7 Pieces Every Stylish Royal Woman Owns


Considering the diverse histories, religions and cultural backgrounds, it’s no surprise that the style M.O. for each royal set around the world is different.

The British skew ladylike, leaning into demure cuts and soft palettes; the Spanish are a little more risqué, baring legs and opting for more daring silhouettes like dipping necklines and thigh-high splits; and the Monaco royals prefer to wear Chanel couture at every conceivable opportunity.

But despite the slight variations on a theme, there are a few sartorial standards that are upheld in every kingdom.

Expertly-tailored separates, striking silhouettes, and traditional cuts are common-thread staples in found in every queen, princess, duchess and lady’s wardrobes—if she’s well-dressed, that is.

If you’re interested in giving your closet an aristocratic lean, here are the seven pieces every royal woman worth her tiara owns.

Royal women wearing white dresses

A white sheath dress

Whether it’s worn formally with a fascinator and clutch, or casually with pumps and a crossbody, the royal women of the world rely heavily on the sheath dress, and the white variation is a favourite. Crisp and fresh, the knee-length hem makes it work-appropriate, while the slim fit flatters the shape. Just ask the Duchess of Cambridge, the Queen of Spain and the Duchess of Sussex.

Leather pencil skirt

A leather pencil skirt

You might think leather skirts are more rock and roll than royalty, but a pencil shape in a luxe, dark shade is the perfect counterweight to a formal blouse. Queen Letizia, Duchess Meghan and Queen Rania are all fans.

Royal women wearing shirtdresses

A casual shirtdress

Houndstooth, denim or in bright cotton, the shirtdress straddles the line between casual and comfortable and office-friendly. Emulate Duchess Meghan, Queen Letizia and Duchess Catherine and opt for a waist-cinching belt and a flattering knee-length hem.

Royal women wearing grey blazers

The perfect grey blazer

Whether it’s a classic fit like Duchess Catherine, a slightly oversized silhouette like Duchess Meghan or an equestrian take like Charlotte Casiraghi, a grey blazer adds style and substance to any look.

Royal women wearing dresses

A long-sleeved red dress

Looking for a dress that will carry you from weddings to cocktail parties and work events and back again? Duchess Meghan, Queen Rania and Princess Mary all advocates for the long-sleeved dress in deep red. Keep the cut classic while relying on the colour to add the extra kick.

Royals wearing suits

A well-tailored trouser suit

Royals do menswear, too. Taking after Princess Diana’s silk version in 1986, Queen Rania and Duchess Meghan have both championed the clean-lined black suit. Worn with a simple white blouse underneath, the look is sharp and striking.

Caped dress

A caped dress

When it comes to more formal occasions, you’re more likely to see the royals opt for a cape than a tiara. The fanciful style adds levity into a usually simple sheath dress. Duchess Meghan, Queen Letizia and Queen Mathilde have all proved why.

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