridescent attire and boasted a fine stiletto heel and crisscross detailing.

Flapper dresses like Princess Anne's have become synonymous with 1920s style. The silhouette was crafted primarily for the elite social classes and the garment's terminology is linked to the surfacing of the independent young women following the more restrictive 19th century. In 1920, women gained the right to vote, meaning gender equality was pushed in all segments of life – including fashion.

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So more bold sartorial choices came into favour and thankfully for us, stayed!

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