Princess Diana's 6 Best Chanel Outfits

And why she took a pause from wearing the brand.

Each time we see a photo of Princess Diana, we can't help but fawn over her impeccable style. Whether she was stepping out in long socks, oversized collars, or peplum skirts, the royal pulled off any trend with style and grace. But, after her marriage to Prince Charles ended, her wardrobe underwent a change. There were certain items she felt she could no longer wear, particularly, those that bore the label, Chanel.

In 2018, Australian designer Jayson Brunsdon shed a bit of light on why Diana no longer incorporated the fashion house's logo into any of her outfits. He told Harper's Bazaar U.K. that back in 1996, he had suggested she complete her look with a classic pair of Chanel shoes, but received a surprising response.

"I said, ‘Well these would look great with the Versace. And she said, ‘No, I can't wear linked C’s, the double C.’” Apparently, the double C was now a reminder of Charles and Camilla, who had been the prince's mistress.

We understand where Diana was coming from, and it's very possible that the press would have made the same association at some point. Still, she didn't stop wearing the brand completely. Diana sneakily wore suits and pieces that didn't include the logo, and one of her most iconic Chanel looks actually came after her divorce.

From suits to shoes, it's time to revisit Princess Diana's best Chanel moments.

Double-Breasted Red Coat

Princess Diana wearing a long red Chanel coat and hat
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While visiting France in 1988, Princess Diana stood out in her long, bright red coat, which she styled with a matching hat.

Nautical-Inspired Dress

Princess Diana wearing a black dress with white details and gold buttons
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The royal chose to wear this sleek, black Chanel dress embellished with gold buttons while visiting Prince Charles at Nottingham Medical Centre. Rather than sticking with a simple shoe, she spiced things up with red polka-dot pair.

Royal Blue Jacket

Princess Diana wearing a royal blue Chanel jacket and black skirt
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Princess Diana was never one to shy away from color, and this royal blue jacket added the pop her outfit needed while visiting the Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children in 1992.

Classic Handbag

Princess Diana in a pastel yellow skirt suit with a classic black Chanel handbag
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Her pale yellow suit may have been from another favorite, Catherine Walker, but Diana accessorized with a classic black Chanel purse. It was a sweet combination for a visit to a hospice in 1992.

Mint Green Suit

Princess Diana wearing a mint green Chanel skirt suit
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Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially divorced in 1996, but a year later, she was back in Chanel — in a subtle way. She chose this green suit while attending the opening of a new unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital on Valentine's Day, which is symbolic, in a way.

Powder Blue Separates

Princess Diana wearing a powder blue Chanel suit and pillbox hat
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For Prince William’s confirmation in 1997, Diana wore her most iconic Chanel look: a powder blue suit with a matching pillbox hat. Since it was that good, she ended up repeating the look a few months later. The royal let the color really pop by pairing her outfit with beige accessories.

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