15 Princess Diana-Inspired Wedding Guest Dresses for an Iconic Look

These are ensembles that will certainly leave a lasting impression.

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Princess Diana is undoubtedly known as one of the most fashionable women in history. From the iconic revenge dress to her infamous wedding gown, she has left a mark on the world of fashion in the best way possible. It was the late princess's style that captivated headlines—drawing the masses to relish the ensembles she wore to countless galas, weddings, and charity events—and today, these dresses serve as a great source of inspiration for wedding guests around the world. While most of her outfits are, of course, black and white tie suitable, you can still pull inspiration from each ensemble and tailor it to whatever dress code or style you seek to embrace.

Perhaps one of our favorite parts of Princess Diana’s eveningwear fashion is that she loved to sparkle, and whether it was through accessories or the dress itself, she always made a statement with an elegant and head-turning outfit. So, in honor of the late princess, we’ve highlighted five of Diana's most iconic looks, in addition to a few options for wedding guests to get the royal ensembles themselves. 

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While in Sydney, Australia, Princess Diana wore this one-shoulder Versace gown for the Victor Chang Research dinner dance. The royal blue shade is unequivocally fitting for the royal herself, as it’s bold without being too loud. What we love the most, though, is that the princess also paired the gown with a matching clutch and shoes for a monochromatic moment.

Best Mini

Sau Lee Halle Dress

blue mini dress

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Size: 0-14 | Materials: Viscose, rayon | Length: Mini

If you love the royal blue hue of Princess Di's gown, but prefer a shorter hemline, we have the dress for you. The color and material are similar, but this dress falls mid-thigh creating a modern and bold iteration.

For a Winter Wedding

Alix NYC Celeste Midi Dress

velvet blue midi dress

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Size: XS-L | Materials: Modal, spandex | Length: Midi

If you’re attending a winter wedding, consider this velvet midi as a dupe for Princess Diana’s dress. The ruched detailing makes for a figure-flattering silhouette, and it's a perfect choice for a cocktail or semi-formal dress code.

Best Cut-Outs

Nasty Gal Cut-Out Back Maxi Dress

blue velvet dress

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Size: 0-14 | Materials: Polyester, elastane | Length: Maxi

This dress takes Princess Diana’s style and gives it a modern twist. The floor-length number features an on-trend cut-out at the bodice, which adds an edgy flair to the elegant look. 

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Princess Diana wore this glamorous black gown to the 100th birthday celebration of the Tate Gallery. Designer Jacques Azagury is credited for creating this sparkly long black dress, and the Princess of Wales elegantly styled her look with an emerald choker.

Best Sequins

Alice & Olivia Fifi Sequin Embellished Maxi Dress

black sequin dress

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Size: 0-14 | Materials: Polyester, sequin | Length: Floor

Sequin black dresses may seem cliché, but you can easily find a unique style by paying attention to the details. Take, for example, this Alice & Olivia gown, which opts for larger statement-making sequins as opposed to tiny ones. If you’re looking for a party-ready option, this may be the dress for you. 

Best Detailing

Dress The Population Aria Sequin Gown

black sequin gown

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Size: XXS-XL | Materials: Polyester | Length: Floor

This elegant sequin and beaded gown has floral embroidery sprinkled throughout the dress, in addition to a timeless square neckline à la Princess Diana’s gown. We also love that this ensemble has adjustable straps, making it suitable for different heights.

Best Slit

Superdown Chrissy Slit Maxi Dress

black sequin dress

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Size: XXS-XL | Materials: Polyethylene terephthalate | Length: Maxi 

This classic sequin maxi gown, from Superdown, is a stunning option for a semi-formal or cocktail attire wedding. What we love the most is the dramatic slit that adds an unexpected element to the pared-back design.

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Royals tend to have a more subdued style, but not Princess Diana. She sparkled in this red chiffon Bellville Sassoon gown at the London premiere of the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only. The princess continued to embrace the shine, donning silver heels and a silver clutch.

