When a young Diana Spencer joined the British royal family in 1981, advisers selected her garments and dictated her style. But as Diana grew more confident in her role, she cast off their dictates and forged a path decidedly her own. Reflecting her personality, she made laidback look elegant, and transformed the traditional regal look into something altogether more inviting and modern. She loved color from sparkling cabbage to crimson to orange and materials from taffeta to lace. And while she popularized many of the over-the-top trends of the day including bright floral prints, polka dots and voluminous sleeves she did so with restraint. Diana wore the clothes, but they never wore Diana.
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