A look back at Princess Margaret’s most daring looks

  • Marie Claire is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn commission on some of the items you choose to buy.
  • There are many stylish women in the royal family. In recent years, Kate Middleton has truly finessed her style, as has Meghan Markle, while of course Princess Diana’s iconic style is one we are constantly inspired by.

    Then there is Queen Elizabeth II, whose timeless elegance includes brightly coloured suits and ballgowns. And if The Crown has done anything, it is to remind us all of how daring her sister, Princess Margaret used to be, not just in behaviour, but in style also.

    As the ruling monarch’s younger sister, there was perhaps a bit less pressure on Princess Margaret to follow protocol – she even broke the rules on her own wedding day by buying her own tiara rather than borrow one from the family.

    In fact, she was know as the ‘royal rebel’, and her fashion-forward looks of the 50s, usually fit ‘n’ flare dresses (she embraced Dior’s ‘New Look’) and bold accessories such as printed headscarves and sunglasses, earned her the nickname ‘the Margaret Look’. Yep, long before the Kate effect or the Markle sparkle were even a thing.

    A fan of parties, she always looked the part, opting for lavish ballgowns in bright prints or colours and made of luxurious fabrics such as satin, taffeta, tulle and silk. She always accessorised to the max too, with plenty of diamonds, pearls, elbow-length and a fur stole or two.

    She adored headpieces too, and when she wasn’t wearing a crown in the evenings, she wore magnificent hats and headdresses, such as the canary yellow feather hat on her visit to Jamaica in 1962 or the peacock feather pillbox she wore at Ascot in 1973.

    As she grew older, she refused to compromise on her style, and was still rocking strapless evening gowns, big sleeves and oversized shades. Scroll down for a look at her most daring outfits.

    Reading now

    Popular fashion stories