Most Sexy

Amanda Uprichard x Revolve Samba Gown

Size: XS-XL | Materials: Silk | Length: Floor

This dress has the boldness and color of Princess Diana’s gown, just in a different silhouette. There’s no doubt that you’ll catch everyone's attention with this sleek ensemble.

Most Elegant

ML Monique Lhuillier Sleeveless Tulle Maxi Dress

red a-line dress

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Size: 2-16 | Materials: Tulle | Length: Floor

ML Monique Lhuillier's sleeveless tulle maxi is a dress made for your inner princess. When compared to the late princess's gown, this option opts for tiny dots instead of sequins but has the same silhouette as the original piece.

For a Beach Wedding

BCBGeneration Maxi Dress

red dress

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Size: XXS-XL | Materials: Crinkle crepe | Length: Maxi

This maxi may not be as glamorous as Princess Diana’s ensemble, but it is perfect if you're jetting off to a tropical celebration. Style with a statement necklace or earrings to bring a royal element of Diana to your own look. 

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The revenge dress is undoubtedly the most famous outfit that Princess Diana has ever worn, and the look is cemented in history as one of the best moments in fashion. To embrace the Princess Di aesthetic, follow her lead and pair your little black dress with black tights, black pumps, and a three-strand pearl choker.

Most Comfortable

Norma Kamali Walter Off-the-Shoulder Ruched Midi Dress

Walter off-the-shoulder ruched stretch-jersey midi dress

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Size: XXS-XL | Materials: Polyester, spandex | Length: Midi

If you’ve dreamt of stepping out in Princess Diana’s most memorable outfit (the revenge dress!), this option from Norma Kamali is as close as you can get. The stretch-jersey material makes for a comfortable fit, which is always important when it comes to a wedding guest look, right? 

Best One-Shoulder

Reformation Jamen Knit Dress Es

black knit dress

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Size: 1X-3X | Materials: Tencel Lyocell | Length: Maxi

Though this number strays a bit from the off-the-shoulder look of Princess Diana’s frock, it still captures the elegance and glamour of her ensemble. Also, given that the length is a bit longer, it's a wonderful choice for fall and winter weddings. 

Most Timeless

Susana Monaco Off-the-Shoulder Twist Dress

black Off-The-Shoulder Twist Dress

Courtesy of Bloomingdales

Size: XS-XL | Materials: Nylon, spandex | Length: Mini

This Susana Monaco dress is another pretty spot-on replica of the Princess's LBD. While this option doesn’t have an asymmetrical hemline, it does fall right above the knees, just as the original dress does. 

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As we already know, the late Princess of Wales loved a classic black gown, which is further emphasized here when she wore this Catherine Walker halter gown while in Versailles. For jewelry, Diana opted for pearl earrings and a simple black clutch. It truly does not get more elegant than this.

Most Classic

Reformation Westerly Velvet Dress

navy blue velvet dress

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Size: 0-12 | Materials: Rayon, silk | Length: Floor

Even though this romantic dress may not have the sparkle of Princess Diana’s gown, it still has the ability to make a statement. Just look at the velvet fabric, which features a dramatic side slit and a smocked back for extra stretch and comfort.

Most Simple

Aqua Square Neck Tank Maxi Dress

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Size: XS-XL | Materials: Polyester, spandex | Length: Maxi

We love the simplicity of this Aqua maxi dress. The timeless silhouette of this style, paired with the tasteful slit, makes for a look you’ll certainly wear long after the wedding.

Best Halter-Neck

Ted Baker Renon Twist Neck Midi Dress

blue midi dress

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Size: 2-12 | Materials: Polyester | Length: Midi

Opt for this Ted Baker dress if you'd like a modern iteration of Princess Diana's gown. Take it up a notch and style the navy number with a pair of sparkly earrings and a velvet clutch, in a similar fashion to the Princess of Wales.

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