Fashion style celebrating Queen Elizabeth: colorblocking is her middle name | In the news

It is clear in many photos of the British royal family: the queen is the absolute center of attention, not only in person but also in looks. She doesn’t shy at all – not even at an advanced age – to stand out and unpack. Color blocking is her middle name!


The queen is always a big hit. Her Majesty does not set trends or follow them, but she does have her own style and she has not deviated from it for years. With her own signature, she manages to surprise every time. First of all because of her love of colours: fairground and candy colours, that is. Such as brightly colored jackets, three quarters, always the same model with a collar and beautiful buttons.

Swipe through the photos and see what Elizabeth looked like over the years:

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The whole is styled with a hat in the same color scheme, whether or not decorated with some cozy flowers to brighten up the total even more. The well-known brimmed hat is her favourite, not too big, but also inconceivable. And don’t forget: always a brooch on the left lapel and a pearl necklace around the neck! Under the arm or dangling from the arm a handmade bag, often in black lacquer, but sometimes also in the color of the outfit. The contents are also known: a handkerchief, lipstick and a photo of Prince Philip. Her matching jersey gloves are now also her trademark. In addition, she also faithfully wears the handmade sturdy loafers with block heels from the Anello & Davide brand.

Matching Queen

Elizabeth is small in stature, but has developed a grand style of her own that is occasionally reminiscent of the late Queen Mother who also had the same good sense of color. She is not called the ‘matching’ queen for nothing, because of her preference for cheerful shades such as lilac, purple, yellow, fuchsia pink, cobalt blue and turquoise. She has even appeared in the hip neon green because gray, boring outfits are not for her when she appears in public. In her spare time she likes to tie a scarf loosely around her head and appear in a beige Burberry coat, when she makes an appearance she goes all out and that apparently keeps her young.

For very official occasions, a tiara is also regularly presented, which gives her a very royal appearance from an early age. Under the well-known colored coats she prefers to wear floral dresses or other cheerful prints and designs in the same color scheme, neatly below the knee and never, never above. The nice thing is that she regularly wears an outfit several times or even has it transformed into a completely different whole, which makes her a fan of the hip recycling trend, just like our own Queen Máxima.

Even when it rains, she knows how to match her umbrella to the colors of her ensemble. If possible, she opts for a transparent umbrella with, for example, a pink, red or turquoise edge at the bottom. Last but not least, the queen apparently still does her own make-up and she is steadfast in that too: not too much frills, but just enough to give a little color to the face

Pair of trousers

In her younger years Elizabeth still went with the prevailing fashion trends and she was one of the first princesses to wear very progressive trousers in the fifties. That was something for her because according to the people who know her well, the queen is mainly practical when it comes to clothing and she is a big fan of better fabric qualities. According to Bethan Holt, author of the book The Queen, 70 years of majestic style, she knew exactly what she wanted in the fashion field and she was often assisted by her even hipper sister Margareth, four years younger. In their younger years they also dressed as a twin duo. As a baby, Elizabeth was not wrapped in wool as usual by her mother, but in cotton, because she found it a lot less unsightly than a child as a ball in a robe of wool.

New Look

Couturier Norman Hartnell designed Elizabeth’s wedding dress with plenty of flowers on the dress, including crystals and pearls. Although the dress looks very rich and expensive, nothing could be further from the truth, because it must have been made during the war years and then the fabric coupons were on the receipt. Citizens donated their coupons for the queen, and she also received additional coupons from the state to help collect the fabric for the dress. In the fifties she went all the way with the famous New Look from Dior with the wasp waist, a tight bodice at the top and plenty of meters of fabric in the bell-shaped skirts. This, in response to the shortage of fabric in the war years, was immediately compensated by designer Christian Dior in the 1950s.

The well-known off shoulder dresses were also a trademark of the young Elizabeth, who liked to wear a tiara and a pearl necklace. Usually the queen chose and chooses British designers, but her fascination for the silk scarves of the French fashion house Hermès is a big exception. She seems to have quite a few in her closet and as a tribute to their famous client, the fashion house created a special horse-themed scarf for her 90th birthday.

Wrinkle free

Fortunately, Elizabeth does not have to manage her wardrobe all by herself because that would be quite a challenge at her age. Her headdresser since 1994 has been Angela Kelly, the woman who reportedly sold her washing machine to buy a decent outfit with that amount when she finally had a job interview with the Queen. It’s probably entirely thanks to Angela that Elizabeth could never be caught making a fashion mistake or freaking out with her choice of clothes.

After all, her perfect fashion formula still works with a knee-length skirt, a colored coat over it with a matching hat, floral dresses and simple accessories. Super styled and neat, but never over the top! And above all, always good in the fold – just like the looks. After all, a nice fact is that the Queen hates creases and therefore insists that all materials used for her wardrobe must be absolutely wrinkle-free.

(photos black and white: November 1947 wedding dress and 1949 photo with Tiara and off shoulder)

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