Princess Diana’s preppy sportswear is inspiring our spring 2022 wardrobe

It’s no secret that Princess Diana was known for her impeccable style. Her preppy, off-duty looks were copied all over the world – and still are.

Some of her iconic outfits have been popping up everywhere from runways, to the wardrobes of celebrities and influencers alike.

From her cycling shorts and sweatshirt combo, to pairing an oversized blazer with more casual pieces, Lady Di had a knack for making sportswear look chic.

Especially after her separation from Prince Charles in 1992, when the once-shy royal discovered a newly-found confidence through her clothing, incorporating wardrobe basics with timeless pieces.

Fast forward to 2022 and brands everywhere have gone wild for all things varsity.

Slogan t-shirts, letterman jackets, sporty knits, you name it – if there’s ever been a time to take inspiration from Diana with your fashion choices, it’s now.

If the words ‘cycling shorts’ scares you, and we don’t blame you, but don’t be put off straight away. You can still channel your inner sporty spice by opting for chic, preppy pieces that’ll elevate your wardrobe for the spring/summer season.

To help you nail this year’s biggest trend, OK! Fashion Editor Harriet Wheeler has styled her favourite Diana-inspired fashion buys you can nab on the high street right now…

Varsity jacket

Trousers, Primark, £15

Blazer, Primark, £23

Jumper, River Island, £36 here

Jacket, H&M, £39.99 here

Shoes, Russell and Bromley, £245 here

When it comes to embracing the varsity trend, you can't go wrong with a letterman jacket. Once associated with American football players and the cast of High School Musical, they've now become the trendiest jacket to invest in this spring/summer. To channel Lady Di, opt for a larger size than usual for a relaxed look.

Sweater vest

Shirt, Reserved, £29.99 here

Trousers, Reserved, £25.99 here

Jumper, H&M, £19.99 here

Trainers, Primark, £14

Want to bring your office attire into the 21st century? Pair luxe fabrics with a knit vest, whilst ditching heels for a classic pair of trainers. We love this navy blue option, which features chic white detailing along the hem. This is another royal-approved buy, with Kate Middleton also a known fan of knitted vests.

The Hoodie

Trousers, Finery, £45 here

Hoodie, River Island, £30 here

Trench, New Look, £49.99 here

Boots, ASOS, £42 here

Lockdown is officially over, but that doesn't mean you need to pack your hoodies and sweaters away.

These days, fashion fans are styling their loungewear with classic staples, such as a camel trench coat. If you want to look cool and cosy this season, pair a slogan hoodie with tailored trousers and heels, before throwing on your favourite spring-time jacket.


Cardigan, Boohoo, £45 here

Skirt, Next, £36 here

It may be giving us major Grease vibes, but this cardigan is a must-have buy.

Instantly elevate any neutral outfit or your boyfriend jeans by throwing over your shoulders – plus, most importantly, it's got pockets!

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