Without a doubt, the first thing you notice about The Crown is the impeccable, elegant, and overtly regal clothes. Unfortunately, for the 7-billion other non-royals in the world, i.e. you and I, we can only dream of a wardrobe populated by bespoke creations from Hardy Amies and Norman Hartnell and delivered to us by the dozens by a personal dresser (a sort of stylist and then some). Luckily, the the high street and highend designers are nonetheless keen to bestow onto you some royal glamour. Here are three key wardrobe staples I’ll be investing in thanks to the elegant influence of The Crown.
Tiaras Are The New Flower-Crowns
Remember when Agyness Deyn walked the Saint Laurent SS16 catwalk in 2015? Sat neatly on her crows-nest was a tiara. The look didn’t garner as much attention as hoped (most of the attention was on Deyn’s drastic change from bleach blonde pixie cut to long auburn hair). The trend appeared on the catwalks once again this year at Dolce And Gabanna, only this time it was more regal.
While I’m open to the idea of some subtle sparkly headwear, I might have to pass on trying on an actual crown for size. The Queen’s Imperial State Crown, which she wears to open parliament, is so heavy that Queen Elizabeth II said in her first ever televised interview in January of this year “you can’t look down to read the speech — you have to take the speech up. Because if you did, your neck would break, or it would fall off.This pretty selection of tiaras, below, should do just fine until I can safely afford a D&G one.
L-R: LoveRocks London leaf tiara headband, €24.32 at Asos, Clementine rhodium-plated Swarovski crystal headband by Jennifer Behr, €1,199 at net-a-porter.com, Bianca embellished champagne crown, €45 at Taylor And Rose.
Longer Hemlines Are Ultra-Feminine And Sexy
There’s been so much talk of separates over the past few years that many of us had started to forget the absolute show-stopping appeal of a fabulous dress. This season, long hemlines are the new short which Claire Foy expertly dons throughout seasons one and two of the show (and, incidentally, many are the perfect shade of royal blue).
From the delicate print and gentle ruffles, the midi-dress is the most sophisticated dress for SS18. With blue coming back bigger than ever – see the catwalks of Anna Sui, Dior, Richard Malone and Temperley to name a few – now is the time to invest in a great wardrobe piece to carry you through the season. This blue number, below, is perfect for a girls’ night out, or layered with a polo-neck or high-neck T-shirt, and a leather jacket for a night-to-day swap-up. The 3/4-length sleeves, side slits and buttoned cuffs add extra interest.
Opulent wrap dress, €59.99 at H&M
Never Underestimate The Power Of Tailoring
Both royal sisters have each asserted their dominance when it comes to personal style. The Queen possess an eloquently powerful ability to strike fear into her elders with ease in a matching two-piece skirt and blouse combination. Young sister Margaret, the feistier of the two, makes use of her striking silhouette in smart trousers and traditional tweed tailoring, seen below.
A blazer is one of those really useful things that can be made to look smart or casual with equal ease. I spend a lot of time during weekends wearing boyfriend jeans and T-shirts, which look instantly more cool and respectable with a blazer layered on top. Often I roll up the sleeves so the outfit feels more unified, and the tailoring less rigid and formal. Blazers also help dilute down the femininity of fluid skirts, ruffles and high heels, adding just the right amount of boyishness to suit me.
Wrap tie blazer, €80 at Topshop, essential structured blazer, €59.95 at Mango, Hatanaka double-breasted wool-piqué blazer by Racil, €895 at net-a-porter.com.